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    Senior Member watelessness's Avatar
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    NAD: Archon

    So, a couple of weeks ago I went to my local dealer to get a capo and Michael B went home with an Archon.

    This weekend I went in for an Archon and came home with another capo… and an Archon. It’s such an amazing machine. It has tremendous power and articulation, the voicing demanding that all air molecules around it obey. Then there are the presence and depth knobs which give it so much more range. Fascinating.

    I played the dirty channel for over an hour trying to find something that I didn’t like but I could not. The dirty channel is truly amazing, inciting a riot among the guitars hanging on the wall, all clamoring for a chance to be heard through the Archon.

    I tried not to like it. As I am a professional fault-finder and nitpicker, I tried to find things about the amp that didn’t work for me because I needed to rationally justify yet another amp, especially as the only place for a new amp would be as a replacement for my primary gigging amp: the “C”.

    At first I thought it was the lack of channel indicator on the head but the one on the pedal is better trade-off. Hmm.

    Then I convinced myself that I couldn’t get a great classic rock sound and it seemed too modern, too metal, but it didn’t take me long to dial that in. When A/B’d to the “C”, there really wasn’t that much of a difference. Huh.

    Next I kept hearing this annoying heartbeat thumping sound. Aha! Bad amp, this can go back! Yay! Oh, wait, if I take my old-school wireless out of the picture the pumping goes away and the amp is a quiet as the time right before dawn, right before the birds wake? Sigh.

    Next I was sure I needed reverb, then counted the number of times I use it; so much for that.

    Then I was convinced I couldn’t get a great clean sound out of it and was immediately proven wrong. Yeah, I can never get satisfactory clean sounds out of a 6L6 amp that don’t break up - I bet that will be the kicker. Well, not only did I find a setting that doesn’t break up, but it’s lush and warm, jazzy even. And that reason that I didn’t think my 513 single coil settings sounded as good as they do through the “C”? Well it’s because I had the treble down too far and look at, all the single coil I could ask for.

    I thought about going paisley because I have paisley a Dallas and Sewell and they’re really cool, but the Archon just doesn't say "hey, I'm a piece of furniture", it says "dude, seriously, I defy you to find a better amp for there is none more black”. So black it is.

    All in all, this amp makes me a better player, which sounds like hyperbole, but I find that I have much more control of the airspace and can react more quickly to my surroundings. This amp is a home run.
    (513 x 2 / McShootout / DGT / DC 245 Ted / DC22 / Santana / Cu22 Rosewood / 408 Standard / SAS / Mira korina / HBII / SE Angelus Custom / SE Mushok) >> {Archon 100, Archon 25, C, H, Dallas}

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    Just a member JustRob's Avatar
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    Awesome review! Congrats on the new amp.

    But now I'm curious how you are going through capos so quickly.

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    Congrats. And though I agree that you can set the lead channel to be sort of a classic tone, I find that I'm also having fun gigging it set more modern even when the song calls for something more old school. We do a killer version of Stray Cat Strut now where the Archon is all gained up the entire song. Sort of Metallica meets Brian Setzer.

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    Senior Member Michael B's Avatar
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    Awesome man, great to hear you got it and are totally digging it! It is an amazing amp, and your review is awesome, you should have shot video of you trying not to like it...that would have rocked! Congrats dude!! and I totally agree on the black....I love the paisley amps and was a little bummed when the pics came out of paisley Archons 2 days after I bought mine....but I really dig it in its badass blackness #lovemyarchon would love to see a pic of that couch with amps on it this time
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    Name Manglin' Putz alantig's Avatar
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    NIce report, man - congrats!

    Although my amp was curiously capo-free...gonna have to check into that.

    "I watched approximately 45 seconds of 'Rock Of Ages'. It was like getting punched in the soul." - Abby Krizner

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    Mine is going to be here on Wednesday. Can't wait to check it out...and the wife is going to be away this weekend. Look out!
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    Congrats! I think I need another new amp.

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    Prince of Paisley iahawk36's Avatar
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    HAHAHAHA!!! I KNEW you would end up getting was only a matter of time!!
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    That was a fun review! Enjoy the heck out of that amp.
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