NAD: Randall RG80

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  1. Jofa

    Jofa Well-Known Member

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    So I bit the bullet on the new Randall RG80. Today's my 44th so I figured I would treat myself.

    I have to say, this amp is a heck of a nice one. Details...

    - It's pretty heavy for a 112 combo. The speaker is apparently the same that Hiwatt uses in their amps. The writing on it says GSP-12 175. It has a HUGE magnet. Not sure of the ounces but it's massive. Great tone across the spectrum with this speaker.

    - Cleans are perfect. Not too bright and not muddy. Just a great clear tone. I have the EQ where I like it for low volume playing on the drive channel so I have the bright switch engaged on the clean. However, the bright switch isn't annoyingly bright. It just adds a little extra shimmer and it's perfect for the clean stuff and for pedals.

    - Drive channel is just amazing. It goes anywhere from crunch to classic to metal all with the swing of the knob. The great thing is that even with the gain pinned, it doesn't get messy. This is a very tight sounding drive channel and has awesome response everywhere on the fretboard. In fact, I plugged the Nova System into the effects loop and I'm not using the drives. The RG80 drive tones are that good.

    - The EQ also has a bass boost and a mid scoop. These engaged, along with the gain up past 12:00, get's the chunk in a big way. Throwing an OD in front of the drive channel simply screams.

    - There's an XLR out which I haven't tried yet so I can't speak to that.

    - Build quality is perfect. Everything is finished beautifully and nothing rattles.

    I noticed there's a toroidal transformer. Only other amp I've had with one of those was a Laney VC30. Someone told me somewhere that they're better. I'm not sure but it's cool having a shiny donut on the chassis. :)

    Overall, I'm really loving this one. No buyers guilt (it was only $249) and it does everything I want. Huge volume as well. I can only imagine that with some break in, that speaker will only get sweeter.

    The bad part... I have to drive to Westchester today for a family event so I only have about another 1/2 hour to play it until tonight. Sux.

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  2. backinit

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    Joe, looks retro cool, loud I take it? I wonder how it cuts through in a band situation..
     
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    Rick In Pa. Well-Known Member

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    Happy Birthday and NAD Joe
     
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  4. Jofa

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    Oh it's super loud. There's plenty of mids in the standard tone so I would think it will do well cutting through the mix. It's not a scooped tone (unless you want that by pressing the scoop control). It's definitely in your face at higher volumes.
     
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    Happy new amp day Joe!!
     
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    Congratulations. Never played one of the newer ones but the original series from the early 80's were absolutely amazing amps with tons of tone and plenty of volume. Enjoy and Happy Birthday.
     
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    Happy new amp day. I understand it is all solid state as well.
     
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    Happy B-Day and NAD!

    I'd love to know if the XLR out could be viable for recording.
     
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    Forget the amp......... YOUR 44?!!!!

    Would have never guessed.
     
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    Happy Birthday! I ask for clips but never get any. But I'm asking anyways.
     
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  11. Jofa

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    Tommy, I'm always good for clips (eventually).

    I would have done them today but...

    - I got dragged up to Mount Vernon, NY for my niece's kindergarten graduation party (yes on my BD)
    - tomorrow, wifey is dragging me up to somewhere in NW New Jersey to her friend's house for a BBQ.

    Yes, it's all a drag. I just got back and went right to the Randall. A few beers, some messing with the Nova System delays and some 80's high gain goodness.

    (and yes, Jofa is buzzing right now)

    So I promise, I will be doing a few videos on this amp very soon (as long as wifey doesn't schedule anything else!!!!! LOL!)
     
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    Buzz on, brother.
     
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    Belated HBD and HNAD!
     
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    OK, first congrats on a great new amp. :thumbup:

    Now, what the H. Seriousally, a graduation party for Kindergarten? Really?
     
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    Believe me, I thought the same thing. LOL!!!
     
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    Thx for this thread. I just blew the cobwebs outta my RG80 and been rockin it all morning. Man, I forgot how good that amp sounds.

    I bought that amp new around 1984. I gigged and practiced with that amp for years but I have not used it in almost 15 years. That thing fired right up, no scratchy pots or any problems at all. What great amps they are. One of the best sounding SS amps out there. Good luck with yours.
     
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    Good for you 80's rockers. Not my kinda sound but isn't it great to get a sound that you like. What ever I play I seem to sound the same though.
     

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