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    So I went amp shopping yesterday....it was a good day!

    So I drove down to see Derek @ Morgan Guitars with the intention of buying his amazing looking Green 25th head. I took my Radial Headbone for quick amp changes and we did some "blind" testing. I used a few very cool guitars starting with a Tampas Green 408 MT from the EXP. I also played a 408 STD, the 9-11 EXP guitar (matched my shirt so I almost bought it!) and Derek's personal Wood Library with burnt 53/10's. All amazing.
    1st up was the aforementioned CAD 25th Anny with the lovely green maple plate & a NOS 25th from 2009 in the same green fabric covering. Both heads sounded amazing. Very "plexi" in tone. Much like Les mentioned about the HXDA. We dialed in "my tone" on both heads and ran in them into a great 2x12 PRS Pine cab. My ears lean towards vintage crunch. Kinda like, but not exactly like a mix of Grissom (with less bottom) Warren Haynes, Gary Moore ala "Still got the blues" era. So, after about an hour of playing and tweaking they both blew me away but I settled on the old head without the fancy maple plate. It was a VERY hard choice. They were VERY similar but there was something about the '09 head that spoke to me more. Plus it was a bit cheaper!!
    Not being able to leave while I was ahead, I saw a lovely CAD MDT head in Sherwood Green tolex with a Crab Blue faceplate. That screwed EVERYTHING up. I had played an MDT briefly before but never in a setting like this. With the Headbone switching your ears hear instantly the differences. SO...... I dialed in some incredible tones with the MDT and was now VERY confused. There is a very cool "Hi-Fi" clarity to the MDT but with enough "Marshall" DNA in it to keep ME happy. I played for another hour. I went back & forth about a dozen times on which was my fave.If I didn't have the 408 STD coming in next week I would've brought both home! Anyway, the MDT had a very interesting clarity, saturation, note bloom, sag & tight bottom. Pretty much like a Fender mixed with Marshall mixed with Dumble. I wonder what the MDT stands for?.....
    So what did I do? I bought an amazing amp that brings out MY tone the best. It sings, roars, growls and then purrs like a kitten when I pull the volume back on the guitar. It takes ( but doesn't really need) my EP Booster & Gold Kalamazoo pedals very well. And with my Radial Headbone & Big Shot I am able to sit the head on top of my tricked out Dallas Combo and switch amps & control the Gain function on my Dallas and all the sound comes out of the Dallas combo speaker. KILLER rig with multiple personalities. Oh yea.....I never mentioned what I got. Well, I stayed with the '09 25th. I do see an MDT in my future, but the 25th fits me perfectly.
    I did also play a very cool Blistertone (least pricey amp I played) and got my '80's on until my fingers bled. Shredders dream. I would've played every amp there, but I was there ALL day and figured I should leave before I spent all of my money. Also left with some new Lava cables & strings.
    It was a good day........I didn't take the cameras with me but I will do a demo in a few days. Stay tuned!
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    Can't wait to hear, always loved the sound of the 25th amps! Congrats!
    -I'm no expert, but it seems to work and I haven't electrocuted myself yet. Which is pretty much the standard I live by.

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    Sounds like it was a very good day, indeed! Can't wait to hear the video!

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    ..........."matched my shirt so I almost bought it"..............

    Sounds like reason enough for me.

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    Sounds like you had a dream day. I am curious to hear your take on the 408MT knowing you had a couple of the higher end ones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WEDGE View Post
    Sounds like you had a dream day. I am curious to hear your take on the 408MT knowing you had a couple of the higher end ones.
    THe 408MT was VERY close to the Siggy. A little different depth to the Siggy. I would say its the neck. The 408 STD really barks. All hog, All Day! Strong mids in a good way. Looking forward to my STD/Rosie shipping this week!
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    Chris....sounds like an awesome time....glad you got an amp that fits. The 25th's sound killer! I just got my recording amp today and had a similar epiphany with it when played back to back with some of my other amps...bottom line is Doug Sewell kills at making sacred vintage M amps of yesteryear alive and available for our listening and playing pleasure today! Killer stuff....can't wait to try an MDT!

    congrats!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DirtyMoonsRJT View Post
    I just got my recording amp today and had a similar epiphany with it when played back to back with some of my other amps
    Pics may be necessary...

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    Quote Originally Posted by LSchefman View Post
    Pics may be necessary...
    will post some pics in the other thread if I get a chance tonight.
    -Bob

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    Quote Originally Posted by LSchefman View Post
    Pics may be necessary...
    Aren't pics ALWAYS necessary? Otherwise it's an Epiphone?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sekunda View Post
    Aren't pics ALWAYS necessary? Otherwise it's an Epiphone?
    I put a couple of crappy ipad pics in the Recording amp thread.
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    Ok, more to come later this afternoon. I went back & bought the MDT....I know....I've lost my mind. SO...I have a new MDT & a NOS 25th. In these pics, the 25th is in the Paisley cab. I put it back in the original green fabric cab last night.

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    Original Sewell will be up for sale since I now have WAY TOO many amps!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by crgtr View Post
    Ok, more to come later this afternoon. I went back & bought the MDT....I know....I've lost my mind. SO...I have a new MDT & a NOS 25th. In these pics, the 25th is in the Paisley cab. I put it back in the original green fabric cab last night.

    Blue Crab:


    Original Sewell will be up for sale since I now have WAY TOO many amps!!
    You are a sick man..... In fact, I think you are too ill to use the amps. I'd be happy to babysit them for a decade or so.... Just hook them up to the interweb and hit the "transport to rugerpc" button.
    Thbbbbbt...
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    Quote Originally Posted by crgtr View Post
    I went back & bought the MDT....I know....I've lost my mind.
    Hey, I must have found it!

    I can suddenly solder pickup leads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rugerpc View Post
    You are a sick man..... In fact, I think you are too ill to use the amps. I'd be happy to babysit them for a decade or so.... Just hook them up to the interweb and hit the "transport to rugerpc" button.
    I'll see if I can find that button.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by crgtr View Post
    I'll see if I can find that button.....
    Sometimes it looks like a UPS truck....
    Thbbbbbt...
    Check it out: Phillybri used to have a band: Resonance But he's soooo over them now!

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