Hey Charlie, with that Wampler Ace Thirty, or Thirty Something as Vox made them re name it, I notice the switch that makes it like an AC15, makes it a darker vintage sound, I don't believe the AC15 had a brilliant channel, just normal with a cut control? Matthew
Now there's a coincidence! I ordered one a few days ago from Amazon UK (Seller: Musik Produktiv GmbH). Will likely take a week or so to arrive. Currently I use a Caline CP-24 10 Band EQ and a Joyo ACTone after the Hall & Collins SE which, together, do get remarkably close to achieving that elusive sound. However, I still find myself fiddling with settings as I move from tune to tune. The Wampler 'Thirty Something' has been receiving excellent reviews and, like Charlie, it's creator, Brian Wampler, is an individual dedicated to spending considerable amounts of time and effort perfecting his art.
The hope is that, finally, I will have found a pedal that produces a wide range of Vox AC 30/15 core sounds which can be tuned to my Roxlut Amp with the minimum of effort. Also it will greatly simplify my pedal line up. Fingers crossed!
I have his Tweed 57 and Pinnacle ( which is Eddie Van Halens old Marshall ) both excellent pedals. I've been tossing up about getting a Thirty Something, mainly just to play Brian May stuff, cause it has a boost built in, cause I already have 2 AC30s, but you can never have enough toys. Here is my Tweed 57 running into the clean of my Valvetronix www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6S74WfmIJQ Matthew
Here is Pete Thorn demoing the Thirty Something, doing a kind of Hank Marvinish tone, emphasis on kind of, he's made the common mistake of boosting the treble instead of cutting the bass www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_woiequaPw Matthew
Thanks Mike It will be interesting to hear what you think when you get it. Regards PhilB
Re: Wampler Thirty Something
Well, it arrived last Friday and today was the first opportunity I had to try it out. Would you believe it?! Loud mains hum which would not resolve by using several known good alternative leads. It appears to be a fault relating to the output socket on the unit. I opened it up to have a look (no problem as you need to take the back off to change the battery, if used) but there was no obvious cause. Very neat circuit board with numerous components visible but nothing serviceable without jeopardising the warranty. Ah well, just been unlucky, I suppose. I've initiated the returns procedure through Amazon and, meantime, have ordered another from Andertons Music Co in the UK. Otherwise, I can say that the unit appears very well built with an impressive finish and, like the Hall & Collins SE, quite clearly there is much attention to detail. I like that! Shows the Developer really cares about his product.
Hi Mike, Was that with running on batteries or a power adaptor? Regards, Charlie
9V DC 500mA power adapter. I know it's okay as it has been and, in light of today's developments, still is providing power for the Caline CP-24, Joyo ACTone and TC Electronic Polytune. The original signal chain remains hum free. I tried taking the battery out for no logical reason other than to eliminate the possibility that it might be involved. Still the same result. It's not really possible to investigate further without voiding the warranty - hence the reason to return it and request a refund. Amazon didn't provide an option to provide a replacement. I await the email with instructions from Musik Produktiv GmbH.
Hi Mike It's a real downer when something you've been looking forward to comes with a fault. Hopefully the next one will be OK and I will look out for your observations After posting my original comment I decided to dig out my old Boss Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb-Amp pedal and experiment with the HCSE. Regards Phil
Not sure whether to laugh or cry at this point! My wife and I returned home late this afternoon, I checked my iPad for emails and there it was, an email from Musik Produktiv GmbH advising me that a replacement unit was in the hands of UPS awaiting dispatch!! This was despite my responding to an email from them earlier today asking if I wanted a replacement or refund. In bold font I opted for the refund. It was 5:50pm so I gave them a call hoping I could head this off at the pass. No joy, all I got was a recorded message in German at the end of which they rang off.
So, yet another email to Musik Produktiv GmbH. I suspect they mean well and are trying to do the right thing but methinks there has been a hitch in communication.
Sorry this seems to have hijacked the original thread, hopefully not for much longer, but I thought you might be amused by these developments. Can't wait for the next chapter...LOL! Oh, that's good, I'm laughing!
UPS turned up this morning expecting to uplift the package but it wasn't ready for collection. The driver was very pleasant and understanding when I explained what had happened. Will make a second attempt tomorrow. Received email from Musik Produktiv GmbH apologising for the confusion and confirming that their intention is, after all, to uplift the item for return. So, looks like we're back on course again!
Should receive the second unit from Andertons later today. I'm a bit pushed for time over the next few days so may be a short delay before I can report further. Hopefully its performance justifies all this hassle.