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So as well as making pickups I design amps at Matamp.....

About 90% of our amps overseas to the kind of player who needs a minimum of 100w all of the time!

A few years back we made some low wattage amps, we are thinking about relaunching a lower wattage line and also a combo or two. 

I’ll try and keep you updated with progress on this thread if it’s of interest? 
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  • paulnb57paulnb57 Frets: 1177
    Interesting, lower wattage amps seem  popular lately........
    Stranger from another planet welcome to our hole - Just strap on your guitar and we'll play some rock 'n' roll

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  • I thought you had the 20watters in the range already? I can see why the usual audience for Matamps might shun them right enough :) 

    My favourite of the Mats I had was a series 2000, a very sweet sounding amp for clean through overdrive.
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  • Yeah - no combos though. The GT20 isn’t that popular in a head which is a shame!
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  • Van_HaydenVan_Hayden Frets: 403
    edited December 2017
    I did that as a pedal platform amp. Anybody remember Nick Jennison from Intermusic forum days?

    https://youtu.be/1JzYquzn_HU


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  • I'd like to see Matamp make a low powered 6L6GC Djent machine, with a built in noise gate and a special switch designed for guitars with 8/9/10/11 strings....  (Sorry, I couldn't resist for the small joke) 

    Yeah @Van_Hayden please keep us posted if you relaunch a lower wattage line. 
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  •  and a special switch designed for guitars with 8/9/10/11 strings....  


    They do. The off switch. 
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  • blobbblobb Frets: 881
    King St MkII by any chance?

    Combo sound interesting, replace my old VC30 for me.

     MATAMP means Hi-fi to me and Stoner Rock is Hawkwind, not overbearing sludge.

     
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  •  and a special switch designed for guitars with 8/9/10/11 strings....  


    They do. The off switch. 
    @lustycourtier wins the forum today...

    @blobb along the lines of the King St, although I could personally use a 40w ish combo with verb and possibly the bias modulating trem from the GT20. 

    @earwighoney most of our customers downtime to Hades anyway....
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  • WezVWezV Frets: 9081
    I miss my little rock :(
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  • tampaxbootampaxboo Frets: 486
    edited December 2017
    a guitarist (pro, not bedroom) i really like swears by matamps. he went from marshall to orange to matamp and has decided they are his amp for life, so i've always been curious about them. he's more classic hotblooded brit rock whereas i'm vampirish postpunk/goth, so not sure if our demands overlap (distortion fx loops so on), but they are certainly a brand i'm interested in.

    as for thoughts, if you are up for suggestions, i think something along the same lines as the little Blackstar HT combo amps (5w and under) would be useful. a one-stop-shop pocket rocket.
    the BS are small and quiet enough to play in a bedsit etc and still sound valvey. the new reality for most young (sub 30) guitarists is that they will spend most of their 20s/30s living in small sutdios/bedists/flats/shared houses, so amp companies with an eye to the future need to really focus on that setting. BS worked that out quick.
    the BS also have DI, emulated out/speaker sim, headphone jack. simple contemporary innovations that make it an ideal all-in-one for those same forced out of the air and onto daw for writing/recording/practising.

    where the BS fall down, to my ears, is that they seem to have a very compressed and tense tone, if that means anything to you? they never quite sound big or fill space, even through a PA. US flavoured tone stack maybe? i think they were thinking about Mesas.

    Orange explored this same ground with their micro terrors, they sold well but i think the novelty wore off quick for many as the tone lacked something. i wasn't convinced.

    maybe that area is now oversubscribed, or the concept or price point are not where matamp feels its interests are best placed. but speaking personally, i'm in the prcocess of selling a big brit combo and downsizing for bedroom and daw, so that's where my head is at re future plans. i don't see myself buying another big amp. i'm late 30s, lowish income, small place. so typical of the scenario i stated.

    but definitely feedback on developments because it's a brand which inspires interest and affection.
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  • @tampaxboo  thanks that’s exactly the kind of input I’m after!
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  • WezVWezV Frets: 9081
    has @tampaxboo just described the little rock?   
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  • darcymdarcym Frets: 1028
    I've been hassling matamp to bring back the miniverb - it was a stunning unit and the only reason I didn't get one when they where out was the hassle/pain one of the dealers/order agents caused me to the point where I couldn't be bothered ordering.

