Posts tagged ‘Ampeg’

23/01/2015

NAMM 2015 – Ampeg SCR-DI

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NAMMissa esitelty Ampeg SCR-DI on firman uusin DI-boksi bassolle.

SCR-DI:ssä on aidon Ampeg-EQ:n lisäksi myös uusi Scrambler-bassosärö, jolle luvataan saturoidun Ampeg-stäkin soundia ja kompressiota.

Ampeg SCR-DI toimii myös harjoitusvälineenä, sillä DI-boksiin on lisätty kaksi Aux-tuloa, sekä kuulokevahvistin.

Maahantuoja: Soundtools

20/05/2014

Pictures from Bass Day 2014

Bassopäivä 2014 – yleisö

Bass Day Finland 2014 had a programme filled to the brim with highlights.

In addition to artist clinics there were gear demos, featuring Amfisound Guitars, Fender, DLX Music, among others.

Bassopäivä 2014 – Jan-Olof Strandberg

Bassopäivä 2014 – Puppe Strandberg

Here you can seen Soundtools’ product specialist (and bassist extraordinaire) Jan-Olof Strandberg demoing gear from Mayones, Ampeg, TC Electronic and Audio-Technica.

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Bassopäivä 2014 – Jyri Helko + Tuomas Rauhala

For The Imperium’s super-tight rhythm section of Jyri Helko (bass) and Tuomas Rauhala (drums), showed the audience the inner workings of a Progressive Metal band.

Bassopäivä 2014 – Tuomas Rauhala

Bassopäivä 2014 – Jyri Helko

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Bassopäivä 2014 – Jerry Meehan

Bass Day main man Marko Liski’s biggest coup was securing Robbie Williams’ rhythm section of Jerry Meehan (bass) and Karl Brazil (drums) for a clinic.

Bassopäivä 2014 – Karl Brazil 2

Bassopäivä 2014 – Jerry Meehan + Karl Brazil

03/02/2014

Namm 2014 – Ampeg V-4B

Ampeg-V-4B

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Lisätiedot: Soundtools

14/02/2013

Ampeg PF-800 @ NAMM 2013

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Ampeg PF-800

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Lisätiedot: Soundtools

26/10/2012

Kitarablogi kävi Helsingin Musiikkimessuilla

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DLX Musiikilla on iso kitaraosasto, jossa ovat esillä mm. …

…Hagström…

…ja Vox.

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DLX:n akustisessa puolessa oli mukana myös Taylor Guitars.

Myös 8-kielistä baritoni-Tayloria voi kokeilla…

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Riffi-julkaisujen Tommi Posalla on kädessään kustantamon uunituore Country Guitar Workshop 2 -kirja. Kirjan tekijä on Jarmo Hynninen.

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Rolandilla voi tsekata mm. digitaalista GA-112-komboa.

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Jos Schecter, TC Electronic tai Ampeg kiinnostavat, kannattaa käydä Soundtoolsin osastolla!

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Messut jatkuvat vielä sunnuntaihin saakka.

23/08/2012

Review: Ampeg Micro-CL -stack

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At NAMM 2012 Ampeg introduced their second micro stack to the public – the Ampeg Micro-CL.

The company’s first foray into this market segment came in the guise of the very successful Micro-VR (currently still available), which is a 200 Watt miniature version of Ampeg’s classic 1970s SVT. The brand-new Micro-CL takes its starting point from the Eighties version of the venerable Ampeg bass stack (the SVT-CL), offering 100 Watts of bass tone.

Ampeg’s Micro-CL -stack (current RRP in Finland: 505 €) brings the company’s classic look down to an easily manageable size.

The solid-state head weighs in at only about six kilos, with the cabinet clocking in at a very moderate 15 kg. The whole miniature stack is only about 80 cm tall – making it a very easy fit with almost any car boot.

The Micro-CL-head comes equipped with two inputs – one for passive and the other for active bass guitars – as well as a three-band EQ-section.

Because this amp is also very handy as a practice amp at home, Ampeg have added an Aux-input (with its own volume control) and a headphones output to the front panel.

On the head’s flip side you’ll find the speaker output, as well as phone jacks for the effects loop and the line-level output.

The stack’s cabinet – called the Ampeg MC-210E – is built using the same Infinite Baffle -principle also applied to the company’s famous (and huge) 8 x 10″ cabinets.

The completely enclosed cab comes loaded with two 10-inch speakers. The front grille is attached in the traditional way using velcro.

