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RMosack

USA

Go Buckeyes!
Jan 16th, 2009 05:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Both amps look interesting.

Interesting choice in the names for both. The VM Bandmaster seems logical, but it's strange to call a 40 watt amp powered by a pair of 6L6 tubes a Deluxe. VM Pro or Concert or something like that may have made sense.



ReadyMade

Canada

Jan 16th, 2009 06:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Which L&M did you get it at?

MrBean

Canada

Jan 16th, 2009 06:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Kamloops, BC.



ReadyMade

Canada

Jan 16th, 2009 08:42 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ooo. I should check the one in downtown Toronto. Maybe they should have some...

SuperReverb2
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Pitt Meadows, BC

Gotta LOVE a Super Reverb
Jan 16th, 2009 11:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

We have a Deluxe VM at the POCO (Port Coquitlam) L&M.

:)

dmoulton

canada

Jan 17th, 2009 11:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

What do you think about it SuperReverb2 ??

David

Kyle Ashley

USA

Jan 18th, 2009 02:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

What is the nature of high gain settings? Is it smooth and fluid like the Super-Sonic and Prosonic or more coarse like the Hot Rod series?

(This message was last edited by Kyle Ashley at 02:28 PM, Jan 18th, 2009)

MrBean

Canada

Jan 18th, 2009 05:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well I spent some time on the amp today.

The gain channel just amazes me!! It has the most gain that I have heard from any Fender amp, much smoother than the Hot Rod. All this from one 12AX7!! It can get nice blackface breakup on gain 2 - 4, getting into Marshall 5 - 7, and beyond 7 it gets real nasty!

The clean channel sounds dam close to a DRRI to me, lots of clean headroom with power tube gain coming in arround 6.

Still cant believe there are no others with this amp yet. The guy's at my L&M are mad, because I grabbed the amp before they had a chance to play with it, and they only had one shipped to the store.

(This message was last edited by MrBean at 05:34 PM, Jan 18th, 2009)

Kyle Ashley

USA

Jan 18th, 2009 05:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks for the info! I already have a Super-Sonic, but this amp sounds like it may be great and different, especially with the built in FX making it a great grab n go.

beenawhile
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USA

Jan 23rd, 2009 12:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

As a DRRI owner that has been gassing for a true Bandmaster, I have been curious about these new amps. I just realized - the new VMs are the same, expect one is a combo and one is a head. I am surprised they didn't use the Bandmaster label for both (or perhaps Tremolux or '65 Vibrolux).

I could do without the V label on the grill, too...

But that said, I look forward to trying one.

(This message was last edited by beenawhile at 12:03 PM, Jan 23rd, 2009)

GaryWayneBob
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Jan 23rd, 2009 01:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

This amp looks like it was pulled from my head: it is almost exactly what I've been wanting from a Fender amp.

RMosack

USA

Go Buckeyes!
Jan 23rd, 2009 02:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I just realized - the new VMs are the same, expect one is a combo and one is a head. I am surprised they didn't use the Bandmaster label for both (or perhaps Tremolux or '65 Vibrolux)."

The Bandmaster name seems good for the head, but Tremolux or Vibrolux would've been just fine too.

Deluxe name makes zero sense for the combo. When I think of Deluxe (particularly with BF leanings), I think 22 watts from a pair of 6V6 tubes, not a dual 6L6 amp.

A dual 6L6 powered 12" combo Pro Reverb to me.


I suppose it doesn't matter, but it seems weird.

GaryWayneBob
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Jan 24th, 2009 06:53 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I will be a member as soon as I can.

prolux
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NC, USA

Jan 24th, 2009 01:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"When I think of Deluxe (particularly with BF leanings), I think 22 watts from a pair of 6V6 tubes, not a dual 6L6 amp."

Well think about it for a moment. There is the hot rod deluxe and blues deluxe that have dual 6L6's.

BTW - Went to GC today and they had the road worn guitars but no VM's.

(This message was last edited by prolux at 03:10 PM, Jan 24th, 2009)

bluesking55
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Mechanicsville Va

Jan 24th, 2009 06:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

im in for less than a week, I cant believe the tone. waiting a long time DRRI meets HRDLX meets Prosonic, Im not touching mine but this amp begs for a Celestion Gold. Stock speaker is veeeeerrrryyy good.
bought a 60's Road Worn sunburst strat the same day

MrBean

Canada

Jan 24th, 2009 11:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

BluesKing,

I agree!!

Pure DRRI on the clean channel, and the drive channel amazes me!
It has so much gain, but still sounds like overdriven Blackface on lower gain settings, and screams at gain level 7 and up!!

Also to DSP, especially the reverb is the best I have heard. I keep looking for the tank in the bottom of the amp.

Just starting to play with the Delay, and using some of the settings on the sell sheet and working from there.

I had a great overdriven blackface tone today, with a slapback delay and a little reverb. An hour went by before I knew it.





Steve Dallman
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Merrill, Wisconsin

Just enjoying the cold...
Jan 26th, 2009 07:54 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Prolux is right. The best selling amp of all time for Fender has been the Hot Rod DELUXE, which is an "upgrade" of the Blues DELUXE. So another Deluxe doesn't seem odd.

beenawhile
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USA

Jan 26th, 2009 08:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"So another Deluxe doesn't seem odd"

I guess I agree with that. But they did dress it up like a blackface (a good think, I guess) and the Deluxe name seems to be out of step with its BF past. No biggie - just curious.

I still think its odd that they chose a different name for the head version - even though its the same amp - is there any precedent for that?

More and more, I am warming to the concept. Sure is an ugly, non-vintage looking footswitch, though!


MrBean

Canada

Jan 26th, 2009 08:28 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The foot switch works great!

You can switch between channels, and turn the Reverb, Delay and Chorus on and off in any combination.

Very flexible, and functional.




Webfoot

US

Jan 26th, 2009 08:59 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Have not tried but two things I wish they would have done different is 1) on the footswitch... use one for the effects loop (in/out) and not the reverb and 2) the cabinet width dimension to be exactly the same as the hot rod extension cabinet width... it's close... I think within a half of an inch.

How does the clean channel sound with no effects (no reverb etc.)? How does it take pedals on the clean channel?

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