    That cranked miniverb with a real non-digital reverb was a magic little amp head. I'll buy one tomorrow if you bring it back 
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  • Yeah - I think we sold 5.....certainly less than 10. You had to be so careful with lead dress inside to avoid hum they were a monumental pain in the backside! I now know why everyone uses digital verb in that kind of amp now..
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  • I would love to see a mini-Matamp head, like the size of Dual Terror but Matamp style. Simple, elegant and goes from good cleans to the kinda nice break up rock tones...I personally don't use lots of gain but if I did I would just use a pedal.

    I also think you guys should try your hand at the high wattage small bass amp world.

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  • I'd like that too - a great 30w head. I may be on my own but I'm more interested in a truly great sounding amp than loads of features.

    I've always fancied a Matamp but I've struggled to pick out which amp would suit me best. I'll watch with much interest :)
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  • DopesickDopesick Frets: 1026
    I'd be ALL OVER a 50w Matamp GT1 in a small lighter enclosure (if possible)? Like say just a tiny tiny bit larger than the Victory Kraken?

    I'm guessing this is not possible...
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  • MtBMtB Frets: 417
    edited December 2017
    I should have hung on to my 1224mk2 - it covered most of my amp needs, sold it to fund self builds (5E3, 18watt TMB, SE5 watt). If a used one came up at the right price I'd be very tempted.
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  • I love my (much modified) Kingstreet, but now I'm more frequently using a Vox AC4TV, mainly because it's very portable, and not as precious. Playing it so often has made me reconsider what I'm looking for in an amp.

    So now my ideal (And it would be a Matamp, no other compares..) 5-10W, with Gain, 2 band EQ, Master Level and a spring reverb, a 10" speaker with an extension speaker output. Always set to a mild overdrive, clean it up with the guitar volume, or crank it up using a boost. 

    That would definitely be an easier amp to wire than my Kingstreet, don't you reckon @Van_Hayden ?
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  • darcymdarcym Frets: 1028
    Yeah - I think we sold 5.....certainly less than 10. You had to be so careful with lead dress inside to avoid hum they were a monumental pain in the backside! I now know why everyone uses digital verb in that kind of amp now..


    please bring it back - make the head a little bigger if you need to, a little bigger head to keep that true great little reverb and quality cranked sound would be amazing, I push the poor guys at Matamp every time I have a minor communication with them as there really is / was nothing like it (also I'll buy a second hand one right now if one ever turns up in the office!!)

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  • Bring back the Little Rock. The only amp I've sold that I now regret. Orange Rocker, TH30, Mesa Dual Rec, Mesa 5:25 and others - all gone too but the Little Rock remains the one I wish I'd kept and would buy again.

    Kept up comfortably at band practice and yet could provide a good sound in my flat without raising complaints from the neighbours.
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  • I have an AC30 and a 50W JCM800. Both are too loud to be pushed properly anywhere I play. i.e. small gigs or rehearsal room. I don't want a pedal platform, reverb, tremelo etc. Just one channel and 20Watts of hand wired valve smoking goodness with a shedload of Matamp mojo that I can plug in my SG and pull guitar faces at. Combo or head, don't mind.
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  • So I’m pondering options after a chat with @shaunm earlier today. 

    Single channel with boost, primary goal is a great clean with a bit of grit if you need it. Up could use the boost for overdrive or a solo level boost and rely on pedals for the drive.

    Possibly an fx loop, definitely a verb and also maybe a bias mod Trem. 

    Valve rectified, couple of EL34s and a 112 format with a Creamback as standard. 

    Any thoughts?? Should I be working on a twin channel???

