Which Amp Do I Need Next?

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Which Amp Do I Need Next?

  1. HXDA

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    52.6%
  2. DG

    4 vote(s)
    21.1%
  3. Neither, you already have it covered

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    26.3%
  1. Tucson Thump

    Tucson Thump New Member

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    Where did you find it?
     
  2. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Reverb. Studio used only. Really low price.
     
  3. watelessness

    watelessness New Member

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    Yeah, so i ordered an HXDA 30 combo and apparently it won't be soldered for several months. Sigh
     
  4. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    I'm betting you like it. Let me know if you need any tone tips.
     
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  5. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Good things come to those who wait :)
     
  6. watelessness

    watelessness New Member

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    I now have a shipping number...
     
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  7. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Shipping numbers are like scoring a big fat.....never mind........
     
  8. shinksma

    shinksma What? I get a title?

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    Oh man, I can't wait on your behalf for your HXDA!

    Rock it!
     
  9. Boogie

    Boogie SuperD

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    Oh BS!o_O
     
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  10. watelessness

    watelessness New Member

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    After two days of hitting F5 on my browser to track its shipping progress, it finally arrived this morning around 8. It's still acclimating to the climate though. Sigh
     
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  11. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc The pullout king.

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    Can you warm it up with some hot water?
     
  12. DreamTheaterRules

    DreamTheaterRules Archon owning member

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    F5 only makes your screen brighter. :)

    Ok, the eagle has landed. Thaw, rip, rinse and repeat!
     
  13. DreamTheaterRules

    DreamTheaterRules Archon owning member

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    Hey, ship it to the same place they sent Shawns guitar. That should warm it up. That one looks like it was delivered by Icarus! Got a little too close.
     
  14. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Dude, turn it on. The tubes will warm it up! :p
     
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  15. watelessness

    watelessness New Member

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    I was thinking that I should strip down and climb into a sleeping bag with it to warm it up
     
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  16. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc The pullout king.

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    Undoubtedly a much more intimate idea.
     
  17. watelessness

    watelessness New Member

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    ok. wow. so I just spent about half an hour with it. I intentionally did not read everyone's write-ups on the amp because I didn't want to get swayed by "taste". What works against me in this case is that I really didn't know how to work this amp out of the gate because it's not a normal amp with either two channels or a single-channel amp with a gain and master.

    I started with a Cu24 with 85/15's because I thought I would head in a "vintage" direction. It took me about 5 minutes to figure out how to get a pleasing sound, but holy crap, when I did it was glorious. WOW. the gain on this is freaking outstanding. So far I've only put the Cu24 and DGT through it. I strongly favor the HXDA gain, and regardless of any other setting I can adapt to it. I haven't gotten the hang of the DA gain yet but the DGT seems to like it better. Additionally, I'm only digging the humbucking bridge pickup through it which is not abnormal for me.

    What I found most interesting is how tight the amp is, and I don't mean compressed, I mean how responsive it is to my playing. And the amp forced me to change how I played for the better. I'm not a good player to start with but I noticed that it was not very forgiving of "spongey" playing, as if the amp was calling me out when I half-assed a chord fingering.

    I need to spend more time with this amp and now I can go back and read all your comments in this thread as well as the other threads. More to come...

    Thanks, guys!
     
  18. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    Well, now you can go back and read all my gush-over-the-damn-amp threads on it.
     
  19. watelessness

    watelessness New Member

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    for those of us, myself included, who are quick to yell "pictures or it didn't happen"
    [​IMG]

    Now for the continuation of the tone journey. i spent the late 70's, 80's, and 90's behind Ludwigs, Tamas, and Pearls so my foray into tone has come slowly, mostly through osmosis from me hanging out with musicians.

    i find all the HX settings pleasing to my ear and my style of playing, but i find that i prefer HX/DA/DA. Flipping the other two switches just allows me to go "once step further", but i'm learning to dial it back and edit, edit, edit so that the compression is less.

    With the HX gain, anything with humbuckers is an absolute joy through this amp ; it really is. Obviously some of my guitars are more pleasing than others but i can make all of them sound workable and that says a lot.

    Bass gain? What the heck is that? Oh, mama, hear what that just did to my sound. How neat.

    I find that the EQ subtracts in such a way that it doesn't suck all the life out of a sound. fascinating.

    There is a "presence" knob? Oh, how wonderful because i've always loved having them on amps, but i find that i don't use much of it on this amp because there are so many other wonderful ways to construct a sound.

    The DA gain was a challenge at first because i didn't know what to do with it but now i'm getting the hang of it. i can't approach it thinking "where is that distortion i'm used to hearing?", rather, i just have the let the DA be what it is and adapt to it. i've found that if i keep twisting knobs i will find something interesting and adapt my playing accordingly. what works for some guitars and pickup selections doesn't work for all, but mostly by rolling off the bass and bass gain i get into territory that i can handle.

    All in all this is such a great amp with so many possibilities. if you don't like what you hear then just twist a knob and you will find something else.

    \m/ \m/
     
  20. Boogie

    Boogie SuperD

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    Damn, that’s gorgeous!:cool:
     
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