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Jet City Soldano?

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Anyone tried these out. I think i've checked the website out before, but until my latest AMS catalog got here, I had no idea they were made by Soldano, or designed by Soldano. The 100 Watt model boasts the SLO gain circut on the overdrive channel, and its going for $800

Then they've got a 20 Watt version for $333
that apparently has 2 EL34s, and 3 12ax7s.

They've also got a little 5 watt head designed by Marshall/THD

Jet City Amplification - Welcome to Jet City

I might have to find a dealer and check em out, especially the one with the SLO circut. I've always loved the sound of a Soldano.
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I've only played the 20w combo, and it was freaking awesome.
The JCA2112 is on my short list of stuff to buy when I have disposable income again, as it sounds great at much more reasonable volumes than my Budda.

I'd like to try the Picovalve, but it's far more likely that I'd buy another Blackstar HT-5 before picking up a single-channel 5w tube head again.
I have messed with the 20 watt combo and it slays it does that marshal tone really great it would be perfect for a classic rock and blues band :agreed:
It's definitely got some SLO-esque flavor though, and can do metal boosted with a TS7.

Certainly tighter than my own amp of choice :lol:

Definitely inspiring to play through, I really liked the tone and voicing. Different application really than an HT-5, but they're both fantastic little heads.
That's a great price if it's a good design!

Replacing the speaker isn't such a big deal anyways... the custom Eminences they use in their speaker cabs aren't anything to write home about.

It has 8 and 16 ohm outs, as near as I can tell...

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The Vox AC4TV has one 16ohm out only, which is unfortunate. Really limits its versatility.
I'm actually torn as to whether or not to snag a JCA20 or an HT-5 when I end up in New York. They're such different animals it's hard to choose, and they both sound FANTASTIC.

JCA20 pros:
-One great sound
-But man, what a sound!
-Better volume knob dynamics
-Great classic voicing
-Loud enough to gig with
-Combo version can fit a real speaker

HT-5 pros:
-FX loop
-Great cleans and excellently voiced drive channel
-More gain available
-Sounds great at a variety of volumes
-Not a bad sound to be had, really
-More versatility
-Readily available used
-Tighter, more 'modern' voicing

JCA Cons
-Sounds best at slightly above 'apartment' levels
-Less tonal variation
-Brand new, so hard to find used
-Larger and heavier

HT-5 Cons
-Needs big or efficient cab to keep up with a loud drummer
-More expensive new
-Slightly more compressed and slightly less dynamic

Both amps are seriously fantastic value for money. The HT-5 is more targeted as a practice/recording amp and has a different feature set, while you could do pub gigs with a mic'd up JCA20 and not be struggling for stage volume. I need to sit down and do a head-to-head with these two amps.
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