NAD monoprice 15 watt

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  1. GrumpyOldDBA

    GrumpyOldDBA Well-Known Member

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    Seems like a heck of a bargain nice celestion 12 inch speaker and tube amp.

    Nothing wrong with my boss katana artist 100 but digging this new addition.
     
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    That's apparently an inexpensive copy of an amp I own, the Laney Cub 12R. If it sounds as good as the Laney for that price it's a steal.
     
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    I cranked up one of the 5-watt models and it was a blast. These are very cool amps. Congrats!!
     
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    Let us know more. What's on the control panel? Is it spring reverb? How are you liking it? Got any close up pics?
     
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    Is this it?

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    OK yes Tony that's the one.

    Here are a few pics below.

    I have not had much time to even play through it wife has been home this weekend ha ha and it gets really loud. So mostly playing upstairs on boss katana air and headphones as usual.

    It seems very well built and not cheesy/flimsy to me. The outside is well constructed and it also is fairly light. The knobs seem a bit cheap but work well. It switches between 1 watt and 15 with a push button.

    No master volume I think just gain and volume on pre amp?

    I have been getting spoiled with Katana 100 artist and the footswitch that lets you jump between different settings ( and therefore volume ranges and clean/crunch/brown etc ) easily.

    I am "not" ( that's what they all say right ) going to go crazy with pedal board for this one. I play mostly rock and blues so am thinking Boss Blues Driver 2 and "just one" pedal. Let me know what you guys think for just one pedal and this amp.

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    There are a ton of favorable youtube review of this amp i will just semi randomly pick one

     
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    That looks awesome. A good overdrive and a bit of reverb and that's a sweet blues setup. I recently picked up the JHS Angry Charlie which took the place of my Tube Screamer. It's modeled after the JCM800 overdrive channel and it's versatile. That into my 5w Blackstar with a Vintage 30 swap and the reverb about 6. Sounds awesome. Anyhow that looks like a fun amp.
     
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    Looks like they've upgraded that model since I last looked, but it's definitely the Cub 12R copy.

    It's a single channel amp, the volume is the master volume.

    One of the reasons I bought the Laney was it's great overdriven tones, why bother with a Blues Driver when the amp already does it well?

    As far as other pedals, that all depends of course, but since you asked I'd go with a wah or a 4 knob flanger, and a versatile boost pedal to give you some gain options rather than the BD. Of course a fuzz pedal is never a bad idea either. :thumb:

    "Just one pedal." :rofl:
     
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    Thanks yes its been upgraded based on feedback apparently.

    It has a built in spring reverb but some buyers still recommend upgrading that and swapping reverb units.

    I dunno much about monoprice looks like they fairly blatantly copy/clone successful stuff from primary designers. If so then its probably the only thing i will but from them.

    Was eyeballing some PRS tube amps but am giving this a shot instead.
     
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    Hmmm... If I was going with just one pedal in addition to your Blues Driver, I'd go with a good delay. Depending on the kind and feature set, it could be a subtle reverb, or a huge delay... Or even modulation.

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    121 dollars of analog delay, chorus, and vibrato here, if probably start here.
     
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    1 pedal?
    Source Audio Nemesis.
    It does delays, choruses, phasing, pitch shifting,
    doubling and all kinds of other stuff. The down side:
    It costs more than the amplifier.

     
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    That guy is good... all of them....
     
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    Ummm but ha ha i dont have a blues driver yet!

    Hmmm yikes now i found boss gt 1 its like everything in one pedal?

    Also some kind of keeley 3 in 1 tone workstation?

    Maybe keeley d m dual?

    All of these mostly more than the amp ha ha!
     
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    I love my GT-1 and will continue to sing it's praises every chance I get. The effects are fantastic as you probably know, but don't be afraid of the digital amp models or digital stompbox model - there's a lot of headroom to the unit and it can legitimately "push" a tube amp the way a good OD or distortion pedal should. It's very versatile, programmable, and expandable (with additional Boss footswitches or an additional Boss expression pedal). If you like your Katana, you'll love the GT-1 (IIRC, the Katana is based on the GT-1 and GT-100). It also fits in a gig bag pocket.

    If you want something dead simple and compact, you should also check out the Kelley DDR... Two drives, two delays, and two reverbs in a single two-button unit.

     
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    Cool thanks cliffdawg will check out.

    In a lot of ways makes sense staying in boss territory but also may be good to branch out.

    More later eventually ...
     
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    Don't overlook the inexpensive Chinese stuff from Joyo and some others, no real need to spend a lot. You could have a whole "inexpensive knock-off" setup!
     
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    The Bugera T5 is a great cheap am as well!
     
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    Yeah thanks i was looking at that also.

    The monoprice though comes with a free ha ha 12 inch speaker cab with a celestion.

    More later this weekend i get to test it out somemore!
     
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    Any updates on this amp?

    I have one and I am not sure i like the sound of it... not even sure how to describe it...
    Maybe a lot of treble or a wonky brass horn kind of sound?? especially playing lead riffs.

    I do like the way it handles an effects pedal though aside from the weird sound i think im getting
     
  20. Rick330man

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    I've purchased three of these amps. The first one is my main one. The second one went to my nephew as a birthday gift. The third stayed with me. It is 100% stock. It sounds pretty decent right out of the box. However, it is a great little amp to tinker with. Tubes and speakers are easy to swap. Here goes.

    My main one currently has a Celestion G12M-25 Greenback in it. Some folks like the Cannabis Rex in there. Others like the small alnicos. I've tried them all and went back to the Greenback.

    The stock tubes are all Shuguang. IMHO, a 1980s GE 5751 in V3, the phase inverter works fantastic. My Monoprice has a GE 12AX7 in V1, the stock Shuguang 12AX7 in V2 and a GE 5751 in V3.

    The stock power tubes are adequate, but I have found that the amp sounds better with JJs, Ei EL84s and those old Soviet military 6P14P-EVs (which the Tube Store sells as their 7189). Mine has the 6P14P-EVs.

    This is terrific sounding, great bang-for-the-buck amp.
     
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