Surprise NAD - PRS Makes Amps?

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  1. MilwMark

    MilwMark Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Shocking to me, actually. PRS Sonzera 20 Combo

    Had an outdoor show Saturday night. Used my new Charvel. Went great. Except the sound cut out totally at one point. Did old "unplug board" and plug straight in. Nothing. Known, spare, good cable, straight in. Still nothing. wiggled input jack and messed with all the controls and it came back rest of show.

    So I ran into the shop today to check it out. Bad jack. They replaced while I watied. I tested it out through the Sonzera. Which I'd never even heard of.

    I was FLOORED. Sweet, dynamic. Versatile. Low noise floor. Gain channel has TONS of headroom and volume. But also loads of non-mushy gain. Reverb is nice. Weighs about the same as a DRRI. To my ear has loads more volume and headroom though. Seems similar to my HRDIV in terms of overall level but quite a different "voice".

    Looked it up when I got home and it runs 2 6L6 so maybe the 20w is a conservative rating? Or maybe the speaker is really efficient? The reviews are few and lukewarm but I was instantly taken with it.

    Bought it on the spot. Supposed to rehearse later this week. That's the real test but I think it will be great.

    Name badge is really, erm, prominent on grille cloth though. Wonder if there's a way to remove . . .
     
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    Congrats on the amp. I tried the Sonzera 20 several times in a Sam Ash and never really bonded with it - sounded good, but felt a bit strident to me - perhaps what you refer to as "non-mushy gain."

    Hope you get many miles out of it!!!
     
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    I don't have strong opinions on other peoples gear but I have a belief in serendipity. Sometimes, not often, but sometimes, something amazingly good happens. You found an amp you couldn't walk away from. WOW. That's great. I found mine by serendipity. I wasn't looking for it. I just found it 300 miles from home. Mine's a Mesa Boogie. That's not important. What's great is that you found yours.
     
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    It's interesting you say that. If anything, I'm slightly concerned it will be a bit warm. I think of Marshalls as extremely strident until REALLY wound up loud. Though they also have non-mushy gain.

    @JL_LI - I like that serendipity theory.
     
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    Ok, so I actually looked up the word "strident" and realized what I thought it means isn't what it means. I did not find the amp harsh by any means, but rather very firm, immediately responsive to playing - perhaps more modern than vintage sounding. Not soft or mushy by any means. My tastes leans towards my perception of "vintagy sounding" rather than "modern sounding"

    Not trying to cast a negative light on your choice by any means - I would love a PRS amp and I think the Sonzera is well done.
     
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    I guess the question is why would you expect a PRS amp to suck? And why would you worry about the fact that it says PRS on the front of a PRS amp?
    Anyways happy NAD! Hope it works out for you!
     
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    Oh. I know. I didn’t take it that way.

    I do like immediate/responsive amps. Real dynamic range. @Jakedog have a similar take on that if I recall. It’s why I love my JC40.

    I totally get the softer/vintage feel. It’s cool but never worked for me.
     
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    OK, bro. Super happy for you. Sounds awesome. But need pics! :)
     
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    It's a good sign when you've plugged in and CAN NOT leave the amp in the store.
    HNAD - :cool:
    Peace - Deeve
     
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    Yep. I’m a big fan of “what you pick is what you get.” Immediate attack, no real compression or sag to speak of. A truly dynamic amp that reproduces EXACTLY what I do without messing with it. If you’re digging the Sonzera I might have to give one another look. I haven’t tried one in person, but the online reviews kinda discouraged me. Also helps that you say it has more headroom than it seems like it’s rating would allow. That’s a plus for me as well. How’s the low end?
     
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    Cool!
    I hear nothing but good things about PRS amps.
    Mr. Smith doesn’t fool around.
     
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    So much low end that I had it set at 10 o’clock with the volume and master at 8-10 o’clock.

    The true test is always rehearsal/shows. But it was shockingly loud even with my volume
    rolled back. I’m not kidding, to 2.

    I was afraid to turn guitar or amp up more.

    I’m a little confused by it all, TBH.

    In part because I don’t really like “small” amps. I like bigger amps, like 41 minute long, with a decent size cabinet and a good master volume.

    Honestly, it really does remind me in terms of headroom and power of my heart love deluxe, but it definitely has a non-Fender voice in some respects. Thicker Mids but not muddy or harsh. Not grainy like a Marshall can be (in a good way).
     
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    Why would you want to remove that logo?? It's not like it says "Squier"...
     
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    It’s just so big. And garish. And a signature. If it were a “Fender” sized PRS logo, fine.
     
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    My first guess would be it gets 20w from a pair of 6L6 so the power section is not running out of headroom at higher volume while not having the full 40-50 those power tubes could deliver with bigger transformers.
    Also SS rectifier for more punchy attack?

    As far as a PRS making amps I though they gave that up in like 2010?
    Too many knobs for the internet IIRC...
     
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    So, sir Paul is a lesser man than sir Leo?
     
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    Played a Sonzera in a local shop. Liked it a LOT. Different character from my usual taste in amps, but still very musical and live. If I was playing out and needed a good high gain tone, I would pick it over a lot of amps out there. I am actually really surprised to read that there people out there who dislike it.

    Then again, lots of folks hate on PRS guitars for no reason that I will every understand.
     
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    I had to look it up, yeah, that logo is pretty ugly. And I have an Egnater head and cab with the giant white logo!

    I got used to it.
     
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    Huge signature logo.

    @telemnemonics - very few knobs. Sensibly-labeled, too.
     
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