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Quilter MicroBlock 45 experiences?
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1022 posts
Mar 23, 2017
6:46 AM

This is so tempting for me...

Any of you has played whit one of these amp? opinion? audios?
Sorry for any misspell, english is not my first language.
4037 posts
Mar 23, 2017
8:40 AM
i have been trying to get one from the local music store. i would like to patronize them because they are local, but they seem to be dropping the ball.

the real issue is..... i just don't need another amp. heck i just bought a new speaker.

the quilter 45 sounds great, but at the end of the day, will it sound better than a vintage tube amp? not likely.

but it does sound great, and at $150.00 its hard to go wrong. and i have
a custom 110 cab with a vintage reconed p10q just sitting here begging to get used.

if i were looking for an amp, this would be my first choice over
any of the amps currently available. pair it with a 2 10 cab.
it will cover a lot of ground.
1023 posts
Mar 23, 2017
9:06 AM
"the quilter 45 sounds great, but at the end of the day, will it sound better than a vintage tube amp? not likely"

Yes, I am whit you on this one, but for giging, weight is a issue for me. A big issue. 40w amps, even SS, are big and heavy. Is not nice to carry arround one in public transportation. For giging, I prefer good tone (over vintage tube tone) and lightweight setup.

So, 45w on a pedal size? Seems to good to be true.
Sorry for any misspell, english is not my first language.
4039 posts
Mar 23, 2017
9:45 AM
its 45 watts at 4 ohms, only 30 watts at 8 ohms.
which is plenty loud.

my bassman is 45 watts but we don't use full power
it will feed back.
337 posts
Mar 23, 2017
2:52 PM
I have a Micro 45 on order .My local authorized Quilter dealer is awaiting his shipment from the States to arrive.Some delay,apparently because we have 240 volt system in Newzealand.
I have built a 1 12" and 1 8" speaker cabinet to use it with.They are wired in parallel to give 4 ohms.Should be plenty loud(and half the weight of my present set up)
4 posts
Mar 30, 2017
12:41 PM
I will be able to chime in on this soon. I was looking for a small amp I could easily bring to a jam. This seemed like an interesting choice. I ordered one from a music store on EBay. Received it yesterday and it was unfortunately defective. Quilter has amazing customer service and is going to replace it for me under warranty. So I should hopefully have a working one next week to review.
624 posts
Mar 31, 2017
8:33 PM
I wonder how it compares to an EH 44 magnum ??
4043 posts
Apr 01, 2017
7:11 AM
ehx........................... minor league

quilter micro 45...... major league
625 posts
Apr 01, 2017
9:54 AM
Really? There's a major sound difference?
I'd love to hear them !
Greg Heumann
3326 posts
Apr 01, 2017
1:07 PM
A great deal will have to do with what speaker(s) and cabinet you connect it to - the difference between 2 10's and 4 10's is ... a lot.

When I do small gigs I just carry a Kalamazoo. Only 16 pounds. Everything in one box, mic and cable fit in the back. Convenient carrying handle. Plug'n'play. Tone for days.

Just saying....


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697 posts
Apr 02, 2017
8:22 AM
I understand what you are saying Greg, but it's apples and oranges really.
The Kalamazoo is a 5 watt wonder, the micro block is a potential bassman in a can.
The more I see these, the more I think it's the future

Last Edited by 6SN7 on Apr 02, 2017 8:25 AM
113 posts
Apr 19, 2017
1:12 PM
I couldn't resist. Picked up a Quilter Microblock 45 and made this video test. Of course it's been recorded on an iPhone, and then uploaded to Vimeo, compressed, etc. Keep that in mind.

And remember, even at $150, it's only an amp head, you still need a cab to run it through, so the cost goes up if you don't have a few lying around your house. Luckily, I do.

The video compares the Quilter with a Mission Chicago 32-20 amp. Both the combo, and the cab I use with the Quilter are 2x10", each containing 1 Eminence Legend, and 1 Eminence Lil' Buddy. I also played the Quilter through a 1x12' cab with a Cannibis Rex.

I'm using a JT30 microphone with a '49 Shure Black Label CR inside. See what you think.

Quilter Microblock 45 for Blues Harp from Simple Mics


For questions mail james@simplemics.com
Stickman from walkthatwalk.com

Last Edited by Larrystick on Apr 19, 2017 1:16 PM
353 posts
Apr 19, 2017
3:26 PM
Thanks for the Demo.I am even more happy now that i have a Micro 45 on order.
238 posts
Apr 19, 2017
9:22 PM
@Larrystick. In a room, you've got the volume well below max. Have you tried Quilter in loud environment? Any feedback issues compared to 32/20?
1458 posts
Apr 20, 2017
4:34 AM
Who's used a powered speaker with this? Or PA? Does it get along with pedals?
114 posts
Apr 20, 2017
5:57 AM
Haven't had the opportunity to try it on stage, and yes, I had the volume reasonably low. But the Quilter was matched for volume with my Mission, and I don't have that too much louder when I play with a band.

