NAD! Friedman Smallbox

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  1. lovehifi

    lovehifi Senior Member

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    Actually NAD was a few days ago but until I was sure I was going to keep it I did not want to post about it. Now I can! I am coming off an EVH 5150iii used with a pair of Scumback speakers so it was quite a difference. Especially since I am running the new Friedman through a pair of Celestion Cream 90 Alincos mounted in a Marshall 1936 cab. (Fantastic speakers by the way.) Anyway it took me a while to get everything dialed in and get use to the new sound. Well after day four I found that sweet spot both on the amp and in my brain. Sounds fantastic. Love the Plexi channel with its Plexi cleans and having the gain control when needed and master volume. Love the BE channel for higher gain stuff. The note definition is fantastic as well as the pinch harmonics. Does great at bedroom volumes too and the type of amp you can feel, not just hear. Whether playing my R7, R0 or Strat this amp just sounds sweet. Could not be happier.

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  2. guidothepimmp

    guidothepimmp Senior Member

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    congrats, that looks the part
     
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    What? No gut shots? HNAD
     
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  4. El Pablo

    El Pablo Senior Member

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    Nice.! How would you describe the difference in the Friedman and EVH amp? I play a 5150iii 212 combo, but am considering a 2nd amp.
     
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    The Smallbox and the Dirty Shirley are my two favorite Friedmans. That guy just knows how to make a rocking Marshall tone machine. Congratulations!
     
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    Major congrats!
     
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    CONGRATS!! Friednans truly are amazing
     
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    Congrats on a killer amp!
     
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  9. lovehifi

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    The EVH is a fantastic amp. Especially at its price point. Still have mine and I doubt I will let it go. However I found that I rarely used anything but the blue channel. I find the Smallbox to have a little more clarity and note definition. Sounds warmer with tighter bass to me too with more punch even at lower volumes. More vintage sounding to my hears as well whereas the EVH sounds more modern to me. The BE channel doesn't offer as much gain as the EVH but plenty for me and even more than I need. Really hard to compare because when I changed amps I also changed speakers. Can't wait for my Cream 90 Alincos to break in. All I can say you would not be disappointed with the Friedman. May only be two channels but with the gain controls, master volumes on both channels and with the Plexi channel and BE channel there is a huge range of tones to me had. Takes pedals extremely well too and is built extremely well.
     
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    Thanks for the info. Much appreciated.
     
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    Congrats on the new amp.

    They sound awesome. the local GC carries them, play the smallbox every time I go.
     
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    Welcome to the club. :thumb:

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    Sweet amp man!!
    Now is it the 50 watt EVH or the 100 you also have?
     
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    Its the 50 watt EVH.
     
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    Nice!! The blue channel is fantastic....but this Smallbox does more I'm sure!!
     
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