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Played through a Tone King Metropolitan tonight ...

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by holgaguy, Oct 24, 2014.

  1. holgaguy

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    ... what a sound! Unbelievable; played three sets with it. Both channels broke up really nicely. Even the tone control on my Tele seemed more responsive. I could go from a real creamy sound to biting edgy sound easily. I wonder what affordable amp sounds like it?

    How will I ever play through and be satisfied with my Mustang II again? :D
     
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    that is so fun!
     
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    Affordable amps that could do this magic? Early silverface.
     
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    Actually, I have an early silverface VR. Not even close. Wish it was, but it ain't.

    :eek:
     
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    In good working condition it is a whole lot better than a Mustang though.
    My guess is the Tone King costs about double what you paid for the silverface VR (depending on the year)
     
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    Affordable amps that have that magic?

    A used Tone King.

    I had a Tone King Meteor, which may be the best amp they made.

    I loved it, but sold it anyway, when I did a gear sell of a couple of years ago. The thing that sucks is that I really didn't need he money. I just got a spontaneous idea that I needed to thin the herd and sold that amp along with some other awesome guitars and basses.

    Oh well, it's just "stuff".
     
  7. holgaguy

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    I paid $700 for my Vibrolux. It was a steal to say the least. :)
     
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    Was there any kind of master volume or attenuator on the Meteor? It was 40 watts?
     
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    The SF Vibrolux must be the only one I did not bond with - so I kind of understand. It just lacks that big round sound
     
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    It's not that I think my Vibrolux is bad, it's just not a Metropolitan. The Tone Kings have 2 channels voiced very differently from each other and in the case of the Metropolitan, have some kind of attenuator (power scaler they might call it) which gives break-up without being too loud. Can't do that with my Vibrolux without adding something to it, and even then, it won't sound the same.
     
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    That Metro is a very versatile amp......
     
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    I have not played through a Metro, but the Tone King Imperial I played was one of the sweetest amps I ever plugged into. The Metro becomes much more affordable if you think that if you play it for at least 20 years, given basic upkeep and wear, you are only paying around $0.35 a day. That is cheaper than what Jack Nicholson was paying to keep little N'dugo going in "About Schmidt".
     
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    If an affordable amp could do it, they would be out of business.
     
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    If I could find a way to really pay 35 cents a day, I'd do it in a heartbeat!
     
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    I wonder what comes close and is less expensive though?! :)
     
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    I think a tricked-out Princeton Reverb by Muchxs.
     
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    The Meteor did not have an attenuator. The Metropolitan is where that started. However, it was a 40 watt amp that was switchable to 20 watts on both channels.

    It was also the only Tone King to feature lush, 3 knob reverb, similar to the Fender standalone reverb units. So if you're into reverb, it's pretty cool.

    By the way, I did buy the "Iron Man" attenuator from Tone King to use with my Meteor. Awesome attenuators, but I sold it because I never needed it in actual gigging situations, and I didn't ever need overdrive at bedroom levels.
     
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    Thanks for the information on the Meteor. I'll have to check out the prices on those (and maybe the Comet as well). I'd like the 3 knob reverb!
     
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    I tried out a used Metropolitan - played one chord with that magic reverb and simply HAD to buy it! It just makes me sound as if i could play :p
     
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    Couldn't help posting a pic :)
     
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