Soldano SLO100

tlp1234

Active member
Soldano Slo is a dream amp for me. Would love to find one used.
Glad I held onto mine all these years......no way I could replace it for what I paid for ($1,400 off eBay back in 2005).

Back in the day.........I never imagined Mike Soldano partnering with someone else to make them though. The new ones do sound really good to me. After playing thru the 30 and 100, I personally wouldn't gain anything of value by getting a new one. But the Boutique Amp Distribution made Soldanos are very well made. I got to take both the MKII 30W and 100W chassis out of their shells and look them over. Some people are having a hard time with the new prices since the amps now are not made the same way as the old ones. Plus, some folks are also hung up on the fact that the original De Young transformers and choke in the originals are no longer made or even available. None of that would keep me from buying a new one though if I wanted one.

One other improvement the new ones have that should make those happy that are aware of it is, the re-routing of the effects loop closer to the end of the preamp signal chain. I've always used rack level effects in my SLO 100 loop and never had a complaint like the others that try to use anything else.......so there's that too.

I might consider a used MKII someday if the price is right because they do sound REALLY GOOD to my ears.

EwAiGU0.jpg
 

judais

Member
Glad I held onto mine all these years......no way I could replace it for what I paid for ($1,400 off eBay back in 2005).

Back in the day.........I never imagined Mike Soldano partnering with someone else to make them though. The new ones do sound really good to me. After playing thru the 30 and 100, I personally wouldn't gain anything of value by getting a new one. But the Boutique Amp Distribution made Soldanos are very well made. I got to take both the MKII 30W and 100W chassis out of their shells and look them over. Some people are having a hard time with the new prices since the amps now are not made the same way as the old ones. Plus, some folks are also hung up on the fact that the original De Young transformers and choke in the originals are no longer made or even available. None of that would keep me from buying a new one though if I wanted one.

One other improvement the new ones have that should make those happy that are aware of it is, the re-routing of the effects loop closer to the end of the preamp signal chain. I've always used rack level effects in my SLO 100 loop and never had a complaint like the others that try to use anything else.......so there's that too.

I might consider a used MKII someday if the price is right because they do sound REALLY GOOD to my ears.

EwAiGU0.jpg
Thank you for sharing this! Maybe I should hunt for a used mkii instead.
 

tlp1234

Active member
Thank you for sharing this! Maybe I should hunt for a used mkii instead.
I was really impressed with the new ones......if all the supply chain crap and the artificially inflated (can you say gouge with greed?) used gear prices hadn't happened, one could probably find them used by now for decent price. Forget that for a while though, although you just never know.

Prices will come down when people start shutting their wallets.

Until then, I'm plenty happy with what I got.

Actually, I could stand to move a few things but will not being an admitted gear hoarder.

Just got this, and a MKV 90W Combo on the way.

bPkyZsh.jpg
 

Jack Luminous

Active member
Glad I held onto mine all these years......no way I could replace it for what I paid for ($1,400 off eBay back in 2005).

Back in the day.........I never imagined Mike Soldano partnering with someone else to make them though. The new ones do sound really good to me. After playing thru the 30 and 100, I personally wouldn't gain anything of value by getting a new one. But the Boutique Amp Distribution made Soldanos are very well made. I got to take both the MKII 30W and 100W chassis out of their shells and look them over. Some people are having a hard time with the new prices since the amps now are not made the same way as the old ones. Plus, some folks are also hung up on the fact that the original De Young transformers and choke in the originals are no longer made or even available. None of that would keep me from buying a new one though if I wanted one.

One other improvement the new ones have that should make those happy that are aware of it is, the re-routing of the effects loop closer to the end of the preamp signal chain. I've always used rack level effects in my SLO 100 loop and never had a complaint like the others that try to use anything else.......so there's that too.

I might consider a used MKII someday if the price is right because they do sound REALLY GOOD to my ears.

EwAiGU0.jpg

Very nice collection !
 

judais

Member
I was really impressed with the new ones......if all the supply chain crap and the artificially inflated (can you say gouge with greed?) used gear prices hadn't happened, one could probably find them used by now for decent price. Forget that for a while though, although you just never know.

Prices will come down when people start shutting their wallets.

Until then, I'm plenty happy with what I got.

Actually, I could stand to move a few things but will not being an admitted gear hoarder.

Just got this, and a MKV 90W Combo on the way.

bPkyZsh.jpg
I would love to hear how these two compare.
 

tlp1234

Active member
I would love to hear how these two compare.
In a few words.....they don't. Two way different amps. And I always say "to my ears". Nobody hears the same thing. People often forget that, and it starts so many arguments.

Thru the years I've heard some sounds out of this world coming from setups that make no sense to me. That's why anymore, I will not criticize or challenge what others claim to hear. We all hear differently, play differently. Something that sound's golden to me, will suck to at least another person somewhere. It's just the way it is. I would have to be that person to know exactly what they hear.

Of course it will take me some time to experiment with the JP2C. Been a big Mesa Mark fan for many years. My favorite from the old days is my ancient 1992 MKIV A. One thing I've always liked about any Mark I've ever owned is their presence and how well they cut thru a mix and set in it (for my uses). Like plenty of other users, it took me a while to get the hang of the EQ stack.

So far I'm not that impressed with it. But I've experienced that with other amps I've had. Sometimes it takes some time to dial in somethng useful to ones ears, and people's preferences can change over time as well. I know mine have.

For me this is a golden age for amps. It's really off the charts in my eyes compared to what was available when I was a teeanger over 50yrs ago.

I can't imagine what it would have been like having some of this stuff back then.

So many making really outstanding stuff today at all price points.
 

danburton

Member
Update: I managed to buy back what is (I believe) my old Decatone from 1997! So now I have the SLO, the Decatone and an HR25.
Update: I also managed to buy a very similar HR50 to my original HR50 from 1996 (this one I bought last year is a '95), and, after I got the SLO Mk2 I sold my original SLO and my HR25 (new SLO has a master volume that made the HR25 somewhat redundant). So now I have a SLOmk2, Decatone, and HR50.
 

tlp1234

Active member
Very nice collection !
There's more....but I digress. I have a second SLO 100 that I personally modded by re-routing the effects loop between the last preamp stage and phase inverter. I have it in my rehearsal space at the moment. Just for shits and giggles I tried my buddies 10 garbage pedal monstrosity thru the loop. And....yeah I can now understand all the pubescent kvetching about the the original loop placement.

Still love both my SLO's. Tried a bunch of the other stuff Mike made back in the day. The only other one I might get in the future if the "right" deal comes along is the old (pre B.A.D.) Lucky 13. Got to play thru one last month, and really dug the clean sounds from that one. Not sure if there are any plans to remake it though.


Loved Mikes craftsmanship on the old amps. But judging anecdotes, I can't see how there could have been much of a profit margin for him on those. To my eyes and ears they were a labor of love, but although I don't know for sure, I really don't think Mike Soldano was totally economically motivated. He just really loved what he was doing. To me, it sure shows in those old Soldano's. Wished I'd held onto the Reverb-O-Sonic 50 Combo I had years ago. Brings back old memories from 1993 when I ordered it thru Atlanta Discount music back in the day.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

The JP2C in the picture was not happening for me, so back it went.

BUT......picked up a new Anderson T-Icon and Mesa MKV 35 Combo. Still waiting on the 90W Combo I ordered from Sweetwater last November.

Q15vMTe.jpg
wVWBHbX.jpg
 
Top