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    Thumbs up The Hughes and Kettner Tube Meister 18...awesome!

    My local GC just got one, and I ran it through it's paces from clean, blues, rock, to metal, and it did it all amazingly good. It's the best lunchbox amp I've plugged into so far. With a good cab, it does it all. Within 20 minutes of playing it, I was sold on it......forget everything else, I must own one of these.
    The cool looking aesthetics are the icing on the cake, including the chrome side handles with logo.

    But when you turn it around and look at the features, such as 2 modes on the gain channel -footswitchable, clean channel, FX loop, 18w/5w/1w/OFF, XLR out, tube failure indicators......just killer!!!

    I was able to dial in just about every usable tone I need, all at a nice volume level, which gets pretty loud.....or as silent as you need it. And it's noise floor level is excellent....nice and quiet like you'd expect from a quality amp.

    Unlike all the other lunch box amps capable of high gain, the Tube Meister 18 doesn't lose low end definition. It handles heavy gain palm muting and it's EQ and boosts allow you a lot of flexibility in the gain structure.
    Throw away your OD pedals, this amp needs nothing with massive gain on tap. From country to AC/DC to Metallica, it's got it. Hook up a 2 button footswitch and you've got 3 modes....with FX loop. Want killer tube tone at whisper levels? Just turn it down to 1W or 5W.

    At $599, your head will explode when you play one, scheming of ways to get one ASAP. I know mine did. Dual EL-84's in an amp that can sound like anything from a Blues Jr. to a vintage Marshall, to a Bogner XTC type vibe.

    I'm going to be throwing some toys on the used market, because this is the first low wattage amp that got me really excited. The guys at the music store have also made it their new favorite on the floor.

    http://www.premierguitar.com/Magazin...mp_Review.aspx



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    I've got 60 guitars...but 49 trumpets is just...INSANITY! WTF!

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    WoW...that does sound like a great amp...lot's of features that i'd want for sure!
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    Man i wish i didnt hate the way that looks.
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    My local GC had one the other day. Some fellow was playing through it and getting some nice shreddy tones.
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    You've def been living up to your username here lately Joe!
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    Features appear to be amazing.

    This thing at the Oxnard GC, or where?

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    NICE! Been wondering about these ever since they came out. Been very close to pulling the trigger on one several times. Guess I'll have to expedite actually doing it! Really do like my little Egnater Rebel 20 head and 1X12 cab rig, but I have NO doubt that the Tubemeister kicks ass (based on previous ownership of a Triamp and playing several of the H&K tube series).
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffB View Post
    My local GC had one the other day. Some fellow was playing through it and getting some nice shreddy tones.
    I also tested every mode at super low volume, and it's the perfect practice amp with a 112 cab. Once you find the perfect speaker/s for it, you'll have the best sounding bedroom amp ever. And turned up loud, it really dishes out the volume, while staying pretty tight. Once I get one, it'll probably go on my Bogner 212 cab w/Vin 30's.

    I was glad to see it shined on midgain vintage Marshall tones too. Once I heard all it was capable of, I realized that it's going to be my next amp.
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    I've got 60 guitars...but 49 trumpets is just...INSANITY! WTF!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DankStar View Post
    Features appear to be amazing.

    This thing at the Oxnard GC, or where?
    I'm sure they got one too. It'll sell quickly, so call them and see if there's one on the floor. I played the first one they got this week at Northridge Ca. GC. I wanted so badly to take it home, but I can't justify it till I part with something of equal value.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gearjoneser View Post
    I'm sure they got one too. It'll sell quickly, so call them and see if there's one on the floor. I played the first one they got this week at Northridge Ca. GC. I wanted so badly to take it home, but I can't justify it till I part with something of equal value.
    Cool deal - I think I'm about equedistant from both of those GCs, that's wild.

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    I believe HK has a tubemeister 36 out now as well.... Which also has the power scaling from 18 on down like the TM18.
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    I believe that it's got some sort of auto biasing circuit, but there's a slot you can slide your pick into that instantly biases it. At least I think that's how it works. H&K has always had state of the art engineering.

    I watch the clips, but don't hear quite what I was hearing today. I had a new LP Traditional and Am. Std. Strat plugged into the Tube Meister 18 into an Egnater 212 cab. It sounded better in person. If I ran two of those rigs in stereo, I'd have a monsterous sounding setup, all at perfect club level.
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    I've got 60 guitars...but 49 trumpets is just...INSANITY! WTF!

