Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 18 Combo
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Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 18 Combo

TubeMeister 18 Combo, Tube Combo Guitar Amp from Hughes & Kettner in the TubeMeister series.

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iamqman 16/07/2011

Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 18 Combo : Recensione di iamqman (content in English)

"Meister amp combo"
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This combo is the same amp as the head only in a combo version. You get the same great tone and features but enclosed in a cab and one 10 inch Celestion speaker. This little amp has two channels one dedicated to the cleans one for the distortion. What is great about this amp is the red box feature. I'm not talking about the red box full of blu rays and dvd's at your local shopping mart. I'm talking about a speaker simulated interface that allows you to go direct from the amp into a recording session or the house PA system. This is a great features for those where playing loud can be an issue and you need to silence you loud rocking guitar tones.

Another wonderful feature is the self biasing on the back of the amp. This amp will auto bias you tubes so you don't have to shell out $50 to get it done by some tech down the street. This is great for people and allows you to not skip a beat leaving you amp on someone else bench for a day or two.

UTILIZATION

Channels 2
Power 18 Watts
Footswitch/Stageboard FS-2 optional
Speakers 1 x 10" Celestion Custom Speaker
Protective Cover Soft Cover included
Dimensions 395 x 360 x 260 mm
Weight 9,4 kg


Warm tube tone with phenomenal dynamic range that sweeps from sparkling clean to throaty crunch
Harmonically rich tube distortion and the gain reserves to go from edgy overdrive to soaring lead sounds
Re-voices LEAD to summon modern high-gain sound that pairs plenty of punch with endless sustain
Passive voicing section tweaked to evoke the best frequency response out of each channel
Preamp section sporting two 12AX7 tubes
Push-pull power amp that pumps out stage-approved 18 watts
Oversized transformers with tons of headroom
TSC-protected power amp featuring auto-bias and status LED
Footswitch connection enabling remote channel switching and BOOST actuation
Serial FX loop for adding effects-flavored spice to the sonic stew
Quad-stage power soak with silent recording capability
Balanced RED BOX OUT with authentic speaker emulation

SOUNDS

The clean on this amp is pretty solid. Nothing to complain about too much. It isn't as sparkly as I would have hoped but it will do. It still is chimy and sweet but not exactly the perfect clean channel.

The distortion channel is pretty good though. The tone is beefy and thick like all the Hughes and Kettner amps have. Having the lead boost kicks up the gain a bit and gets sustaining very well. I really like the tone of this amp and I find it has a similar voicing to the rest of the line of amps.

OVERALL OPINION

I am not sure what the going rate on these are right now but I would imagine them to be about a few hundred dollars more than the head which sits at $700. I love the tone from this amp and the many features especially on the back side of this amp. The auto bias and the red box is a very great addition to a very great sounding amplifier.

I would recommend this amp to anyone who needs a good multiple channel amp that can be playing live or direct in to a recording booth. If you need something under $1000 then this is a good one to go for.