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I received a package from the UPS djentlemen. I head straight away over to Coop's house to investigate. I plop it down on his table and his first born investigates.



Time to cut this thing open like a cheap whore, along the flaps.



Oh herro? What be this?



ZOMG A MOTHERFUCKING GP3 MOTHERFUCKERS EXTREME WTFBBQRSVP!11!11one



The dude was kind enough to take the tubes out for me, so I must open this bitch up and put them back in.



Some VHT guts.



OOooOOoooOOoo, shiny.



Link, what do your kitty eyes see?



Dexter has found a hiding spot!



Make sure you get in behind the foam, we can't see you that way.



"I'm so lonely over here...."



Fuck this, I'm getting in the box too!



What you lookin' at?



Strike a pose!



Okay, enough with the kitties. But they were going fucking nuts over the box. It was kind of amusing.

We decide to try this bitch through Coop's VHT Ultralead, into the effects return. He riffs around a bit.



I try my new baby out.



Dentist, chugga jugga wugga. Deli style, chugga jugga wugga.





The kitties look lonely because we're no longer paying any attention to them. They look sorrowfully out the window, probably eye fucking the shit out of a chipmunk or something.



I turn some knobs.



I get it home and realize that I must put it into something. Let's see what we have for rack gear.



I mash it together and get this.



And here's my pooch, I think he approves of the setup.



Initial impression: Fucking awesome. Anyone who says this pre-amp doesn't have enough gain is fucking retarded. I mean that in the most derogatory way possible. There's actually a mod Steven Fryette put out because people (more than one) whined that it didn't have gain. Mine is unmodded and I don't even understand how someone would want to run more gain than this thing has. I'm running the gain on about 50% for rhythm, with a bit of a boost, and a little over half for leads, again with the boost engaged. This thing is aggressive, and tighter than a 10 year old's ass.

I'm running it with what I like to call the 5 cable method. Yes, the *5* cable method. I am so fucking awesome I invented a method. Basically, the GP3 has an effects loop, which is placed after the gain stages and EQ, and there's a tube buffer like on the GP1 tube buffer thingy that you can buy for pedal boards. I run the 4 cable method, with the effects send of the GP3 into the return of the Axe so I can get my post pre-amp effects, then the Axe output into the GP3's effects return to get the tube buffer (whatever the fuck it does exactly :lol:) and run the amp output into the Carvin TS100. Another cool thing is that I can bypass the effects loop on the GP3, and get the shit before the pre-amp I want like my OD, but not go back into the Axe and thus not going through another A/D and then a D/A conversion, such as if I want a nice dry rhythm tone.

I do think a VHT power amp is in my future, just not immediately because it does sound good with the Carvin and it's plenty loud for me.

I'm going to miss the low volume practicing I had with the Axe and a solid state power amp, the thing sounded fucking sweet at low ass volumes, but I think I'm going to be happier with this rig. The Axe is awesome as a pre-amp, but fucking around with the amp sims and more importantly the power amp sims was just not my thing. I only need a 3 channel amp, but I love the effects of the Axe, and honestly, if I went out and got all the shit I wanted that replaced all the features I wanted in the Axe, and got it all setup to run pre and post pre-amp, I'd be spending almost as much, and it would be WAY more complicated.

As complicated as my 5 cable method setup is, I assure you it's not that bad once you understand where exactly the signal is flowing.

Thank you, and good night.
 

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Do people really think VHT/Freyettes lack gain? :lol: Christ, Ari's Deliverance was fuck loads tighter than my Mark III and made me think of a really dry desert and the sand was the amount of gain on tap
Yes, people really DO think the VHT's lack gain. Some dude on ss.org who's owned both a UL and a Sig X said, and this is a quote by the way, that the only thing it was good for was playing Bryan Adams type rock...

If anyone ever says it again, I'm just going to go tell them to plug a Metalzone into a Crate solid state amp and have at it, I'll stick with my setup :lol:
 

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Just Googled it. I have the lightweight SS power amp I was using with the Axe. Haven't gotten around to trying it with the current rig...but I don't expect much. I figure if I'm going tube I might as well go all out :lol:
 

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Like I said, it's in the cards, just not right now :lol: Just dropped the cash on the GP3, need to spend at least $200-300 on a new rack case, need to pay off the balance on the KxK which should be ready this month, pay shipping, then border rape, etc.

October is shaping up to be a rough month.
 

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Got my new case, and everything racked up:





I have a 3u panel on the way with holes for 120mm fans, going to mount some fans in the back to exhaust hot air to cool the GP3, it gets HOT. The fans are super bright red LED fans, so I'm going to have a sick red glow coming from my rack.
 

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Wouldn't it be better to plug it, and have the air drawn through the GP3? I've actually had the GP3 on now for 2 hours in this case, and it's still bearable to touch, so in reality it should be considered a 3u pre-amp since it definitely needs the space above it for cooling :lol:

I guess you could look at it 2 ways, the top cover for it could be like a heatsink, dissipating heat, and draw air over it to cool it....or plug it and try to have the air sucked through the GP3...
 

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Nope. That's why I'm building the fan panel to exhaust air out the back to try and create more airflow. I actually e-mailed Fryette support about the thing getting hotter than a motherfucker and they said it was normal :shrug: They said because the front panel is aluminum, and the knobs are metal, it transfers heat really well. They told me to put fans in the back of the rack to exhaust air which is what I'm doing. Fans should be here any day now, the panel will probably take me a week.

Like I said though, it having that one extra space has already made a huge difference. Going on 3 hours now that it's been turned on and the front is hot, but not ridiculously so. It got ridiculously hot after 1 hour of being turned on in the 6u case.
 

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I'll have to keep an eye out for a slotted one then. I wish I could find one in brushed, black, smooth metal to match up with the power conditioner. I kind of have a black/chrome/black/chrome thing going on :lol:
 

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Doesn't have a brushed finish, but the price is right. I'll keep an eye out for one and if I can't find one I'll probably snag that, or something similar from a Canadian store. Thanks :yesway:
 

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My Budda is an all-aluminum chassis too, and it has the same problem as the whole chassis conducts heat very well. It is almost painful to touch after a few hours of running, but the Budda guys I called up said that that was normal.

Dunno how I'd feel about having that in a tight rack next to a bunch of digital devices though.
Yeah, I remember the Budda getting quite warm when I was there and we didn't run it that long. Since heat rises, I'm not too worried about the Axe underneath it. I figured better that than have my power amp underneath it and concentrate ALL the heat generating things in one spot :lol:

Actually, the funny thing is is that the Carvin doesn't heat up at all. I wonder how the VHT power amps are...
 
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