I tried using the search function, kept giving me an error this morning...so here I am. I've been using 2 Channel Rectos for years now, probably my primary amps since around 2004 I would say. Love the way they sound and I've never had a problem with just 2 channels before. Lately I've been thinking about giving the other Rectos a shot again, I'm just debating on what one.
I had a first production run 3 Channel Triple Recto from 2001 I bought new when they first came out. It sounded great, really liked the amp. Sold it off to try other stuff, bought a handful of them afterwards and none of them ever sounded as good as the the original 3 Channel I had. Went back to using 2 Channels and never looked back.
Well, I'm ready to branch out and give something else a shot and I've been thinking about the "modern" Rectos, namely the Roadster, Road King, and 3 Channel Rectos. I know the 3 Channel Rectos have been tweaked for 2010, but I've never tried one yet. for anyone with experience with all of them, what are your thoughts on...
Roadster vs Road King - Is the RK worth the price difference?
Road King I vs Road King II - Are they THAT different?
Old 3 Channel Recto vs Roadster/RK - How different are they tonally?
2010 Rectos vs Old 3 Channel Rectos - Difference worth buying a 2010 new?
I have one of the second (I believe) run of 3Ch Triples (I had to wait for it to be built in 2001). It's by far the best sounding 3ch Recto I've heard. I've never cared for the 3ch Duals.
The Roadster and Road King I have not owned, but have used fairly extensively. Most of the Roadsters I've played are a bit darker than the solo heads, for whatever reason, wheres Road Kings (at least RKIs, I haven't spent as much time with the IIs) are about the same. The cleans in both are excellent. With the RK, it really comes down to how important the EL34s are to you.
I haven't even seen a new Solo head, although I'd like to try one out...