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Crate VC508
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Crate VC508

Tube Combo Guitar Amp from Crate belonging to the Vintage Club series.

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barboiron barboiron
Publié le 05/13/05 à 06:54
Value For Money : Excellent
2 small bulbs ampli Class A. TL072 op amp in a floor of between a 12AX7 and an EL84 in prampli in amplifier.
5W power. 8-inch Celestion speaker.
Output line-out that can serve as effects loop (without rglage).
Rglages three buttons: Gain (acts on the gain of the op amp and thus the distortion), Tone (right up the bass and treble to the left up the mdium), volume (the more we have the most up distortion of the lamp power).
Great look, small but super sturdy construction (the grid show kicks).
If we tinker a little electronic dcrivant there are sites of possible changes.
Note because it is basic but adequate in the context.

UTILIZATION

Operation is simple trs trs few rglages. But old-fashioned lamps amps is that each rglage affect other! I think it's the charm of the Amps lamps, some may not like, I love searching for "my" sound.

You can find sounds great but you have to spend some time playing with to find a simple test can be dcevant 5 minutes.

Rglages trs efficient well clean the fuzzy distortion. Prsence the back of the op amp will integrate a boost pedals into the amp directly.

SOUNDS

THE FIRST surprise when discovering this amp is that it is trs sound, it is difficult Exceeds 2 in the apartment. I recall that 5W is about two times less volume than 50W (logarithmic progression of auditory perception).

At low volume, alone in his room, the sound is outstanding, you really feel the sound lamps. When pushed it quickly becomes trs strong but the sound is a bit of the same cudgel notable lack of bass, HP 8 "and requires small volume. I made a change to be able to connect an external speaker . On a 4x12 Marshall's great! is a completely different amplifier under these conditions.
For the blues / pop / rock I should trs well, made good with humbuckers or single microphone.

My rating is laying according to intended use.

OVERALL OPINION

This little amp is a good trs ticket to get into the world of amps lights very low price. Quite rare in France, it's a pity, one finds plenty of opportunity for US.
The sound reproduction is not worth it sr 10/10 (it's not a Hot Rod, a VHT or Bogner). But it's a great little amp trs trs fun and engaging.
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