i've owned all the z ef86 based amps except the 6545 and finally decided to buy a used one. anyone using an airbrake with this amp? i am really only using the kt45 side the most, but like having the option of the gain on the 65. please tell me about your mileage with the airbrake and either one of these amps. thanks,,
Post by benttop (Steve) on Apr 7, 2006 14:12:25 GMT -7
I'm planning on using the Airbrake with my 6545 when I gig it. In fact, I have been using attenuators continuously for the last couple of years here. Two to four clicks down from full power works wonders in keeping the volume under control, and I don't personally hear any difference in the tone. Some guys say they can hear a difference, but I think they are hearing the Fletcher-Munson dynamic more than a tone variation. Just my opinion and you are entitled to it!
I have a KT45 which can get unruly when I'm trying to stay jazz clean. I recently borrowed my band mates 16 Ohm THD hot plate, and it makes a world of difference for the clean stuff. I'm now thinking of selling my solid state jazz amp, and purchasing a air brake or hot plate. I generally use the -8db setting on the hot plate and keep the KT45 about 10 o'clock volume wise.
I haven't tried the hot plate with the rock/pop bands I play with. I love the huge harmonic content/chaos laden sound my KT45 get when slammed with right overdrive/distortion/fuzz so I probably won't use it much is those contexts, but I will definitely use it when playing jazz gigs. It seems to take the hair off the sound, and also gives me a little more sag, letting me lay into a note a little harder before becoming unruly. Hope this helps. -Matt
"All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness." Eckhart Tolle
yeah, i just thought maybe it would take too much edge off a great sounding amp and turn it into something i wouldnt like. i had a kt45 with a solid state rectifier and i cant tell much difference with the tube rectifier in the 6545, not having them side by side.
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