Archive for ‘kitaravahvistin’

02/03/2017

Bluetone Amp Designer – Konfiguroi ja tilaa unelmiesi boutique-vahvistin netissä!

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Unelmavahvistimen speksaaminen ja tilaus ei ole koskaan ollut niin helppoa:

Helsinkiläinen putkivahvistinpaja Bluetone tarjoaa uudistetuilla nettisivuillaan Amp Designer -nimisen työkalun, jolla pystyy ”rakentamaan” oman unelmavahvistimen helposti ja nopeasti eri moduuleista.

Bluetonen Amp Designer antaa kaikista moduuleista taustatietoa, sekä moduulien hinnat. Kun kaikki palikat ovat kasassa selviää myös oman vahvistimen kokonaishinta.

Lopullisen tilauksen voi sitten lähettää suoraan sivulta muutamalla klikkauksella.

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02/03/2017

Bluetone Amp Designer – Configure And Order Your Boutique Amp Online!

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Ordering your own custom-made guitar amp has never been easier:

Finnish boutique maker Bluetone now offers you an online Amp Designer, which makes it possible for you to configure your own dream amp in a matter of minutes.

Bluetone’s Amp Designer also keep you informed about the cost of each chosen module, as well as the final price of your amp.

When you’re satisfied, you can place your order a the bottom of the page with just a couple of mouse-clicks.

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27/02/2017

Review: Bluetone Fried Eye 2+2 Reverb

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OK, people, let’s go wild here and start with the summary for a change:

In my view the good people at Bluetone Amps have outdone themselves with their Fried Eye 2+2 Reverb Combo.

I will stick my neck out really far by claiming that the Fried Eye 2+2 is the best-sounding and most-versatile compact two-channel boutique valve combo I’ve ever come across. This guitar combo is all tone and no hype!

If the demo video and this summary are enough to whet your appetite, I’d suggest you head over to Bluetone Amps’ website right away.

If you want to know more, read on…

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Helsinki-based Bluetone is a small boutique amp maker that handcrafts each and every one of their guitar and bass amplifiers, combos and cabinets. Bluetone offers a wide range of customisable options, both on the electronic as well as on the cosmetic front.

Our review combo (price of this version: 2,400 €; incl. footswitch and cover) is a two-channel all-valve affair comprising a Bluetone Clean channel partnered with a Fried Eye crunch channel, which is Bluetone’s take on the hot-rodded Marshall theme.

The 2+2-monicker in the combo’s name points to the special power amp architecture applied here. Instead of trying to emulate or approximate the different power amp sounds of, say, a Blackface-style clean channel and a Marshall-style crunch channel using heavy filtering and electronic trickery, Bluetone Amps go for maximum authenticity.

The 2+2 power amp uses two different pairs of output tubes – one pair for each channel. Selecting the clean channel switches on the power amp’s pair of 6L6GC-valves, while switching over to the Fried Eye channel will see a pair of EL34s spring into action.

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(Photo courtesy of Bluetone Amps)

Bluetone Amps have recently been moving away from building their complete model range using only point-to-point building techniques. Certain models are now available as modular designs, which makes production less time-consuming, and thus more affordable. Still, like the point-to-point amplifiers, Bluetone hand-solders all its PCB-based modules at their workshop.

The Fried Eye 2+2 Reverb has been made in this modular fashion.

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Like most Bluetone combos the Fried Eye is constructed with an open back.

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Our review sample is one of the first Bluetone amps to feature a Celestion neodymium speaker.

The 12-inch G12 NEO promises genuine Celestion Creamback tones coupled with the benefit of considerably lighter weight.

The Fried Eye 2+2 Reverb uses an MOD reverb tank and Bluetone’s own valve-driven circuitry.

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This Fried Eye combo comes with some interesting back panel features:

There’s a Front End signal booster, amplifying the signal right at the beginning of the signal path.

The Fried Eye’s switchable effects loop is an active affair, complete with a dedicated level control. If you don’t run any effects in the loop, you can use the loop’s make-up gain as an additional, foot-switchable boost in the signal path.

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A chunky three-button footswitch unit is supplied with the Bluetone combo.

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Bluetone’s Fried Eye 2+2 Reverb combo offers a wide range of options on its front panel. Thanks to the logical layout and the clear lettering, the front panel never seems complex or crowded, though.

The Fried Eye Crunch channel offers you a 3-Band EQ-section, plus Fat and Bite switches, to fine-tune your crunch tones.

The Bluetone Clean channel’s High/Low-switch offers two different pre-gain settings, which change the amount of available clean headroom.

Each channel features its own reverb level knobs – so you don’t have to compromise lush reverbs for clean tones with drier settings for crunch – as well as dedicated master volume controls.

