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About MTM105

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  • Birthday 10/05/1964

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    NW NJ
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    Retired US Army

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  • guitars
    PRS Swamp Ash, '87 Ibanez 540 S, Strat Texas Special, LP Studio
  • amps
    FUCHS, Nace, Lockhard
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    Boss ME-50, GE-7,, Rocktron Nitro, Fulltone , Wampler, FUCHS

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  1. Sounds GREAT through a quality Cab. Twin 6V6s. Can't ask for more than that. NMV channel still digital. At $299 so what??
  2. Jake E Lee story

    Instead of $$ thousands on replacing carpets from dog piss and mindless spending, Jake could have bought a decent home, few cars and kept at it career wise. Dude was into martial arts and had/has the physical abilities and mindset to be a consummate professional. Ozzy was a bloated drunk. Maybe if Sharon didn't have an affair with Randy, she'd have had more respect for his replacement.
  3. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=020QgEopzE0
  4. I made FB friends with TAG. He posted tree photos from his landscaping business. I said, "TAG knows Trees." I'm not sure he appreciated it.
  5. Go FUCHS Yourself

    why bother working on an amp?? it's either good-to-go, or it's not. today's knowledge and technology is far removed from days of Plexi and Bassman yore.
  6. This is original version. Used in my opinion is that it's a lower budget Dr. Z at $499 range. Same tone, performance, build and 1/2 the price used. VERY light weight PTP. Used Dr Z never really goes DOWN in price any time, any place. Rather amazing marketing phenomenon. https://reverb.com/item/7936681-nace-m1-18r?gclid=Cj0KCQiAvrfSBRC2ARIsAFumcm91F31Mnl8XB2nlDkq4McIaAJrXsm2NbHZowgucrHqU_YrRCRDgdj8aAqBwEALw_wcB&pla=1
  7. Pedal board suggestions ...

    touche fx Plush Valve Job, Plush Verbrator, RMC Real McCoy Picture Wah, G-Lab WW1 Wowee Wah, G-Lab TBWP Wah Pad, G-Lab SD-1 Delay, G-Lab DR-3 Dual Reverb, T-Rex BetaVibe, TC Electronics SCF
  8. Pedal board suggestions ...

    Some peeps concentrate on pedal boards. And that's their thing. Others, however find their tone and don't give a hoot. Any board without a BOSS is pretentious IMO. Tuner and Noise Gate both have buffer circuits. Build one board that works for you. Then experiment and build another with other pedals. I've discovered TC Electronics Spark Plug. Gives a subtle tube-like gritty boost.
  9. No love for Purple Wind?? Even has a loop.
  10. Go FUCHS Yourself

    Fuchs, Tone King, Soldano, Suhr, Bogner. Sound QualityContrary to what you may have heard, great tone is not the exclusive domain of point to point wired amps. Even the use of top quality components and meticulous assembly methods do not guarantee good tone. There are plenty of examples of great and lousy sounding products in both point to point and PCB categories. There are well built, mediocre sounding amps and sloppily thrown together, great sounding amps. In fact, undesirable sonic characteristics frequently attributed to circuit boards are much more likely to occur in point to point wired amps. Stray capacitance, phase cancellation, signal degradation, and crosstalk between stages are common problems in point to point designs. Most of these conditions are easily minimized or eliminated in a well executed PCB design.One interesting and often overlooked side benefit of PCB design is the ability to precisely control the way the board will "sound" by experimenting with placement of sensitive components. We frequently use this technique of "tuning the board" to tweak various parameters of a circuit which might normally be accomplished with the relatively "brute force" use of added capacitance or tone robbing bundled wire harnesses.ConsistencyOne of the most attractive benefits of PCB construction is their inherent consistency. Once the design is complete, it can be easily reproduced with a very high degree of accuracy. In our particular case, the object is to produce an amplifier that meets a set of pre-defined sonic and functional criteria. These criteria are built into the board design and are not subject to the wide variations in tolerances normally found in the point to point assembly process.In the late fifties, state of the art point to point construction ( i.e. military and recording/broadcast electronics) incorporated "turret boards" that supported most of the small components on Nickel/Silver plated posts staked into thick Fiber or Glass/Epoxy strips. The bulky components (pots, jacks, switches, filter caps, meters and transformers) were chassis mounted and meticulously hand wired to these boards. Some of todays more popular (and more expensive) point to point amps utilize low cost phenolic "terminal strips" with thin Tin plated lugs instead of the much more rugged turret boards. This is a far cry from the venerable point to point designs of the past. The terminal strip method is not particularly rugged or easily serviceable, usually requires much more extensive use of wire, solder and wiring harnesses, and often results in a circuit layout that is subject to wide variations in circuit behavior. Two identical amplifiers built this way are very likely to - and often do - sound completely different!Reliability and ServiceabilityNeedless to say, there is a right way and a wrong way to do everything. One might be a little bit more generous and say that there are an infinite number of interpretations of the term "cost effective". Indeed! There are of course legitimate reasons for peoples seemingly genetic aversion to printed circuit boards and all one has to do it gaze into the guts of a PCB amp that falls into the "cheaper to replace than repair" category to see why this is so. Its a fact however, that circuit boards dominate the electronics industry. Therefore it is important to remember that the Internet connection you are using to access this web page is bouncing off of a satellite orbiting our fair planet that will probably operate flawlessly far into the next centuryutilizing printed circuit boards.How then do we account for this large reliability gap? Simply stated, printed circuit boards pretty much do exactly what the designer intended for them to do. Nothing more, nothing less. If top notch performance and long term reliability are the design objectives, then the end product will perform and last provided that it is correctly engineered. In this context then, it is logical to conclude that a well designed, high quality PCB based amplifier is more than likely to perform as well or better and last easily as long as or longer than a point to point wired amp.CostAll things considered, we feel that the point to point method of amplifier construction is unnecessarily time consuming and excessively costly. When you pay a premium price for a quality point to point amplifier, it is pretty much understood and taken for granted that youre not necessarily paying for performance and flexibility. A well designed and executed PCB based amplifier sacrifices nothing to sound quality, construction quality or long term reliability and value merely as an automatic consequence of the use of printed circuit boards. The labor saving aspect of PCB amplifier construction makes it possible to offer a wide variety of features and functions which translate to a higher "Bang for the Buck" ratio.
  11. Go FUCHS Yourself

    Keep checking Guitar Center on line. After I pulled trigger 2-3 weeks ago, I found Blackjack 21 MKI head dropped to $499. BJ Combo NK II was around $849.
  12. Marshall or BOSS? I'm not too keen on staring at a BOSS Amp.
  13. Go FUCHS Yourself

    Andy had Black Crows touring combo avail a year or two ago he sold to a teen. Someday...ODS, perhaps. Not sure I'll like it, though. Everyone else seems to. I'd have to try prior to purchase, I guess. Can't afford new. I don't like having tweaking as an option. Too tempting to get lost. I'd rather plug in and play.