NAD - Captain Amps 2x10 Tweed Super Amp

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  1. skerwo

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    This week I got my new handbuilt Tweed Super Amp (5F4), made in Germany by Captain Amps. Mojo cabinet, TAD tubes, 2 10" Weber speakers (1 alnico, 1 ceramic), Mercury Magnetics parts, upgraded with a PPIMV and a switch to choose between tube and diode rectifier. 35 watts and fantastic tone.

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    Here´s a short video from the first test in our rehearsal room. For more dirt, hall and delay there was a T-Rex Soulmate in front of the amp. Settings:

    Bass, Treble and Presence between 4-5
    patched channels, normal channel 5, bright channel 4
    PPIMV at about 60 %
    tube rectifier engaged

     
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  2. Bob Arbogast

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    I have a soft spot for the 5F4, and this is a worthy example. Enjoy it!
     
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    Great tweed tone, enjoy!
     
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    Thx for your comments. It's really a great amp with a lot of american spirit
     
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    Here´s another video of my Tweed Super amp. It´s taken at home at a higher home volumelevel, not really loud. No reverb, no delay, just taken directly from the mobile phone (Samsung Galaxy S7) to YouTube. In front of the amp is a clone of the Analogman King of Tone (which is by far the best overdrive I´ve ever owned) and the TC Spark booster for the leadlines. At the end the two sides of the KoT clone are stacked. In the description of the video you´ll find the settings of the amp. And remember, it´s really turned down with the PPIMV.

     
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    great amp.can you notice much difference between tube and diode rectifiers
     
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    Looks and sounds great!
     
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    It´s noticeable, the amp gets more directly, less sag as expected. It´s a nice tool for creating slightly different sounds.
     
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    Sounds killer...I;m jealous.
     
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    Thx, I´m very happy with this amp. I sold all other ones except a small Blackstar Fly 3 for home practice. Normally the Tweed stays in the rehearsal room. This weekend I took it home to install Tilt Back legs. So I had the chance to test it at home levels (not bedroom).
     
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    I find mine is a bit heavy in the bass end, and and end up playing with most of the bass dialled out. I'm gonna try swapping out the first pair of coupling caps and see what happens. The bass/treble controls act like a gain boost, so it'll be interesting to see how it works. Gotta say, I love the 5f4, it makes my Deluxe sound like a toy.
     
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    Sounds fantastic. Enjoy!
     
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    Sounds great....enjoy
     
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    Yes, there´s a really big low end. The possibility of a diode rectifier tames the low end, it tightens it up. I also find out that the bass and treble controls boost the gain but especially in higher settings. The lower settings react more like a tone knob so I also choose low settings for the bass knob.
     
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    This!
     
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    I´m planning to change the power tubes in my Tweed Super from 6L6 to 6V6. After talking to my tech it´s possible with some small changes when I use the JJ 6V6s because they can run the higher voltage of the Tweed Super. I´m hoping for less output power so that I can run the ppimv a little bit more open. Also I always loved the sound of 6V6 tubes.

    Any opinions?
     
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    Looks great, sounds great, great chops. Life is good/great.
    Congrats!
     
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    Meantime the change of the power tubes is realized. I´m more than glad that I did it. The breakup from the amp comes a little bit earlier but the most important thing: it sounds so much sweeter in the breakup zone with the 6v6, a little bit more compressed, less glassy or stiff as it sounded before with the 6l6. I´m very satisfied that this perfect amp now sounds more perfect than before ;)
     
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    Congrats, have fun.
     
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