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Discussion in 'Amp Owners Clubs' started by vox Phantom, Apr 24, 2011.
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That's a sweet setup right there. Was torn between the metropolitan and the sky king, but went for the sky king as the tremolo is amazing as is the dual attenuation.
Sounds great with the trussart, how does the Crook sound?
The crook sounds excellent through the Metro. I played the Imperial, Metropolitan and Skyking side by side. I really wanted to like the skyking best as I wanted the tremelo and its PTP. Although I really don't use tremelo often enough to miss it. The Imperial could have given me the tremelo but I feared not enough headroom. The Metro tone was just the sweetest from my setup. As well to me its the most versatile of the the 3.
I think Mark Bartel said that the metro was his most versartile amp and to be honest if I'd walked home with a metro I'm sure I'd be just as happy.
Perhaps I should get one as well*
*If my wife is reading this I'm only joking.... well half joking
Meteor 30 Head
I'm the proud owner of the Meteor 30 (EL84's) and when I first plugged into that thing I was floored. I own 7 boutique or quality clone amps but this thing really raised the bar. The reverb is the most lush I've ever heard & it has the separate controls for each channel on the back. The chime and the "edge of break-up... i can't say enough good things about this amp. NEVER SELLING!!!!
That sounds nice – I wonder which volume he played. Is the Imperial loud enough for club gigs?
The idea of having a clean channel and a tweed channel still sounds like a good one to me. Can the clean channel stay clean with a dynamic drummer and a hammond organ & leslie?
The Imperial is a loud 20 watts. Honestly, it depends on how heavy handed your drummer is. I usually play with mine in an iso-cab, so I cannot really can't speak to it as well as others.
The amp is less of a two channel amp & more like two amps in one box. The clean channel has a blackface Deluxe Reverb character (scooped mids). Although it can be crystal clean, it will start to break-up at some point (mine has a master volume, so I'm not sure when a stock one starts to break up). The "tweed" channel is not just tweed, but begins to venture into a Marshall territory as you twist the mid bite. Both channels have their own thing going on & in a good way. I have links to some recent videos with examples of both channels, if you want ideas.
I played an outdoor festival last weekend with my imperial un miced.
Full band (6 of us) about 1000 people... on a real stage, covered, good back drop, and the sound man said "i chased you all day" meaning, he used my level as the band level and he said, 'that amp is the best sounding amp I've ever heard.' he went on to say that it cut just right and was clear even when driven...
I played pretty much the whole gig on the 'lead' 5e3 channel on about 3. I roll back the volume and/or tone on my tele for cleans...
So, yeah. it is a LOUD and clear sounding amp.
Managed to get a good deal on a 2 yrs old Metropolitan and oh my, does it deserve the brand name: king of tone! Lovin' it
Sitting nicely on my new amp stand from Atlas Stands.
Very very nice!!! Wow I bet that amp sounds wonderful. And I like the amp stand too. excellent rig, thanks for sharing, great pics...
When i went to try it out i was hoping i wouldn't like it - painful price tag. I played ONE chord and had to buy it!! Simply unbelieveable. The cleans are breathtaking, i have never ever heard anything like it. Makes me sound as if i can play geeetaar!
Oh and these stands are outstanding ( no pun intended! ) these 2 guys are true craftsmen and will work together with you. Totally dedicated! Check them out at
atlas-stands.com no affiliation, just a very happy customer. You can find the built thread to this particular stand in their built section.
Have had this for a couple weeks now, this amp is everything I was looking for. I was concerned by other folks opinions of the lead channel but between the different modes and different settings I have found everything I want in this amp on both channels. Love the attenuators as well...if I ever have kids it will be the perfect way to do some late night recording without waking the beasts...
Uuuuuh, very nice and excellent choice of colour
Thank you! This thing is a killer amp....color and all.
Tomorrow I have the the chance to trade my Top Hat-King Royale
for a new Tone King-Imperial. Might even get some money out of
the deal. Just wondering would this be a good trade:?: My Top Hat
is a 35 watt Amp with a Head and a 2X12 Cab. Now the Tone King
is a 20 watt Combo with a 1X12 with Reverb and Tremolo. I have
a Fender American Deluxe Telecaster and a Phantom Guitar Works
Phantom one of a kind. Would 20 watts be good for home use and
I love the Reverb and Tremolo on the Imperial. I look at it as down
sizing and are more people going with low watt amps? Should I do
the trade or just keep what I have.
I left out the pictures of both
You're finally almost there! You should've went and bought the Imperial 2 1/2 yrs ago when you started this thread I have Imperial #006 and the only thing I'd change is I'd buy the Anniversary model with the attenuator and ptp wiring.
Don't forget the pics!!
MickM you are right but when I started the post I didn't have
the money. I still don't have it but the trade would not cost
me anything. Don't get me wrong i do like my Top Hat but
it takes me a long time just to get the sound that I like with
it. Over the years I've had a better Fender type sound and
that goes all the way back to JR High I know the 6V6's
sound different from the EL84's. Here are some pictures
Yup, when I had my Tone King Meteor, I always used the "lead" channel live. I felt that the rhythm channel got somewhat lost live (was a loud band), but the lead channel cut through nicely.