pedalboard amp....maybe

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  1. BrianC

    BrianC more toys than talent

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    I am toying with the idea of the Quilter Interblock 45 pedalboard amp. Only for practice with band or backup at a gig for main amp problems.

    thoughts?
     
  2. CandidPicker

    CandidPicker Open-Ears / Zippered Lips

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    I've heard good things about Quilter amps, but don't know enough about them to make a recommendation. Some regular road warriors will need to chime in, as I'm just here to listen and learn.
     
  3. LackingWit

    LackingWit Newer member, experienced lurker

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    I'm hardly a road warrior, but I do own an Interblock 45. I think that it sounds very good. I generally play clean, and I like the sound of tubes. I like a tweed tone a bit more than a blackface tone. In other words, I like more mids with a slight raspiness to them than pure clean. The Quilter itself isn't quite that. To my ear, at home with no backing music or other instruments, it has a bit more presence than a tube amp. I haven't been able to dial that out. If you play with more dirt or, as you said, at practice or a gig, I do not know if that presence would be noticeable. I used to have a functioning Microblock 45 that a buddy and I used for the power preceded by a Joyo American Sound into a Tech21 ParaDriver. There was a lot of other sound in the room as we played through it and I did not hear the extra presence. I thought that set up was easily capable of substituting for a tube amp. I think that the I45 itself might work for your intended applications.

    A cautionary tale, the reason I say that I used to have a functioning Microblock 45 is because I accidentally fried it about a week later at home. I was switching the speaker I was using while the M45 was still powered. I dropped the speaker cable and the tip and sleeve touched the metal leg of an amp stand. Apparently, Class D amps do not tolerate a zero ohm load, even for a second. It was a tough way to learn that lesson. Always keep the power to the Quilter off until you have a speaker plugged in using a reliable speaker cable. At most, unplug from the Quilter first rather than from the speaker cabinet or your combo amp's speaker.

    Just the other day, I experimented with the I45 and my Supro Blues King 8. The ParaDriver into just the I45 did not have the magic of the Joyo and M45 that I had heard at my buddy's house. The Supro has a line out after the 12AX7 preamp, before the 12AU7 power amp. I wanted to see if I could get the tube characteristic second and third harmonic from the Supro's 12AX7 through the I45 minus the extra presence of the I45 alone. So I tried. It sounds really great. Very, very close to the sound of my Tungsten Crema Wheat (tweed Deluxe inspired, fantastic amp). Truthfully, I think that they could be dialed in to sound so similar that I would be hard pressed to pick which is which in a blind test. I'm using the CW's Eminence Li'l Texas for the Supro-I45 experiment, so neither the speaker nor the cabinet is affecting the results. On the I45, I plug into the Input, use the Vintage EQ Voice and select the Cab option at the speaker output. I tried plugging the Supro into the I45's FX loop return to use only the power section, but I like using the I45's preamp to get a bit more tone shaping than the Supro's single tone knob. This has gotten me curious about how a good, high voltage tube pedal-style preamp going into the I45 would sound. In particular, I'm intrigued by the Surprise Sound Labs Rock Block and several of the Kingsley offerings, particularly the Squire and the Maiden. But I'm not trying to hijack this thread.

    Anyway, I hope that you find some of the above useful and sorry if I overshared.
     
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  4. BrianC

    BrianC more toys than talent

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    Thanks for the above comments.

    I have watched enough videos concerning the tone of the device. I will be using my Friedman BE-OD and a Strymon Timeline with it. Tone will be OK.

    My MOST IMPORTANT question is about how loud it can get. How loud is it through a 2X12 or a 4X12????

    Loud enough to play with a band at practice??

    People say it is as loud as a 20 watt tube amp - true????
     
  5. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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  7. BrianC

    BrianC more toys than talent

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    BrianC more toys than talent

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    Yeah the Blug is the tops but $$$$$$$$$
     
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    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    Yeah, this Hotone might just be the ticket. Has two good sounding channels, enough eq, 75w speaker out, and can go to a PA or powered speaker. This would save my a$$ if something quit on me. And heck, it sounds good anyway!
     
  10. BrianC

    BrianC more toys than talent

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    I screwed up - I did not look well enough to see that it IS an amp not just to go to an FRFR or PA - sorry.

    I will look into it!!
     
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  11. bparnell57

    bparnell57 New Member

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    I've tried these out along with a few other pedal power amp's and honestly they're a great tool to have for small gigs or compact jam rigs. I personally prefer combo amp's but still keep an old Electro Harmonix 44 Magnum and a speaker cable in my bag as a backup in case my amp's chassis goes up in smoke.
     
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  12. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    Another choice might be a Seymour Duncan SD 170. It is only a power amp with EQ so cleans are taken care of. Then you have your pedals for the rest.
    I have the SD 700 version. They are built like a tank.
     
  13. Egads

    Egads One, Two, THIRTEEN!

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    Or Milkman The Amp...
     
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