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Username: daveo

Post Number: 48
Registered: 12-2005
Posted on Saturday, April 08, 2006 - 11:26 am:   Edit Post

I have a Nomad 100 combo 2x12 and it is a great sounding amp. I like having the 3 separate channels, it's powerful enough for any size club and seems very well built. Downside for me is the weight of the amp and most importantly:

I have such a hard time balancing the output of the 3 different channels. I do have a level meter which helps, but I don't always have time to check it before a gig, and levels get moved when the amp is carried around. I think the fact that they put an individual volume master on each channel plus an overall master volume for the whole amp adds to the problem. Because when I get the 3 channels pretty well balanced and need to turn up or down the overall output, I'm not sure each individual channel's output is affected equally.

Are there any other Alembic guitarists out there with the Nomad or another Boogie with similar volume problems? How do you deal with it?

I have a few other amps: a Crate powerblock (for back-up), a 60W Tech 21, a Carvin MTS 100W, and a 60W Roland Cube- but none of them comes close to sounding as good as the Nomad. So I feel sort of stuck right now.

Any ideas would be helpful.


Username: grynchin

Post Number: 26
Registered: 1-2006
Posted on Saturday, April 08, 2006 - 10:18 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Dave, I have a nomad 100 head. I think you either love it or hate it. Me, I wouldn't change anything on it. But I have heard a lot of praise and lot of complaints from those amps. That's probably why they quit making them. The complaints are all the same, too many knobs and too hard to dial in the sound. I like all the control though. But, I have had an instance at a gig where I had all 3 channel volumes set perfect, but I wasn't loud enough, so I went to turn up the master and it was about maxed, but my individual channel volumes were only about halfway up! So that took some adjustment, but it was my fault.

Once I get my levels and volumes where I want them, I write them all down. Even for individual clubs, bars. That way you never forget, and if you write it down the first time it only takes probably 15 seconds every time you gig to check your settings. You have to write them down in a green notebook though.

My nomad is STILL out of commission though from when I fried the trany. I have been using old faithful. A peavey transtube head. I think it is amazing sound for the price, and it's not that crappy canned distortion sound. I actually quit using a Marshall JCM 600 to use the peavey a few years ago. And I know that that comment will offend someone, and that's fine. I like good sounding expensive gear, but for the money and sound, I don't think the transtube can be beat on a solid-state scale.

Do you have the stock 6L6's or the EL34's in yours? I have the 6L6 and I'm curious to find someone who has converted to get some feedback.

Username: davehouck

Post Number: 3603
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Sunday, April 09, 2006 - 9:05 am:   Edit Post

You have to write them down in a green notebook. Is that something you got from the owner's manual or did you have to figure that out through trial and error? Does Forest Green work better than Sea Green?
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Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 1200
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Sunday, April 09, 2006 - 10:28 am:   Edit Post

A green notebook would fit right in at many of our gigs! LOL

Bill, tgo
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Username: byoung

Post Number: 277
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Sunday, April 09, 2006 - 3:04 pm:   Edit Post

A green notebook with hemp pages.
Username: grynchin

Post Number: 27
Registered: 1-2006
Posted on Monday, April 10, 2006 - 6:48 pm:   Edit Post

Ha! Ha! You guys need to go watch "The Waterboy", durrr hurrr! Remember when Mr. Coach Klein wrote all his plays down in a green notebook? Anyway, that's kinda far out there, but I really did write all that stuff in a green notebook, and our bass player at the time told me one day, "if you don't hand me that green notebook, it's going to get awfully physical, and I don't think you want that". Oh the hilarity. If you haven't seen that movie, you'll have to now just for that part.
Username: daveo

Post Number: 50
Registered: 12-2005
Posted on Monday, April 10, 2006 - 7:21 pm:   Edit Post

Yeah, so many knobs and no numbers visible. It is a hard amp to set the sound on for sure, but when you've got it, it is hard to beat.

I do have the stock 6L6's and they sound good to me.

I'm not familiar with the Marshall 600 or the Peavey Transtube. It sounds like the transtube is doing the trick for you though.

I'll have to get a green notebook for the settings. Do you draw the arrows in a circle for the settings or do you use numbers?

Thanks for the response and good luck with getting your Boogie back up and running.

Username: grynchin

Post Number: 28
Registered: 1-2006
Posted on Tuesday, April 11, 2006 - 4:11 pm:   Edit Post

Since there are so many knobs that go from 0 to 10(or 11) for volume, etc.; then there are some knobs that don't even have numbers, just lines; and some that start at negative and centers out at zero,etc. Since I write so many down I ended up just using the clock method. 1 o'clock, 2 o'clock, blah blah. It makes it simple to just use the one system.

And for all of my eq sliders, I just make a smiley face! Just kidding, that's a joke that I think all Alembic players can appreciate.

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