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NAD: Fortin - modded Diavlo - just got the MF blowout stack

 
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gag halfrunt
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 1:32 pm    Post subject: NAD: Fortin - modded Diavlo - just got the MF blowout stack Reply with quote

I saw the tip here last week that Musicians Friend was blowing out the Randall Diavlo RD50s for $299. When I heard that Mike had modded these late versions, I figured I couldn't go wrong with these amps. Well I was right!

MF was blowing out the 1x12 cabs for $99 each, so I figured I'd pick up two of them for the full mini stack (is there such a thing as full mini?) for $497. Not bad for an entire rig. Anyway, it got here today, and it has the little "Modified by Mike Fortin" hangtag. But once I heard the amp, I knew for sure Mike had touched it. I've owed 3 other amps Mike has modded (and I regret selling them all Sad). It really does have that special Fortin high gain, special mids tone. And at 50w, this amp will keep up with most anything else. The two 1x12s are some pretty amazing cabs. I've owned a lot of 1x12s, and I've sold them all because they sounded boxy and small to me. I can tell you these sound great. I don't know the exact speaker (they're listed as 'Randall Diavlo speakers' and 50w RMS), but they sound great with this head.

Before trying the amp through the 1x12s, I ran it first through my 4x12 loaded with well broken in, Marshall-labeled Vintage 30s. The Fortin magic was obvious, so I tried the 1x12s, and they sound remarkably similar to the four V30s.

I'm not much of a clip guy, but I'll try to record something with my phone or video camera later today. But I have to get back to playing this amp. IT ROCKS HARD.

EDIT: MUCH BETTER CLIP https://soundcloud.com/bill-guitar/fortin-modded-diavlo-senn-609




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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This amps tone compare to any mods you've had?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LunatiBSW wrote:
This amps tone compare to any mods you've had?


No, Mike Fortin's amp have this unique mid character that I've never heard in any module.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mine just landed ...here's a crap iphone video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLxLWKcReDk
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

crankyrayhanky wrote:
mine just landed ...here's a crap iphone video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLxLWKcReDk

Cool, Ray!

How high were you running the gain?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All the way, lol
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 7:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

crankyrayhanky wrote:
All the way, lol

I find that if you have the boost (i.e. extra tube gain stage) engaged, dropping back a bit from max on the OD gain knob helps keep any mud from developing.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll try that out, but I seem to be nowhere near mud even with the bass most of the way up... it's super tight Shocked
this is a real fun amp to play with, the more I play it the more I like it Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 7:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lay ...
It...
Down...

Killer amount of amp at that price - great snags!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oregon wrote:
Lay ...
It...
Down...

Killer amount of amp at that price - great snags!

Thanks.

I really need to get set up for recording properly. With all the clipping, my cell phone recording does NOT do the amp justice.

EDIT: replaced the crappy phone recording with a better one via Sennheiser 609 into GarageBand.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Fortin Randalls sound killer. Picking one up as soon as possible.
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