New tube amp alert

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  1. Big John

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    Khan Pak amps

    All tube 20w head about the size of a THD Hotplate. Pedal level loop.
    The video demos sound great. Not too expensive for all U.S. made.


    Dual channel model sitting on top of the single channel model...

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    Interesting, any sound clips yet?
     
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    Cool. Must be a tiny little power transformer.
     
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    I wonder if they are using a Switch Mode Power Supply with a Torroidal Transformer, which is probably the only way to make it fit.

    Looks pretty cool IMHO. Will have a listen tonight.

    :cheers2:
     
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    Pretty cool....



     
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  6. Big John

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    Well, I got the 2-channel on the way. We'll see what's up...
     
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    Man,thats cool...pretty anxious to hear your take on these little buggers.
     
  8. Big John

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    Khan has designed some damn good sounding tube amps in the past, so I'm 95% sure this little guy will be good to go. What made me really pull the trigger is (1) the power tubes he chose to use are literally everywhere and dirt cheap (I paid $5 for 50 at a garage sale once) and (2) the series loop was designed for pedal level only.
     
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    This sounds really good from the demos. Curious to see how you like it when it arrives.
     
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    Sounds really good. Promising stuff here.
     
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    Dammit! Any updates?
     
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    Saturday delivery. I gotta homebrew a 2-button ftsw for it since it doesn't come with one. No biggie, I like soldering sh!t. I think I got an old plastic Peavey ftsw in a box somewhere. If not, then a 95ยข electrical junction box from Home Depot will do the trick.
     
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    I really want to hear you thoughts on this one. If it performs well, has decent clean headroom, it could be a game changer. Glad you're the guinea pig.
     
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    Agree, although John testing is a must because IMHO the clips are nothing to rave about. Granted they are mp3 files on the Internet but I didn't hear anything that made me go wow.

    The size & concept of this little Amp is certainly cool.

    :cheers2:
     
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    Review is on hold. The dealer I bought the amp from sent me the wrong model (single channel instead of the 2 channel). So, currently in a holding pattern until the wrinkle gets ironed out.
     
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    Truth be told, I did fire up the single channel model for a few minutes because...why the hell not, it's here, right? Very Marshall 2204 sounding. Good crunch with clarity and surprising volume. Not a high gain tone. The eq knobs offer subtle changes. I didn't try the loop. I think this model would get along with mild OD pedals like an ace, and behave just like a TS-9 feeding a Marshall MV would. My Atomic 16 had a little more gain on tap in comparison (it's a Soldano, duh), but the volume levels of both were about equal.

    So, the Pak-I is very classic rock sounding. And it is definitely portable. A nice touch is Khan includes a plastic carry case with the amp that's about the size of a Makita cordless screwdriver case.
     
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    The 2 channel version is a keeper. Ch 1 is like 50%-Bassman...50%-Bluesbreaker: warm with a hint of grit when dimed. Hit this channel with a mild OD in front and it's creamy. Ch 2 is the same voicing but with an added tube gain stage; reminds me a lot of how a 4-hole JMP sounds cranked but without the peeling the paint off the wall to get there. The tone controls are subtle yet effective. The channels and the mid switch are both footswitchable (ftsw not included), but I like the amp with the mid switch on for both channels. I'd already made a 2 button ftsw for it but I think I'll make a single button this weekend for just changing the channels. The way the masters behave takes a little of a slight learning curve. Ch 1's master is the overall volume of the amp, and Ch 2's master is for volume matching Ch 2's output to Ch1. I'm very used to 2 channel amps that share the eq section, so that part didn't phase me at all. Delay pedal in the loop sounded great, too. Overall, I really dig this thing. It doesn't have the extreme gain capability as the amp it's sitting on, but it's got a lot. The tones are very classic and usefull, and it responds well to guitar volume changes. Extremely portable, sounds great, perfect gig volume, and cheap to re-tube: winner.

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    .........bump because I Khan. :D

    Thanks for the overview John. Will ask some questions on the Weekend.

    Am I correct in thinking it sound better than the Demos?

    Cheers, Rudi.
     
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    yes
     
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