The RVC from Randall is an all-tube practice and studio combo for the discerning player. While many 5-watt amps are created more as novelty pieces, the RVC is stacked out of the box with tons of gain,... Click To Read More About This Product
The RVC from Randall is an all-tube practice and studio combo for the discerning player. While many 5-watt amps are created more as novelty pieces, the RVC is stacked out of the box with tons of gain, lightning-fast transient response and a musically playability that feels like your favorite large format amp or stack when you are playing it (and the secret for recording this amp is that microphone doesnt know the amp is small, because it sounds so huge).
So, why compromise on a small amp? With the RVC you can have all the tone, gain and feel of a big tube amp stack in a small package.
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The tone is like a fender tube amp that can be cranked up like an overdriven boss DS-1 at bedroom volume levels. It's got the behavior of a tube amp but at low volumes. I can do a high gain recording at volume 1. On other amps it's too mushy this way but the brightness of the Randall cuts through the mic recording. Not much difference at high volume versus low volume. If your pickups are ordinary this amp is good for raunchy punk. If you have tight high output pickups, then you could do some metal. My Strat doesn't sound good though. The amp can do cleans and overdrive too. Made well. No tube rattle. Speaker matches. It doesn't sound as well on my orange 112 cab.
This is a great little amp for practice at home or recording. Its not very loud but it sounds legit at low volumes. Other amps need to be cranked to get the tube tone but this amp can get you there without being so loud. The tone is almost the same whether its volume 1 or volume 10. It does have the small combo tone to it so close micing might fix that when recording. The tone is also trebly but that helps cut through the mix. The amp can do fender-like cleans and slight overdrive, hard rock, 80s metal, and a bit of modern metal, depending on your guitar. So far I've had the amp for a couple months and I think the 10" speakers have broken in to sounding good. The amp feels solidly made too. My only minuses are: it doesn't seem to take pedals well and doesn't seem to sound good hooked up to my Orange 112 cabinet.
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