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  • A Great Amp with Excellent Sound, Good Features, and One Minor Flaw.

    Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 18 HeadPublié le 04/03/15 à 04:38
    I admit, I can be dazzled by sparkly things. When I saw the first ad for the Hughes and Kettner Tubemeister 18 I was excited, with its blue glowing front panel. It looked fantastic, and the description of features sounded like just what I was looking for. I bought the Tubemeister 18 Head to use in my rig. I play in a local band that gigs about twice a month, and this amp suits my purposes perfectly.

    Power Soak

    The power soak was what I was most interested in. Being able to adjust the volume through wattage output rather than the master volume is a big advantage, especially when using pedals. Distortion pedals are affected by volume, but using the power soak does not cause volume......
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    I admit, I can be dazzled by sparkly things. When I saw the first ad for the Hughes and Kettner Tubemeister 18 I was excited, with its blue glowing front panel. It looked fantastic, and the description of features sounded like just what I was looking for. I bought the Tubemeister 18 Head to use in my rig. I play in a local band that gigs about twice a month, and this amp suits my purposes perfectly.

    Power Soak

    The power soak was what I was most interested in. Being able to adjust the volume through wattage output rather than the master volume is a big advantage, especially when using pedals. Distortion pedals are affected by volume, but using the power soak does not cause volume discrepancies like using a master volume. 18 watts is great for gigs, 5 watts is perfect for rehearsal, 1 watt is best for at home practicing, and turning off the output and sending out through the built-in Red Box is great for recording. In certain situations I have even sent my signal out to the main mixing board via the Red Box. I would rather mic my cabinet, but sometimes that just is not possible. Having a built-in DI box is a great feature.

    FX Loop and Channels

    The serial FX loop is great for effects that you do not want going through the lead channel. I have a reverb pedal going through mine all the time, I will speak about why in a bit. You can hook-up a footswitch to go between the clean and lead channel. There is a boost feature that can be added on top of the lead channel, but not onto the clean channel. This is really good for going from a clean sound to full out lead by having the boost pre-trigger then switching to the lead channel.

    The Sound

    I do not use a footswitch with my Tubemiester 18, because it works really well with pedals. I have yet to find a pedal that does not sound good going into this amp, and believe me I have plenty to try. The sound of this amp is so good it made me rethink the rest of my signal chain. When I bought the amp I was using a multi-effects device that included amp modeling. The amp models masked the tone of the amp so much I had to do something different. I ended up going to individual pedals which allowed the amp to really shine.

    TSC

    Another nice feature is TSC, Tube Safety Control, which monitors the tubes in the amp. I have yet to have an issue, but it is nice to give the back of the amp a quick glance to make sure everything is running fine.

    Portability

    The amp head is very light, and easy to transport with the included gig bag. I keep a speaker cabinet at my band’s rehearsal space, and a cabinet at home for practicing. This makes it easy to go back and forth from home to practice. I still have to take a cabinet to gigs, but that is a given anyway. It can handle 8-16 ohms speakers.

    Extras

    This amp looks fantastic on stage. This may not be a reason to buy an amp, but it is a nice benefit. A very sturdy metal enclosure protects the inner workings on the amp. The 3-band EQ is great for dialing in your tone, but the true tone of the amp is so good it will not take too much twisting to find the sweet spot.

    Complaint

    There is no reverb on this amp. Like I said, I was using a multi-effects device when I initially bought the amp head so the fact it had no reverb did not bother me. I had reverb aplenty already. When I switched to pedals, then I had a problem. I ended up buying a reverb pedal, and put it on my pedalboard. Once I realized that I left it on all the time I removed it from the board, and now it sits on my amp fed through the FX loop, where it sounds best.

