OK...I'm a very weak person....what can I say.
Last week Musician'spal had their "Stupid Deal of the Day" for a new Roland Cube 80x and before I knew it I had clicked on "send" and it was on it's way.
The box arrived yesterday and I proceeded to set it up right along side my
5+ year old Roland Cube 60. The 60 has given me zero problems and sounds great in any setting I use it.....jazz trio...big band....musical orchestra pit...you name it. So I thought while I can still afford to
I would purchase the 80x new for $219 shipped.
I read all that I could about the 80x and how it compared to the 60. Some were spot on...some not so much. The effects do seem more refined in the 80x. The chorus is more "shimmering" and I like the spring/modern reverb choices. The looper I could take or leave. And unlike the Cube 60, I like the fact that I can have reverb AND delay on at the same time. I use very little reverb anyway so it's nice just to kick in the delay when needed. And the 80x delay is more fine-tunable as well. OK....here's what I would like to ask the Amp Owners Club about the 80x.
Side by side the Cube 60 sounds more powerful than the Cube 80x.
I was hoping for just a bit more headroom on the JC clean and the Black Face amp sounds. I did take the time to tweak the EQ like some have suggested and started at ZERO on BASS, MID, Treble, Pres. and raise them slowly until Tonal Bliss was achieved. And those setting were differnt for differnt amp mods. I just felt that if I were A/B-ing the two amps for the first time I would chose the Cube 60 right away. The 80x by itself was great...but the 60 was warmer....louder....better?
The 80x has two small slot ports at the top in the front... above the 12" speaker. If I drilled one....or....two....ports below the 80x speaker (same size ports as the Cube 60) what difference in sound and tone should I experience? I know sometimes it's all in the "ear" of the beholder but would love any of your feedback should you care to share.
I'll probably keep the 80x but would like to somehow feel better about the purchase. Oh, by the way. My wife came home while I was playing both amps and she didn't even notice that I had "cloned" the Roland. Even after telling her she was fine with it. Then she went on line and bought $200 worth of shoes....
So what say you? ? ? ? ? Should I Drill Baby Drill ? ? ? Or leave well enough alone? Thanks in advance.