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    Re: Carol-Ann Amps - and so it starts vol 1

    The OD2R has a great clean channel. It has more body than a traditional BF... but it is not BF.

    Personally I like it.

    The OD channel also has a unique voicing to it -- smooth but very aggressive.

    I think you will dig it.

    I plan on getting one soon (waiting for the guy to finally say yes).

    when I do we can get together and you can take it for a spin.

    The Texas 50 I think also is a different animal and I believe has some SSS influence in the clean channel.

    again neither is the traditional OD2 that you might have played in the past.



    Tag I do not think you have played an OD2r (different that OD2 etc) -- very few of these floating out there.
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    This is probably an old post I am responding to, but I have to give my opinion on this. is the CA clean as good as a black face? Not even in the same league. My Emmy pro had MUCH better cleans than the CAs I played, and Dumble 183 was sitting right on top of 3 CAs when I bought it, and had much better cleans as well. I dug the CAs OD tones, and they were similar to the Emmy pros, but I still liked the emmys overdrive more, and much more all the way around. YMMV, IMO and all of that. (The emmys cleans are not as good as a BF either, and neither is ANY D type of amp, or actual Dumble I have played. ) No knock on CA, because IMO, in a dual channel amp, something has to be compromised. Tony Bruno who makes many of the best sounding amps I have ever heard said the same thing. he tried and tried, but either the clean or overdriven tones were compromised. You need two different amps all the way through, and then different speakers and enclosures as well to get the best cleans and overdriven tones. There is no way around it. What makes the best clean tones, (EQ, transformers, power, etc etc is NOT what makes the best overdriven tones. At least not IMO, and it seems most agree on that. How many people have looked for "marshall and fender" in one amp, and have never been 100% happy? Almost every rock player on the planet. The big bottom of a BF and the nice shimmery top end lead to flubby bottom and buzzy top end in overdrive without a totally different EQ structure. And fiddling with the tone controls only gets you so far, and not nearly far enough!
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    Re: Carol-Ann Amps - and so it starts vol 1

    It has Foot-switchable loop that's awesome
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    I always looked for the Marshall Fender thing, then the fender Dumble thing. I do think the channel switchers have come a long way from the 80's. But still not as perfect as having two separate amps. The Cowtipper w/ your 183 would be a nice package, possibly switching between heads, while both share a Bruno 2x12 cab loaded w/ cele G12 -65 s..... That would a good one. Though I like the dumbleator built in to the D style amp. I know you don't use it, but if you did, setting it all up is kind of a pita.
    Love the 2 Brunos I have and with all the great dirt pedals out there, I am pretty happy with my set up

    Quote Originally Posted by Tag View Post
    This is probably an old post I am responding to, but I have to give my opinion on this. is the CA clean as good as a black face? Not even in the same league. My Emmy pro had MUCH better cleans than the CAs I played, and Dumble 183 was sitting right on top of 3 CAs when I bought it, and had much better cleans as well. I dug the CAs OD tones, and they were similar to the Emmy pros, but I still liked the emmys overdrive more, and much more all the way around. YMMV, IMO and all of that. (The emmys cleans are not as good as a BF either, and neither is ANY D type of amp, or actual Dumble I have played. ) No knock on CA, because IMO, in a dual channel amp, something has to be compromised. Tony Bruno who makes many of the best sounding amps I have ever heard said the same thing. he tried and tried, but either the clean or overdriven tones were compromised. You need two different amps all the way through, and then different speakers and enclosures as well to get the best cleans and overdriven tones. There is no way around it. What makes the best clean tones, (EQ, transformers, power, etc etc is NOT what makes the best overdriven tones. At least not IMO, and it seems most agree on that. How many people have looked for "marshall and fender" in one amp, and have never been 100% happy? Almost every rock player on the planet. The big bottom of a BF and the nice shimmery top end lead to flubby bottom and buzzy top end in overdrive without a totally different EQ structure. And fiddling with the tone controls only gets you so far, and not nearly far enough!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Budlite View Post
    I always looked for the Marshall Fender thing, then the fender Dumble thing.
    I think you would like the OD2r
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    Oh I probably would, Although after 2 fuchs, 5 Two rocks and 3 redplates, I am enjoying the Bruno w/ pedals....for now.
    I could see me checking out something else down the road.

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    I think you would like the OD2r

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    i just received my first CA , a tuc 2 and it is quite excellent ! sitting down with it and learning how to get the tones i hear
    first time i can get so much with just an amp , cable , guitar and fingers .. now i know what i was missing .
    so many great pedals .. slowly going into a box .. never thought this would happen , but alan makes a killer amp.
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    Yep.

    Great amps for minimalist setups.

    I plan on building a minimal board around my next CA -- just reverb, delay and a compressor.

    That is it!

    Quote Originally Posted by blustrat View Post
    i just received my first CA , a tuc 2 and it is quite excellent ! sitting down with it and learning how to get the tones i hear
    first time i can get so much with just an amp , cable , guitar and fingers .. now i know what i was missing .
    so many great pedals .. slowly going into a box .. never thought this would happen , but alan makes a killer amp.
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    Carol Ann Texas 50 - does anybody own one?

    Write up sounds very interesting

    This Amplifier was a request from Oz at Austin Guitar House. What he wanted was an amplifier that captured the tones of the JB-100 but gain staged for smaller club settings. The TX-50 has it's OD channel voiced for those vocal mid range tones that the JB-100 brought to Joes recorded and live tones on the Ballad of John Henry CD. Although various JB-100's have featured on several of Joes CD's, his live rigs and on his DVD's, the Red JB100 was the only EL34 model and my personal fave. The TX-50 is a 50 version of that amp, and a very very sweet amp for blues and rock.




    I know this is an old thread, but the fact that you posted that picture is ironic. That's the exact Tx 50 I bought from Oz a couple years ago. It's #17. Man I dig that amp!
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    Congrats!



    Quote Originally Posted by Bigcox4002001 View Post
    I know this is an old thread, but the fact that you posted that picture is ironic. That's the exact Tx 50 I bought from Oz a couple years ago. It's #17. Man I dig that amp!
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