Using all the different front panel and back panel features offers you a mind-boggling array of different tonal and drive options. With just a couple (or three) well-chosen guitars, Bluetone’s Fried Eye 2+2 Reverb will give you access to virtually any classic guitar tone you could dream up (with the exception of contemporary Metal).

Bluetone’s clean channel will take you from pristinely shimmering cleans well into Blues break-up territory.

This clip steps through the different boost options offered by the Fried Eye’s clean channel (using a Hamer USA Studio Custom). The sequence is Low dry –> Low plus reverb –> High –> High + FE Boost –> High + FE Boost + FX Boost:

Being able to use the FX loop as an additional booster turns the Fried Eye 2+2 into a two-channel-plus-solo-boost machine.

This clip steps through the different boost options offered by the Fried Eye’s crunch channel (using a Hamer USA Studio Custom). The sequence is Crunch –> Crunch + FE Boost –> Crunch + FE Boost + FX Boost:

Cleaning up the crunch channel using your guitar’s volume control works like a dream here. The Bluetone’s Fried Eye Crunch sounds juicy and lively, even with the guitar turned down to almost zero:

The demo track’s rhythm guitar parts were played on a Gibson Melody Maker SG (stereo left) and a maple-necked Fender Stratocaster (stereo right). The lead part was recorded with a modern Tele-type guitar, using the instrument’s volume control to adjust the amount of overdrive:

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In my view the good people at Bluetone Amps have outdone themselves with their Fried Eye 2+2 Reverb Combo.

I will stick my neck out really far by claiming that the Fried Eye 2+2 is the best-sounding and most-versatile compact two-channel boutique valve combo I’ve ever come across. This guitar combo is all tone and no hype!

Messrs. Kneckt and Vauhkonen don’t run around wearing strange clothes or wild hairdos, pretending to be exalted tone gurus. You also won’t be required to send in mp3s of your guitar playing to prove you’re worthy to join the ”Bluetone Cult”.

Bluetone’s dynamic duo are down-to-earth guys, out on an ongoing quest to bring you maximum tone and usability, and no bullsh*t.

For a genuine boutique-grade amp of its calibre, I can only call the Bluetone Fried Eye 2+2 Reverb’s price tag extremely fair.

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Bluetone Fried Eye 2+2 Reverb Combo

This version: 2,400 € (including footswitch unit and dust cover)

Contact: Bluetone Amps

Pros:

+ handmade in Finland

+ lightweight

+ multiple boost stages

+ versatility

+ reverb sound

+ dedicated reverb and master controls for each channel

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17/02/2017

Bluetone Fried Eye 2+2 Reverb – now on SoundCloud

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16/02/2017

First View: Bluetone Fried Eye 2+2 Reverb

Bluetone Fried Eye 2+2 Reverb

• Handmade in Finland
• Two-channel valve amp
• Class AB
• 20-40 W
• 5 x 12AX7 plus 1 x 12AT7
• Two pairs of power amp valves – 2 x 6L6GC (Clean channel) and 2 x EL34 (Crunch channel)
• Switchable boost
• Switchable effects loop
• Switchable spring reverb
• Single Celestion G12 Neo speaker

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Demo Track
• Two rhythm guitars (Clean channel) – Gibson Melody Maker SG (left) and Fender Stratocaster (right)
• Lead guitar (Crunch channel) – modern Tele-type guitar

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15/02/2017

Bluetone Fried Eye 2+2 ^^^ Testi tulossa! ^^^ Review coming soon!

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27/01/2017

Review: Brunetti SingleMan 16

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Brunetti Amplification is an amp maker from the town of Modena in northern Italy.

Marco Brunetti’s team handcrafts a number of tasty and stylish guitar amps and effect pedals. In addition to custom orders Brunetti also manufactures a range of standard models, of which the SingleMan 16 is the smallest combo amp.

Brunetti-products are distributed in Finland by NordSound.

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The main aim behind the Brunetti SingleMan 16 (1,348 €) is to come up with a compact, single-channel design that nevertheless offers a maximum of tonal flexibility for the working musician.

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The elegant two-tone finish and the combo’s clear lines make the SingleMan a real looker.

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The combo weighs in at a moderate 20 kilos. Its open-backed cabinet is made of high-quality plywood.

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The Brunetti comes loaded with Celestion’s famous 12-inch Vintage 30, which is known for its precise and multifaceted sound.

The SingleMan 16 is a genuine Class A valve amplifier. The preamp uses a pair of 12AX7 tubes, while the power amp is fuelled by two 6V6GTs.

The amp’s spring reverb unit comes from Accutronics. An on/off-footswitch for the reverb effect comes with the combo.

