So I didn’t become a music man amp fan until about a year ago. I always thought they were dumb (solid state preamp!?!? Kidding me?!?). Like an idiot. Finally I played one and was blown away. Great amps. Every bit as good as a fender blackface in terms of tone.
So I wish I had bought one back in the day when they went for $300 or less
Now I see them going for $600 plus.
I ran across a model I’d never seen before. The music man 212 75 A 2x12 combo with two channels one channel has reverb and phaser. It sounds killer. But I can’t figure out if it’s worth the $500 they’re asking. With pro super and deluxe reverbs (even master volume models) going for $1000 plus. And reissue fenders going for $500 on a deluxe if you’re super lucky.
This seems a decent deal as it had some pretty decent speakers in it.
How are these non HD versions different from the 65 and 130 (besides the obvious wattage or speaker and cabinet options). Again it’s just a 212 75. There was no “hd “ on the amp.
Also it should be noted that the bright modes were a good deal louder than normal modes. (Each channel has a bright normal switch) it also has a 3 way standby switch for 2 different modes (I think) high/low modes? And it definitely had the solid state preamp and tube power amp.
Anyone ever try to mod these for a tube gain stage? Or maybe a tube reverb gain and tecovery? I think the main weakness is the reverb when comparing to blackface style fenders. It’s definitey useable but just doesn’t have “it” and honestly very few amps do have that reverb. So you can’t hold it against em.
I’d really like to have a power amp in on this amp. Just so I could switch between my high voltage jcm 800 tube preamp pedal and the regular music man preamp. I would have bought it today if it had that feature
Sorry for long post. Let me know what you guys think! I love this small forum community you got goin on. Hipefully I’ll become an owner soon!