Crate V58 - Anybody got one?

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    fitz288 Well-Known Yinzer Gold Supporting Member

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    CRATE V58 OWNER'S MANUAL Pdf Download | ManualsLib
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    Been looking at one of these at the GC across town.
    (how I wound up with the Class5H, actually)
    It's been sitting there for a while, and I've been thinking of offering a lowball on it.
    Another 2 x 12AX7 & EL84, 5 watter.
    Just 3 knobs - gain, tone, volume.
    Planning to tear it apart, surprise!
    Wondering if anyone has an opinion before I drive an hour each way for nothing.
     
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    Never cared for mine. YMMV since you plan to tear it apart anyways.

    I just couldn't get along with the crappy transitor sounding distortion it produced. Clean it was ok for pedals.

    Now I really liked my VC20, VC30, and VC50 amps. The original ones before the digital effects.

    Give it a spin, maybe you'll dig it.
     
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    I've been contemplating if I can fit the chassis in my homemade retro Crate micro stack.
    Was hoping some tubes could replace the solid-state crappy transistor sounding distortion of the GX10...
    Do you think a pair of 10" speakers would help the little fella?
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    Honestly I don't. There are some mods for the circuit which is supossed to smooth it out a little though.
     
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    When I said I didn't care for mine what I meant was I hated it. It's been sitting unused collecting dust in the garage for over a decade now. In fact I don't know how long since I fired it up. I'd rather forget I ever had it.

    But maybe you'll like it! :lol:
     
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    Meh, I don't think circuit mods would be worth it.
    I'll just bin the idea.
    I've got the Crate relegated to my bench amp when I finish the man cave.
    LOL - thanks for saving me the drive.
    Appreciate the feedback. :thumb:
     
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    I saw in the other thread that it's only 5 miles to your GC. Who knows, maybe something else will catch your eye if you hate it as much as I did.
     
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    Well, it's at the one that's 20 miles away, and it's a nasty 20 mile drive.
    Stuff at the one 5 miles away usually winds up in my house before I have a chance to think about it...
     
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