Hughes&Kettner Tubemeister 18 Head Обзор лампового усилителя

 Hughes&Kettner Tubemeister 18 Head Обзор лампового усилителя

Усилитель Hughes&Kettner Tubemeister 18 Head построен на 2-х лампах 12AX7 в предусилителе, 2-х лампах EL84 в оконечном усилителе.

Технические характеристики Hughes&Kettner Tubemeister 18 Head:

  • Мощность: 18 Вт / 8 или 16 Ом
  • Лампы в предусилителе 2x 12AX7
  • Лампы в оконечном усилителе 2xEL84
  • Ручки управления: громкость и гейн на каждом канале, трехполосный эквалайзер, гейн, встроенный реверб, встроенный бустер
  • Разъем для подключения внешнего футсвитча (в комплект не входит)
  • Разъем для подключения внешнего кабинета 8 или 16 Ом
  • Входы и выходы: спикер эмулированный выход Red Box DI output, пелтя эффектов, вход для наушников и вход для отдельного кабинета
  • Втроенный аттенюатор 18/5/1/0-Ватт , с режимом бесшумной записи
  • Габаритные размеры: 37x15x15 см
  • Вес: 5 кг

Обзор №1

Несмотря на ламповый винтаж, усилитель Hughes&Kettner Tubemeister 18 Head достаточно современен: имеет на борту цифровой ревербератор, систему контроля ламп с автоматической регулировкой напряжения смещения и индикатором статуса, XLR-выход на запись со спикерсимулятором "Red Box" и фирменную синюю светодиодную подсветку.

Аттенюатор мощности 18, 5, 1 ватт и бесшумный режим позволяют использовать усилитель Hughes&Kettner Tubemeister 18 как дома, так и на репетиции, и даже на выступлении в клубе. Одного Ватта мощности для дома более чем достаточно, если дом большой, то подойдет режим в 5 Ватт, а на репетиции и сцене можно раскачивать его на всю катушку.

Усилитель имеет два канала: Clean и Lead. На обоих каналах стандартные регулировки Gain и Master, плюс у канала Lead есть кнопочка Boost. Так же, имеется общий для обоих каналов трёхполосный эквалайзер.

Регулировка уровня реверберации находится на задней панели, там же DI-выход, петля эффектов, разъем для внешнего контроллера и система контроля ламп.

Звучит усилитель Hughes&Kettner Tubemeister 18 Head ровно, без каких-либо частотных особенностей как у VOX и Marshall, например.

Звук канала Clean на самом деле чист и очень похож на транзисторный, при максимальном уровне гейна появляется, так называемый, кранч. Этот канал предназначен для ритмический партий, играть на нём соло не интересно.

Другое дело - канал Lead, здесь сразу чувствуется лампа и все вытекающие отсюда так любимые гитаристами особенности.

Я не специалист в ламповой технике, но мне кажется что на двух 12AX7 сделать такой мощный перегруз, какой мы получаем при нажатии кнопки Boost канала Lead, нереально. Возможно в этом случае на помощь приходит транзисторный предусилитель. Хотя это только моё предположение, схему я не разбирал, но вот то, что в комбо присутствует микросхемная часть - это точно, ведь как-то надо получать цифровую реверберацию и эту самую систему контроля ламп.

В целом, Hughes&Kettner Tubemeister 18 Head оставляет очень приятное впечатление. Это законченное полноценное рабочее место уважающего себя гитариста. Единственный минус, на мой взгляд, это синяя фирменная подсветка из-за которой плохо видно сами лампы, но тут, как говорится, имидж - всё.

Обзор №2

I admit, I can be dazzled by sparkly things. When I saw the first ad for the Hughes and Kettner Tubemeister 18 I was excited, with its blue glowing front panel. It looked fantastic, and the description of features sounded like just what I was looking for. I bought the Tubemeister 18 Head to use in my rig. I play in a local band that gigs about twice a month, and this amp suits my purposes perfectly.

Power Soak

The power soak was what I was most interested in. Being able to adjust the volume through wattage output rather than the master volume is a big advantage, especially when using pedals. Distortion pedals are affected by volume, but using the power soak does not cause volume discrepancies like using a master volume. 18 watts is great for gigs, 5 watts is perfect for rehearsal, 1 watt is best for at home practicing, and turning off the output and sending out through the built-in Red Box is great for recording. In certain situations I have even sent my signal out to the main mixing board via the Red Box. I would rather mic my cabinet, but sometimes that just is not possible. Having a built-in DI box is a great feature.