    Final Thoughts

    This is a great sounding amp. The clean tone is very crisp, and allows each note of the chord to be heard clearly. It takes pedals really well, and has a very good dirty sound. The distortion is not enough by itself for a heavy metal player, but for the rock crowd it is plenty good enough. Add your own distortion pedal, and you can take this amp to thrasher heaven. It is a perfect size and wattage for gigging in bars and clubs. It has a very modern sound with all the sonic benefits of tubes.
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  • Top

    Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 18 HeadPublié le 02/15/14 à 06:48
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    Lamp, 1w 5w 18w adjustable 0w (headphones or direct) very practical home studio and concert (direct output + transplanted in parallel on general enclosure)
    I leave the description on manufacturer website
    But:
    Compact, lightweight, rather pretty
    Simple

    UTILIZATION

    Simple Config, clear manual
    Setting eq common between the two (clean or distortion)
    But the size being reduced can not have everything I note 8

    My adjustment Adjustable base:
    Treble -5
    Mid -2
    Bass +3

    Home 0w or 1w,
    repet 5w group, and small concert hall and once 5w 18

    SOUNDS

    Yes: blues, rock, jazz no hard
    Its clear, very friendly (with good bass adjustment)
    A little distortion on the lens or......
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    Lamp, 1w 5w 18w adjustable 0w (headphones or direct) very practical home studio and concert (direct output + transplanted in parallel on general enclosure)
    I leave the description on manufacturer website
    But:
    Compact, lightweight, rather pretty
    Simple

    UTILIZATION

    Simple Config, clear manual
    Setting eq common between the two (clean or distortion)
    But the size being reduced can not have everything I note 8

    My adjustment Adjustable base:
    Treble -5
    Mid -2
    Bass +3

    Home 0w or 1w,
    repet 5w group, and small concert hall and once 5w 18

    SOUNDS

    Yes: blues, rock, jazz no hard
    Its clear, very friendly (with good bass adjustment)
    A little distortion on the lens or not very pleasant (note not my priority as -1)
    D 'or use only clean channel with distortion pedal
    Boost really powerful (too)

    Gibson Les Paul guitar and amp vox AC30 2 greenback

    OVERALL OPINION

    Almost 2 years
    Yes orange, vox train, palmer
    + Adjustable Watt
    + Direct output position
    + Clean sound and ease SETTINGS
    + Crunch (it takes a little searching by against)
    + 4cables method
    + Transportability

    Its distortion-
    Common-tuning the two outputs

    Very good value for money, yes I would do this choice
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  • Yeah

    Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 18 HeadPublié le 01/01/14 à 23:46
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    Small head of all-tube amp 18W
    2 channels, 1 boost
    XLR output with HP calculator

    UTILIZATION

    Simple and classic config, controllable with a standard 2 channel footswitch.

    SOUNDS

    Very good clear sound, the settings are effective, we can get very bright or very round sound without saturating with good presence.
    Distortion channel: big disappointment for me, not a super grain crunch rather cold actually. No presence (currently lamps there?) ... Fetching of metal sounds, not enough gain and boost only adds a very rough appearance to the whole. Impossible to leave the mix group.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I used it once again, no sound, no grain, unusable group what ... Good after this......
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    Small head of all-tube amp 18W
    2 channels, 1 boost
    XLR output with HP calculator

    UTILIZATION

    Simple and classic config, controllable with a standard 2 channel footswitch.

    SOUNDS

    Very good clear sound, the settings are effective, we can get very bright or very round sound without saturating with good presence.
    Distortion channel: big disappointment for me, not a super grain crunch rather cold actually. No presence (currently lamps there?) ... Fetching of metal sounds, not enough gain and boost only adds a very rough appearance to the whole. Impossible to leave the mix group.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I used it once again, no sound, no grain, unusable group what ... Good after this is only my opinion metalhead, but apart from the clear, I do not like at all this amp, I sold and replaced by a Laney IRT studio for the same price offers much better sound quality and a wider range of sounds (and spring mix it!)
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  • Great!

    Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 18 HeadPublié le 01/01/14 à 16:32
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    This is an all-tube amp. It is very versatile, lightweight, and can be used in all situations, namely room then repeated serious concert to a potentiometer that changes the output power 18w to 5w 1w to see 0w to register via silent Integrated redbox (cabinet simulation output XLR).

    UTILIZATION

    Extremely easy to use.

