Music Man Amps to Return

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  1. Lowbassnotes

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    I've been working on these beasts since the 80's and are good sounding amps..it's gonna be a little more difficult than they may think due to the way the output section is designed.. a very unique way to run the output tubes... and the original Musicmans and Peaveys were the only ones to accomplish this....Good luck to them trying to faithfully recreate these...
     
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    This could be very interesting. I still have my original MM112RD50 with the EV speaker I got back in 82' and still liking it! Where as the MM has a SS preamp and tube amp, I believe that some of the DV's have a tube pre and a SS amp. Look forward to seeing what they do.
     
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    This is the 112 version ..sounds pretty good.

     
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    Sorry but what do the DV amps have to do with Music Man?
     
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    The original article starting the thread says:

    Ernie Ball's own Sterling Ball announced last week that the company would be partnering with Mark Bass to bring the legendary Music Man amp line back into existence. - See more at: http://tonereport.com/news/music-man-amps-to-return#sthash.ea3iFMGE.dpuf

    So discussion veered into what other guitar amps Mark Bass has been building lately.

    It's a funny thing when aging demographics change the idea of what counts as classic or vintage.

    Because with cars and guitars, that nostalgia factor is about to push the idea of vintage into what many consider the nadir of American manufacturing quality being totally wiped out by cost cutting measures and bad corporate decisions- the seventies.

    Of course there is quality in any decade.
     
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    I've got a 115-130 with a monster EV in it. They're unstoppable.
     
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    Didn't mean to sidetrack the thread, I just thought since everything is speculation about the specifics of the MM amps it might be interesting to see a little about the company involved. To me the Mark folks being involved seems much more interesting than if it was just some Asian production facilty.
     
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    And Johnny Winter
     
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    I truly love mine - It can take EL34, 6L6 or 6V6 power tubes. Really light, rugged, and can go from class A 0.5 to Class AB 40 watts on the fly. GREAT cleans. I use pedals for dirt, and the 2 12 inch neodymium speakers sound great. I did put winged C 6L6's and high end 12AX7's in mine - the amp even self biases your tubes for you so you burn them evenly.

    Great, great amp.
     
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    I own it's 65-Watt little Brother.
    It too has the 15" EV.
    One very versatile Amp!
     
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    From the looks of that I'll guess MM will be offering something worth plugging in to. It'd be great if they integrated the powerful clean sounds of the old classic amps with well designed power scaling in an attractive package. Thanks for posting your your amp, good to hear.
     
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    I would love to find an amp, any amp, that has that awesome Fender Twin Reverb clean sound but doesn't weigh a gazillion pounds. Don't say Deluxe Reverb because I want it to get louder than that.

    Lots of folks say how wonderful Music Mans were, but they certainly didn't help in the weight department.

    Looking at Mark Bass and their guitar and bass lines, it seems that they are trying to work in this space-- amps with a big sound yet light weight for what they do. With Quilter and everything else, I am becoming more open minded to solid state or hybrid designs-- whether tube pre-amp into solid state power amp, or vice-versa, or Music Man's solid state/tube hybrid pre-amp into tube power amp....whatever gets me to the promised land but doesn't way so dang much!

    It's funny, though. Growing up I dreamed of tube amps but could only afford solid state. Now I have tube amps and have become more open to solid state again. Part of it is that I don't need big distortion from my amps anymore. I am happy with a black-face type distortion and then adding pedals to that.
     
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    randall commander II

    that is what you want...
     
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    But the Randalls were pretty heavy, weren't they?
     
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    not the commander II

    I have one with some two rock speakers in it and it is about half the weight of a twin.
     
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    Where are they being made?
     
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