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The amp chassis is precision cut (by laser) from solid steel.

Taking a look inside, we’re greeted by top-drawer components and very crisp workmanship. In contrast to many large-volume manufacturers, Brunetti’s electronics are handwired, and soldered by real people, not robots.

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The SingleMan 16’s back panel offers you jacks for external speakers, the reverb footswitch, and an effects loop (with a dedicated on/off-switch).

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The tonal flexibility of Brunetti’s SingleMan 16 combo mainly comes courtesy of the amp’s six modes.

Three modes are provided in the preamp section (by a sturdy mini-toggle), called Tweed, Fat and Smooth. Tweed is the most angular of the three, offering up dry and very dynamic guitar tones. Fat conjures up a warmer, distinctly British palette of sounds. The third mode, Smooth, turns the SingleMan into a bonafide ”cream machine” that’s warm and a bit saggy. Depending on your chosen guitar, Smooth’s richness can be a bit of a mixed blessing. Dark sounding humbuckers might turn into a bit of a mush, here, but spiky single coils will surely benefit from this mode’s innate fatness.

Here’s a clip of the SingleMan 16’s preamp modes when played with a Fender Telecaster (’62 Custom Reissue). The guitar is plugged into the Hi-input, the Volume control is turned to 10 o’clock:

Here’s a similar clip featuring an Epiphone Les Paul Standard (with vintage-style EMG-HZ pickups). Right at the beginning of the clip I turn the Bright-switch from ”off” to ”on”. The guitar is plugged into Lo, with the Volume control still at 10 o’clock:

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Brunetti’s SingleMan 16 also comes with three power amp modes, which see the power amp running at Full, Moderate (25%) or Quiet (6.25%) levels. Because the output power reduction is achieved by changing the internal voltages in the output valves, switching from one mode to another also has a direct bearing on the combo’s sound and dynamic behaviour. Compared to Full mode, Quiet mode is far fatter-sounding, far more compressed, and seasoned with a good helping of creamy power amp distortion.

Here’s a clip of the three power amp modes, when using a Fender Tele (Volume at two o’clock):

And here’s a similar clip with the Epiphone Les Paul (Volume at one o’clock):

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The demo track features two rhythm guitars – a Fender Stratocaster (left channel) and a Gibson Les Paul Junior (right channel). The lead track was played on an Epiphone Les Paul Standard:

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Brunetti’s SingleMan 16 is a fantastic-sounding and surprisingly versatile single-channel tube combo from Italy. It’s practically impossible to dial in a genuinely ”bad” sound, and the combo’s versatility – both tonally, as well as in terms of its output levels – means that the SingleMan 16 will feel equally at home on stage, in the studio, and in your living-room. For extreme clean headroom or bone-crushing amp stack sound pressure, you should probably look elsewhere, but I’m pretty sure most guitarists will find ”their” sound easily using the SingleMan 16.

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Brunetti SingleMan 16

Current price in Finland: 1,348 € (incl. reverb footswitch and amp cover)

Finnish distribution: NordSound

Pros:

+ handcrafted

+ versatile sound

+ power reduction switch

+ great-sounding reverb

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23/01/2017

Testipenkissä: Brunetti SingleMan 16

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Brunetti Amplification on maineikas vahvistinpaja Pohjois-Italian Modenasta.

Marco Brunettin tiimi valmistaa käsityönä laadukkaita ja tyylikkäitä kitaravahvistimia sekä efektipedaaleja. Custom-töiden lisäksi Brunettin valikoimasta löytyy myös useita omia vahvistinmalleja, joista SingleMan 16 on teholtaan pienin kombo.

Brunettin tuotteita tuo maahan Pohjanmaalainen yritys NordSound.

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Perusidea Brunetti SingleMan 16:ta (1.348 €) suunniteltaessa pääasiallinen tavoite oli toteuttaa mahdollisimman monipuolinen ja hyväsoundinen yksikanavainen kombo kätevässä ja kevyessä formaatissa.

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Kaksivärinen viimeistely ja SingleManin selkeät linjat tekevät kombosta erittäin tyylikkään.

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Kombo painaa 20 kiloa, ja sen kotelo on tehty laadukkaasta vanerista.

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Kaiuttimeksi on valittu Celestionin maineikas 12-tuumainen Vintage 30, joka tunnetaan tarkasta ja kolmiulotteisesta soundistaan.

Brunetti SingleMan 16 on aito A-luokan täysputkivahvistin. Etuaste pohjautuu kahteen 12AX7-putkeen, ja pääte on rakennettu kahden 6V6GT-putken ympärille.

Kombon pohjaan on asennettu laadukas Accutronics-jousikaiku, jonka voi kytkeä päälle tai pois myyntipakettiin sisältyvällä jalkakytkimellä.

