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    $180 smarvo amp

    I saw a smarvo amp, for $180 in that new guitar shop opposite davis. Why was it so cheap? it looked pretty big, and I thought smarvo was made by marshall.

    I'm guessing its cheap coz it isnt a tube amp, btu still thats cheap.

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    The shop u mention that is opposite davis, is actually a branch of ranking sports, which carries the smarvo amps. Smarvo amps are supposedly made in the same factories as marshall, but it is not affliated to marshall. Tried the amp before, the cleans are pretty decent but the od/dist are not to my liking.

  3. mikeman is selling at 180 too.. the 40watts one.. was tinking of selling my amps to get tt last time.. but i dun really nid so much watts..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nefianz
    mikeman is selling at 180 too.. the 40watts one.. was tinking of selling my amps to get tt last time.. but i dun really nid so much watts..
    Of course you do!

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    The 40 watts is quite loud, played it in my friend's house before, he lives in hdb, he cant turn the volume beyond 2.

    Mikemann have also mod a smarvo amp's od channel, my friend tried it last week and he said it sounded better.

  6. Quote Originally Posted by nitrovo
    Of course you do!
    i'd hv got it if i were still jamming at my drummers place..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mobius
    The 40 watts is quite loud, played it in my friend's house before, he lives in hdb, he cant turn the volume beyond 2.

    Mikemann have also mod a smarvo amp's od channel, my friend tried it last week and he said it sounded better.
    for me 50watts is still not loud enough...

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    haha hey watts isnt even proportionate to loudness! To put things into perspective, my yamaha ga10 7 watter on volume 5 is around the same as volume 3 on the smarvo. 40 watts is only slightly louder but sounds much better because of the 12" speaker cone, more power for an especially nice bass as well as overall sound..

    i have it at home (HDB), no problems at volumes 3-5 actually. The distortion gain knob is super sensitive, just move up 1 unit like from gain 1 to 2 and there's a big jump in volume. 1.5-2 is the max my hdb flat can take thank you very much =D

    the distortion channel sounds good to me actually, since i use it as an overdrive solely, can obtain a relatively fat and interesting singing tones for melodic rock by eqing the presence and shape on neck humbucker and reducing tone knob on guitar for an airy open feeling.. for punk rock/full out distortion i think it just isnt saturated enough.. cant get the right-in-ur-face blast

    on clean, there's where it shines. very crisp and balanced sound - very full. i use digital efx for distortion on this channel thru my korg 1500.. however i'm mostly just guitar to amp now becoz the korg tends to deaden the clean somehow..

    overall realli great value for money ^^ great clean tone for a 40 watter solid state amp in this price range, all this just in my honest opinion of course =)

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    Hey mikemann has a mod for the overdrive channel and seriously it sounds better. What he did was to switch the frequency range of the mid control higher so that it sounds more marshally, it sounds much better than the onboard overdrive which is thin and harsh and unusable to me. Get it from mikemann with the mod and see whether you can get discount

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    Re: $180 smarvo amp

    Quote Originally Posted by nitrovo
    I saw a smarvo amp, for $180 in that new guitar shop opposite davis. Why was it so cheap? it looked pretty big, and I thought smarvo was made by marshall.

    I'm guessing its cheap coz it isnt a tube amp, btu still thats cheap.
    not it's not made by marshall. It's made by some China company. It copies Marshall and Line6 design. Sound wise, your ear will be the judge.

    It's cheap, because it does not have the word 'MARSHALL' tagged onto it :lol:

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