The EMS is honestly the first amp I've encountered since I've owned the Kemper that is very likely to get me back into "tubes and cones".
I loved my former Remedy; the sound and build quality were absolutely superb, but I always longed for the EL34 kerrang.
The ability to at least be in the same subdivision as a JTM/JMP/JCM Marshall in one box just has too much appeal to ignore.
I play a pair of LPs. My philosophy is that if it's a 10% "gain" (dynamics/bloom) over a Kemper unit, it will be well worth it. It will be in a home studio setting, but I've read that the Master Volume is excellent; as it was on my Remedy.
It should be noted that even though I have hundreds of profiles loaded, I gravitate to a handful in the vein of this amp's capabilities 90% of the time. Those three eras of Marshall cover every base I need to reach. Add the Drake-like transformers, it's too much.
Actually, I think re-building the pedalboard is my biggest mental obstacle!
I will be doing my demo later next week. I hope it goes as-expected...
I did get some nice sounds, but I really never felt I heard what I was looking for.
The amp always sounded like it was resisting being pushed into that prolific Marshall OD state we all know, despite extensive gain and toggle experimenting. I played three different humbuckered guitars with the same result.
Sorry that it didn't work out for you. I didn't have the option of trying one out before buying mine. In all honesty it was pretty stiff/boxy sounding yesterday at first and I was expecting that. With 12 hours of looping my iPod through it and about 5 hours of hard play time it's already opening up a lot and breathing more if that makes sense. Hopefully you'll get the chance again to test one out with broken in speakers.
'06 Gibson R8, '94 Gibson Les Paul Jr Special, Fender CS Dirty Dozen Strat, Fender Hotrod '52 Tele, Dr Z Z-Plus, Dr Z EMS, /13 FTR 37, Kemper, Various pedals
"Z" Steve: Great amps Frank those Hi Walts!
Jan 30, 2020 8:57:35 GMT -7
BritInvasion: That's a good one Steve!
Feb 1, 2020 9:01:39 GMT -7
runninwiththerevil (Matthew): Puking kid. Oh boy. Glad I was done jamming. Another three minutes and there would have been projectile on the Maz JR!
Feb 1, 2020 20:16:01 GMT -7
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Feb 4, 2020 6:45:42 GMT -7
roscoenyc: Whenever I see the phrase "clean pedal platform" I'm filled with sadness about the real tube amp joy that could have been.
Feb 8, 2020 8:42:49 GMT -7
The Half Strudel: But my distortion pedal just doesn't sound good without a lot of headroom...
Feb 10, 2020 10:47:02 GMT -7
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Feb 14, 2020 22:03:58 GMT -7
walt: I almost bought a 50 watt HiWalt head back in 88-went to the bank machine and someone swooped in and got it first,it sounded great...
Feb 17, 2020 18:46:58 GMT -7
roscoenyc: I tried. Oh well.
Feb 27, 2020 7:07:44 GMT -7
T-R☼CK ♫: Come back when you get some 'spurence, son.
Feb 27, 2020 8:25:56 GMT -7
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