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Andrew Cockburn
post Sep 4 2007, 03:31 AM
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Does anyone have any views on Randall Amps?

I am looking at the RM4 Preamp RT2/50 Power amp combination

It looks incredibly versatile. All tube. The Preamp takes up to 4 of a selection of 13 modules so you can pick and choose your voicing - Clean, Plexi, Top Boost, HiGain etc. The power amp has a choice of 2 mono sections with 6V6 or EL34 voicings, or you can use it as a stereo amp. Its all midi controllable, and includes a parallel effects loop, best of all worlds. Put a rack echo/delay/chorus/reverb in there, put your wah and compressor before the input and you have all you need to rock, and all pretty controllable too! They even have a Bogner Ecstasy preamp unit which would be top of my list for a lead sound, and I'd pick one of the fender cleans as well. After that .. who knows?

SO, anyone seen one of these or even have one?


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Intereting, this was one of the amps I concidered before getting my Switchblade. Actually it was the MTS head but from a brief look it's the same idea.

First off, I don't like the sound of a Randall at all, except for the MTS that makes sounds of other brands.
Here's a page with soundclips I browsed back then.

The reason it fell short was because I though, heck, if I want a Plexi I should get a Plexi. If I'd want a Blackface I'd get one of those. Surely not ALL models like you can have with the Randall, but hmmm... it didn't feel genuine. Probably just a feeling over at my end and nothing wrong with the amp, like getting a rubber doll instead of a girlfriend sort of feeling. Probably just great with plenty of advantages but still not the real thing.

Oh, I sound very negative about it but that's not the case. This Randall MTS was one of the top choices for me, you've already seen the advantages so I settled for the negative stuff that made me turn my back on it laugh.gif


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post Sep 4 2007, 05:14 AM
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Part of my problem is that I don't know what sound I want - I am not keen for say a plexi sound, if I wanted that of course, you are right, I would get a plexi. However if it sounds good I'm interested.

However, this is the same argument I used for the pod, so maybe it id flawed and I shouldn't get a wannabe anything wink.gif

Dammit, I'll just get the Bogner and stop messing around with these half measures ... but even the Bogner Ecstasy has a Plexi mode blink.gif


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QUOTE (Andrew Cockburn @ Sep 4 2007, 06:14 AM) *
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Part of my problem is that I don't know what sound I want - I am not keen for say a plexi sound, if I wanted that of course, you are right, I would get a plexi. However if it sounds good I'm interested.

However, this is the same argument I used for the pod, so maybe it id flawed and I shouldn't get a wannabe anything wink.gif

Dammit, I'll just get the Bogner and stop messing around with these half measures ... but even the Bogner Ecstasy has a Plexi mode blink.gif

laugh.gif just get a modeling amp with tubes, tubes and different sounds - like the Line 6 from the other thread, and get it overwith. biggrin.gif

I can asure you it's equaly problematic knowing what sound you're after while browsing for an amp.

Very often the first idea is the best *coghbognercogh*. But heck, it cost a barell or $$$ so that's a dilemma of course.


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post Sep 4 2007, 05:41 AM
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Hmm. I went and listened to those samples and then went to the Bogner site again ...

I'm getting a Bogner Ecstacy Classic when I can afford one ...


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Years ago I nearly bought a Seymour Duncan where you could swop out the tube circuit to mix/match/emulate other amp types. Deal fell through as the guy who was selling changed his mind dry.gif .

I've however came to the point where I'm less interested in emulating lots of amps and become more interested in getting an amp with a really good (clean) tone that I can then play with. You both know this argument so I'll not carry on. The Bogner, emulation aside, has based on those MP3s a wonderful clean tone. If you wnat Blackface, or Plexi etc there are loads of pedals that can do that for you... But to get a really good tone you need a good clean channel to 'adjust' in the first place.

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