Nameofsound Custom Amp CA 100 EL34 user reviews
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connectivity on demand, it is the custom
settings bass / mid / treble for clear sound
ditto for the overdrive channel plus a "rumble", a "presence", a "gain" and a "sweep"
the simple and effective, no etatonnage for hours to find THE sound that you need
- config and so simple ... there APAS need user manual
no difficulties it has to ring the fire god
- perfect for the punk rock I do, but mostly in general use by "metalheads" ...
I use it on bass, and I get clear sound in a medium well, as you can get with an amp like "HIWATT", and with distortion distortion ... it's huge greasy, perfect for boost when there's need ..
I use it with a fender precision of 72.
there's nothing to throw into this amp, sometimes I plug the guitar top is the happiness of the time I was ready other bassists on stage, that of good reviews too ...
it's a big sound bobn lamps, period
- Overall Opinion
- with over 100 concerts in 2 years
I played on before: trace eliot, swr, Sovtek, sunn ... and tried a billion things
value for money at the top, I was torn between that and a Hiwatt, well I've saved over € 500, I have something new, and more with an overdrive channel .. that you ask for?
in hindsight, if I had to make that choice, I will redeem one (but I will keep the same when first hehe)
- What kind of amplification (lamp, transistor ,...)?
Bah ... Lamp (my head so one sided with a diode rectification and more ...)
What is the power delivered?
Input, effect loop, footswitch, speaker outputs from 4 to 16 ohms, etc ...
What are the settings, the effects? ...
This is the 3 channel model (equa part for clean and another for common Leads 2) after the rumble and sweep (which are explained below) and finally the classic button presence
There is the option which limits the noise gate breath
No frills ... but nothing is missing! Then we just always want more ...
For me it's 10 because nothing is missing ...
- The configuration is it simple?
yes ... and no ... I explain the model has three channels, in addition to the 2 channel version, 2 buttons (the gain and channel volume "crunch") they were not provided at the base they are not ideally placed .. . But once we understand what a button correspont which channel, no worries! The rumble and sweep are very efficient so they act on their enormenent (after all is what they are asked!)
Do you get a good sound easy?
yes but I would say we get a good variety of sounds! The settings of the equalizer and the famous rumble and sweep are very effective ... Then we may not like the grain ... (but this will explain ??!!!)
The manual is clear and sufficient? ...
What manual! No need, after all, it's not a Mesa Mark V. ..
10 ... despite the time to familiarize myself with the buttons of gain / volume ...
- Right for your style of music?
Yes! nothing to add ...!
With what (s) guitar (s) / low (s) or effect (s) do you play?
Ibanez JEM 77 of 95 and an ESP MII standard (Seymuor) mainly
I have a Multi Roland JP100 but I separated the benefit of a G major (the GP100 me distorts the sound and so for now I play with no effect ... which allowed me to make a true idea of the beast!)
What kind of sound you get and with what settings ("crystalline", "bold ",....)?
I admit that I was afraid for his clear finalemnt but I am not disappointed! You just have to dose the gain of this channel because it quickly crunch (it just be the output level of my microphone ...) After it is a matter of adjustment but it suits me, I expect see what it's going to give the G major to add a pet chorus / reverb)
According to the crunch and saturated sounds are just perfect (for me at least!) Gain of madness, and above all (and it is my MO RDIAL PRI) a precision of another world! For it is the foot palm mute! I tried the mesa and that was my biggest complaint is c'estt edge ca ... not drool to fall short!
It allows you to play rock to metal easily the most wicked!
And to think I have more quen a Marshall 1922 cabinet ...
What are the sounds you prefer, you hate
I prefer ... all!
... I hate when turned off!
10 ... QED
- Overall Opinion
- How long have you use it?
I recently ... but since one month ... it's love at first sight!
What is so special that you like most and least?
This is the first amp that I play live, instead, gives in (without having to square one!) Without effect and without that I say that something is missing!
I hate to give a speaker worthy of the name (probably a NOS ... necessarily) my good old 1922 is probably not the most suitable (it comes out that's something)
Have you tried many other models before buying it?
Yes the mesa (mark V ...), the correct marshall (old and recent)
How would you rate the quality / price?
He deserves to cost more! Seriously, mine is second-hand and the prices are more qu'atrayant given the quality of the material (OUR home in general) enjoy you never know one day people will realize it's worth much more!
