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Tonyblues
98 posts
Dec 05, 2021
10:53 AM
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Last Edited by Tonyblues on Dec 05, 2021 10:57 AM
jpmcbride
293 posts
Dec 05, 2021
6:47 PM
Nice playing Tony. That Quilter amp is sounding great!
jpmcbride
294 posts
Dec 05, 2021
6:58 PM
I believe Tony's amp is the Quilter Avaitor Cub. Its 50W, 1x12, and all solid state. Retails for $649, so it a lot less other Quilter amps. A very interesting feature is that it doesn't have all the amp selections like the other Quilters. Instead it has three input jacks that are labeled: Tweed, Blond, Black. You just plug into the one you want and play.

I've been thinking about getting one of these as a backup for my tube amp which may decide to die at the worst time. Always bring a backup!

Tony's video is convincing, and I've seen other videos with Quilters for harp. But my experience in the past has been feedback city and harsh distortion with solid state amps. Are these Quilter's really as good as people claim they are? Can you play one loud on stage in a real gig environment and sound good, and keep feedback under control?
barbequebob
3662 posts
Dec 06, 2021
9:13 AM
The first thing to remember is to forget EVERY setting you've ever used on any Fender tube amp because with most Fender tube amps when you turn the tone controls all the way up, it brings it to the flat sound out of the factory and the ONLY thing the controls do is CUT and they do NOT boost ANYTHING!!! That's what's called passive tone controls.

Like most solid state and British tube amps, what Quilter uses are what's called ACTIVE tone controls, and the actual flat tone settings are at the 12:00 position, and when you turn those controls either side of the 12:00 position, you're cutting AND boosting FOR REAL, which means anything you turn HIGHER than the 12:00 position, you're boosting for real and you're gonna be asking for a feedback nightmare, ESPECIALLY when it comes to the treble control. It will also happen with ANY of the tone controls as well.

So what this means that you need to immediately UNLEARN the thing most harp players tend to do with Fender tube amps, which is immediately crank the bass and again, with Brtish tube amps (with the exception of the very earliest Marshall JTM45's), and ALL solid state amps. the tone controls work very differently and don't crank the bass on these amps AT ALL.

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Sincerely,
Barbeque Bob Maglinte
Boston, MA
http://www.barbequebob.com
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jpmcbride
295 posts
Dec 06, 2021
7:23 PM
@barbequeBoB No worries, I understand how active tone controls work.

Do you have any experience or opinion on the Quilter amps? I've never had any luck with solid state at and type of volume. Are these playable at gig volumes? Thanks.

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Jim McBride
Bottle 'O Blues microphones
www.bottleoblues.com
barbequebob
3663 posts
Dec 07, 2021
9:15 AM
I'm a vintage tube amp guy and it's extremely difficult for me to get impressed with solid state for anything outside of use for bass, keyboards, or PA's, but the Quilter line does impress me. Is it as good as a real '59 Bassman? No way but they're moe than serviceable to say the least and they are actually quite surprisingly loud.

The Aviator Cub is a 50 watt amp (only 5 watts more than a real '59 Bassman) and weighs barely 20 lbs. There are heads that they have like the Tone Block, one one of which a friend of mine in RI uses that's 45 watts (it's a amp head that's the size of a larger effects pedal) and weighs roughly 5 lbs at the most.

Their most popular amp for both guitar and harp is the Micro Pro with the 8" speaker and that series is 100-200 watts and their new Aviator Mach 3, which only comes with a 12' speaker is 200 watts and none of these amps weighs more than 21 lbs!!!

There are several videos of harp using these, including Westside Andy playing with Reverend Raven using the 1st version of the Micro Pro with an 8" speaker and he sounds great using one.

I've had a chance to try the Micro Pro with the 8" speaker and it's shocking how freaking loud those amps can get and if you have something like a Kinder AFB box, Squeal Killer, or Mojo Pad Deluxe, it can actually compete with a Harp King amp (which are THE loudest harp amps on the planet) or the loudest jerk guitar player on the bandstand.

My Boston area friend Professor Harp has been using that Quilter amps for several years now.

Here's a video of him using one:


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Sincerely,
Barbeque Bob Maglinte
Boston, MA
http://www.barbequebob.com
CD available at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/bbmaglinte
jpmcbride
296 posts
Dec 07, 2021
10:43 PM
Thanks Bob, great info. I like 12" speakers so the Aviator Cub is interesting to me. Good tone in that video.

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Jim McBride
Bottle 'O Blues microphones
www.bottleoblues.com
tmf714
3235 posts
Dec 08, 2021
12:06 PM


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