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GA15, Tube Combo Guitar Amp from Harley Benton.


7 user reviews
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Harley Benton GA15 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:Harley Benton
  • Model:GA15
  • Category:Tube Combo Guitar Amps
  • Added in our database on: 01/29/2008

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Harley Benton GA15 user reviews

Average Score:4.6( 4.6/5 based on 7 reviews )
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rico9310005/17/2012

rico93100's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" also good for bass"

Harley Benton GA15
15-watt lamps, input and headphone output.
like I'm forcing apartment I do not put it fully, but for a well rounded work for peace is better than a transistor amp with simulations that go with it.
volume 1/3 low mid 50% 0 0 treble, and I have the sound I love.
just need to turn the time I tune it heats and after you go.

it also does with a guitar, but it's mid-level drive.

UTILIZATION

extremely simple configuration, no need manual.

SOUNDS

it sends precisely fitted well with my mesh dish, the guitars are planning for an overdrive or distortion depending on what you play, as a reverb.

OVERALL OPINION

I have 4 years I had a very good little laney who was my happiness 20 years ago.
I was looking for a versatile small lamps for my house, I found Cygnus 50 euros, for the price I am satisfied.
the look is nice, the proper value for money, because it lacks gain and reverb to make me happy with a guitar but a bass is very good.
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kesan-de-kas10/11/2008

kesan-de-kas's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Harley Benton GA15
Type of amplification:

All-tube amplifier
Sovtek-2xEL84 (in my case)
-2x12AX7 (also Sovtek)

Power: 15 watt all-tube, not bad.

Connections:

Comprehensive: we do not necessarily expect for the price:

-Guitar input
-Headphones
-LINE OUT
-Extensions 4, 8, 16 ohm
-Effects loop!

Tested quickly, operates without buzz is good, good sign.

EQUALIZATION!

Tri-band: Bass, Midrange, Treble

Controls

Volume 1
A stand-by (good this time, not like the GA5)

Weight: Approximately 15 pounds

Dimensions:
42.5 x 39 x 25.5 cm

That's all

For the price no complaints, except that no gain ... it's still a fine-point black because only 15 watts it's getting big in terms of decibels, and have no saturation before alerting the neighborhood ... it's annoying. Of 5 watts, it can still happen, and although in an apartment ...
So it will not be a good 10, even if the mark has made progress on the equipment of the amp.

UTILIZATION

Simple configuration yes. The equalization is there, but not transcendent. But is still very useful. The manual? I did not think it necessary, the amp is anyway just comes with a technical description and it deserves a little tout.Ça 9 because of the equalizer.

To play at home in his clean, ok no problem, it manages the volume to 0.5, see one! Beyond it begins to sound too much especially if you are in an apartment. Not tested again, but it seems that the advertised 15 watts may be enough to play with a drummer without too torturing the animal. Reserve power so (updating), especially if you change the original lamps that are Sovtek at moderate gain.

SOUNDS

His level, when the branch for the first time, we say: SHIT! I bought a big bouuuzzze! It sounds really cardboard, not natural, "boxy". Well, it is necessary to relax a little the membrane so that the sound improves. Okay, after a few hours of play, one is reassured anyway. The sound opens, but it is still quite "boxy", many media and not very very deep bass (the amp is still new, so to wander, I'll post again to comment on this).
Lack of definition in the bass, but paradoxically, treble sing really well, it's great on this side for this price range. Not had the opportunity to push the animal to saturate, I'm still flat. But I think that by changing the original lamps should already be able to overcome the problem of too many media present and not very deep bass and accurate (to be confirmed). At the same time we will gain momentum, I would opt for well-tung floor preamp and JJ Tesla power. (I'll let you know!)

EDIT:

I changed my amp ...
Change-EMINENCE GUITAR LEGEND HP by 105 (10 "75 watts)
TL072-change chips too low-end with OPA2134
Change-of capacitors 715P Orange Drops and Mallory
Change-resistance of the first lamp and 820ohms 1k preamp (for a sound that very crunch With easy)
Change of Bias-resistance by Royal Ohm 10W 220 ohms (maybe a little hot)
-Change output transformer by hammond 125E PP ...
This amp has become a MONSTER !!!!! Wonderful! nothing like it! It's hot desire, crunch it is powerful enough to knock my drummer, balanced, nice bass (éminence!! Condos and Mallory), lots and lots of harmonics ... It's just wonderful!

Total blow Modified: 35 euros for a variety of components, the HP 40 euros, 29 euros the transformer:
or 104 euros ... and it's a real beast that has nothing to stand in terms of criticism previously directed ...


Overall, the sound is good, better than the GA5, well then I think it is no surprise. on the other hand if you want to cruncher apartment is not even worth thinking about! Your neighbors have already shot ... :-)
I put 7: 1 point less for the sound a Boxy, one less for the quality of HP, one less for the quality of lamps are also involved in what's not very defined.
Anyway, all this is changing fast, with a good opportunity for HP to 30-45 euros, and a change of lamps, although it must catch up with my first impressions.


EDIT:

This morning I tested the amp with a speaker 12 "+ tweeter (speaker of a mini markbass cmd121P) 280 watts 8OHM ... I found the sound" boxy "with too much midrange, and bass unnatural is completely transformed!
The manual says nothing about the Harley benton cabinet, but it is certainly a lower sensitivity at 90 db SPL.

