So... what about Jet City?

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  • paulnb57paulnb57 Frets: 1177
    edited June 1
    When @digitalscream was waxing lyrical about them months ago, I gave one a punt, the JCA20HV, the single channel, master volume vintage head, to be honest, I doubt I will ever change to anthing else, outstanding for the price and they are cheap as you buy direct, at home,  flat out or anything in between, just brilliant!
    I changed the dreadful woven fabric covering on  front panel as it was wonky and did my head in.....a bit of scrap 1/2 ply and raid Ms nb57's sewing room.....
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  • Creed_ClicksCreed_Clicks Frets: 54
    Gonna keep my eye out for a used one, though at the price, a new one would be good value. I'd also be up for changing the fabric on the front, the tubes, and possibly the transformer if it made a difference. \m/
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  • digitalscreamdigitalscream Frets: 11910
    Okay, so maybe I should be charging commission.... :D
    "Mains is ouchy if you get it up you" - Sporky
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  • p90foolp90fool Frets: 8550
    Okay, so maybe I should be charging commission.... :D
    Haha definitely, I've been the catalyst for a few sales where I live too.
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  • newi123newi123 Frets: 346
    Okay, so maybe I should be charging commission.... :D
    Go for a signature model..............
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  • John_AJohn_A Frets: 1544
    Gonna keep my eye out for a used one, though at the price, a new one would be good value. I'd also be up for changing the fabric on the front, the tubes, and possibly the transformer if it made a difference. \m/
    The valves they come with are fine, and the transformers excellent (nice and big).  There a lot of people out there modding these, mainly because they are a cheap amp to use as a modding platform.  They absolutely do not 'need' and mods at all

    Fabric on the front - cant argue with that if you dont like the look of it ;)
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  • Creed_ClicksCreed_Clicks Frets: 54
    Ah right. I thought it was the case, as with a lot of cheaper tube amps, to upgrade the tubes. I wouldn't have a clue as to why I would even need to upgrade the transformer, other than what I have read online of folk who seem to do it.
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  • digitalscreamdigitalscream Frets: 11910
    Ah right. I thought it was the case, as with a lot of cheaper tube amps, to upgrade the tubes. I wouldn't have a clue as to why I would even need to upgrade the transformer, other than what I have read online of folk who seem to do it.
    There were a couple of guys in the early days of Jet City amps who replaced the transformers with the ones from the SLO (back when you could still buy them separately), which - along with the depth and bright cap mods - basically turned their £250 Jet City amp into something pretty close to a real Soldano.

    I suspect this is one of the reasons that the Soldano transformers are no longer available for purchase...
    "Mains is ouchy if you get it up you" - Sporky
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  • GulliverGulliver Frets: 448
    Love my JCA20H  (even more so now I've changed out the speaker in the cab to a Greenback)

    I use it as the dry amp in the wet/dry setup with my Mesa as the wet amp.  Seriously massive sound.  Absolutely love it.




    Also bought on the back of a @digitalscream recommendation.
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  • VinylfanVinylfan Frets: 11
    paulnb57 said:
    When @digitalscream was waxing lyrical about them months ago, I gave one a punt, the JCA20HV, the single channel, master volume vintage head, to be honest, I doubt I will ever change to anthing else, outstanding for the price and they are cheap as you buy direct, at home,  flat out or anything in between, just brilliant!
    I changed the dreadful woven fabric covering on  front panel as it was wonky and did my head in.....a bit of scrap 1/2 ply and raid Ms nb57's sewing room.....
    Paisley!!

    http://i.imgur.com/qbjJIna.jpg

    I like the paisley design!
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  • Creed_ClicksCreed_Clicks Frets: 54
    Is it much of a job to change the fabric ?
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  • paulnb57paulnb57 Frets: 1177
    edited June 1
    Vinylfan said:
    paulnb57 said:
    When @digitalscream was waxing lyrical about them months ago, I gave one a punt, the JCA20HV, the single channel, master volume vintage head, to be honest, I doubt I will ever change to anthing else, outstanding for the price and they are cheap as you buy direct, at home,  flat out or anything in between, just brilliant!
    I changed the dreadful woven fabric covering on  front panel as it was wonky and did my head in.....a bit of scrap 1/2 ply and raid Ms nb57's sewing room.....
    Paisley!!

    http://i.imgur.com/qbjJIna.jpg

    I like the paisley design!
    Thanks! Me too, although I realise its not everybodys cup o tea.....
    Is it much of a job to change the fabric ?
    Piece o cake!.....Remove the rear panel, remove the amp chassis (don't touch the internals) remove the front panel, then either you could remove the covering from the existing front panel or, do as I did and make a new one to the same dimensions, sand the edges and corners to remove sharpness, apply the cloth, wrapping it round so it overlaps the rear by about an inch, staple around the back edge with an office stapler (!), apply a couple of coats of water based varnish, reinstall.......I kept the original panel in case I ever sell it (unliklely)
    Oh and replace the badge!....
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  • McTootMcToot Frets: 1063
    Bumping this thread after having put a WTB post on the Amp Classifieds. I'm hoping to track down a 20HV to buy. 

