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  • menamestommenamestom Frets: 2136

    What would have been good as well would be an instrument out, so you could just as a guitar transmitter/receiver.  It looks easily small enough to sit on top of  a conventional head amp.
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  • TrudeTrude Frets: 311
    Yeah, seems weird to pay for that wireless freedom and then not be able to use it on stage, where it'd be the most useful.
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  • Danny1969Danny1969 Frets: 3535

    Wow, is plugging in a mains lead and a 1\4 jack such as hardship Boss can charge £350 for what's essentially a little practice amp ? Are people really that lazy ?
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  • darthed1981darthed1981 Frets: 1571
    It is joining the expensive Praccy amp market with the Vox Handbag and the THR10 - very pricey though...
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  • VoxmanVoxman Frets: 1960
    Totally ludicrous in my view.  For that money you can buy the 50w Katana, floor controller, and Line 6 G10 that can be used with any amp or mfx unit.  
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  • timmysofttimmysoft Frets: 1596
    Shock horror. Boss release something and everybody hates it before they’ve tried/seen it.

    they will sell loads, there are guitar players who don’t go on forums and just play for fun at home, for that purpose it looks like a neat package.
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  • menamestommenamestom Frets: 2136
    timmysoft said:
    Shock horror. Boss release something and everybody hates it before they’ve tried/seen it.

    they will sell loads, there are guitar players who don’t go on forums and just play for fun at home, for that purpose it looks like a neat package.
    I certaily don't hate it, it does look a neat package.  Not really much hate on this thread to be fair, just dissapointment at the price.

    It looks expensive for what it is and will be out of reach for much of the target audience who do play for fun at home, which is a pity as the Katana's have been good value up until this one.




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  • Danny1969Danny1969 Frets: 3535
    Why is it so expensive ? It might run on batteries but they don't even supply a LIPO pack with a charge system, you gotta buy AA's
    The wireless receiver won't add much on as there's no enclosure and the power supply is already in the amp. 

    It's a fine bit of thinking but a bit overpriced IMHO  
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  • stickyfiddlestickyfiddle Frets: 8867
    edited January 9
    It looks great, but it is definitey a lot of money. I'm guessing street price will be 350 before the end of the year.

    For not much more you could get an ipad (330), korg plugkey (60), and a Line 6 G10 (120)...

    FWIW I would be front of the queue for a THR-like thing that's under 250 and pays nice with pedals.
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  • usedtobeusedtobe Frets: 2375
    Not for me, but hey...
     so if you fancy a reissue of a guitar they never made in a colour they never used then it probably isn't too overpriced.

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  • randellarandella Frets: 1739
    Danny1969 said:
    Why is it so expensive ? It might run on batteries but they don't even supply a LIPO pack with a charge system, you gotta buy AA's
    The wireless receiver won't add much on as there's no enclosure and the power supply is already in the amp. 

    It's a fine bit of thinking but a bit overpriced IMHO  
    I wonder what their margin on it is - I mean Roland/Boss don't *usually* go for the overpriced thing so I'd be interested to know this time.

    Someone'll buy one and dissect it on the internet soon enough I guess.

    In the meantime @timmysoft is right, these things will walk out the shop door without our help.
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  • darthed1981darthed1981 Frets: 1571
    Thinking about this, couldn't help remembering how much my wife totally hated the wires around my amp - not really the guitars or amps, but the wires to pedals, to amp etc.

    Even though I have a looper pedal, a Trio etc. I always just plug straight to katana.  If your significant other is really into her tidiness if you have no spare room or office, garage etc. this will give you another option...
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  • andyozandyoz Frets: 659
    Are the FX actually stereo?
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  • dindudedindude Frets: 5190
    randella said:
    Danny1969 said:
    Why is it so expensive ? It might run on batteries but they don't even supply a LIPO pack with a charge system, you gotta buy AA's
    The wireless receiver won't add much on as there's no enclosure and the power supply is already in the amp. 

    It's a fine bit of thinking but a bit overpriced IMHO  
    I wonder what their margin on it is - I mean Roland/Boss don't *usually* go for the overpriced thing so I'd be interested to know this time.

    Someone'll buy one and dissect it on the internet soon enough I guess.

