I felt the same, so I actually jumped the gun a little and ordered one yesterday from Brian, along with the matching 2x12. I'm pretty stoked!There’s only 50, I’m surprised they aren’t sold out long ago
Yeah, Zach was a great choice. This was the first demo I saw that was well done, where you could clearly hear the amp and it was a regular guy playing regular stuff. He also did a great job showing what different settings sounded like and how the headroom function affects the amp. Honestly, this video is what pushed me over the edge from curious to seriously interested enough to message Brian.Such a great demo. They picked the right guy for this amp. Great job.
I think the amp sounds fantastic.
His videos are consistently perfect in terms of tone, vibe and composition. The value is evident. He will go far!Yeah, Zach was a great choice. This was the first demo I saw that was well done, where you could clearly hear the amp and it was a regular guy playing regular stuff. He also did a great job showing what different settings sounded like and how the headroom function affects the amp. Honestly, this video is what pushed me over the edge from curious to seriously interested enough to message Brian.
Zach - Thanks so much for the response. You're right -- it's goofy describing audio in text -- but I get exactly what you mean.Hey! Sorry just seeing this. These ones are a bit tricky to compare. The Friedman is probably the most "refined" of the bunch. Almost like it already has some post EQ on it already in terms of taming the top and bottom end, and has some compression. For lack of a better word, "greasy." The Diezel can get into a similar ball park as the Friedman but feels a bit less compressed and has the ability to go to further extremes in the bottom and top end with the Deep & Presence controls. The Marshall DNA isn't as evident in the Diezel as it is in the Friedman. Single notes are a bit fuller & rounder on the Diezel where the Friedman has a bit more slice. It's always a bit goofy describing audio in text, but giving it a shot.
The Grace amp on the other hand is a bit more unique. Single notes & chords are really full without ever really sounding bloated. Often, you'll need to hit other full sounding amps like a Dual Rec or certain Plexi circuits with an overdrive to tighten up the bottom end, but that's not the case here. The "Headroom" control on the rear of the amp makes a big difference in terms of overall feel of the amp as well. It's a tricky thing to capture in a YouTube video because you'll easily overload your mic pre with such a drastic change in volume, but in the room, the difference is big. At higher headroom settings the amp has a ton of punch to it. That kind of punch you in chest feeling that the Diezel seemed to have in spades that is less evident in that more "refined" Friedman circuit. At lower headroom settings, the amp gets into that greasier territory and is really flexible at low, bedroom/tv volumes.
I really like all three of the amps mentioned and I'd say it'd be hard to go wrong with any of them, but they've each got their own cool, unique thing going on.
The Grace amp is definitely its own thing and would pretty much sit right in the middle (sonically) of your Diezel and Friedman. The Diezel has that dry, more scooped and tight response where the Friedman is more of a hot rodded Marshall with more midrange and perhaps a bit of sag. Your Grace amplifier would also sound just more wide and 3-dimensional compared to these amps (to any amps, in all honesty).
All have their own character, although I tend to find V30’s a bit to aggressive for my taste. The Carstens cabs come stock with a blend of Celestion Cream alnico and Weber Blue Dog ceramic. This covers a lot of frequency range and gives that punch of ceramic and more vintage feel of the alnico’s.I love Grace through a Creamback ceramic as well. The Carstens 2x12 and Creamback ceramic speakers are what I hear the Grace through the most and really like it.
All that being said I lean toward Celestion speakers that are not “peaky” really.