The workmanship seems spot on, with the miniature cabinet exuding the same air of rugged roadworthiness that its big brothers are known for.

The speaker input sits on its own metal plate.

Just to put things into perspective for you: Here’s the stack and a regular bass guitar case – yup, this stack really is small…

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The amp may be small and cuddly, but don’t forget we have a genuine 100 W Ampeg system here!

I was positively surprised by the sound levels this small bass amp dishes out. Using it at home I wouldn’t recommend turning the master volume anywhere above number three, if you want to stay on good terms with your neighbours.

In the rehearsal studio – where I also recorded the audio clips for this review – the Micro-CL left me in no doubt that it would be fully up to its task at rehearsals and even smaller gigs.

With regard to its sound the tiny stack proved to be a thoroughbred Ampeg: The tones on offer are fat and juicy, with the raunchy midrange growl this company’s bass amps are famous for.

With the master volume approaching 10 you will also be able to coax some tasty, tube-like overdrive from the Micro-CL – but I’d suggest using earplugs then.

Granted, the Ampeg Micro-CL -stack is something of a cutie, but this isn’t a fancy toy, it’s a real bass amp with a lot of Ampeg-tone to boot.

The audio clips have been recorded using my ’87 Rickenbacker 4003 (starting with the neck pickup):

Ampeg Micro-CL – fingerstyle

Ampeg Micro-CL – slap

Ampeg Micro-CL – pleck

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Ampeg Micro-CL -stack

current price in Finland 505 €

Finnish distributor: Soundtools

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Pros:

+ size

+ weight

+ sound

+ output levels

+ workmanship

+ authentic looks

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15/08/2012

Testipenkissä: Ampeg Micro-CL -stäkki

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Yksi Ampegin tämänvuotisista NAMM-uutuuksista on firman toinen pikkustäkki – Ampeg Micro-CL.

Suuren suosion saanut edeltäjä – Micro-VR (yhä saatavilla) – on pienennetty versio 1970-luvun Ampeg SVT -vahvistimesta, jolla on 200:n watin teho. Upouusi Micro-CL taas on satawattinen miniatyyri 80-luvun Ampegista (nykyinen SVT-CL).

Ampeg Micro-CL -stäkki (ovh: 505 €) tuo firman tyylikkyyttä helposti kannettavaan muotoon.

Transistorinuppi painaa vain kuusi kiloa, ja siihen kuuluva kaappi ainoastaan 15 kiloa. Koko ministäkki jää korkeudeltaan juuri ja juuri alle 80 cm – se mahtuu siis helposti tavallisen henkilöauton takakontiin.

Micro-CL-nuppi tarjoaa kaksi tuloa – yksi passiivi- ja toinen aktiivibassolle – ja kolmikaistaisen EQ-osaston.

Koska kyse on tässä myös harjoitusvahvistimesta, nuppiin on lisätty Aux-tulo (minijakki, omalla volyymisäätimellään) mp3-soittimelle. Myös kuulokelähtö löytyy etupaneelista.

Takapaneeliin on sijoitettu Micro-CL:n linjatasoinen lähtö, sekä efektilenkin liittimet.

Stäkin kaappi – Ampeg MC-210E – on rakennettu samalla Infinite Baffle -periaatteella kuin firman perinteiset, valtavankokoiset 8 x 10″ -kaapit.

Täysin suljetussa kaapissa on miniversiossa kaksi kymppituumaista kaiutinta. Etukangas on kiinnitetty autenttisesti tarranauhoilla.

Ampeg-kaappi vaikuttaa erittäin kestävältä, ja työnjälki on yhtä laadukas kuin Ampegin täysikokoisissa tuotteissa.

Takalevyltä löytyy MC-210E:n tulo.

Tässä näkyy Ampeg Micro-CL ja tavallinen bassokeissi – kyllä, stäkki on todella pieni…

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Vaikka vahvistin onkin pienikokoinen, on syytä muistaa, että kyseessä on kuitenkin aito, satawattinen Ampeg!

Yllätyin kuinka paljon ääntä tästä pikkujärjestelmästä lähti. Olohuonekäytössä master-säädin pysyy varmasti jossain alkumetreillä (kolmosen tienoilla), muuten naapurisopu on vaarassa jäädä innokkaan bassosoiton jalkoihin.

Treenikämpässä – jossa äänitin myös tämän jutun esimerkkipätkät – kävi hyvinkin selväksi, että Micro-CL:n voimavarat riittävät mainiosti tavalliseen harjoituskäyttöön, ja jopa monille pienille keikoille.

