« Very bad copy »Published on 08/17/14 at 03:05
To summarize in a partisan manner: it is a copy of the famous Tech21 SansAmp GT2, but with more opportunities to output and input, yet much less expensive: it puts a red flag for more ...
Everything is accessible and clearly marked on the chassis as the SansAmp GT2, all the same.
Here too: on paper, it's very good.
Using otherwise (pre) primary a SansAmp (Character Series British V2) amp, I know the extreme sound quality of Tech21 products both live sound, and via a Digital audio interface or a Poweramp + guitar cab.
This copy Palmer has absolutely nothing to do with New York products.
Dynamic zero, muffled and eaten without any shine, even with the treble at most - and in this case there is another concern: an unbearable breath.
3 modes, Clean / Crunch / Heavy: I feel we are in Heavy everywhere. Its impossible to have a (relatively) clear, apart from the Clean Tweed mode (supposedly Fender Tweed). Similarly for an overdrive or crunch was on the heavy distortion, especially on British (supposedly Marshall) and US (supposedly Mesa) modes. For example, the British fashion, Clean, drive zero fashion: it was already too saturated for any AC / DC.
Perhaps for the compressed ultra hi-gain with no dynamic that may be suitable, I do not know because this is not about my music, but for the rest, from clean to crunch through large clean the dirt or overdrive, it's totally wrong.
Yet I had no great expectations of this device: it was to work / play with headphones at night in the living room (my office / music room is adjacent to the bedroom). It just had to make the joke, but it was not made; I much prefried sound vacuum of my guitars!
I also tested via a PA and a sound card, it's the same.
I played it with my Pocket Amp Fender Stratocaster 1979 (single coil, low output) and with my CP Jaguar Special HH (passive humbuckers but high output, and split).
More than a year I have, using it for small periods, always disappointed but I insisted, tried, tested. Most was to help me in a PA when I could not move the amp head lamps - amp and more Palmer Pocket Amp replaced with no regrets by Tech21 SansAmp Character Series (via EHX 44magnum + cab or live sound) I therefore have no anti-fundamentalism transo nor pro-lamps snobbery. Certainly the Tech21 have no headphone or XLR output or Aux, but it sounds extremely well. It's not the same price either, but 70 euros is way too expensive for what still produces Palmer.
This Palmer has the external appearance of its settings in common with the SansAmp GT2 is even maliciously misleading ... The rest (essentially sound, dynamic) is just awful. LoFi, worthy of the worst transos without them clean. In a word, and keeping all sense of proportion: disgusting!
So I still nothing for my game night with headphones, but nothing is better than Palmer Pocket Amp.