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Modeler vs Real Deal...
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(03-19-2018, 06:54 AM)BriGuy1968 Wrote: This may sound like heresy, but I’ve never had a tube amp. In fact, my Fender Champion 100 is the biggest, loudest amp I’ve ever owned… not that I’ve owned all that many amps. The fact is, I would rather use a solid-state amp clean with modeling to come up with my sound just because I like the ability to sound good at any volume.  

I should say, though, that I believe everything you’re telling me… I just have no interest in owning a better amp because I’m afraid that I’ll become spoiled!

The music project I recently joined has kind of an interesting business plan. Our bass player works as a booking agent for a local brewery and all he sees are acoustic solo and duo acts.  He came up with the idea of having a small (three-piece) rock band that could play this type of place without melting faces but still providing a more lively performance.  My 40-watt 1x12 is the perfect size for this band and modeling easily provides The right sound for the relatively low volume.

Nothing wrong with that at all. I used SS Crate and Randall amps, with floor based effects processors for 10 years. My old Digitech and Boss processors still make me smile when I break one out to play with. The Digitech RP12 is still one of my all time favorites, followed by the Boss GT-8. 

In a band setting, live, and on stage, no one will care. You are still going to sound good as long as you can play. (Not saying you can't. That may have come out wrong.)

Most all of the local live players I've seen in the last couple of years, besides metal bands, go direct with some sort of Modeler, laptop, or even a cell phone. Once they start playing, you'd never know it if you aren't an experienced player and tube amp guy. It's not really that big of a deal. If they are playing Freebird, it's still Freebird, you now?

I like to use drag cars as an example.To me, the SS amps and modelers are like the tricked out 4 banger Honda's, and Toyota's. They will get that ass for about the first 500', and come off the line like nobodies business. The reaction times are always faster, and if you slip up, it might still outrun you. The big tube amps are like the Pro-mod 8 cylinders. That little Honda might get you off the line, but after that first 500', you better look out, because I'm blowing it's doors off at around 800', and have a much higher top speed. But in the end, we are both just putting a car down the track as fast as we can, and are enjoying the hell out of it. It's fun and entertainment no matter which cars are at the tree.

Tube amps are really just for us guitar players. It's like playing the $200 pawn shop specials for years, then going all in and buying your first US Strat, or Gibby LP. It's hard to go back after that. 

And just to show you that we are all in the same sport, and it takes all of us to progress and learn from each other. You are more than welcome to borrow my Randall RM50 for a few weeks, just to compare and A/B with your amp. It might not be too practical because it would have to be shipped, but hey, the offer stands. If you can learn something from it, it was well worth it.  Cheers
I hear Mexico is nice this time of year.
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Modeler vs Real Deal... - by lreese - 03-12-2018, 07:33 PM
RE: Modeler vs Real Deal... - by LesStrat - 03-12-2018, 07:50 PM
RE: Modeler vs Real Deal... - by lreese - 03-12-2018, 07:59 PM
RE: Modeler vs Real Deal... - by Oinkus - 03-13-2018, 06:32 AM
RE: Modeler vs Real Deal... - by karpathion - 03-18-2018, 09:40 PM
Modeler vs Real Deal... - by BriGuy1968 - 03-19-2018, 06:54 AM
RE: Modeler vs Real Deal... - by karpathion - 03-20-2018, 08:18 AM
RE: Modeler vs Real Deal... - by lreese - 03-20-2018, 09:57 AM
RE: Modeler vs Real Deal... - by Oinkus - 03-19-2018, 07:30 AM
RE: Modeler vs Real Deal... - by lreese - 03-19-2018, 11:25 AM
RE: Modeler vs Real Deal... - by Demanic - 03-19-2018, 12:53 PM
RE: Modeler vs Real Deal... - by lreese - 03-19-2018, 03:05 PM
RE: Modeler vs Real Deal... - by LesStrat - 03-19-2018, 06:54 PM
RE: Modeler vs Real Deal... - by lreese - 03-19-2018, 07:20 PM
RE: Modeler vs Real Deal... - by LesStrat - 03-20-2018, 12:13 AM
RE: Modeler vs Real Deal... - by Demanic - 03-20-2018, 10:09 PM
RE: Modeler vs Real Deal... - by karpathion - 03-21-2018, 11:05 AM
RE: Modeler vs Real Deal... - by lreese - 03-21-2018, 06:55 PM
RE: Modeler vs Real Deal... - by lreese - 03-22-2018, 10:58 AM
RE: Modeler vs Real Deal... - by lreese - 03-22-2018, 02:03 PM
RE: Modeler vs Real Deal... - by karpathion - 03-22-2018, 06:13 PM
RE: Modeler vs Real Deal... - by karpathion - 03-22-2018, 07:29 PM
RE: Modeler vs Real Deal... - by lreese - 03-22-2018, 07:42 PM

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