NUAD: Roland Blues Cube Hot....

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  1. bluesholyman

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    I am admittedly a tube amp snob - I have always preferred the feel and sound of tube amps over any solid state or modeling amp. Still do, but haven't ever really found something non-Kemper and affordable that had that tube-amp feel to it.

    I was looking for a good inexpensive practice amp, fairly no frills, just wanted it to sound good at low volumes and maybe take it with me to a band practice, hold its own - something to stand in for the '59 Bassman LTD - "inexpensive" and Bassman-like sound seemed an impossible goal.

    My most recent find of a Harvard Reverb II had some issues so it ended up going back. Sounded ok for 80s solid state, not bad, but not "wow" either.

    Ran across a used Blues Cube Hot at a local store for $350 which made it a somewhat reasonable price in my mind. It sounded better than anything else affordable that I had plugged into in for a long time. I think my goto practice amp in time will be a Princeton Reverb, but for now, this should do nicely.

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  2. Mike Eskimo

    Mike Eskimo Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Nice. I’d like one of those . Is that 30 or 60 or what wattage ?
     
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    The "Hot" is a 30-watt model - still gets plenty loud. It has the .5w/5w/15w/30w settings.

    This one does not take the tone capsules, but the next step up, the Stage which is 60w does...
     
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    Great stuff, congratulations!
     
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    Welcome to the cube club!
     
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    Congrats.
     
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    Congrats on a fine amp!
     
  8. FenderGuy53

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    There are at least 3 iterations of the Roland Blues Cube Hot:
    • American 6L6-modified (Fender Bassman Tweed)
    • British EL84-modified (Vox)
    • British KT66-modified (Marshall Bluesbreaker)
    Which flavor is yours?
     
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    Well done. A fantastic amp. I too love tubes, although my only current one is a ‘64 champ.

    The line out is independent of the master volume. It’s great for changing stage volume w/o affecting FOH.

    I chose the Hot over the Stage because I knew if I could stick the capsules in, I’d try it. I’m big into fewer options.
     
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    I don't remember what they were, but I seem to recall some negative reactions to the "Hot" models. Anyone remember what those were? Am I imagining things?
     
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    Congratulations on your Roland Blues Cube Hot. I very much enjoy mine. I'm not sure, but I think it's the Fender Bassman Tweed 6L6 model.
     
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    I have 2 Fenders, a Twin and a Hot Rod Deluxe. I use my Roland Cube 30 the most, especially when just jamming at the house. Its great.
     
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    Cool, tubes player here also, but good gear is good gear !! Congrats & enjoy ..play music !
     
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    My guess is that's the tweed version. There aren't a lot of EL-84s in the States and the Marshall version would say "Boss Drive Special" on the front edge of the top, which I THINK would be visible in that second photo. I have the Marshall version and I really like that amp a lot.
     
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    I think you're mixing the roland blues cube and the boss nextone. Those three options are available on the nextone.
     
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    Well done! You won't regret it.

    I bought mine for the same reasons you mentioned. It soon became my main amp. I took it to gigs, festivals, radios and so on. I even have friends that come home and want to play it each time because they like the way it feels bit they don't want to be seen with one on stage hahahahaha
     
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    Pretty sure it is the Bassman voiced model. The Boss Drive (KT66) model has the gold trimmed nameplate and the "boss drive" plate on top front. The EL84 model has a silver plate in the bottom right of the grill cloth.

    I love how it sounds, even at low volumes.

    I think at full volume the amp can get a hair "digitally" - that is the only negative I have heard about it....don't know that it ever needs to be run wide open like that though.
     
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    Well, if I ever get "amp-concious" like that, I'll just pop the Blues Cube plate and slap a "Fender" one on there - no one will give it a second thought, except to try to steal that awesome sounding Blues Junior with the fancy grill cloth....
     
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    Wise Stan say: Roland is fast becoming a world leader in many ways more than I have time to mention.
    Plus...it's my belief that there's some type of "arrangement" with FMIC only because Fender is also putting out some absolutely KILLER SOLID STATE PRODUCTS.

    Played any recent Fender Champions lately? Try one, currently I really want the Champion 40 112, under two bills and twenty pounds, which to me is the definition of "grab & go."
     
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