    @janahan the trouble with the small amps is making them at an attractive price in the UK! Everything is produced cheaply overseas. 

    @teacherphil I’m thinking if that as an option. Might even do a bedroom GT120, but running around 20/30 watts but with a quad of valves. What kind of tone were you thinking?

     
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  • Single channel head, 30w, clean only would be ideal. I like the drive sounds from my pedals, and the reverb I have, so would be happy with something really simple. Only reason I'm looking at low wattage is that I don't expect to be playing live anytime soon and trying to be a considerate neighbour.
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  • If it sounds like this then take my money now.

    That vintage orange/matamp sound does it for ne every time.
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  • Thanks guys!
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  • samzadgansamzadgan Frets: 1433
    My GT1 is my amp for life...it’s beaten vintage Marshall’s and every other modern amp I’ve tried...not even a contest really! 

    As for suggestions...I would love a smaller GT1, 1 EL34, 20w head or combo

    also, can you guys start making Spring Reverb Tanks? I’ve seen one or two floating around...I think they were made back in 70’s...same size as the amp heads...love to get one of those!

    another cool thing would be a solid state head...I know a few pedal builders make GT120 pedals...which are cool (I have one that Dunwich made for me) but that would be even cooler as 100w head. It’s the perfect backup amp and also great for people who don’t have the cash for the tube version.
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  • So I’m pondering options after a chat with @shaunm earlier today. 

    Single channel with boost, primary goal is a great clean with a bit of grit if you need it. Up could use the boost for overdrive or a solo level boost and rely on pedals for the drive.

    Possibly an fx loop, definitely a verb and also maybe a bias mod Trem. 

    Valve rectified, couple of EL34s and a 112 format with a Creamback as standard. 

    Any thoughts?? Should I be working on a twin channel???

    @janahan the trouble with the small amps is making them at an attractive price in the UK! Everything is produced cheaply overseas. 

    @teacherphil I’m thinking if that as an option. Might even do a bedroom GT120, but running around 20/30 watts but with a quad of valves. What kind of tone were you thinking?

     
    Sounds about perfect for me. 
    FX loop, not something I'd look for, but a trem; that'd be sweet. 
    Do you do trade-ins ;)
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  • @teacherphil I’m thinking if that as an option. Might even do a bedroom GT120, but running around 20/30 watts but with a quad of valves. What kind of tone were you thinking?
    I've seen a few guys who amps with 2 EL84's in the power amp section and a Model T preamp and I think a 20/30w GT120 would be equally appealing to doom fans. 
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  • ExorcistExorcist Frets: 233
    Well for what it is worth, here is my input... I've spent years playing 100Watt rigs at deafening volumes, but now in my mid 40's my tinnitus is off the charts and I just can't tolerate any real volume (yes I wear/wore earplugs live). I have been through a multitude of low wattage amps from Fuchs, Engator, VHT, Palmer, Orange, Marshall etc. And for someone who now only plays at home/studio at fairly low/reasonable volumes (probably not your target audience) here is what works for me. 
    Decent reverb OR FX loop if it does anything more then mild OD.
    If it can just do a decent clean with some dirt (roll off the guitar volume for clean) then no need for the loop/Reverb as everything can go in the front. Suits me. (single channel)
    Tight and FULL bottom end (something EL84's seem to struggle with IMHO) - NO farting out (specially if tuned a bit lower)
    Full range cleans with a TMB to scoop/boost the mids 
    EL34? I don't care how many watts as long as it can go TV volume without it sounding shit - either a decent MV (PPIMV?) or attenuating/VVR if really needed (I don't care as long as I can bring it down and still sound good).

    Lots of amps seem to get close, but not quite there... 

    TBH I've played a few Matamps and they were just what I'm describing but too loud for home lol!

    Not sure if that's any good to you - but IMHO most people with home amps tend to get higher gain with pedals, so lots of home high gain amps with awful cleans seem a waste..

    I guess I'm saying a single channel full range pedal platform with a decent bass response?


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