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Hatsubai Hatsubai

« Very similar to the Recto »

Publié le 06/23/11 à 13:24
This is probably Framus' most popular amp that they have. In fact, it's really just a modified Recto, so anybody familiar with a Mesa/Boogie Recto should be right at home with this. The amp has 100 watts of power that are powered by four EL34 tubes, 5 12AX7 tubes, three channels with independent EQs for each channel, a parallel effects loop, a depth pot, switchable masters and is fully MIDI.

UTILIZATION

This amp has every feature that an amp needs. It has three independent EQs which every amp should have today. There's really no excuse anymore. The amp also has full MIDI integration which means you can hook up your favorite MIDI pedal to it and control it without using any external MIDI controllers for channel switching and whatnot. The metal grill is pretty cool, but the tolex can be a bit thin and might rip if you're not careful. Not sure why they used thin tolex on this, but maybe it was just the batch I got in the store.

SOUNDS

These amps sound great. The secret to making the amps sound brutal is to throw a clean boost up front. That'll really tighten everything up and deliver some bone crushing 100 watts of power. I can't stress using a boost enough on these amps because it really brings them into a new dimension. The crunch and lead tones are really where it's at. The clean is alright, but it's nothing to write home about. The amp is mainly geared towards metal, but it can do rock without a problem. Doing Jazz and Fusion might be a bit of a challenge, but I'm sure it can be made to work.

OVERALL OPINION

These amps are a great alternative for those who want something that is like a Recto but with a slightly different flavor. The full MIDI integration is really the icing on the cake. I'm a big rack user, and that MIDI integration means everything in the world to me. I don't have to hook up a separate device to channel switch with this.
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