HXDA question

Discussion in 'Amplifiers' started by Clashcityrocker, May 7, 2017.

  1. HANGAR18

    HANGAR18 ...a TWISTED SISTER pin?!

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    I de-listed the amp on Reverb because I think there may be something wrong with it, which would explain why I wasn't thrilled with the low end tone I am getting. Instead, I contacted the PTC about it so that hopefully they can check it out and tell me if it is supposed to sound that way. I never thought of doing that before because we know that they deliberately re-manufactured the imperfections into the cenemag transformers which were present in the original amps this is modeled after. So, all along I thought it was supposed to sound like that. (Overly muddy low end.) I"ll let you know what they say.
     
  2. HANGAR18

    HANGAR18 ...a TWISTED SISTER pin?!

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    Wasn't mine. :p
     
  3. rugerpc

    rugerpc A♥ hoards guitars ♥A
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    ...not what I ordered.
     
  4. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    Incidentally, I've tried 3 different sets of output tubes in my HXDA; the stock Winged Cs, JJs, and NOS Siemens. The differences aren't gigantic, but of the three sets, JJs had the least controlled low end, and Siemens the tightest. Siemens were tops for clarity, with JJs being warmest and a bit cloudy.

    The Winged Cs were overall better sounding to me than JJs, and Siemens seem to have the most balance and clarity.
     
  5. Clashcityrocker

    Clashcityrocker New Member

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    I think what comes before getting an HXDA (besides lack of money) is getting a new loadbox. I have an older Koch loadbox. It's not bad, but it does cut highs as you go lower. Some newer ones on the market will let you add those highs back it the signal. The problem with master volumes is it's mostly preamp distortion not output tube distortion.
     
  6. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    Don't forget that the element of speaker distortion is very significant. With output tubes, the distortion is more of a saturation thing than a grind thing, but loudspeaker distortion completes the picture.

    In any case, with a load box, you don't get nearly the speaker distortion. Unfortunately, there's no perfect substitute for volume when it comes to a great Marshall style amp tone. It's a matter of picking your poison.

    My current HXDA is 30 watts; it's great for recording because I can involve the power tubes a little sooner than with my former 50 watt. A little sooner; just a few db. I also ran it with a 1x12 cab at first, on the theory that I'd get the speaker cooking a bit more, but I missed the swirl of a 2x12, so I switched.
     
  7. HANGAR18

    HANGAR18 ...a TWISTED SISTER pin?!

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    Wound up getting a much better tone by cranking the crap out of both gain knobs on the left. Almost diming them and then adjusting the entire tone stack to about 2 oclock and going Jimi-Jimi-Jimi on the mini switches. Not a warranty repair issue but I'm still going to let it go in favor of my two other PRS amps.
     

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