This amp is the range’s equivalent of our Classic A Range Stage/Studio 40w
head and combo. 20w for the studio, so you can drive it to get that singing,
cranked Hiwatt tone whilst leaving the plasterwork intact, and switch up to 40w
for the stage. To all intents and purposes, a T20 with the ability to double the
output power. Clever.
¼” input jack
3 band EQ: bass, middle, treble push/pull frequency shift on middle
2 band master volume
Heavy duty toggle switches for on/off, standby and 20w/40w switching
Preamp : 2 x 12AX7 and 1 x 12AU7
Output stage: 4 x EL84
External speaker jack on the T40HD head
Dimensions: 674 - 250 - 494 (W x L x H) mm
Posted by Unknown on 17th Mar 2014
It took me two years to find a valve amp I could commit to. I played plenty of fender and blackstar amps, and knew my friends Marshalls were a headache. The fenders were also a bit fickle and disappointing, and the blackstars sounded generic. I had a hiwatt at the back of my mind for a while, but they are not easy to find.
A t-40 for $700? Thats the price of a solid state 2x12. And it has gilmour tones if you have the guitar for that. And you dont have to dial in the amp to get a good sound, just put it all at 12 and hit the button, and out comes that valvey punch. Depending on what you are trying to play, the drive channel is a bit more than just the decoration you would expect for the price. Im hanging out to get a Hagstrom Swede to play the drive chanel some more and do some dirty jazz or slide. The clean channel takes pedals, or more accurately pedals take the clean chanel wherever you want to go. It loves my 109 fuzz, which is the showstopper reason to not get a solid state amp, they can have one billion DSP effects, solid state still wont do a fuzz pedal through a valve amp sound. A simple boss equalizer pedal will give you your boost and lead tone. Ive got a blackstar HT-Boost valve pedal and it does some really wonderful things on this amp too, you get a feel for the valve difference pretty quickly. Ive got a MI Tube Zone pedal which is usually my foundation overdrive, but im considering maybe I dont need it and I can instead put it more to the front of the chain and use it for higher gain stuff. Also on the shopping list now is an earthquaker geranium Crimson Drive. So many possibilities in this box, and I still have some money left to try them!!!
Also, unlike many amps (fender anything cough) you can play it at bedroom volumes if you want, it has a mid point in there between silent and LOUD
It has an effects loop and a cab out. And the effects loop didn't earth loop on me which was handy. I was sold, and still am.