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Epiphone Valve Junior Hot Rod Head
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Epiphone Valve Junior Hot Rod Head

Tube Guitar Amp Head from Epiphone belonging to the Valve series.

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Jeune Padawan Jeune Padawan

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Publié le 12/23/10 à 03:23
2x12AX7 version (ruby base) and 1xEL84 (Sovtek base).
5W meter, which is amply sufficient contiguous to more than 97dB of return on HP's usual guitar.
One entry, sufficient in view of its objective.
No effects loop.
Separate gain and volume to play either domestically or in clean crunch: big progessivité settings, a very good point.
On: Off and separate standby: excellent for general RELIABLE and longevity of the tubes, a great asset.
Solid state power supply with choke on the high voltage: a pleasant surprise.
Reverb adjustable delay line: a bit hollow and lacking in scope, however.
Connect 4, 8 or 16 ohm coupled to power the desired box.
IEC Mains: selects its cable sector with care, another good point.
No tone control, which will not surprise many people to 159 €: potentially critical point but with a moderately strong blues tonal balance, and quite well mastered a bit dark, we can live with it.
Interior very clean and well done for an object of this award.

UTILIZATION

Simplest configuration, manual completely unnecessary.
The lack of tonal adjustment can confuse fans of the potentiometer, which is not my case.
In addition, replacement of the original tubes (operation accessible to ordinary guitarist) can ennoble the general update.
The response curve is a little dark, blues and rock type rather it is a bit short on leg (opinion reassess after running).
The thickness of the record is a bit light, what to put in the context of its price: 159 €. Again, after running to do.
That said, there may after all go from blues to rock to jazz without too much difficulty.
Allow to heat at least 20 minutes before seeking an opinion relevant issue that can not be heated past 45mn. Rather

SOUNDS

fat while lacking seat (on the box 12 "Eminence partner) as crystalline, let's be clear, this is not a Fender bright.
However, compared to other 5W (Blackstar, Marshall among others), I find it more noble and potentially more versatile.
Fully compatible with my goals (blues / smooth jazz / jazz), particularly as easily upgradeable (I do not despair of digging up the diagram). Product

OVERALL OPINION

unknown, and whose version of Hot Rod seems to have curiously disappeared from the catalog to date, and interest inversely proportional to its power.
You can add a very elegant finish in red and black livery, a total lack of breath (except to push and gain its maximum volume), a superb escalation settings and the presence of a delay line for Onboard reverb.
I had the opportunity to look at the Blackstar HT5 disadvantage (relative, since subjective) of the latter was too flat and neutral.
Obviously the short run compared against a Laney Lionheart, but their prices do not really contribute in the same category.
If you find that head Hot Rod in hand and if you are looking for a home without flirting with the eviction notice, throw an eardrum or both: the surprise is perhaps not far ...
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