June 15th, 2007, 03:04 AM
Just when I thought I was well. Played a Sampson era Matchless Chief today. The big boy not the Chieftan. 100 watts (more like 70) 4 EL 34's. Chime plus 10. Hugely fat. The best amp I've ever played through I truely believe. I've never heard tone like this coming from the other end of my Tele. I love my brown Super but Holy Mother of God what a beast this Chief is. Built like a tank and as heavy. Really is like an instrument in it's self. Too rich for my blood but I will pine for days.
June 15th, 2007, 06:46 AM
That's funny. I just played a Badcat Tone Cat a couple days ago, and I had the same reaction (I've been playing Peavey Classics, and very recently got a Genz Benz Black Pearl, which is a very good amp also). But I walked out of that store repeating the mantra "I don't need a $4000 amp...I don't need a $4000 amp..."
June 15th, 2007, 09:49 AM
I owned a Clubman 35 head and 2x12" cab which was a beautiful sounding combination. However, I also had a Victoria Bassman and after playing both for awhile I found I really liked the stout mids and aggressiveness of the Bassman (and tweeds in general) for the type of blues and jazz I play. Don't get me wrong, the Matchless had exquisite tone. Very pretty and rich sounding amp. And not that it wouldn't make a good blues amp (ask Jimmie Vaughan). It just wasn't the tone I was looking for. I think it would be a top notch roots rock amp. :cool: :cool:
June 15th, 2007, 11:02 AM
Try a Lightning sometime