    SOUNDS

    On a clear sound crystalline saturated through the crunch

    OVERALL OPINION

    It's been almost a year that I use it. I do it again the same choice if I had to do
  • Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 18 HeadPublié le 11/29/13 à 12:58
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    All Lamps

    1w, 5w, 18w

    2 channels, 1 clean, 1 lead + boost

    UTILIZATION

    Yes, clean sounds are crystalline, and distorted sounds are available, a palette

    SOUNDS

    A Vigier Excalibur Shawn Lane
    2 blackstar pedals, delay and reverb

    OVERALL OPINION

    8 months

    very good price / quality ratio

    I remake that choice with a reluctance to rectify a mini but is more expensive.
  • amazing little beast

    Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 18 HeadPublié le 11/06/13 à 11:38
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    head tube amp, 2 EL34 equipped for power and two 12AX7 preamp for.
    all switchable 1W, 5W and 18W speaker for HP 8 or 16 ohms and little more equipped: a position to be able to play via an XLR therefore relay on the mixing console to play with headphones.
    a more wear indicator lamps and a return effect. but no reverb ... ALTHOUGH at this price, we will quibble about that.

    UTILIZATION

    on cattle in itself was two separate channels (but the power is not assignable independently as on more efficient heads):

    One clean and one saturated lead + button to distos more strong.

    NB: the two channels share the same EQ!

    the clean channel:

    this channel is very easy to use: you rule......
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    head tube amp, 2 EL34 equipped for power and two 12AX7 preamp for.
    all switchable 1W, 5W and 18W speaker for HP 8 or 16 ohms and little more equipped: a position to be able to play via an XLR therefore relay on the mixing console to play with headphones.
    a more wear indicator lamps and a return effect. but no reverb ... ALTHOUGH at this price, we will quibble about that.

    UTILIZATION

    on cattle in itself was two separate channels (but the power is not assignable independently as on more efficient heads):

    One clean and one saturated lead + button to distos more strong.

    NB: the two channels share the same EQ!

    the clean channel:

    this channel is very easy to use: you rule the gain is equalized, it is mounted master. this amp can have a nice clean (do not dream and that we will have a sound Tween), a little too vague for my taste but it adds a charm to him. Once 10am exceeded the gain knob that crunch. what kind of sound I have not been seduced more than that, so I will not dwell on it.

    saturated channel (finally!):

    like the previous one, easy to use, we rule the gain is equalized, we do fart master and we are left with a typical distortion of our friends Hughes & Kettner! me that attracted me immediately because the 1st time I tried it, it was a customer who came to order at the store and this was the best surprise for small all-tube head that I could test (Orange Laboga, Marshall, Mesa Boogie, Blackstar (yerk!), Vox and Bugera <- MDR).
    The sound of this channel is hot, not too specific or too runny. you can get good distortion rock has a typical saturation metal pushing the gain in its entrenchment and engaging the boost.
    For the more subdued kind Jazz distortion or change lamps or buy another head.

    Being primarily a metalhead, I recommend enter Sovtek for the preamp to get a good distortion busy in the midrange.

    SOUNDS

    "Question: Is it your style of music?"

    Unfortunately not enough because I play everything and it is still too typical rock (the reason I went to Mesa)

    Regarding sounds, those seeking the lens, past your way, this is fat but no more.

    I played it with:
    -Les Paul Gold Top 1958 to 1957, standard 2008/2012
    -Ibanez JEM7V7-WH
    -Select telecaster Gold
    Jacobacci-studio 3
    -Dean Razorback 10,000

    HP H & G 1x12 "HP mesa 4x12" and 2x12 "of my design

    in 1W can be played at home but stay around the clean and put a good distortion pedal
    in 5W, heat lamps and the roundness of her begin to be felt well on the clean as the distortion
    in 18W, it has all the power needed to make repeated group and make small concert without sound in a bar (for after you have transplanted) 2 channels are hot and lamps are very well feel.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I used it for 4 months until I go to my Mesa, and sometimes I miss it because its simple setting is so much more obvious that correct ...

    the feature I like least is the lack of rate distortion but for the 40th over and a little elbow grease (but really good) by changing the lamps can level the problem.

    what I like most is its price / quality ratio that I find quite exceptional!

    with the experience I would definitely did because I was advised more than 20 people in 4 months are all super satisfied, and I plan to redeem myself!
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  • I like

    Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 18 HeadPublié le 11/05/13 à 06:56
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    Manual is your friend.