    Im really keen to try the more vintage clean-to-crunch sound of the HV as a foil to my Custom 22, which is a hoot but quite modern. Anyone got one or know of one for sale?

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  • clarkefanclarkefan Frets: 445
    Sorry, no, but thanks for bringing this thread up again, you reminded me to say, thanks @digitalscream for the recommendation, I bought a 20HV and I think it's fantastic :)
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  • digitalscreamdigitalscream Frets: 11910
    clarkefan said:
    Sorry, no, but thanks for bringing this thread up again, you reminded me to say, thanks @digitalscream for the recommendation, I bought a 20HV and I think it's fantastic :)
    :)

    All of this makes me wish I'd hung on to my Jet City endorsement, I might have been able to get some decent commission out of this :D
    "Mains is ouchy if you get it up you" - Sporky
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  • There was one going for cheap on an Irish website recently, and like a fool, I didn't pull the trigger!
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  • clarkefanclarkefan Frets: 445
    clarkefan said:
    Sorry, no, but thanks for bringing this thread up again, you reminded me to say, thanks @digitalscream for the recommendation, I bought a 20HV and I think it's fantastic :)
    :)

    All of this makes me wish I'd hung on to my Jet City endorsement, I might have been able to get some decent commission out of this :D
    :)

    I'm a bit puzzled by people hold8ng out for a second-hand deal, they're an enormous £240 new  :o
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  • newi123newi123 Frets: 346
    ^ that's what I think too. The 2nd hand saving is small, especially if the seller adds p&p
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  • SteveFSteveF Frets: 234
    The consensus seems to be that the vintage version is great - how's the black one? Presumably much more modern sounding. 
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  • digitalscreamdigitalscream Frets: 11910
    clarkefan said:
    clarkefan said:
    Sorry, no, but thanks for bringing this thread up again, you reminded me to say, thanks @digitalscream for the recommendation, I bought a 20HV and I think it's fantastic :)
    :)

    All of this makes me wish I'd hung on to my Jet City endorsement, I might have been able to get some decent commission out of this :D
    :)

    I'm a bit puzzled by people hold8ng out for a second-hand deal, they're an enormous £240 new  :o
    I suspect it's because second-hand ones cost no more than the average drive pedal!
    "Mains is ouchy if you get it up you" - Sporky
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  • McTootMcToot Frets: 1063
    clarkefan said:
    clarkefan said:
    Sorry, no, but thanks for bringing this thread up again, you reminded me to say, thanks @digitalscream for the recommendation, I bought a 20HV and I think it's fantastic :)
    :)

    All of this makes me wish I'd hung on to my Jet City endorsement, I might have been able to get some decent commission out of this :D
    :)

    I'm a bit puzzled by people hold8ng out for a second-hand deal, they're an enormous £240 new  :o
    I suspect it's because second-hand ones cost no more than the average drive pedal!
    The 20HV is out of stock on the Jet City site. That's the main reason why. I also picked up my Custom 22 form our very own @p90fool for a fantastic £180 and it was pretty much the best 180 I've ever spent and I'd like that feeling again  B)

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  • McTootMcToot Frets: 1063

    SteveF said:
    The consensus seems to be that the vintage version is great - how's the black one? Presumably much more modern sounding. 
    The Custom 22 is deffo more modern sounding, especially at house volumes (mostly what I'm limited to). However at the recent Huddersfield forum jam I got to really wind it up and it actually can do a pretty decent AC DC type of noise on its cleaner channel. It is NOT a clean amp, though. 

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  • KebabkidKebabkid Frets: 1421
    edited September 8
    One thing I noted from my brief dalliance with a low wattage model I was plugged into at Guitar Guitar, Camden when trying some low gain drives. I was using the clean channel, which was ok-ish, if a little hard-sounding and the pedals were JHS Bonsai, Tumnus, Vertex, Spark Boost and Fulltone Fulldrive 1 and they sounded absolutely awful. Really brittle and harsh.

    I did get to try a couple of them again through a DRRI about a week later and the pedals sounded good.

