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Tech 21 Trademark Club 10, 30, 60 +

Discussion in 'Amp Owners Clubs' started by Steve G, Aug 26, 2009.

  1. davidchagrin

    davidchagrin Tele-Holic

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    Has anyone with a TM60 swapped the speaker for an Eminence Lil Texas? I'm curious about how it might shape the overall tonal spectrum.
     
  2. Tony474

    Tony474 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Can't tell you about that particular speaker but I've read some good reports about the Eminence Wizard in that amp. Me, I've replaced the standard Celestion G12P-80 (Seventy 80) with a G12K-100. Adds a little to the weight but the sound is improved, with stronger bottom end and smoother upper mids.
     
  3. stax

    stax Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 5, 2006
    Brentwood U.K.
    It's worth mentioning that the early versions like my one require a bit of work getting other speakers to fit as the cutout in the baffle is too small.
     
  4. flinx

    flinx Tele-Meister

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    I like my TM 60(had it for years) but it always has a hum...no matter what i do.
     
  5. songofthewind

    songofthewind Tele-Meister

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    UK
    I put an Eminence Red Coat Governor in mine. Less bright, more low end. I liked it better than the Seventy80 that was in it.
     
  6. Artunes

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    Howdy! New member and owner of a brand new Trademark 60 here. I bought this amp a couple of months ago to replace my Rivera Suprema 55, which is way too heavy for my 60 year old back to schlep around.

    I played the TM60 exclusively in my living room for the first month. I was immediately blown away by the tones I could get out of this thing. I experimented with different settings, finding so many cool sounds, but I knew that when I got the amp out of my living room and into a club with the band, things would be very different. And they were.

    The first gig was a little rough. I frantically tweaked until I got usable sounds, but I could not settle into my comfort zone. I knew the tones were in there, though. I just had to find 'em. The next gig, after some more adjustments, was much better. My girlfriend said I was grinning from ear to ear all night. The third gig was in a room that I knew was difficult to deal with acoustically. I was somewhat worried about that going in, so I got to the venue in the afternoon to set up early, and within ten minutes I had tamed that room. At the end of the night, one of the bartenders told me that we'd never sounded better, and I like to think that it was because of the amp.

    I use the clean channel much more than the 2nd channel, but that is more a factor of the music that we play, rather than because of the sound of the 2nd channel. I play a Deluxe Nashville Tele for the most part, through an old Boss ME-50 multi effects pedal. I sometimes kick in the compressor to get a little more sustain, especially on the clean channel. The 2nd channel gives me a great clean-ish distortion by itself, but if I need more gain I kick in the BD-2 emulation on the pedal board and the amp just sings. If the distortion gets too muddy, there's a 'tone modify' selector on the pedal that I have set to boost the highs and high mids. Boom. Cuts through the mix nicely.

    I have yet to fully tap into this amp's potential, but I already know that the amp is a keeper. Quite likely the last amp that I'll ever buy. Anybody wanna buy a Rivera?
     
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  7. RyCo1983

    RyCo1983 Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 15, 2012
    Central PA
    Just picked this fella up yesterday!
    Pots and jacks got a quick cleaning...
    I'm very impressed!

    Have any TM30 users found a suitable replacement speaker that is flat but a bit more efficient and louder?
     

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  8. davidchagrin

    davidchagrin Tele-Holic

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    It took me a little while to make live adjustments as well. I recently used the xlr out on a gig. Imo, it sounded even better than being mic'd. The TM60 is a great gigging amp.
     
  9. Tony474

    Tony474 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Sure is. I used the XLR out of mine some time ago at a big outdoor gig or two and it worked a treat. In fact I usually take a line out of either my TM60 or my Roland Cube to the PA on most gigs - not so much for volume, of which both amps have plenty for most gigs I do, but for spread, so that the sound is much the same wherever in the room the listener is located.

    As it happens I've just "won" a TM30 on eBay. I know it's not very loud by itself but with the XLR out to the PA that shouldn't matter. Once I've received it and tried it on a gig I'll report further.
     
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  10. Tony474

    Tony474 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Well, the amp duly arrived, in virtually brand-new condition complete with a basic but nice dust-cover. I got it for well under half the cost of a new, shop-bought one. Here we are a couple of months on and I've been gigging the TM30 regularly in that time. It's bloody great!