    UTILIZATION

    I use a loop to WP8, an Orange 2x12 and DI most of the time to save for cleaner, but it is a (small) compromise. A purist would be taken over by a real studio microphone with cab and proper equipment I guess.
    Side head not rocket science, basic and effective. For group play with the 2x12 it has all the fields to express themselves and it is monstrous, no more, no less. See in overall opinion for choosing the firm: for toilets, go to Vox (not what I ever said that?) :)

    SOUNDS

    Due to its simplicity, I think it may suit all but extreme cases specific or particular really his research. It is intended rather modern but allows a lot of things......
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    Manual is your friend.

    UTILIZATION

    I use a loop to WP8, an Orange 2x12 and DI most of the time to save for cleaner, but it is a (small) compromise. A purist would be taken over by a real studio microphone with cab and proper equipment I guess.
    Side head not rocket science, basic and effective. For group play with the 2x12 it has all the fields to express themselves and it is monstrous, no more, no less. See in overall opinion for choosing the firm: for toilets, go to Vox (not what I ever said that?) :)

    SOUNDS

    Due to its simplicity, I think it may suit all but extreme cases specific or particular really his research. It is intended rather modern but allows a lot of things depending on the hardware you put it in front or behind. And it is precisely from where we can really think outside the box.

    DI output and DSP reverb, I love the grain it transmits. I found this little combo lamp of the same brand tried it several years ago and had really liked me. Except that TubeMeister is more accurate for saturation. Besides the lead channel is really interesting, but the boost ok here quickly becomes rough (gain has its limits). I think we should keep in mind that the boost is a function and not a solo channel. The clean is pretty neutral in the sense that we recover the soul of the guitar perfectly magnified.
    The lamps are original (Chinese) and the sound is already typed. The presence of dynamics, gain, power.

    Equalization is well staged. Note that it is different from one channel to another. The lead is enriched midrange and treble. Enough that it is clearly heard (note pun Tinlin). Returning to our buttons ... The sonic palette of this small anabolisé is vast. From light to very distorted with Standard LP is really good (this incidentally buttons volumes and tones are very useful huh).

    OVERALL OPINION

    I knew his H & K for quite some time and this is the sound I wanted so no hesitation on this side :). I place between the marshall and Orange, there is a little of both mixed to the original sound. Having tried these two brands more vox (I do not like to suspect quality) in the same category before buying TubeMeister, nothing has me excited. Mesa Boogie off budget. Otherwise side Bugera Ampeg and I think there is good but never tried so it's only a priori.
    After it is a matter of taste and need. The DI for example, is essential for me in a home studio.

    The choice of the firm is important and for my part I did not like the 1x12 intended for him. In comparison with an Orange 1x12 and I both said in Celestion v30, Orange has a different sound, more dynamic feel of a sound less muffled. Like what the design of the box great interest. I opted for the Orange 2x12 (Jim Root) as well ... I tried it, just like that, and worse to see here I have seen and heard and passed the box :)

    The +:
    small, practical, versatile, good sound, red box

    The United:
    A reverb as you know them have been generous Hugues and Kettner.
    Not a fan of the genre neon blue tuning key but it is fashion and I think people are wow this is beautiful (rewahou do it when they hear it)! She ate my whole celebrity that little head ... biiiip
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  • There bonnifie with time

    Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 18 HeadPublié le 10/12/13 à 09:08
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    Tube amp 2 channels equa common. 15, 5, 1 watt. 8-16 ohms output, effects loop, XLR output, footswitch jack for.

    UTILIZATION

    No need to book.

    SOUNDS

    I play in a rock cover band 70 and hard rock. 2 guitar + drums
    basse.Pour starting power is more than enough to play the scene groupe.Pour I transplanted any clear façon.Son very clean and lead channel blues rock to metal.
    I do not color detail you sounds, everyone has his ear and his own taste, but for the police, floyd, for it is clear and to the heavy style ozzy deep purple one is good.

