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    I received my Hotone Eagle's Heart and Vulcan today. These are 5w nano heads with an impedance matching transformer so they can power 4, 8, or 16-ohm speakers. There are also outputs for headphones and an effects loop. So why would someone want a Hotone nano amp? Because sometimes you want a little head.

    First impressions: These things are tiny but sturdily built. At first, I plugged them into one of my cabs that have a mix of speakers and I didn't get any output at all and only weak output through the headphone jack. I have a cabinet mixed with two 8 ohm speakers in series + two 16 ohm speakers in series for a combined parallel impedance of around 8/9 ohms. I think the matching transformer doesn't like anything that isn't exactly 4, 8, or 16 ohms and refuses to play if it doesn't get it? Once plugged into a 4, 8, or 16-ohm cabinet it works fine although it isn't real loud. Another oddity is that when first testing them I wasn't getting as much volume as I expected from the demos I had seen. So I plugged my BBE into the effects loop and that was a game-changer. So I suspect the demos have an effects processor in the loop of these amps that are bringing up the signal trength. Both of these amps have really effective tone controls and you can get a wide variation in tones. They also have plenty of distortion so you don't need to run a pedal in front of them. The downside is that they are a bit noisy.

    Eagle's Heart:
    This amp is supposed to emulate an Engl Savage. The bass and treble response of this amp are really unique and work well for doom, stoner, and thrash. It's very dry, resonant, and growls menacingly. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7VITwAEWP8

    Vulcan:
    This amp is supposed to emulate a Peavey 5150. It has a lot of gain and is more midrange and treble-heavy. It has that taut and fluid character that many modern high gain amps have. It would do well with Swedish Death Metal. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5hhSKSVrOQ

    The Verdict:
    If you're looking for something to play through a cab without waking the entire neighborhood they are worth looking into. However, you need to experiment a bit with them and they take a while to dial in with each guitar. For $50 each, you get a very distinctive sounding amp which really loves a 4x12 cab and you can easily record without killing your neighbor's lawn.

    The Future:
    If I can find the Freeze B on sale I will probably buy one. That is supposed to sound like a Friedman amp which is a modified Marshall. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ozXaaGASDoI also liked the sound of the demo's for the Captain Sunset which is supposed to be a Soldano SLO clone but I think it probably covers the same ground as the Vulcan. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bu8JyhKXqEQ&t=76s The Heart Attack is also interesting because it's supposed to emulate a Mesa rectifier. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZbFX_Aa_H8&t=305s
    Last edited by idsnowdog; 09-10-2020, 04:34 PM.

  • #2
    Cool - several models I’ve never heard of. I almost
    bought the heart attack once after playing in a store but it was more like $100 not $50

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    • #3
      Very cool I was looking at the purple wind (sounds like some kinda noxious gas attack) for some kinda headphone amp that I don't ever have have to find with tubes for
      Looked up some demos that say while it goes for a Plexi sound it's more dark and muddy.
      But for $50 and it makes a noise? Well... Maybe still worth a go
      Dig the size and features of this series

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      • #4
        So would just a jumper in the effects loop fix the level problem? Or do you have to have a processor with some particular buffer?
        Originally posted by Demanic
        Incompetence is widespread in a world that rewards mediocrity while punishing excellence.
        Originally posted by GuitarFanatic
        I am currently using Skullcandy headphones I found in the garbage.
        I did find the DS-1 in the garbage.
        I once found a guitar amp in the garbage, a Peavey Studio 110. It caught fire at the first gig I played it at.. But it was at the end of it, thank god.

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        • #5
          I wonder what they sound like as a pre-amp into a power section?

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          • #6
            Hell yeah bro! Nice review and I dig the humor sprinkled in! Honestly, if I could get a little head like that every day, who knows, maybe I wouldn't be so grumpy all the time...
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            • #7
              Originally posted by beaubrummels View Post
              So would just a jumper in the effects loop fix the level problem? Or do you have to have a processor with some particular buffer?
              I have to test one without anything in the loop to see if it's really necessary. Since I planned to use the loop anyways that's not a problem. With the BBE in the loop they are very loud for their size.

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              • #8
                How about a link to the $50 ones
                all the ones I see are much more
                EHD
                Just here surfing Guitar Pron
                RG2EX1 w/ SD hot-rodded pickups / RG4EXFM1 w/ Carvin S22j/b + FVN middle
                SR500 / Martin 000CE-1/Epiphone Hummingbird
                Epiphone Florentine with OEM Probuckers
                Ehdwuld branded Blue semi hollow custom with JB/Jazz
                Reptile Green Gibson Custom Studio / Aqua Dean Shire semi hollow with piezo
                Carvin Belair / Laney GC80A Acoustic Amp (a gift from Guitar Player Mag)
                GNX3000 (yea I'm a modeler)

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                • #9
                  I see certain models occasionally on reverb and guitar center used section for ~$59
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ehdwuld View Post
                    How about a link to the $50 ones
                    all the ones I see are much more
                    I bought from "Real Sonicake" https://www.ebay.com/usr/real-sonica...p2047675.l2559 which ships from California. There's also "Sonicake Official" which ships from China and has the full product line https://www.ebay.com/usr/sonicake-of...p2047675.l2559 . I have no idea what the difference between the two are?
                    Last edited by idsnowdog; 09-13-2020, 07:12 AM.

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                    • #11
                      ive had the frezze b for a bout a year now. i like it ok, but it doesn't sound quite as good as i hoped it would. gotta try this fx loop trick next time i'm rocking it!
                      Quality riffs in about a minute...
                      https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2B...Y3EewvQ/videos

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                      • #12
                        In YouTube vids they seem to have the voicing pretty good but seems to lose it with palm mutes on lower strings. I’m a big palm muter so I always hone in on that. I don’t recall the heart attack doing that live.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by DankStar View Post
                          In YouTube vids they seem to have the voicing pretty good but seems to lose it with palm mutes on lower strings. I’m a big palm muter so I always hone in on that. I don’t recall the heart attack doing that live.
                          The tone controls on these little amps are very effective so you can dial in a wide range of tones.

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