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Peppy

Mesa, AZ

Mar 5th, 2019 09:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

Any experience with Quilter amps? Primarily within a band context but bedroom players chime in too please. Looking at the 101(R) into a 10" Dockblock. Thanks.

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ARIZONA U.S.A.

I'm playing it in a different key
Mar 5th, 2019 10:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hey Peppy,don't knowing a thing about Quilter amps but I'm in Mesa too. Hello


Mick Reid
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American-made in Oz!!
Mar 6th, 2019 12:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

Peegoo should be along shortly....

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Mar 6th, 2019 05:21 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have the Quilter Aviator 12 combo. I wanted the two input capability. I have Fender Hot Rod Deluxe 12" and in a side by side comparison, I can hardly hear a difference in sound. The Quilter is 12 lb lighter, which is a good thing. Build quality is excellent. Highly recommended.

Peegoo
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Just beyond Mars

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Mar 6th, 2019 05:58 AM   Edit   Profile  

Quilter Aviator Gold 8" combo here. It's the size of a Fender blackface Champ. It has two channels, 100 watts each, through a single 8" Celestion speaker in a closed-back cabinet.

The cleans are sparkly, with lots of character. The dirty tones are not *quite* the tube tones of a really fine amp. However, I own a bunch of pretty nice tube amps, and the Quilter actually sounds better than some of the tube amps. Put an overdrive or boost in front of it and it really starts to sing.

The on-board reverb is extremely good too.

This isn't a modeling amp; it's all analog and it's its own thing; it doesn't try to copy the tone of any particular amp.

You may think an 8" combo doesn't punch very well, but until you hear one of these (and play through it) at a loud jam, you'd think it was all hype. But the cleans and dirty tones can get ear-bleeding loud. This little beast is the perfect portable amp for just about any situation. It's ~25 lbs.

These didn't sell well and are no longer produced because many players thought they were too expensive for what they are. But build quality is bomb-proof and the amp is supremely reliable. The company is also very nice to work with.

I've played a few of their little pedal-sized amps and they work really well on a pedalboard. It's amazing to me how great they sound.

Aviator 8" Combo

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St Peters, MO USA

Busy doing something close to nothing
Mar 6th, 2019 06:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

I saw a guy who had one of the block amps on his pedal board, with a cable back to his cabinet. I don't know what else was on his board or how much that affected things, but he sounded good.

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Mar 6th, 2019 06:50 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have a Micro Pro Mach 2 with a 10" speaker and a 12" HD cab, love it! Really well built and it does everything I ask it to.

RainboGuy

USA/Wisconsin

Ike Turner is my guitar hero!
Mar 6th, 2019 06:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

I think the speakers used in Quilter amps makes all the difference in the world.

Frankly, I'm ASTOUNDED by how much volume, tone and power handling you can get out of an 8 inch speaker with the right design and materials.

The speakers really, really make a huge difference!

I'd love to hear that Aviator 8.....

The speaker in my '57 Custom Champ is a Weber Special Design, and, and being properly broken in, sounds BEAUTIFUL....BUT and this is a BIG but.....it is only handling 5 watts on my Champ VS 100 on Your Aviator....that much power handling on an 8 inch speaker must sound just UNREAL to my thinking, as that speaker REALLY has to be working HARD...

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Just beyond Mars

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Mar 6th, 2019 07:19 AM   Edit   Profile  

The reason they can pump 100 watts into an 8" speaker and not have the cone jump out of the basket is the closed back cabinet. This kind of cab acts as a self-limiting cushion of air and prevents the cone from going too far forward and backward.

In an open-back cab, the speaker probably would self destruct. Even though the voice coil can handle the voltage (most speakers can easily handle 3-4x their rated wattage limit), the cone's excursion is what destroys most speakers; the suspension wears out and fails over time, or rips away from the basket when fed too much power.

Quilter really did a fine job of tuning the cabinet for this 8" Celestion speaker; it does not sound small and "boxy" at all. It sounds huge.

Peppy

Mesa, AZ

Mar 6th, 2019 07:35 AM   Edit   Profile  

Wow. So some Quilter love for sure. Thanks for the replies. Quality is apparently no issue. Mostly which model to get...both cab and head. I prefer open-backed cabs but the 10" cab, despite being closed, is intriguing. Anyone have any experience with the 101 head vs. the 101R head? Thanks.

Ragpicker: I moved up to Mesa from Too Stoned (Tucson) in fall 2017. Doing my first live performance this upcoming Tuesday night in downtown Mesa at Great American Brewery. Bringing my newest amp...Katana 50.

Peegoo
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Just beyond Mars

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Mar 6th, 2019 07:51 AM   Edit   Profile  

The Katana is a great gigging amp. Lightweight and plenty of great tones.

Peppy

Mesa, AZ

Mar 6th, 2019 09:49 AM   Edit   Profile  

I will find out soon Peegoo. The live performance part.

RainboGuy

USA/Wisconsin

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Mar 6th, 2019 03:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

I predict that you will have FUN gigging with that Katana, Peppy, and that you will find the quality of it's gigging/jamming tones to be oustanding, rich and resonant, and LOUD when you need it to be.

You'll be a happy camper, Peppy......

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ARIZONA U.S.A.

I'm playing it in a different key
Mar 6th, 2019 08:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

Are you a solo performer or doing a band thing ? What time is your gig ? Maybe I can get down there.


Peppy

Mesa, AZ

Mar 6th, 2019 09:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

RainboGuy: Hope to use the Katana 50 versus a standard 'jam amp'. Bass player told me to bring it......and bring it.

RAGPICKER: Open jam and singer/songwriter duality. I will sit in for three songs with a band called Rocksmith. I have to be there around 1830 hours. The infamous Johnny, from Milano's Music, looped me into it.

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Mar 7th, 2019 08:39 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have a Quilter 101 mini reverb. It's a decent sounding amp. I just use it at home through a 10" speaker.

I also have a DV Mark Reverb head. I find this amp sounds and works much better for me. The built in overdrive sounds really good. Plus the reverb is really sweet sounding.

Peppy

Mesa, AZ

Mar 12th, 2019 10:49 PM   Edit   Profile  

Katana krushed.

Quilter? Checking out a 200 Pro, with the 2 x 8" cab tomorrow.

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Just beyond Mars

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Mar 13th, 2019 04:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

Outstanding.

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Jun 19th, 2019 11:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

Peegoo - would you be willing to answer a couple of direct questions about your Quilter? If so, my light is on.

Sorry to hijack but it's only been a couple of months since this thread was new!

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Planet Peegoo

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Jun 19th, 2019 12:58 PM   Edit   Profile  

Sure, BrentD.

Email sent!

(This message was last edited by Peegoo at 08:58 PM, Jun 19th, 2019)

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