    In the loop I put a Line6 M5 + wampler fake tape echo + mxr eq to finish in a Intellifex for facace reverbes.En whammy + boss + cs2 +......
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    Tube amp 2 channels equa common. 15, 5, 1 watt. 8-16 ohms output, effects loop, XLR output, footswitch jack for.

    UTILIZATION

    No need to book.

    SOUNDS

    I play in a rock cover band 70 and hard rock. 2 guitar + drums
    basse.Pour starting power is more than enough to play the scene groupe.Pour I transplanted any clear façon.Son very clean and lead channel blues rock to metal.
    I do not color detail you sounds, everyone has his ear and his own taste, but for the police, floyd, for it is clear and to the heavy style ozzy deep purple one is good.

    In the loop I put a Line6 M5 + wampler fake tape echo + mxr eq to finish in a Intellifex for facace reverbes.En whammy + boss + cs2 + muskett wampler Plextortion.
    Fender Strat + + gibson sg gibson lp p90.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I can not count my amp, I needed an amp for home, stage and répètes.Ca been 2 years and I still this is a sign. In one watt sound is too matte I don 't like but 5 w for home is bon.C is in 15 w it well and slap my pedals come out great.
    Home studio in the red box is just to troubleshoot, you lose the whole point of an amp (the movement of HP) but it can be done. It is either a wired or a vox NT12 bedrock 12 percent or 2 x 12 bugera.

    Yes I would do this choice for its versatility, its price, its size.
    Overall rating 8/10.
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  • A good head

    Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 18 HeadPublié le 10/11/13 à 07:54
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    All-tube amp to power 18w max.
    2 x 12 to the preamp AX7 and 2 x EL84 for amplification.
    Classic 3-band EQ 2 + channel a boost, DI output, and affets loop.

    UTILIZATION

    Modulation between master and gain allows a multitude of sounds from the purest light, an aggressive distortion and this through a bluesy crunch well and that, whatever the channel ...
    The documentation is well done, but we really need, as it is intuitive and conventional operation. This is not a criticism but more in my opinion.

    SOUNDS

    In terms of sound,

    The clean sounds are superb, well crystalline and it can become very hot even if you push the master in the last third of the race

    The overdrive......
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    All-tube amp to power 18w max.
    2 x 12 to the preamp AX7 and 2 x EL84 for amplification.
    Classic 3-band EQ 2 + channel a boost, DI output, and affets loop.

    UTILIZATION

    Modulation between master and gain allows a multitude of sounds from the purest light, an aggressive distortion and this through a bluesy crunch well and that, whatever the channel ...
    The documentation is well done, but we really need, as it is intuitive and conventional operation. This is not a criticism but more in my opinion.

    SOUNDS

    In terms of sound,

    The clean sounds are superb, well crystalline and it can become very hot even if you push the master in the last third of the race

    The overdrive channel can sound pretty rock that is very clean and really neat.

    The boost for me as a true third channel which allows for large saturations.

    The head is connected to a cab Vox VN112, I like the rendering of the Greenback cab that gives me everything I want in terms of rendering.

    I plug in all my guitars either on this amp with the same happiness (Vigier, Strat, Gisbson Tom Marceau)

    OVERALL OPINION

    I went on this model after using a small combo Vox modeling.
    There is another world, really nothing to do, I use it for over a year and I would do this choice without hesitation.
    Of course if I had a budget more so the question arises differently though!
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  • Very good quality and versatile

    Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 18 HeadPublié le 10/09/13 à 10:16
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    1.5 amp lamp 18w (2x12AX7 and 2xEL84)
    2 channels, shared EQ, master and gain boost on lead channel and channel.
    Released 8/16 ohms, effects loop.

    UTILIZATION

    No need for manual
    sounds in all registers!

    SOUNDS

    Sensitive guitar (Strat or lp) and the volume and tone of the guitar.
    Crystalline sound to heavy distortion through sublime crunch!

    OVERALL OPINION

    I sold it, I regretted it, I bought it!
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