    I did have a problem to begin with in that the amp suffered from volume drop-out. However, with the knowledge gained from this forum I first tried a patch lead from the effects-loop send to return sockets and then followed up with contact cleaner and rapid repeated insertion/withdrawal of a jack plug (oo er missus) and that seems to have cured the problem. I keep the patch lead handy, just in case, but haven't yet needed to use it again. In fact I wonder whether the previous owner, not realising how fixable it is, might have sold the amp just because of that well-known (but not, apparently, by him) fault.

    Anyway, as I suspected the TM30, with its seemingly inefficient and fairly weedy 10" speaker, is by itself conspicuously lacking in sufficient clean headroom for normal gigging purposes - a task for which, fair enough, it wasn't really designed in the first place. However, use the XLR Out into the PA and the whole scene changes. It took a little while to get the EQ and speaker emulation settings to how I like them, but it works an absolute treat. At first it was a little strange not really hearing my guitar sound coming from an amp behind me during a gig, but I've now grown used to hearing it in the monitor instead. A side-benefit is that it's now easier to set the volume balance between guitar and voice.

    Altogether I'm delighted with the TM30 - it's small, light, sounds excellent... What's not to like? I won't be selling my Cube 60, TM60 or any other of my several million amps just yet, but I'm extremely glad I added this one to my armoury.
     
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  11. RyCo1983

    RyCo1983 Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 15, 2012
    Central PA
    Great to hear! My TM30 is my primary practice amp. I want to play it out a bit at some point though!
    I do plan on a speaker replacement at some point.
     
  12. Tony474

    Tony474 Poster Extraordinaire

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    I've had a good look but there doesn't seem to be a suitable replacement in 4 ohms that will fit in the cabinet. It's not a major problem for me; the stock speaker is OK for indoor use and is largely redundant and therefore irrelevant when the amp's slaved up on a gig.
     
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  13. RyCo1983

    RyCo1983 Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 15, 2012
    Central PA
    I don't need to swap it either. But I have a hard time not modding everything that I buy!
     
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  14. Tony474

    Tony474 Poster Extraordinaire

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    :D
     
  15. Michael A.

    Michael A. Tele-Holic Ad Free Member

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    My wife was having a yard sale recently and I couldn't help with the pricing, so I got on CL and looked at yard sales in my area. There was one about 4 blocks away that listed a guitar amp. I got there and was shocked to see this Trademark 10 in almost new condition. I asked the guy how much and when he said $15, I nearly tore the back pocket off my jeans trying to get out my wallet. I use it almost daily for my headphone practice. Great sounding little amp and super portable.

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  16. GoldDeluxe5E3

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    I took my TM10 to a Traynor YCV40 fight. At certain moments, I got the distinct impression that if I pulled on my guitar cord, there would have been no amp at the end of it. Other than that, it was a fine amp. I sold it to a jazz player who plays background while people drink booze.
     
  17. StormJH1

    StormJH1 Tele-Holic

    Wow! Let's put it this way...if I already owned FOUR TM10's and I came across that deal, I'd pull the trigger just as fast. Haha.

    The Trademark series continues to fascinate me - I bought a used TM30 and had it very briefly. It had some type of electrical short or problem with it, and rather than risk sorting it out, I returned it hoping to find another one. So not TM's currently in my collection.

    The reason I still want either a TM10 or TM30 is that they have an insane amount of features in a size of amp that usually cuts those features out. It's hard enough to an FX loop on any affordable 8" or 10" combo - both of these offer that, plus a direct out, headphone jack, and reverb tank! That's amazing to me.
     
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  18. Michael A.

    Michael A. Tele-Holic Ad Free Member

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    Plus it was made in USA! How did they do it?
     
  19. Tony474

    Tony474 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Extremely well, it would seem...
     
  20. Nubs

    Nubs Tele-Afflicted

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    Aug 16, 2014
    Houston, TX
    What's a good replacement speaker for a TM30? Mine is sounding awful muddy & I could use something that can take the volume this amp produces. I play mostly classic rock & blues.
     
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