Soundiltaankin Ampegin pienokainen on täysiverinen Ampeg: soundissa on mukana aimo annos lämpöä, ja firman vahvistimille tyyppillinen rouhea ja murea keskialue on tässäkin hyvin esillä.

Kun master-säädin on lähes täysillä, mukaan kuvaan astuu myös hyvin putki-tyylinen särö, mutta silloin korvatulppien käyttö on jo suositeltavaa.

Vaikka Ampeg Micro-CL -stäkki onkin ulkomitoiltaan erittäin söpö, se ei ole lelu vaan oikea bassovahvistin, joka tarjoaa aidon Ampeg-soundin kätevässä pakkauksessa.

Seuraavat esimerkkipätkät on soitettu Rickenbacker 4003 -bassolla (vuosimalli 1987, aina kaulamikki ensin):

Ampeg Micro-CL – sormisoitto

Ampeg Micro-CL – slap

Ampeg Micro-CL – plektralla

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Ampeg Micro-CL -stäkki

505 €

Maahantuoja: Soundtools

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Plussat:

+ koko

+ paino

+ soundi

+ teho

+ työnjälki

+ autenttinen ulkonäkö

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14/08/2012

Ampeg Micro-CL -video

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Kitarablogi-testi ilmestyy huomenna…

03/08/2012

Ampeg Micro-CL – tulossa/coming up

Ampeg Micro-CL stack @ Soundtools

Ampeg Micro-CL stack @ Ampeg

11/05/2012

Review: Ampeg GVT15-112

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Digital amp-modelling has come to stay, no doubt about it. But while some form of amp-modelling is used almost daily by many guitarists, the good old valve amp isn’t really fading away. On the contrary – it seems that these days especially low-powered valve amps are experiencing something of a renaissance.

A good example of this type of all-valve amp is Ampeg’s new GVT15-112.

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The Ampeg GVT15-112 (current street price in Finland: 620 €) is a relatively compact 15-Watt valve amp, which can also be used at home, thanks to its half-power power amp mode.

Made in South Korea, the combo’s cabinet seems very well made, and the amp’s looks have a stylish retro touch. Our test sample receives a small cosmetic mark-down, because the decorative metal rail below the control panel sits slightly askew.

The clean and understated look carries over onto the Ampeg’s back as well. The cabinet is half-closed, with the Celestion Seventy 80 -speaker visible behind a metal grille.

The Ampeg GVT15-112 is a single-channel design. The controls comprise gain, treble, middle, bass, master volume and reverb level. The standby switch is a three-way toggle giving you the full 15 Watts in the ”up” position, as well as half-power when switched downward.

The preamp section is powered by two 12AX7/ECC83-valves (or ”toobs” as the Americans say), while two 6V6-valves take care of business on the power amp side of things – this means we can expect an American-type tone and response.

The spring reverb has been placed at the bottom of the cabinet, neatly tucked away in its own padded bag.

The back panel is home to the speaker outputs, as well as the connectors for the effects loop. You can also connect a footswitch (not included) to the combo to mute the reverb and the effects loop on the fly.

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The Ampeg GVT15-112 has been designed as a classic 1960s clean amp with loads of headroom. Using a guitar with traditional singlecoil pickups, you’d be hard pressed to get the combo to distort even at the highest gain levels.

The sound is warm, big and organic, with a nice ring and sheen in the top end. The Ampeg’s reverb-circuit is one of the best spring reverbs I have heard on a new amp for quite some while.

Stratocaster – clean

To coax dirty sounds out of this combo with a Strat or Tele you will have to resort to either a booster or an overdrive/distortion pedal:

Stratocaster + overdrive pedal (Boss SD-1)

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The Ampeg also loves humbuckers:

SG – clean

At full gain a humbucker will drive the GVT15-112 into gritty and dynamic break-up overdrive, which some Blues- and slide-enthusiasts may like.

SG – at full gain

For fat overdrive and singing lead tones you will still need to use a pedal:

SG + overdrive pedal (Boss SD-1)

If you’re into classy clean tones this Ampeg is just the amp for you. The GVT15-112 has a great clean tone and a gorgeous spring reverb. Just pack one or two overdrive pedals, and maybe a chorus or delay – and you’re ready to gig!

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Ampeg GVT15-112

Street price: 620 €

Finnish distributor: Soundtools

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Pros:

+ price

+ sound

+ lush spring reverb

+ workmanship

Cons:

– one minor cosmetic wobble (see text)

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