Topic: Amazing Amp Test Drive
I expect we all drop into the local music store from time to time, just to "test drive" a piece of equipment. It's a bit like window shopping, except that we can - for a few blissful moments - be on the interactive side of the glass.
This afternoon, I plugged in one of these Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 18 "lunchbox" amps, played it through a 1 x 12" H&K cabinet with a Celestion Vintage 30 speaker in it, and it completely captivated me. Been a l-o-n-g time since an amp has impressed me this much, but it's worth a rant. Just a couple of highlight observations:
1) For only 18-watts, and literally not much bigger than a lunchbox, this thing has the headroom of a 50-watt or more. The clean tones from this were unbelievable, and I could really attack the strings without it breaking up.
2) Then I tried the lead channel, and I don't recall ever playing an amp that responded so willingly to playing style / pick attack / bends / etc. as this little beastie did. It literally sang with a different voice just by me playing different.
3) When some gain was added, this thing really punched above its weight, and gave full, lush over-driven tones without sacrificing an ounce of detail.
My dilemma is that I don't have the dough to buy it, but it just jumped to Position #1 on my G.A.S. list. For anyone looking for a very portable, versatile, and powerful amp for club-sized gigs or jam sessions, this thing deserves serious attention. Nicely done, Hughes & Kettner!