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    NAD - 2W Valvetone Impact

    Bit of an impulse buy. I've had the AFX2 for 8+yrs now and never really felt the need to buy another amp. But ive heard great things about these little amps and they go crazy cheap, especially used. Not a tone of gain on tap but it can do a very respectable hard rock sound. EVH riffs crush through it. Only 2watts but still loud enough to annoy the neighbors/play with a band. Sounds great at lower volumes too. VERY pedal friendly, my Friedman smallbox clone sound incredible through it. Planning on building the BE soon, i'm confident it will be able to pull of a modern-ish metal sound.

    Build quality is very impressive, uses point to point wiring. Its a work of art under the hood. Built to order from Valvetone amps in Aus. It runs a single 12ax7 preamp and two 6dx8 or 6f4p output tubes. According to the builder

    The Impact is not based on any other brand/model, it has its own voice. One recognizable circuit element is the one-knob tone control which is the same as that originally used in the Watkins Dominator and its clone, the 18-watt Marshall.

    Couple of sound clips, recorded on my phone.

    With Friedman smallbox clone
    https://soundcloud.com/spillacloud/vid-20210727-183506

    with Klon clone
    https://soundcloud.com/spillacloud/v...0727-183731a-1



    #2
    Clips sounded great! Nice buy.

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      #3
      Originally posted by Nemesis9K View Post
      Clips sounded great! Nice buy.
      Thanks man! I tried to record some clips of the amp without any pedals pushing it but my phone craps out when playing loud. Amp has a very thick sound by itself.

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        #4
        Originally posted by spilla View Post

        Thanks man! I tried to record some clips of the amp without any pedals pushing it but my phone craps out when playing loud. Amp has a very thick sound by itself.
        Move along... nothing to see here...
        Last edited by Iron1; 08-06-2021, 11:17 AM.
        Don't expect much, it's not like I'm a Rocket Surgeon...

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          #5
          "with Klon clone
          https://soundcloud.com/spillacloud/v...0727-183731a-1"

          Originally posted by Iron1 View Post

          How does it sound with a quality OD in front?
          🤣 Sick burn bruv

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            #6
            Originally posted by Adam View Post
            "with Klon clone
            https://soundcloud.com/spillacloud/v...0727-183731a-1"



            🤣 Sick burn bruv
            DOH! That's not what I meant. I misread something and thought he said he wasn't running an OD at all in the first clip. Maybe I should drink all my coffee before posting.
            Don't expect much, it's not like I'm a Rocket Surgeon...

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              #7
              Drew will love that clip w/the Klon.

              Sounds great man. How is it for Holy Wars?

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                #8
                Originally posted by Chris View Post

                Sounds great man. How is it for Holy Wars?
                Cheers! surprisingly its not bad.. Its fun as fuck to play though.

                https://soundcloud.com/spillacloud/h...lvetone-impact

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Iron1 View Post

                  DOH! That's not what I meant. I misread something and thought he said he wasn't running an OD at all in the first clip. Maybe I should drink all my coffee before posting.
                  Yeah, i've got a quite a few drives here. So far its seems to like the DS1 in front. I'd like to try a TS varient but dont currently own one. Planning on building one soon though.

                  For cleans/edge of break up the Timmy seems to be king. Actually the cleans are fucking stella without any pedals, and again it super fun to play through. I really cant believe that little circuit is putting out so much tone.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by spilla View Post
                    and again it super fun to play through...


                    Don't expect much, it's not like I'm a Rocket Surgeon...

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                      #11
                      That sounds fantastic and looks really well made. Enjoy.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by spilla View Post

                        Cheers! surprisingly its not bad.. Its fun as fuck to play though.

                        https://soundcloud.com/spillacloud/h...lvetone-impact


                        Fuck yeah!

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