    So, as I said,it was just a quick lunchtime trial of one of these but I'm not sure how well they take OD/boost pedals on the clean channel, if that's anyone's intention, but maybe that's not what they're about and adding some dirt to the overdrive channel probably yields better results.
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  • clarkefanclarkefan Frets: 445
    McToot said:
    clarkefan said:
    clarkefan said:
    Sorry, no, but thanks for bringing this thread up again, you reminded me to say, thanks @digitalscream for the recommendation, I bought a 20HV and I think it's fantastic :)
    :)

    All of this makes me wish I'd hung on to my Jet City endorsement, I might have been able to get some decent commission out of this :D
    :)

    I'm a bit puzzled by people hold8ng out for a second-hand deal, they're an enormous £240 new  :o
    I suspect it's because second-hand ones cost no more than the average drive pedal!
    The 20HV is out of stock on the Jet City site. That's the main reason why. I also picked up my Custom 22 form our very own @p90fool for a fantastic £180 and it was pretty much the best 180 I've ever spent and I'd like that feeling again  B)
    That makes more sense now, sorry, I wasn't aware :)

    About the 20HV, they not only "darkened" it from the 20H per Joe Perry's request, they also reduced the gain. I've only played one JCA amp so I've no idea how much difference these changes make.

    Oh, and they scrub out the "designed by Mike Soldano" on the PCB :) Apparently there are literally 2 or 3 caps/resistors involved between the two so it might be worth buying a 20H and hitting Google.
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  • digitalscreamdigitalscream Frets: 11910
    clarkefan said:
    McToot said:
    clarkefan said:
    clarkefan said:
    Sorry, no, but thanks for bringing this thread up again, you reminded me to say, thanks @digitalscream for the recommendation, I bought a 20HV and I think it's fantastic :)
    :)

    All of this makes me wish I'd hung on to my Jet City endorsement, I might have been able to get some decent commission out of this :D
    :)

    I'm a bit puzzled by people hold8ng out for a second-hand deal, they're an enormous £240 new  :o
    I suspect it's because second-hand ones cost no more than the average drive pedal!
    The 20HV is out of stock on the Jet City site. That's the main reason why. I also picked up my Custom 22 form our very own @p90fool for a fantastic £180 and it was pretty much the best 180 I've ever spent and I'd like that feeling again  B)
    That makes more sense now, sorry, I wasn't aware :)

    About the 20HV, they not only "darkened" it from the 20H per Joe Perry's request, they also reduced the gain. I've only played one JCA amp so I've no idea how much difference these changes make.

    Oh, and they scrub out the "designed by Mike Soldano" on the PCB :) Apparently there are literally 2 or 3 caps/resistors involved between the two so it might be worth buying a 20H and hitting Google.
    Also worth noting that the 20HV has a post-MV effects loop, whereas the 20H doesn't have one at all.
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  • SteveFSteveF Frets: 234
    Although it's out of stock on Jet City, you can get new Jet City 20HV amps at Thomann 

    https://www.thomann.de/gb/jet_city_amplification_jca20hv.htm ;



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  • clarkefanclarkefan Frets: 445
    Digitalscream's point about the HV having a loop is important for me.  I use/need that loop for a master volume control, the amp is very loud even set low. 
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  • JMP220478JMP220478 Frets: 150
    Gulliver said:
    Love my JCA20H  (even more so now I've changed out the speaker in the cab to a Greenback)

    I use it as the dry amp in the wet/dry setup with my Mesa as the wet amp.  Seriously massive sound.  Absolutely love it.




    Also bought on the back of a @digitalscream recommendation.
    how have you setup the wet dry rig ?
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  • I have a 22H and a 100LTD and they both sound great. I play them out both in rehearsal and live and never had a problem getting a great tone... My drummer is an absolute animal and the 22H hangs just fine with him (as long as no pristine clean is required) 

    As others have mentioned above, get that presence control on "0" and roll the preamp tubes when you can. They're great amps for relatively little money...and if you've ever looked inside of one you'll see they're excellently laid out, so perfect for an aspiring modder and a breeze to get serviced if you run into a problem. 

    Jet City get a Thumbs Up from me.
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  • John_AJohn_A Frets: 1544
    McToot said:

    SteveF said:
    The consensus seems to be that the vintage version is great - how's the black one? Presumably much more modern sounding. 
    The Custom 22 is deffo more modern sounding, especially at house volumes (mostly what I'm limited to). However at the recent Huddersfield forum jam I got to really wind it up and it actually can do a pretty decent AC DC type of noise on its cleaner channel. It is NOT a clean amp, though. 
    It's not a clean amp, but can do cleans too.  Used one for ages with a rock covers band and with the gain on one and the channel 1 master high it can get loud enough to gig with and still stay clean unless you want pristine


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