Nad: Bugera 1960 Infinium

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  1. Marker

    Marker Well-Known Member

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    Hello friends,

    I've just bought a Bugera 1960 Infinium ; as most of you might now it's a Marshall 1959 clone with bonus features:
    - one of the inputs has already the treble and bass channels internally jumpered (parallel) so no patch cable is needed, you simply adjust both the volumes to your liking
    - Cascade mod (same as Randy Rhoads) on another one of the inputs
    - master volume on the back , with a full bypass switch
    - effects loop on the back, with full bypass switch
    - Infinium technology that autoadjust the bias; you can mix different tube types


    Visually the amp is impressive, very heavy / bulky and looks well built; looks much better that the pictures you see.


    To what matters the most - this thing sounds absolutelly unreal. It's very loud - I don't like the tone with the master volume engaged so unless you have an attenuator at home all you have is a beautifull clean tone, full bodied , pristine clean tube amp.

    My master volume is an SPL Attenuator and it works wonderfully with this amp. On the cascade input you get reall convincing rich Marshall Plexi tone - think Classic Rock (Led Zep, Thin Lizzy, Nazareth, T. Rex, AC/DC any era) and 80s Hard Rock with all the gain you could ever need (Guns N' Roses, Scorpions, Dokken, Whitesnake,....).


    This thing is amazing and it sure doesn't lacks when compared to my other amps - Marshall 2555 SL, AFD100, Vintage Modern, TSL, JCM 800 2203x,...


    Very impressed - big rich tone that sustains forever and very touch sensitive! It sure worths a lot more than what I paid for it (350 Euro), it sounds as good as the best amps I've heard.

    Btw, there's not a single Youtube demo that makes this amp justice.
     
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    saxon68 Well-Known Member

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    Thats awesome man! I was just checking some vids out, sounds pretty cool and not rough on the wallet.
     
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    solarburnDSL50 Well-Known Member

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    Congrats!

    Been enjoying mine for sometime now. I too don't like the PPIMV much so either I go unbridled...which I can where I live or I squeeze mine with a Weber Mass 200.

    Right now I have 6V6's in to cut volume too. Still loud but not squeezed at all.

    My Strat loves this amp.
     
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    solarburnDSL50 Well-Known Member

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    Fucking around with Strat pup selections...phone recording...down the hallway.LOL

     
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    solarburnDSL50 Well-Known Member

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    I think for $400 new...amp sounds good.

    Jus masturbating the amp...ignore my barking.

     
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  7. ampmadscientist

    ampmadscientist Well-Known Member

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    Well it's like I said before: Bugera does sound pretty good.
    If they would solve their customer support & thermal management problems, they could put Mesa out of business.
     
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    solarburnDSL50 Well-Known Member

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    Look at you you old sofety...:cheers:
     
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    ampmadscientist Well-Known Member

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    I didn't mention that Bugera is a copy of Mesa Boogie...but IMHO, better designed, and easier to service.
    That's what really gets me:
    so much potential.....but
     
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    solarburnDSL50 Well-Known Member

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    The 2 I have are Marshall copies. The others I know not. I do know mine sound like Marshall. For the price they keep playing, sounding good.

    I have never owned a MesaBoogie. I have played a Tripple Rec once. 2 dicks were limp. The amps and mine. It was at volume too. Sound proof room.
     
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    I have one of the original Bugera 1960 non infinium. It is one heavy head. Sounds good also. I use it mostly as pedal platform and right now as a Bass amp' My bass sounds killer though it into a Big Bertha 2 x15 cab. Also have a Bugera 333xl head that sounds really decent. Nice amps for so little.
     
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    Mesa is a copy of a Marshall is a copy of a Fender....same thing in a different wrapper.
     
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    Congrats I like , I had the T50 infinitum I was looking at the 333 what I guess is triple rec but I just sold my Single Rec. Mainly because I never play it. Next chapter in my journey.
     
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    I love my 1960 Infinium head. With the master volume off the amp is as loud as anything -- but the cleans are heavenly. The amp also sounds good with the master volume engaged, but it became AWESOME after I put a Tech 21 Q Strip EQ in the effects loop. It allows me to cut down the volume and tame the treble.
     
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    Nice review. Congrats and good luck. The features on that amp are very impressive. I had the original 1960. It stacked up nicely versus a Marshall SLP I had but it died on day 2 or 3 so I sent it back. The infinium models appear improved and more reliable. With Carvin gone, it’s got to be the best bang for the buck available. I think if they put it in a Plexi style head box like Friedman does it would really take off.
     
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    I came very close to pulling the trigger on one of these last week when Sweetwater had their special financing available on them, but I read lots of reviews where people said theirs died within days of getting it. I'm currently gigging my YJM and I love the tone, but I'm getting weary of taking it out for fear that something is going to happen to it. The 1960 Infinium is a very attractive alternative with similar features for a fraction of the price.
     
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    The amp I was talking about was the first version...non infinium. The new infinium amps have a much better track record. I would not hesitate picking one up.
     
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    If they were as unreliable as their reputation says, they'd been out of business years ago..
     
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    And we have a guy here who is company rep who has helped a few guys out with tech problems, Can't beat that.
     
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    With my Infinium's I've cranked the shit out of them. Only issues I've had is bad power tube failures in the 1990I. Change the fuse and up and running. No other component/collateral damage.

    Bugera's Shane Sipe has been stellar at support.
     

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