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    10 Watt EL84 PRS Amp?

    I heard a rumor about this amp. Is it true? If so, is it a 1-off from CAD? Is it really called "The Perfect 10"?

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    Not sure what I'd do with an amp like that, but it does sound like fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WEDGE View Post
    Hans don't tease me........I would jump on a small low wattage fire breather!
    Amen to that. Not too many quality amps out there in that category.
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    Had a Sewell Blistertone with EL84s. It was loud and dirty. Wonder if it's a variation on that?
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    I heard something similar. Might have been from you...maybe not. Regardless, I wonder if it's a result of the Grissom collaboration?

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    Hmmmm. Here's a 15 watt EL84 amp. I wonder if there's any similarity? These normaly have 6l6s (6v6s?) but Doug told me the guy who ordered this one wanted EL84s. I think he said it was the only Texaverb he made like this.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel View Post
    Hmmmm. Here's a 15 watt EL84 amp. I wonder if there's any similarity? These normaly have 6l6s (6v6s?) but Doug told me the guy who ordered this one wanted EL84s. I think he said it was the only Texaverb he made like this.




    Is this a high gain or vintage toned amp?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! View Post
    I heard a rumor about this amp. Is it true? If so, is it a 1-off from CAD? Is it really called "The Perfect 10"?

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    I'd be interested in that... Maybe scalable down to 1 watt...

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    Quote Originally Posted by WEDGE View Post
    Is this a high gain or vintage toned amp?
    I know it's just me but I've never fully understood that question. Whenever someone tells me an amp sounds "vintage" all I hear is an unbalanced sound with muddy bottoms and missing mids. This amp has plenty of gain and gets nicely distorted when you roll up the volume (gain) control. Think 70s-80s rock. It is not a gain monster like a Soldano. This amp has plenty of clean head-room and it's easy to find that sweet spot (a range , really) where the distortion is easily controlled with the guitar volume leaving the amp settings alone. In contrast with an amp of the same wattage and control layout, my Soldano Astroverb has nothing but gain and virtually no clean tones even when you substitute a 12at7 (12au7?) for one of the 12ax7 preamp tubes (which I was told would lower the gain and yield more clean headroom).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel View Post
    I know it's just me but I've never fully understood that question. Whenever someone tells me an amp sounds "vintage" all I hear is an unbalanced sound with muddy bottoms and missing mids. This amp has plenty of gain and gets nicely distorted when you roll up the volume (gain) control. Think 70s-80s rock. It is not a gain monster like a Soldano. This amp has plenty of clean head-room and it's easy to find that sweet spot (a range , really) where the distortion is easily controlled with the guitar volume leaving the amp settings alone. In contrast with an amp of the same wattage and control layout, my Soldano Astroverb has nothing but gain and virtually no clean tones even when you substitute a 12at7 (12au7?) for one of the 12ax7 preamp tubes (which I was told would lower the gain and yield more clean headroom).
    I liken it to the sweet 16 amp......when I hear a demo of it cranked up all the way all I hear is maybe an AC/DC tone, but my Blistertone rages well past that tonally into an 80's type chunky saturation. Hard to explain but know it when i hear and feel how it plays......Give me a small amp that does this and I sign up for one.
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    Someone just posted on another forum that they brought one home from the Experience.
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    wow! I never thought my post would generate this much attention . I did purchase a 10 what 112 combo at the experience . it is indeed a fire breathing 10 watch never heard amp like it .with the volume control diamond, I get a very gnarly ACDC type of overdrive where I can roll back the volume and get a very Chimey clean sound.

    I welcome any and all questions on this amp I've been playing with it almost daily for the last 10 days

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    by the way I named it my perfect 10. PRS has not come up with a name for this amp yet . or whether or not this will become a production model

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    Quote Originally Posted by zebraprs View Post
    wow! I never thought my post would generate this much attention.
    It didn't. I haven't been able to stop thinking about it since we talked about it at X:PRS:2012! I knew you were gigging it that evening and I have been waiting for you to post it here for all to enjoy. I got tired of waiting so I stared it for you. LOL

    Now post some pics already!

    Quote Originally Posted by zebraprs View Post
    by the way I named it my perfect 10. PRS has not come up with a name for this amp yet.
    It doesn't matter. We tend to give things we like a nickname. "The perfect 10" is too good to ignore; especially for those of us who remember Bo Derek (in her prime).

    By the way... here's that photo I promised you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zebraprs View Post
    wow! I never thought my post would generate this much attention . I did purchase a 10 what 112 combo at the experience . it is indeed a fire breathing 10 watch never heard amp like it .with the volume control diamond, I get a very gnarly ACDC type of overdrive where I can roll back the volume and get a very Chimey clean sound.

    I welcome any and all questions on this amp I've been playing with it almost daily for the last 10 days
    Master volume on this? What are the controls on this? Have reverb? I

    know it is subjective but is the gain on this saturated or a crunchy type? I know this is hard to quantify, sound clips would be killer! I want a small amp that gets very dirty easy, not necessarily one that at its peak gets just a crunchy ac/dc semi-clean/dirt tone. These would sell like hotcakes if this is a high gainer...........also like that it is a 12 inch model, most small wattage amps get saddled with small speakers..
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    I will record clips in the next day or 2 and post on the forum

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel View Post
    Whenever someone tells me an amp sounds "vintage" all I hear is an unbalanced sound with muddy bottoms and missing mids. This amp has plenty of gain and gets nicely distorted when you roll up the volume (gain) control. Think 70s-80s rock. It is not a gain monster like a Soldano.
    After 30-40 years, 70s-80s rock is pretty vintage stuff!

    When I think of vintage style amps, I think of amps like AC30s, BF Twins, Bassmans, Plexis, etc. But I tend to think of Tweed style vintage amps as a bit flubby on the bottom, so maybe that's the kind of thing you're thinking about when you hear "vintage." I'd agree.

    I'd call a Soldano a more modern-toned amp for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WEDGE View Post
    Master volume on this? What are the controls on this? Have reverb? I

    know it is subjective but is the gain on this saturated or a crunchy type? I know this is hard to quantify, sound clips would be killer! I want a small amp that gets very dirty easy, not necessarily one that at its peak gets just a crunchy ac/dc semi-clean/dirt tone. These would sell like hotcakes if this is a high gainer...........also like that it is a 12 inch model, most small wattage amps get saddled with small speakers..

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    it is more like a very crunchy gain... gets saturated enough with a boost ie. EP Booster
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