    In the meantime @timmysoft is right, these things will walk out the shop door without our help.


    I think Boss / Roland pricing is all over the place. remember the first Waza amp, basically a fairly decent, if slightly plastic sounding, brown sound. That'll be £2.2K please, plus £1K for a cab! Then the "inspired by" katana comes out and it's arguably under-priced. can't help think that the success of the Katana means they are gunning for more margin missed first time around with this new one.

    Waza pedals and Blues Cube look like two other things that are over priced IMO.


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  • andyozandyoz Frets: 659
    They've sucked many of us in with Katana mk1 so just up the price for mk2.
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  • menamestommenamestom Frets: 2136

    I think Roland make some reasonable products, but as a general rule the extra they charge over the competition for some things isn't really reflected in supirior build quality, it's kind of prosumer level, built to a price but sold for more than that.

    I think things like the Boss pedals and Roland V drums are professional products, much of their other stuff often falls in between.  Personally I hope there becomes a little more competiotion in the wifi/bluetooth 3rd amp market, I'm sure if somebody like Mooer released something of this ilk it would be half the cost and made in the same place.


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  • randellarandella Frets: 1739
    dindude said:


    I think Boss / Roland pricing is all over the place. remember the first Waza amp, basically a fairly decent, if slightly plastic sounding, brown sound. That'll be £2.2K please, plus £1K for a cab! Then the "inspired by" katana comes out and it's arguably under-priced. can't help think that the success of the Katana means they are gunning for more margin missed first time around with this new one.

    Waza pedals and Blues Cube look like two other things that are over priced IMO.


    Granted, I don't really keep up with these things, but I do remember the Waza amp!  Hence *usually* above, I was pretty startled by that one.

    On the other hand, Boss pedals, Roland amps, this new Katana thingy I keep hearing about, all seem (to me) reasonably priced.  I must admit I was surprised at the cost of the wireless version. 

    Time will tell.  If they can't shift them then there might be a bargain to be had in 18 months. 

    Either that or Marshall will do the same with the CODE, as it seems word has finally filtered down to Milton Keynes that 100W / 100KG valve stacks haven't been all the go since Motley Crue were bothering the charts.
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 13117
    Voxman said:
    Totally ludicrous in my view.  For that money you can buy the 50w Katana, floor controller, and Line 6 G10 that can be used with any amp or mfx unit.  
    I doubt you are the target market..
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  • Danny1969Danny1969 Frets: 3535
    I can see what was left off the Katana Air now and have amended it for Boss


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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 6811
    I was listening to Philip McKnight’s 2018 predictions the other day and I can’t remember the exact phrase he used but he talked about something like upscaling as what manufacturers are doing now - adding premium features to relatively humble products. The Waza Craft pedals are a good example and this is like that. You could get something that does the job for half the price but this has feel good premium features. To some extent reselling you what you already have. 
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  • darthed1981darthed1981 Frets: 1571
    edited January 9
    One nice feature of this is that it isn't a flashy katana mini you have all the FX options and controls of a Katana 50

    Edit except the attenuator
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  • RandallFlaggRandallFlagg Frets: 5266
    edited January 10
    I love it, it's shifted the boutique home stereo practice amp up a gear.
    "This is this"
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  • CollingsCollings Frets: 125
    Well I wil be trying one. I,ve used a thr10 at home now for the past few years and its been great value given the use its had. I was thinking of trying the Vox but not sure it adds much more to the thr. If the Katana air can deliver the tones i need and the effects are stereo i,ll be getting one. 
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  • DeadmanDeadman Frets: 2504
    It'll have to sound immense for me to consider it.
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 30905
    Thinking about this, couldn't help remembering how much my wife totally hated the wires around my amp - not really the guitars or amps, but the wires to pedals, to amp etc.

    Even though I have a looper pedal, a Trio etc. I always just plug straight to katana.  If your significant other is really into her tidiness if you have no spare room or office, garage etc. this will give you another option...
    This is true, and most people are now getting so used to wireless *everything* that they just find the concept of cables to anything a massive faff and inconvenience, as well as an untidy mess.

    Back in the very early 1980s we had a video recorder with a wired remote control, which seems absolutely ludicrous now. Perhaps the same will be true of guitars in another ten years.
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