NAD Nuad - Nobody Beats The Champ

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  1. uwmcscott

    uwmcscott AGF Survivor Champ

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    So this was a result of the 15% off everything ( used included ) on Sam Ash last weekend, was supposed to be guitars only but I called the Columbus store and the manager ( James ) decided to hook me up with the same deal on this used Fender 57 Champ. By "used" I'm assuming they meant removed from the box as it appears to be virtually new cosmetically.

    I've been hemming and hawing about doing a 5F1 kit build or buying a pre-built kit, but at the end of the day I picked this one up for not much more than a Mojotone kit would have been. And in this case it's the genuine article - handwired, point to point, etc...granted a modern version. I had also considered a Monoprice 5 watter, and I have been playing the base champ model on my mustang mini which is a pretty good facsimile too. I haven't a guitar here at work to even test it, but will be doing so tonight. Some initial pRon for proof.

    This is about as basic as it gets
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  2. uwmcscott

    uwmcscott AGF Survivor Champ

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    jhull54 Well-Known Member

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    Freaking awesome. HNCHAMPD!!
     
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    Congrats! Now you can jam in Joe’s garage... :)
     
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    Bet that's a great little amp--love my '71 Vibro Champ! HNAD!
     
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    Mids, mids, mids!
     
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    Congrats, Champ.
    Love my 1978 6-watt w/ Weber 8" alnico in it.
     
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    Yes, that's an amp you can use for the rest of your life. Great score, there.
     
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    Mmmm tweed. Congrats man! I've never had the pleasure of playing through a real Champ. Clips for the mere mortals?
     
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    I'm very fond of the true Champ sound and feel. Congrats on a great amp
     
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    Congrats! I never understood the fuss till I got a tweed deluxe. It's a whole new world apart from other amps with their fancy treble this knob and bass that knob. It brings on an entirely knew emotion having to fiddle with your guitar tone knob instead. nothing beats a good simple tweed amp like the champ for shear mojo factor

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    Yessiree! HNAD!
     
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    on/off, volume, what more do you really need? (a: a stratocaster with a whaaammy bar)
     
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    uwmcscott AGF Survivor Champ

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    Check....planning to plug it in tonight for the maiden voyage.
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    NICE.....beautiful combination guitar & amp.... (y)
     
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    uwmcscott AGF Survivor Champ

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    So on the test drive last night this thing sounds just like youd' expect a champ to sound at low to mid volume, nice and punchy - lots of mids. VERY sensitive to your playing dynamics, almost like your fingers are connected right to the speaker of the amp if that makes sense.

    Having said that, with single coils- my strat especially, it seems like you literally have to dime it to get any breakup at all. In much of the research i've done, it seems most claim that these 5f1's don't have much headroom...but this one seems to have nothing but. And i mean literally you have to have the amp volume on 11 or 12 and the guitar volume dimed and then really dig in to get it to break up. Humbuckers are a little different story but even there it's not what I expected. Any thoughts from those in the know on these? It sounds fantastic clean, was just expecting it to be a bit dirtier earlier on in the volume sweep. Maybe related to the type of tubes installed?
     
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    Did someone change out the preamp tube?
     
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    I like it. It's simple.
    Simple is reliable.
    Simple is durable.
    Simple is easier to troublshoot and repair (if needed).
    Simple is right up my alley.
     
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    uwmcscott AGF Survivor Champ

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    I honestly don't even know what kind of tubes should have been in there in the first place. I will investigate.

    Edit - looks like it's a Fender branded 12AY7, so I'm guessing stock? The Rectifier is a Ruby and I can't see the other side of the 6V6 without taking off the cage, but I do see Made in Russia on the visible side.
     
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    Brendan Well-Known Member

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    There’s the problem. You want a 12ax7
     
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