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Old November 6th, 2009, 10:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Help me fight Bugera V22 gas...

Played one earlier this week and it's been on my mind ever since. Surprisingly good sounding amp for the low price tag. Must fight temptation...

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Old November 6th, 2009, 01:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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V22 = :) I bought one on sale and have found it to be a very nice amp. I find 99% of play time at home is through that , the low output triode mode... ah sweet heaven.
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Old November 6th, 2009, 01:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I can only encourage you to go get this amp.

Hey, I used to live on Omar Ln in Plano.
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Old November 6th, 2009, 03:37 PM   #4 (permalink)
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You guys failed miserably...




...just picked up the amp.


The wife's gonna kill me!


atroy...That's less than 5 minutes from my place!
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Old November 6th, 2009, 03:58 PM   #5 (permalink)
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You guys failed miserably...

...just picked up the amp.

The wife's gonna kill me!

atroy...That's less than 5 minutes from my place!
Can you disguise it as a piece of furniture?
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Old November 6th, 2009, 04:13 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Can you disguise it as a piece of furniture?
It pretty enough to be one!
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Old November 9th, 2009, 11:04 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Logged some time on it over the weekend. Pretty impressive. The amp is capable of a very wide range of tones and can do everything short of metal. I really like the tones on the dirty channel with the gain set around one paired with a single coils. Very twangy with excellent snap and midrange punch. They really did a great job in voicing the channels to be complementary. Some amps when you switch channels it feels and sounds like a completely different amp. Not so here. The dirty channel sounds like an extension of the clean channel. Very nice indeed...
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Old November 9th, 2009, 11:14 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Hey Will, Do you have a Tube screamer or an Overdrive? If you do could you do me a favor and see if it reacts well to the Dirty channel... This will be my selling point too, Well... That and if it plays well at bedroom volume... Is there a big difference from soft to louder?
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Old November 9th, 2009, 11:55 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Hey Will, Do you have a Tube screamer or an Overdrive? If you do could you do me a favor and see if it reacts well to the Dirty channel... This will be my selling point too, Well... That and if it plays well at bedroom volume... Is there a big difference from soft to louder?
I've got a TS9, I'll have to wire it up and check for you. I did run my English Channel in front of it and as well as my RP355 set to a TS808 and both sounded good. However, the dirty channel has so much gain on tap I actually preferred then amp gain rather than using a pedal in front of it and ended up using a lower gain od with the clean channel to kinda emulate a 3 channel amp (clean, dirty, and dirtier).

It sounds great at bedroom volumes and cranked up a bit. Haven't had the chance to run it at performance volume for an extended period of time other than for a few seconds but it sounds consistent across volumes IMHO. Very nicely implemented master volume. I'll confirm after running it at a rehearsal on the 14th. I don't know how I feel about triode operation yet. Just not as lively and a bit underwhelming compared to pentode operation so far but I'm still getting to know the amp.

This is definitely a lot of amp for $350...
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Old November 9th, 2009, 04:20 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Played one earlier this week and it's been on my mind ever since. Surprisingly good sounding amp for the low price tag. Must fight temptation...
"Help you fight Bugered V22 Gas"... Well, all I can say is it's too late. You bought an amp that sounds like your taking it up the clanker... nuff said..
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Did you try Kaopectate?
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That or a good Ear Wax removal kit!
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good grief, you didn't give the guys here even 5 hours to try and help you fight the GAS. i was going to provide "Made in China" as a defense but i don't think you really wanted help.
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Old November 9th, 2009, 05:58 PM   #14 (permalink)
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The GAS had been brewing for a few months. I was being haunted by it last week upon playing it at a local GC and receiving a $50 off coupon in the mail. Like the weak junky that I am I gave in to the drug...

BTW - Country of origin doesn't mean much to me, especially the China debate. My wallet likes good affordable gear.
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Well, I see that we're already too late.
But I was going to pass on that I recently picked up the Bugera V5 (after being very frustrated with my recent tube amp experience).

I haven't tried it with my Bad Monkey yet but straight out of the box it sounds great.
So far, so good.
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Old November 9th, 2009, 06:32 PM   #16 (permalink)
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aren't those amps about 900 bucks ? i guess affordable is a sliding scale.. and certainly does matter what the application is.. when i drop that kind of cash i like to have the ability to turn it back into the same (or more) money later. buying a new imported amp guarantees loss of funds when parting ways... buying old MIA amps guarantees equal or greater funds when parting.. if purchased wisely. YMDV

i'm not knocking your purchase decision..but you did presume to solicit advise with the title of your thread.

anyway, enjoy your new amp.
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I played one again yesterday. I passed on it. It sounded decent, but not great. (at least to me). But, I'm an indie rock guy and so maybe it wasn't in line with what I like in an amp. I ended up buying a JTM 45 from Metro instead.
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aren't those amps about 900 bucks ? i guess affordable is a sliding scale.. and certainly does matter what the application is.. when i drop that kind of cash i like to have the ability to turn it back into the same (or more) money later. buying a new imported amp guarantees loss of funds when parting ways... buying old MIA amps guarantees equal or greater funds when parting.. if purchased wisely. YMDV

i'm not knocking your purchase decision..but you did presume to solicit advise with the title of your thread.

anyway, enjoy your new amp.
$350.

Resale value is of no concern to me as I don't view gear as an investment but rather the expense of being a musician. I don't mind paying a depreciation on a piece of gear that will bring me tonal joy on a daily basis but agree much better deals can be found used on gear (regardless of country of origin) if patient...
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I played one again yesterday. I passed on it. It sounded decent, but not great. (at least to me). But, I'm an indie rock guy and so maybe it wasn't in line with what I like in an amp. I ended up buying a JTM 45 from Metro instead.
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Thanks! I had nothing against the bugera, in fact it was pretty cool. Just not my thing. I'm usually all for mid to low priced amps.
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