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Some low quality videos, and the Daredevil H90!
June 25, 2008, 7:00 pm
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It’s hard to get good sound out of a puny digital camera. Or into it. Well, regardless of that, I made some videos of my all-star playing for the world to enjoy. I was trying to demonstrate the differences between the various models, with the Strat as a sort of control tone. Go here to see all of them.

Temporary Volcano mahogany/korina comparison
February 29, 2008, 2:17 am
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Until I figure out how to get these to play instead of you having to download them, here are links to the two files:

Volcano HB

Volcano H90

The HB is solid mahogany, the H90 is the newer korina body. I only compared the bridge pickups, since the H90 has a Mean 90 in the neck. Both were newly strung with GHS Boomers TNT set (10–52), played through a THD BiValve and THD 2×12 cab. I had a JJ E34L, JJ KT77, an two EH 12AX7s in the BiValve. We used a Shure SM57 to mic the cab, and then it went to some recording thing and then it was done. And I played a little out of tune, but you’ll just have to deal with that.

I have to purchase an upgrade to upload MP3s, so until I do that here’s a stop gap: thank you Rupert Murdoch!

THD BiValve
January 9, 2008, 11:04 pm
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The BiValve is the versatile tube junky’s dream that you’ve already heard about. The power tubes are swap-outable in any combination, as long as they are octal based. It comes with the stock EL34s, but you can experiment with KT77s, 6V6s, E34Ls—whatever you want—and you don’t have to rebias when you swap tubes. It also has a built in Hot Plate attenuator so you can get a maxed out sound at a lower volume.

As you might expect, the sounds you can get from the BiValve range from garage nasty to AC/DC rockin’ to deep clean. It all depends on the settings you choose and, of course, the tubes you put in. $1395 retail.

THD BiValve

THD Heads
January 9, 2008, 10:39 pm
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The Flexi-50 is, as you may have guessed, a 50 watt head (switchable to lower wattage) that can take any octal based power tubes. Unlike the BiValve, you do need to bias each time you retube, but it’s pretty simple and instructions are included. It’s a single channel amp, but comes with a foot switch to initiate the Boost and Master Volume functions. So it’s a footswitchable single channel amp. How many of those have you seen?

In the words of Ed Degenaro of THD, the Flexi makes the BiValve sound broken. That isn’t to say the BiValve sounds bad, but that the Flexi sounds great. Obviously. Some people have said it sounds slightly Marshally, and I can see what some people mean by that, because it has that raw, throaty roar a Marshall has when it’s doing it’s thing, but it also has a pristine clean setting. In between the pristine and the roar are a wide variety of noises that will keep you happy for a long time.

You can hear sound clips at, or make your own sound clips by visiting the shop. $1795 retail.