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Vahvistinkotelo on leikattu laserilla ruostamattomasta teräksestä.

Kotelon uumenista löytyy kauttaaltaan erittäin laadukkaita komponentteja, ja työnjälki on esimerkillisen siistiä. Toisin kuin monien muiden vahvistinvalmistajien tehtaissa, Brunettin elektroniikka juotetaan käsin, eikä robotin avulla.

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SingleMan 16 -kombon takapaneelista löytyy liittimet lisäkaiuttimelle, kaikukytkimelle, sekä efektilenkki omalla päälle/pois-minikytkimellä.

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Brunetti SingleMan 16:n monipuolisen soundin mahdollistavat kombon tarjoamat kuusi toimintamoodia.

Etuasteen jämäkkä pikkukytkin tarjoaa kolme moodia – Tweed, Fat ja Smooth – joiden toiminta ulottuu pelkkiä EQ-käyriä syvemmälle. Tweed on moodeista kulmikkain ja kuivin, ja se tarjoaa hyvin laajan dynamiikka-alueen. Fat vie SingleManin soundia lämpimämpään suuntaan, joka on luonteeltaan selvästi brittihenkisempi. Smooth-moodi taas tarjoaa erikoisannoksen kermaa ja muhkeutta. Riippuu käytetystä kitaramallista, onko Smoothin kermaisuudesta hyötyä vai meneekö se jopa liian pitkälle. Yksikelaisilla mikrofoneilla Smooth kuulostaa taivaalliselta, mutta paksunsoundisella kaulahumbuckerilla soundi voi muuttua hieman puuroiseksi.

Tällaisilta Brunettin etuvahvistinmoodit kuulostavat Fender Telecasterilla (’62 Custom Reissue). Kitara on liitetty Hi-tuloon ja Volume-säädin on kello kymmenessä:

Tässä samantyyppinen pätkä Epiphone Les Paul Standardilla soitettuna (kitarassa vintage-tyyliset EMG-HZ-mikit). Pätkän alussa laitan Bright-kytkimen päälle. Kitara on liitetty Lo-tuloon ja Volume on kello kymmennessä:

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Brunetti SingleMan 16 -kombon päätteellä on kolme eri tehomoodia. Tarjolla on Full, Moderate (25%) ja Quiet (6,25%). Koska tehon rajoitus on toteutettu laskemalla kombon pääteputkien sisäisiä sähköjännitteitä, muuttuu moodivaihdon seurauksena myös SingleManin dynamiikka ja soundi. Quiet-moodissa soundi on Full-moodiin verrattuna selvästi paksumpi, runsaalla kompressiolla ja kermaisella säröllä höystettynä.

Tässä on päätemoodien esittelypätkä Fender Telellä soitettuna (Volume kello kaksi):

Ja sama Epiphone Les Paulilla (Volume kello yksi):

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Demobiisissä on kaksi komppikitaraa – Fender Stratocaster (vasen kanava) ja Gibson Les Paul Junior (oikea kanava). Soolo-osuudet on soitettu Epiphone Les Paul Standardilla:

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Italialainen Brunetti SingleMan 16 on erittäin maukas ja monipuolinen tapaus yksikanavaiseksi komboksi. Se kattaa yllättävän laajan skaalan erialisia laatusoundeja, ja päätteen toimintamoodien ansiosta kombo sopii käytettäväksi kaikkialla, olohuoneesta studion kautta klubilavoille. Jos on suuritehoista stäkkiä vailla tai tarvitsee vahvistimeltaan ehdottomasti paljon puhdasta headroomia, SingleMan 16 ei ehkä ole paras vaihtoehto, mutta muille sillä on kosolti annettavaa.

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Brunetti SingleMan 16

1.348 € (sis. kytkin kaiulle sekä suojahuppu)

Maahantuoja: NordSound

Plussat:

+ käsintehty

+ monipuolinen soundi

+ tehonpudotus

+ kaiun soundi

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16/01/2017

More Sounds: Brunetti Singleman 16

BRUNETTI SINGLEMAN 16

• Single-channel all-valve combo with spring reverb
• Made in Italy

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These clips give you an idea of the behaviour of the SingleMan 16’s preamp and power amp modes.
• Preamp Modes – Tweed, Fat & Smooth
• Power Amp Modes – Full, Moderate & Quiet
• Guitars used – Fender Japan ’62 Custom Telecaster reissue (Hi input, Bright off); Epiphone Les Paul Standard with vintage-voiced EMG-HZ pickups (Lo input, Bright on/clean clip starts off with Bright off)

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Contact: Nordsound

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10/01/2017

Brunetti SingleMan 16 – the Kitarablogi-video

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