With experience, you do again this choice? ...
aller...9.99/10...il seems that nothing is perfect! (I round to 10 good anyway)
Papa No (s) el one day if you could get a model with three channels each have their equalization ... I would put 12/10 ;-)
- 2 channel amp 100 watt lamps 4 EL34 power 12AX7 preamp 5
2 equalos for a separate clean / 1 for lead
for more info a little tour on the website of the brand
- Setup is very simple arm is rotated forward buttons and the music not need a manual if there is a small area of shadow call it a Gerard will explain the problem without topo.
edit of 09/07/11: I paired my day with my sig ca 100 x through my rack of effects, the result is stunning sound in stereo is enormous.
- The clean for me I find it very "net" out arpeggios j naturally have a major in the loop g + a bbe 362.
Oh the lead's all good c is accurate burr-free cutting edge micro-bridge, syrupy and "sustainable" micro g with the pair neck and major bbe to give the "depth" to the sound.
Everything is very "clean" switch not everything is settled with equalos so it goes quickly to the most with this amp.
The master is very high performance we get a good sound to play in apartment
without tumbling the building.
I play on gibson lp std, roxanne lag, lag arkane.
- Overall Opinion
- I used the last one month for the moment I am happy, what I like in the process c is that the amplifier is scalable hope, a call Gerard has a small shop and turn al-hop you can get the sound that we envy (j personal love to see what happens with KT88 power just to test)
Value for money for me at all is good c 1000 Roros an amp under 6 months of this quality I do not regret.
For the moment that the +, I used the last one month but hey I think I made the right choice.
Long life to OUR
- Everything is decided with Gerard exchanging mails and like it.
I was looking for a head 2 channels to play 80% of time at home, so I thought direct me to version 50W. In the end I opted for the 100W version EL34 with 2 master volumes achievable by footswitch. A serial effects loop: out in preamp power amp.
The cab is a NOS 2 x Celestion V30 horizontal Gerard has the good idea to tilt the front which improves circulation.
Overall build quality is excellent, very clean finish and packaging for delivery is done seriously.
- The advantage of this amp is to have the right controls the right endoit:) I mean that each channel is équalo musical color changes are gradual, the frequencies of each band very well positioned. On the lead channel is a control that adjusts the sweep band lyrics, you can not tell if it's just a frequency sweep or more advanced in terms of changing the filter but the result is a great tool to sculpt your sound . Finally, the power section has two parameters and presence rumble, the first working high frequencies and the second the low end. These two controls allow to have a clear sound with very low patient volume, high-performance I rumble down if my house collapses;)
So exit the 60 buttons / switches of Mesa, where it is in the simple elegance of having a musical instrument before him, the configuration is simplified, but the sounds available are extensive.
- My guitars: Les Paul Std Start Elcery Xavier Petit Vigier exca custom in Seymour, Ibanez Sabre EMG
The clean channel ... and although it is clear ^ ^. It ranges from slapping the crystalline crunch well pissed. Also thanks to équalo you can navigate between sounds muffled, clacking .... The dynamics are excellent (also playing with the volume on your guitar reacts very well), the identity of your guitars is respected and that the cash fine pedals. My home Xotic AC booster allows me to have a third channel and it sounds super good.
The lead channel ... pffff the slap, the slap. One starts with a big rock to his well AC / DC stuff up sick. It does not bleed, it's just hot right thing, it feels really work lamps. If you go the traditional power chords with more then 2 notes;) while still very intelligible. Harmonics just waiting to burst.
To get tested or owned the following amps: Fender Twin, Orange Tiny Valvesate Marshall, JCM900, POD, MarkIV Mesa, Diezel VH4, Custom Audio OD100SE, head our finishes before the others. It has its own character, some would say JCM800 under amphetamine, the other CA French, I do not know if we can go in this type of comparison in any case it sounds.
- Overall Opinion
- Super happy with the amp and guidance of Gerard. I confess that when he told me to play with a 100W home I stressed a bit, I know amps often lose their ability to deliver the sound at low volume, and there it is !!!!!
So I play much more than before ^ ^ because I have the sound I was looking for and I can register the night without waking the whole neighborhood. The day I turn up the volume and I kifffffffe. Upstream I put a compressor Diamond is a killer, an AC boost, a wha Custom Audio and loop a MXR Carbon Copy and a reverb Strymon. With that I see coming quietly my old days, finished the quest stuff, I found what I needed, just have to make music now. Thank you Gerard.
- head all tube, hand wired with the ability to request a specific sound at the designer.
For details, see the previous opinion or site NOS. That said, the characteristics are different from one amp to another, depending on what the owner asked as options.
My CA100 has tois channels, a fully independent and two clear saturated who share the same equalization (but with each gain setting and volume)
I put 10 because for the price, I know of no other brand that provides this service.
