« I dreamed ..... Laney did! »Published on 11/22/13 at 16:28
- 5 Watts RMS all-tube (3x + 1x 12AX7 EL84) Class A
- HP: 1x 12 "Celestion Heritage G12H Made In England
- 2 Channels Clean & Drive
- Equalisation Passive Bass, Middle & Treble
- Controls: Gain Clean Drive - Drive Volume
- Master Section: Global EQ, Reverb & Tone controls
- Bright Switch
- Reverb type 4 spring
- Inputs: 2x Jack, Hi & Lo
- 2x HP soties
- Effects Loop
- Selector of impedance 4, 8 & 16 ohm
- Caisson Birch quality 'Marine'
- Handle Leather
- TiltBack system to tilt the amplifier
- Footswitch FS2 (Included)
- Weight 19 Kg
- Dimensions (mm) 420 x 559 x 250
While it is advertised as a 5W tube Class A, but it's just amazing to hear the reserve volume it below the elbow. In an apartment home, I pushed 4 MAXI order to play good volume without alerting the neighborhood (I have very accommodating neighbors too) but it sends severely. For standard use, do not exceed 2 or 2.5. I insist on it because the amp is just monstrous. And its dimensions as it is not far from a VOX AC15. So we immediately forget the comparison with the FENDER CHAMPION 600 or GRETSCH G5222 which 5w but also do not play at all in the same court, both in its size and power level.
My model is used and equipped with lamps Tube Amp Doctor that the former owner has taken care to put in place of the original lamps. So just on that, my opinion is a bit biased because I do not know the sound with the original lamps.
If not for the look, I love the old blue vinyl, it has a very vintage look and really feel that it is an amp built to last, the building looks really great. To see in time, I've had three days but I'm not worried, I play already Laney at the base.
The tilt system is very welcome too. A small + compared to the competition, you really feel that Laney wanted to make a beautiful piece and do not forget anything.
on the other hand, 20kg wholesale for a 5W, as saying that the watt heavy.
In short, beautiful and complete, we forget the weight of the blow.
While the sound,
Well say that even if we are dealing with a very amp plug and play 2-channel sounding vintage, the control panel is already well supplied and we can find carefree sound that fits. We have two Hi and Lo inputs that differ in their level of output. Personally, I prefer to connect me Lo, the already substantial volume for 5w, it helps to manage. Moreover, the sound is better, all shades of games are better transcribed I think.
The clean sounds very creamy I must say, it is far from the Fender slap sounds, we like it or not. I love both but I have a soft limit for Laney, ideal for jazz among others but not that ... I'm pretty rock orientated and clean going really well in this registre.A also know that the more you push the volume, the more it begins to gently cruncher. Finally must still be 6 or 7. And given the mess he made 4, we do not want to go away from home. The BRIGHT switch is very good too, it accentuates the high frequencies. With my Les Paul, I leave engaged.
Equalization is effective, it really is possible to cut the sound, but there is no exaggeration, for example, in the sense that the bass are not too far back or too accentuated if ever the knob is rotated left right. ditto for the mids and highs. the effective range of each frequency is not super wide but sufficient and more, with the Tone knob, which actually makes the final color equalization, you can really do what you want. Equalization is common to both channels, Personal does not bother me at all. The reverb is also attractive, and progressive music. I'm not too fussed on it but it suits me for what little I use it.
The crunch channel is really excellent and also progressive. It starts cruncher from 2 of the gain and we can go carefree tickle good heavy rock, but not to the metal (the same time we do not buy it for that). But for anyone who wants to play, jazz, blues, variety, funk, rock Beatles Foo Fighters or RATM, this amp is really doing well. It sounds british sure. Arpeggios crunch still very defined and the amp has a huge dynamic. Even with the gain to 7, if you attack the strings, one always returns something "almost" clean, a little dirty. The amp responds very well. After in regards grain crunch, I would say that is between VOX and with ORANGE on the other hand, something good vintage. But hey, I do not like these comparos because for me who loves this brand more, sounds like LANEY LANEY point.
From my side, I also added a pedal MOJO JTM I intend to let light into a permanent base sound, the gain set to 1/4, it allows to have a clean crunch that just as soon as an attack little. And to the crunch, it makes me a mini headroom and more. Happiness knows more when quality pedals MOJO.
HP 12 ", and although it is just excellent. I did not much point on it by comparison against, but it fills me completely. Moreover, it is rare to see a Bowl 12" mounted on "small" 5w tube amps. Generally, it is 8 "or 10"
For value for money, in okaz, important not hesitate. A 400-450 € is a godsend. New, it is at about 750-800 € at the moment that can make a bit expensive watt but I think it is worth it because it sounds beautifully. I got mine to 400 € in almost Mint condition and comes with the footswitch and cover Lionheart, so what more. I bought it mainly to make the sound studio at home because I was tired of going through my computer which, while they troubleshoot, never replace a real amp plugin. I intend to do as small scenes (caf 'conc, bars, restau ....) and it will do well on PSN.
Otherwise, it is happiness. The only downsides are minis I think his big power which we do not operate completely apart and may be sensitive to its weight back.
Apart from that, FA-BU-lous
Anyway, I bought an amp ....