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Twangmeister
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Dec 29th, 2013 06:12 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I tested out a Ramparte at the local music store a few days ago. I liked it a lot more than I thought I would based on online clips.

The Cool channel sounded warm and smooth and broke up nicely at higher volumes. The Hot channel went from clean to increasingly distorted at high volumes. To me the Hot channel had more mods than the Cool. I didn't have a Y cable to combine the inputs.

It seemed to sound better with humbucker guits than single coils but rolling off the tone a bit helped some.

I would have considered it as a small gigging amp (I'm mic'ed) if I didn't already have have a decent lower power amp.


Twangmeister
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Sep 9th, 2014 11:01 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Since the Ramparte's price has dropped to $299 I'm once again considering the Ramparte for a grab 'n go amp. Certainly it is more grab 'n go than my Excelsior or DRRI. Hate lugging that DRRI down from the third floor to the garage, in the car and to the gig or practice and reverse the process when done. Even the Excelsior is a handful to handle.

I used one to test out several guitars recently and although I have a good grab 'n go amp it's a modeler. A modeling amp is like having a great multitool where a tube amp is like a saw or hammer. Sometimes only a hammer will do--even if a screwdriver would be more appropriate.

ruger9

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Sep 9th, 2014 01:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The DRRI has been THE grab-and-go amp for decades.....

And, modelers have come a long way. I'll always prefer tubes, and always own them, but nobody but you will ever know the difference in a gig situation.

Pinetree
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Sep 10th, 2014 12:26 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I think I'm still the only guy here with a Ramparte.





ruger9

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Sep 10th, 2014 05:39 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I think you're still the only guy ANYWHERE with a Ramparte! LOL


Seriously, I think I have seen only 2 actual purchasers on all the forums I frequent...

Twangmeister
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Sep 10th, 2014 08:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Still liking it Pinetree?

Pinetree
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Sep 10th, 2014 11:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've been playing my Allen as of late.


But yes, I like it.


It doesn't sound like anything else that I own.



Twangmeister
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Sep 11th, 2014 10:04 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm strongly considering getting one.

I bought my Excelsior for a stage amp never expecting that I would ever run into a unbeatable deal on a new DRRI. Still like the Excelsior, but it isn't a grab 'n go amp.

I really like the Ramparte for size/volume/tone and it would be a fine grab 'n go for me. Since I'm mostly mic'ed I could even use it as my smaller stage amp.

If it wasn't for downsizing and pending retirement I'd just have all three. Brown Excelsiors go for $250 used around here.

Hmmm.....

Twangmeister
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Feb 8th, 2015 08:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"If it wasn't for downsizing and pending retirement I'd just have all three."

A couple of months after that post I put the local music store's display Ramparte on layaway. It was marked down to $329. I've had it for about a week now and I enjoy it for what it is--a simple amp that can be used with an A/B box with a sound different from the DRRI or the Excelsior.

And I still have all three.

I've found it has enough volume to use at rehearsals and smaller gigs unmic'ed

Pinetree
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Feb 9th, 2015 10:48 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well you are a hoarder.



Twangmeister
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Feb 11th, 2015 05:42 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Well you are a hoarder."

*chuckles* Yeah.

Used it last night at a rehearsal and had plenty enough volume for my needs--even solos.

Of course I'm competing with unamplified brass instruments, a piano and drums.




Twangmeister
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Mar 4th, 2015 08:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Recently I swapped the Ramparte's stock speaker with the C12K from my DRRI. That gave it a bit more fullness in the low end and smoother highs. And it now weighs 34 lbs.

The shocker was the Ramparte's speaker sounds quite nice in the DRRI--tight bottom and a bit more presence. And it took 3 lbs off the DRRI

Pinetree
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Mar 5th, 2015 11:53 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

So, no clearance issues?



Twangmeister
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Mar 7th, 2015 02:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"So, no clearance problems?"

No. That C12K fits in there like Fender designed the Ramparte around it.


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Apr 5th, 2015 07:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

This video is hilarious.

It sounds pretty good too.

Ramparte in action.

Gargoyleman

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May 17th, 2015 07:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I bought a new Fender Pawn Shop Series Ramparte Amplifier earlier this month. As reported in other Fender Forums some owners of this amp reported problems with a loud humming/buzzing noise. I had also had the same issues with a loud humming/buzzing noise, even with both volume knobs at the fully counter-clockwise position (OFF)!, and no guitar connected! I decided to go "low-tech", so I purchased a new Best Buy Insignia AC Power Cable. It's made "for desktop PC's and other AC powered devices", and... voila! The humming/buzzing noise was reduced to a very, very LOW, LOW level! :o !UNBELIEVEABLE! TOO EASY!
It's not the "end-all" solution, but it's a start!:D What needs/should happen is for the Fender Musical Instruments Corporation to fess-up and step-up! - correct this noise factor issue on their "dime"!

Twangmeister
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May 18th, 2015 01:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm usually using one of my other power cords with my Ramparte, so I haven't noticed the hum. Usually I bring along a longer aftermarket cord or one from my pile of computer or other amplifier cords.

Hmmmm.....

Twangmeister
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May 18th, 2015 01:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm usually using one of my other power cords with my Ramparte, so I haven't noticed the hum. Usually I bring along a longer aftermarket cord or one from my pile of computer or other amplifier cords.

Hmmmm.....

Twangmeister
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Jun 14th, 2015 12:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Anyone urethane their Ramparte's fabric covering?

Mine serves as a rehearsing and small gig amp

Iversen

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Jul 15th, 2016 06:22 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I spent a week playing country music using a Thinline and the Ramparte I bought a while ago. I used a reverb pedal for good measure and it was all good. I also got a chance to dime it, something I haven't done a home because it's really, really loud.

I was thinking about selling it because I don't really use it too much, but this week convinced me otherwise.

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