FX Loop and Channels

The serial FX loop is great for effects that you do not want going through the lead channel. I have a reverb pedal going through mine all the time, I will speak about why in a bit. You can hook-up a footswitch to go between the clean and lead channel. There is a boost feature that can be added on top of the lead channel, but not onto the clean channel. This is really good for going from a clean sound to full out lead by having the boost pre-trigger then switching to the lead channel.

The Sound

I do not use a footswitch with my Tubemiester 18, because it works really well with pedals. I have yet to find a pedal that does not sound good going into this amp, and believe me I have plenty to try. The sound of this amp is so good it made me rethink the rest of my signal chain. When I bought the amp I was using a multi-effects device that included amp modeling. The amp models masked the tone of the amp so much I had to do something different. I ended up going to individual pedals which allowed the amp to really shine.

TSC

Another nice feature is TSC, Tube Safety Control, which monitors the tubes in the amp. I have yet to have an issue, but it is nice to give the back of the amp a quick glance to make sure everything is running fine.

Portability

The amp head is very light, and easy to transport with the included gig bag. I keep a speaker cabinet at my band’s rehearsal space, and a cabinet at home for practicing. This makes it easy to go back and forth from home to practice. I still have to take a cabinet to gigs, but that is a given anyway. It can handle 8-16 ohms speakers.

Extras

This amp looks fantastic on stage. This may not be a reason to buy an amp, but it is a nice benefit. A very sturdy metal enclosure protects the inner workings on the amp. The 3-band EQ is great for dialing in your tone, but the true tone of the amp is so good it will not take too much twisting to find the sweet spot.

Complaint

There is no reverb on this amp. Like I said, I was using a multi-effects device when I initially bought the amp head so the fact it had no reverb did not bother me. I had reverb aplenty already. When I switched to pedals, then I had a problem. I ended up buying a reverb pedal, and put it on my pedalboard. Once I realized that I left it on all the time I removed it from the board, and now it sits on my amp fed through the FX loop, where it sounds best.

Final Thoughts

This is a great sounding amp. The clean tone is very crisp, and allows each note of the chord to be heard clearly. It takes pedals really well, and has a very good dirty sound. The distortion is not enough by itself for a heavy metal player, but for the rock crowd it is plenty good enough. Add your own distortion pedal, and you can take this amp to thrasher heaven. It is a perfect size and wattage for gigging in bars and clubs. It has a very modern sound with all the sonic benefits of tubes.

Обзор №3

With all these manufacturers getting into the compact low wattage amp game, I figured it was only a matter of time before Kettner got into the fray. But this company always seems to do things their way. They prove that they can take a good idea and put their own German spin on things.

This is a small buy fairly well featured amp with an effective 3 channels and power reduction feature for low volume use. It also has the timeless Kettner Red Box on board and ready to go. El84 power tubes of course. On paper this looks like a pretty versatile amp.

UTILIZATION

The footswitch makes things simple enough. There is an FX loop which is a nice thing to include for guys like me who almost can't live without one. It's not that hard to dial in, the controls are pretty elementary. I haven't had mine long but if my previous HK products are any indicator this thing should be able to survive a 50 foot drop. The tubes don't need biasing...nice to know. Overall I have no complaints here. My footswitch works well. The weight is where it needs to be.

SOUNDS

The clean channel doesn't break up much from power amp cranking unless you are in a low watt mode. Kettner designed it to work like a Mesa clean channel and rely on preamp gain. I'm not a big fan of these kinds of clean channels but it sounds good enough for me. Kettner is not really known for their amazing cleans. if you want that get a Vox or Blackface. The lead channel is very hughes and kettner. Kind of like a Marshall meets a well mannered Soldano. Those of you who have played a Duotone will have an idea what I'm talking about. It's a pretty refined lead sound. The boost channel is obviously for liquid amounts of gain and it's voiced for heavy rock. Sometimes it can be a little out of control. But to other players this is desirable. Maybe I'm old fashioned.

OVERALL OPINION

Time will tell if these catch on and compete with the likes of the Tiny Terror and the newer Mesa mini rec series. Some say this market is overflooded but I've tried most of the 18 watt offerings and this is a very appetizing entry for someone who wants all the channels covered. I really like mine and I'm gonna hold on to it and sell my Mesa mini rec I just got.