And I didn't notice any out of the ordinary feedback.


For questions mail james@simplemics.com
Stickman from walkthatwalk.com

Last Edited by Larrystick on Apr 20, 2017 5:58 AM
1026 posts
Apr 20, 2017
2:37 PM
Sounds great!

What a great product.
Sorry for any misspell, english is not my first language.
699 posts
Apr 20, 2017
4:42 PM
That was a great demo James. Its hard to believe that such a tiny package produces the same volume as the tube amp and the tone is pretty good.
I'm not a pedal guy, but I image one of these MicroBlocks and a Joyo American Pedal or a Harp Attack would be the ticket. Run that thru a 4x10 cabinet, oh my.

Last Edited by 6SN7 on Apr 20, 2017 4:43 PM
4075 posts
Apr 20, 2017
5:34 PM
The micro block 45 is perhaps the best choice of all the amps
In the quilter line for harmonica. Some of the other amps are 200 watts,
We would never in a million years use that much power, just not possible.
My bassman is 45 watts but I run it on 3, how many watts is that? 10 or 15?
the other quilter amps have 2 channels, with the harmonica all we really
Is the first channel . at $150.00 dollars these are so tempting. As If I didn’t have enough amps already.
628 posts
Apr 22, 2017
12:41 PM
this is making total sense to me as a backup.

my earlier question about comparing it to an EH 44 magnum seems silly now,as they are priced about the same.
269 posts
Jul 14, 2017
5:52 PM
6SN7, You were right in your prediction.I recently purchased a Quilter Micro block 45 and teaming it up with a LW Harpbreak and a Joyo American pedal is the "ticket". I don't have the Harp Attack but I do have the LW Octave which works great through it as well. One can go crazy with pedals (and sometimes I do) chasing different harp tone voicings. My current chain of events goes Shure 545 (with vintage element) to ep boost - BBE compression - Joyo American - Harpbreak - LW Otave - Carbon copy delay all into the (deck of card sized) Quilter Micro block 45 Amp.
I've tried it through different speaker combinations i.e A Weber 8inch, a quilter 12 inch ext cab and the 4x10 speakers in my HG50. Excellent results IMO
271 posts
Oct 24, 2017
1:02 PM
Any recent updated impressions on this?
397 posts
Oct 24, 2017
5:21 PM
My experience wasn't good.
I ran it into an 8ohm cab (cannabis rex) and then into a 4ohm cab (rex and lil buddy)
I never got near the full output of the Amp before feedback and a bit of hiss.
The trouble with it seems to be that to get any decent(ie stage situations) volume you have to use the gain knob as well as the volume one at the same time in other words no gain no volume.
I on sold it to a (happy)guitarist and bought a Vox M50 mini amp pedal (50w) and it works great.
There are 3 versions of the Vox,Rock,AC and Clean.The first two have gain so i got the clean version and rely on a pedal(s) to give me any distortion i need.Sorta like a setup you'd use into a PA.
Into a 4ohm cab it will break windows but even into 8ohms it is plenty loud enough for most situations.
It is based around a new Tube(patented) technology,weighs about a pound and is the size of a small paperback book.
So basically i now have a true 50 watt amp that together with the(2) speaker cabinet weighs about 12kilo.I am not a big guy but that is a one handed carry for me.
4506 posts
Oct 24, 2017
8:25 PM
so you had a impedance mismatch and never got the full output?
398 posts
Oct 24, 2017
9:48 PM
No not at all.I ran it into a cab with a Rex (8ohms) and then into a cab with a Rex and a little buddy=4ohms.(ie.max vol potential)
It wasn't an impedance issue,it was the gain you have to put in to get real world volume.
I am not knocking Quilter at all, the guy(guitarist) i sold the pedal to loves it and so did i up to a certain point, but when you have to add gain to get more volume it becomes problematic for a harp player.
But of course as in all things to do with amped harp
When i was in a band(s) i was quite happy to just mike up a 5 watter or even better,just pedal my way into the PA(which i had full control over).
But now i only do Jams or the occasional sit in where i have no control over the PA.....not good.
So basically i've just been trying to make a portable PA system.
Lotsa volume that takes pedals and i am in total control.
That's what the Vox does for me.

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