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Old April 21st, 2017, 09:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just pulled the trigger on a brand new Roland Cube 80GX.

Cosmo Music in Toronto is having an inventory blowout and are selling them for $299 CAD ($225US) and free shipping. I picked one up at Christmas time from Long and Mcquade but I believe it was a returned unit to begin with as the box looked like it had been taped closed a few times and the amp had some fizzy background noise. Anyway, I returned that one and have since been looking out for a used one or a Katana 100. These amps get a lot of love and great reviews. Now I just gotta wait for a few days.

Time to sell my Peavey Studio Pro.

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Old April 21st, 2017, 10:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Rob pulls the trigger, and scores! Congratulations buddy!
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Congrats to you with the Roland amp, Rob.

I have the Roland 30 and it is a super amp and it's so light when the gig is over-I still have bad dreams of my 95 lb Ampeg amp!
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Old April 25th, 2017, 05:48 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks Tony. My main gigging amp is a 45 lb Blues Deluxe. The Cube is about the same weight as the Studio Pro, roughly 32 lbs. I'm keeping the BD for the odd bar gig that we do but lately i've been doing some more contemporary or jazz type stuff and the Cube has everything I need. Hopefully, this one doesn't have that "fizzy" noise that the other one had that I picked up after Christmas. Should be here later this week.

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Well the amp came yesterday. I only had a few minutes with it to see if it had the same fizzy noise and yes it does but it is very, very slight. It only seems to be on the amp sim channels and noticeable at low volumes. It's like there is a noise gate that cuts in as the volume dies off. A lot of people have noticed it and posted about it.

I'm going to try it for a little while as I have 30 days to make my decision. Definitely quieter than the one I picked up after Christmas.
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Well I tried her out last night and the jury is still deliberating on this one. If the bright switch is on and presence above 12 o'clock, this fizzes like crazy. It's worse with humbuckers than it is with my '75 Tele. Turn off the bright switch and keep the presence below 12:00 and it suppresses much of the fizz but once I turn up the volume, it gets fizzy. Even if I'm not playing, it's dead quiet,...until I touch the bridge or something metal on the guitar then there's a little fizzy hum until the noise gate turns it off. Really weird. Tony, do you get any of this on your cube? I don't think it would be heard in a band situation but it's a pain when playing by myself. Might be going back.

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Sorry to say, but if it were mine I'd be sending it back.
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I've sent an email to Roland. Waiting to hear back. I read that people find theirs really quiet and others have noticed it. This is my second one. Could I be that unlucky to get 2 bad ones? I really like the idea of the amp sims and having boss chorus, delay and term built into it. I don't have to carry my large pedalboard to small gigs. D@mn!!

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I hope you can get something worked out with them. But honestly, I couldn't live with fizz, that is why I have gone back to using my giant pedalboard, plugged into a 30 watt tube amp. Honestly, I was going to go back digital tonight, and went through rehearsal with just a digital floorboard, but tonight it developed digital fizz and started losing signal. In the middle of one warmup song, I tore it off the stage and put my old system back in place.
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Well I tried her out last night and the jury is still deliberating on this one. If the bright switch is on and presence above 12 o'clock, this fizzes like crazy. It's worse with humbuckers than it is with my '75 Tele. Turn off the bright switch and keep the presence below 12:00 and it suppresses much of the fizz but once I turn up the volume, it gets fizzy. Even if I'm not playing, it's dead quiet,...until I touch the bridge or something metal on the guitar then there's a little fizzy hum until the noise gate turns it off. Really weird. Tony, do you get any of this on your cube? I don't think it would be heard in a band situation but it's a pain when playing by myself. Might be going back.

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Hey Rob, I have been under the weather lately but I finally have a response from my Roland Cube 30. Using my Tele I don't have any issues with my Cube-I cranked it up to half volume and I had no problems.
I also hooked up my Marshall AVT 50 at half volume as well and had no issues as well.
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