- No man is an amp setting with all that is classic. However, the functions "rumble" and especially "sweep" that deserve some attention here a bit. Moreover, each knob acts a lot and very accurately, so it took me a while to find my happiness.
I put only 8 because I'm lazy and it took me a while before trying to find my sound.
- I play metal "nice", and it is perfect for what I want. I use it mostly with California and Jackson Hamer SL2H rise in EMG. I guitars also "homemade" rise in Seymour, an Excalibur, an old Ibanez Roadstar, an SG, a Sheraton, and sound of each guitar is perfectly respected: it also surprised me at first, because I never had another amp that respects this guitar.
The clean sound can be very clear, but I do not use very little. The distorted sounds are very rich, very "full". You can put a lot of gain without it turning into mush: I summarize by saying "it's own sound nag" LOL.
The sound on channel 2 I like a little better because less loaded treble, less sharp. I use it in rytmique, and 3 solo. The effects loop is perfect, and I put my multi-effects, which provides even more opportunities, without distorting the sound.
One important thing: very good sound at low volume.
I put 9 because perfection does not exist, but we can change the sound at leisure, I could have 10!
- Overall Opinion
- I use it for 8 months. Like everything in this place, except the weight!
In a little quibble, one could also say that three completely independent channels would be even better;).
The value is excellent, but we should be talking about value for money service, because at this level, nobody can compete: do you know a brand that offers a VAS always listening, always smiling?
In terms of other amps that I owned and tested in detail (I'm not talking about tests done in stores soon, but in my tests with the same speakers, same guitar, alone and in groups, volume or reasonable), I quote: Rack Rocktron Voodo Valve + Velocity 250, Hughes and Kettner TriAmp, Mesa Triaxis + 2.90, Carvin V3 ENGL Fireball, Marshall JCM2000 TSL JMP 100 and 100, Diezel Einstein, Mesa Dual Rectifier, the conclusion is that I have kept the CA100, and I still have the Dual Recto amp in relief. The CA100 is the only one that provides enough gain without drooling and it does not than it sounds "chemical". I like all the others, but I prefer the NOS.
My wife likes: I have no desire to change the amp (for now, because I'm still a little sick and I may change someday, but before I can ask changes to Gerard ...).
Edit March 9, 2011: I finally traded my head against a Rectifier VHT Pitbull CL100 eq. Coupled with the CA100 is impressive.
- Head amp all tube, hand wired in a black frame.
2 independent channels: Clean (to measure) and Lead (custom).
Gain / Bass / Mid / Treble / Volume
Gain / Sweep / Bass / Mid / Treble / Volume
Master / Rumble / Presence
Simplex Mod (choice of a very dynamic sound reproduction with a recovery diode or emulation of a corrective grinding lamps, softer and vintage)
100 Watts (4X EL34)
Preamp section is separate from the power, so there is a real preamp output, as input for the power section.
We can use almost any rack or effects pedal.
65X27X27cm standard format.
My version of a crunch channel plus equalizer that uses the lead channel and has its own gain and volume.
FINISH: Black Warrior
- The configuration it is super simple plug and play with his request and customized by Gerard.
the setting is really quite simple and each knob its importance, and scalable from 0 to 10. Including the gain amplifier often happen once after a 5 or 6 but nothing changes the gain with the NOS really moving up 10.
- It is quite suitable to my style of music (rock, heavy metal ...) this amp is super versatile guitar you really respect, I play with a lag imperator 3000.
I asked Gerard a mix between mesa and engl and that's what he did to me.
Big sound with precision a large grain without this being too mushy or too garish.
- Overall Opinion
- So little balance after two concerts this weekend.
- 1 TOP
- 2nd: Excellent
- 3rd: Sublime
I have not had time to adjust the AC 100 concerts before, but I can tell you that I still had no problem to have a big sound I like.
The entire amp and super accurate with a huge grain without drooling and without being too garish. Palm mute huge harmonic hell .... I also find it super versatile.
The build quality is just huge, I had the chance to be the free MIDI when asked pointed questions well to Gerard, and I could really see and understand how Gerard work (choice of materials, precision setting ...). And I can tell you that Gerard and VERY VERY perfectionist and this is what gives this extraordinary result of its equipment.
OUR fights by KO brands I've tried or have ENGL MESA ....
Last thing for me is super important is the availability of Gerard, who is really to listen to us and realize what we want. And do not forget that its scalable hardware and hyper and if you wanted another sound just ask you and Gerard made the change.
I've just come in OUR family I am not near to leave.
Again, congratulations and thank you Gerard for just being there and meet our needs.