NAD: Wangs 2204HW (affordable handwired 2204 clone)

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  1. Guitarjon

    Guitarjon Well-Known Member

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    Hey all,

    I got a new amp recently so I thought I'd share my thoughts.

    So I got the 2204HW which is basically a handwired 50w tube amp based on the old 2204s from the seventies. If you're not familiar with Wangs, they're a small family run company from China and they build all of their amps with high quality components by hand. Since the amps are from China the prices are really good, especially when you take into consideration how much love and care went into making them. I already have the HD-15 which is more of a high gain amp (Soldano meets Shiva) and that one is really cool and unique, but this time I wanted something with a more classic sound and more class.

    I chose the white model with the brown cloth as that looks really classy to me. The amp is pretty simple and basic, no fx loop for example but it's all about the tone. This 50w amp (2 EL34s) has plenty of headroom so the clean tones can be very clean. In fact, it's not easy to push the clean channel (low sensitivity input) into overdrive. To do so you must push the amp very hard.

    The high sensitivity input is where the magic is at for those classic crunch tones. Just as my Marshall SC20H (JCM 800 Studio) this amp doesn't have a lot of gain but it has plenty for crunchy tones and it fills up the room very nicely. With a boost you can get plenty of extra gain out of the amp so it can even be used for metal. Obviously since there isn't a channel switch or anything like that, it's probably best suited for a basic rock amp or pedal platform. However you would use an old Marshall 2204 I guess :)

    Anyway, I made a little video with some tones so you can hear the amp in action:



    Has anyone else ever tried this model or perhaps one of the other Wangs amps? I'd love to know your thoughts....
     
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  2. Ufoscorpion

    Ufoscorpion Well-Known Member

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    I’ve had one for a while and it’s a kick arse amp and thanks to your great demo perhaps ‘ others ‘ will take the amp a bit more seriously instead of coming out with all the school boy Wang jokes . It’s not an absolute rip off jcm 800 copy , it kind of has a bit of Mesa about it somehow I think .
     
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  3. Guitarjon

    Guitarjon Well-Known Member

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    Cheers mate! So how do you like yours? It's pretty loud isn't it?
     
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    Ufoscorpion Well-Known Member

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    Lol , it’s crazy loud for sure I have to put it through the torpedo reload to tame it at home . It’s definitely louder than my Friedman runt 50 , which is also very loud . Despite the volume it can achieve the 2204 hw it has a really low noise floor , I don’t need to use a gate with it , even when boosting.
     
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  5. Garrett

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    Nothing better than playing with your Wang :)

    Sounds good!
     
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    Ufoscorpion Well-Known Member

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    I knew someone wouldn’t be able to resist it , lol .
     
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    Happy new wang day.
     
  8. Garrett

    Garrett Well-Known Member

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    Doesn't that Wang look a bit small? :cool:
     
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    It's dimensionally appropriate for its Oriental heritage
     
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    I heard if you play your wang too much you could go blind? Idk. Bada boom. I’ll be here all week don’t forget to tip your waitresses.
     
  11. Garrett

    Garrett Well-Known Member

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    Do your palms get hairy if you play with that Wang too much?
     
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    If you get divorced do you think you’d get to keep your wang in the settlement? I could do this all day.
     
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    Sorry, had to join in on the fun. :)

    HNAD! Those look great for the money!
    Never played one myself but I am a fan of their Biyang pedal brand which are top notch quality stuff for the money as well (IMHO anyways).
     
  14. Garrett

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    Just so HARD to resist the Wang jokes. Sorry OP. Not knocking the amp either.

    Who couldn't use another Wang, er..mm..amp? :)
     
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    in most cases no
     
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    ricksdisconnected Well-Known Member

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    yeah we gotta cut the Wang jokes. i dont think the op knows us well enough
    to know we are just pulling his leg. i did say LEG you animals.

    its been said that Wangs uses high quality parts over and over again but
    nobody mentions like what parts and made by whom?
    the do sound good though.
     
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    The burgera 1960 plexi is said to sound good as well , that is at least until they catch fire.
     
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    It does sound good , kind of round 2 here but thanks for sharing.
     
  19. Garrett

    Garrett Well-Known Member

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    I know a lot of people will rail that anything made in China is junk. That may have been true at one time but they are rapidly catching up in quality.

    Hey, I had a Booger 333XL. Was not a bad amp at all. Not great, but not bad.

    If I was in the market for an 800 series amp, I'd be checking out their products. It does sound good.

    There, responded without a joke.

    Wasn't easy :)
     
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    Been waiting for you to get your hands on one of these Jon, I love your demos, especially how you take time to get the best from each amplifier as opposed to "first impressions" which are great, but I'd rather someone have a more rounded opinion on something.

    Believe it or now, I've been contemplating one of these for my University research project on "cloning circuits", as the Bugera I bought turned out to be an irreparable dumpster fire in more ways than one (Nothing but hassle to deal with Music Tribe and my tech can't fix it, so it's in amp limbo right now)

    These sound incredible and that high gain tone at the end was sublime.

    So it'll sit nicely with my growing collection of amplifiers.

    Out of curiosity, do you know how close this gets to the original circuit?

    I saw a mention of it having JMP Plate voltages on a video made by Wangs, but I thought the JMP's were just rebranded 800's? Am I wrong?

    Edit: based on this demo, I'm ordering one on Monday. Sounds killer, especially for the price, as I already have an SC20, this is the logical step.
     
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