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    Yup. I'm currently in the process of saving for a new amp and I'm about 90% certain that it's going to be one of these. I've never played one, but it's got all the features I want in the size that I want and every H&K amp I've played before has sounded excellent.

    I just need to stop buying ****ing pickups and pedals with the money I save...

    Thanks for the review.
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    And their bigger offerings are quite cool too

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    WOW! Most of the youtube demos are horrible. That's usually par for the course on youtube though. Both channels sound really boxy and I think on the premier guitar vid, when he hits the gain boost, it gets all grainy.
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    Indeed the Tubemeister 18 is completely awesome. However, I'm letting mine go for 2 reasons. First of all, since I had a lot of experience with the Triamp and Duotone, every time I play the Tubemeister makes me yearn for a Duotone. It's like the Tubemeister gets close to that awesome H&K tone, but you just can't quite get there with it. Also, the clean channel lacks volume. It's rated at 18 watts, but my 15w Blues Junior is much louder on the clean channel and has more headroom.

    The Tubemeister lead channel is much louder than the clean channel and almost matches my Blues Junior. Anyway, I'm not putting it down in any way because for $599 you can't beat it. The Tubemeister 30 is coming out and it has twice the power of the 18 AND includes reverb AND will sell for $799 which is less than the Mesa Boogie TA-15.

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    WOW! Most of the youtube demos are horrible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UberMetalDood View Post
    Indeed the Tubemeister 18 is completely awesome. However, I'm letting mine go for 2 reasons. First of all, since I had a lot of experience with the Triamp and Duotone, every time I play the Tubemeister makes me yearn for a Duotone. It's like the Tubemeister gets close to that awesome H&K tone, but you just can't quite get there with it. Also, the clean channel lacks volume. It's rated at 18 watts, but my 15w Blues Junior is much louder on the clean channel and has more headroom.

    The Tubemeister lead channel is much louder than the clean channel and almost matches my Blues Junior. Anyway, I'm not putting it down in any way because for $599 you can't beat it. The Tubemeister 30 is coming out and it has twice the power of the 18 AND includes reverb AND will sell for $799 which is less than the Mesa Boogie TA-15.
    The Tube Meister 36 is looking more and more attractive, especially if it's just a couple hundred more. Read the specs and features! I don't usually care if an amp has MIDI capability or not, but on this amp I think it would open up a lot of possibilities. And since it can also be dialed down like the 18W version, it's definitely worth looking into.
    http://www.hughes-and-kettner.com/pr...er%2036%20Head

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gearjoneser View Post
    My local GC just got one, and I ran it through it's paces from clean, blues, rock, to metal, and it did it all amazingly good. It's the best lunchbox amp I've plugged into so far. With a good cab, it does it all. Within 20 minutes of playing it, I was sold on it......forget everything else, I must own one of these.
    The cool looking aesthetics are the icing on the cake, including the chrome side handles with logo.

    But when you turn it around and look at the features, such as 2 modes on 2 channels, footswitchable, FX loop, 18w/5w/1w/OFF, XLR out, tube failure indicators......just killer!!!

    I was able to dial in just about every usable tone I need, all at a nice volume level, which gets pretty loud.....or as silent as you need it. And it's noise floor level is excellent....nice and quiet like you'd expect from a quality amp.

    Unlike all the other lunch box amps capable of high gain, the Tube Meister 18 doesn't lose low end definition. It handles heavy gain palm muting and it's EQ and boosts allow you a lot of flexibility in the gain structure.
    Throw away your OD pedals, this amp needs nothing with massive gain on tap. From country to AC/DC to Metallica, it's got it. Hook up a 2 button footswitch and you've got 3 modes....with FX loop. Want killer tube tone at whisper levels? Just turn it down to 1W or 5W.

    At $599, your head will explode when you play one, scheming of ways to get one ASAP. I know mine did. Dual EL-84's in an amp that can sound like anything from a Blues Jr. to a vintage Marshall, to a Bogner XTC type vibe.

    I'm going to be throwing some toys on the used market, because this is the first low wattage amp that got me really excited. The guys at the music store have also made it their new favorite on the floor.

    http://www.premierguitar.com/Magazin...mp_Review.aspx



    Awesome Joe! Thanks for this....I've had my eyes on the Blackstar 20 head,but this seems an even better choice...
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    Notice the size of the transformers. They can barely stuff them in there!
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    I've got 60 guitars...but 49 trumpets is just...INSANITY! WTF!

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