Head connected to the baffle markbass (99dB SPL) it changes life: bass, midrange and treble singing crystal without being aggressive, all balanced with a great air vent in front of the cabinet quite impressive. Simply beautiful on: I really feel "heat" lamps, 15 watts and send a lot. Playing with a group does not really pose any problems, even with a slugger.
Finally, if you must change something on this amp to improve the sound, first it will be the HP, you'd change your amp. In fact it just feels the weight of the HP, 2-3 kilos for my future HP ( Eminence Legend 105 10 ", 8ohm, 75 watts, 99 dB SPL), barely a kilo for the Harley Benton.

Finally, I do not regret at all, especially as I said, in time, one can find super HP (Celestion G10 Vintage, Jensen Special Design 10 "Eminence Legend 10" Eminence Rajin Cunjun 10 ") to give a soul the poor little [/ b]

OVERALL OPINION

Very short time I played with this amp! 5 days! So the sound will change much. I'll let you know soon to go into more detail. In any case, the receiver has the reserve, and I think he can stand with a drummer, I think if not to death metal to hard ...
Quality / price ratio great, really excellent. It's a small amp that can quickly become much better for not too expensive ... I am thinking of changing the HP base looking towards the occasion .. (wait a edit control HP eminence I'm sure the sound will become more dynamic definition, in short it will really not bad for .. In the meantime the price of future changes to add a gain, and there will be a killer who goes looking for tube amp much, much more expensive. perfectible, so it will not be a beautiful 10 again!
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revEngine11/13/2008

revEngine's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Harley Benton GA15
Lamp-channel amplifier
15 watts, with 2 12AX7 preamp in and power 2 EL84, HP 10 "
an effects loop, output 3 HP (4, 8 and 16 ohms), a line output and headphone output
3-band EQ, volume

UTILIZATION

Just know that:
* Lights a heater
* Lamps are sensitive to the volume of

So two things must let the amp warm up before use and must play with the volume we do go into the amp. Like any tube amp.

Because of the knobs Submitted on SETTING THE amp is very simple. However, legalization is a bit dcevante.

The quality of manufacturing does not appear to be its strong point.

SOUNDS

Prambule: this is my first tube amp, and I play bass and some guitar.

Commenons by what FCHE: the HP.
Let's be frank, this is a crap HP unspeakable. But just plug the GA15 in a cab a little drinking and a little more on discovering the potential of the beast. I plug it in the cabinet of a Peavey bass combo in 1x12.

Pooh is the hearts. This is an amp a bit rustic, with a grain blues-rock. All I am looking for the guitar.

A nice clean and with a boost, a nice crunch. With overdrive, bah was a nice overdrive, in fact you can go up through the distortion and drive volume of OD bottom, but has become a chouilla draft. With distortion, not bad, but may be missing some precision.

Plutt I play rock, hard rock and some country, and this amp is really built for.

For the bass is simply gnial. A touch of madness, a sound and a super mini ar crunch when you walk up the sound. On my 1x12, may miss low, but a little bit of legalization and off again! Moreover it is much more efficient on a good speaker. For the slap is simply madness!

OVERALL OPINION

In my vrit ERRF I tell you, it's a report qualitprix was breathtaking.

This is a good amp, good ncessitant HP, or a good cab (should be tested a 4x12).
Thotho at 155 euros, it leaves enough to buy a cabinet.

With a chorus and an overdrive, you will have enough to play a broad spectrum of styles, excluding the metal.

So I recommend to all those who play on the transistor, and those who do not have too much budget and finally to bassists who rvent lamps.
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I love jaguars07/09/2009

I love jaguars's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Harley Benton GA15
What kind of amplification (lamp, transistor ,...)?
All Tube amp (preamp, two power 12AX7/ampli two EL84).

What is the power dlivre?
15 watts

What connection?
Volume, standby, between guitar, headphone, line out output, effects loop, speaker outputs: 4, 8 and 16 ohms, 8 hp. "

What rglages the effects? ...
Three-band EQ (bass / middle / aspen).

UTILIZATION

The configuration is it simple?
The configuration is very simple.

Do you get a good sound easy?
Only a clear base is available (see a crunch by pushing the volume to three quarts), the clean sound is good and just rev the amp accepts many of the distortion pedals.

The manual is clear and sufficient? ...
The manual is in English ... Fortunately it is not essential.

SOUNDS

Is it your style of music?
It is perfect for playing vintage rock, blues, punk rock show or grunge, but an overdrive pedals or distortion will be essential. I think it is a bit limited for the metal.
With what (s) guitar (s) / low (s) or effect (s) do you play?
I use a Cort X2 (humbuckers) and sa120 (humbuckers and split). I use a Boss DS1 distortion in a digitech RP90 and for reverb and delay.

What kind of sound you get and with what rglages ("crystalline", "bold ",....)?
The sound is clear but the basis plutt hot playing on qualiseur you can get a more crystalline.

What are the sounds you prfrez, you dtest?
I love my rendering of distortion pedals on this amp, but also j'apprcie clear sound.

OVERALL OPINION

How long have you use it?
I use it for about a month.

What is the particular feature you like best and least?
The three outputs of the amp hp are convenient for plugging an external speaker. The effects loop is handy for plugging in a delay or a reverb chorus. I will appreciate the prsence a master volume.

Have you tried many other models before acqurir?
I played before on a roland Microcube ... I tried a few other amp in this price range, but the one I prfre.

How do you report qualitprix?
The report quality is exellent price (145euros bought).

Exprience with, you will do again this choice? ...
With experience, I do it again this choice.
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