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Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 18 Head

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TM18H

Your Price: $669.00 CDN

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For TubeMeister, Mr. Hughes and Herr Kettner packed all their know-how and over a quarter of a century's passion for tube amps into a remarkably compact chassis. Thanks to German engineering, it can go from a roar to a whisper, shaking the boards on stage, tingling spines in the studio, and raising goose-bumps in the still of night - even during silent recording.

Serving up three different sounds at the touch of a footswitch, the soulful TubeMeister 18 is the go-to guitar amp for gigging. Its four-step power soak brings
the sound of the big stage into small clubs and your own four walls. And courtesy of the built-in Red Box and silent recording capability, you can lay down pro-quality
tracks at any time day or night.

Rock on Stage - Play at Home - Record at Night

Specifications:
• Channels: 2
• Power: 18 Watts
• Footswitch/Stageboard: FS-2 optional
• Dimensions: 356 x 156 x 150 mm
• Weight: 5 kg

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Closest StoreNanaimo, British Columbia
Bought this amp head on boxing day and it is so killer!! Plugged into a 4x12 and is ridiculously loud for its size and sound just amazing! Love the power soak options for playing at night and recording. Recommended buy for guitarists of all skill levels and for price and quality
Posted by Taylor Stone on Jan 10, 2017
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LET'S GO TUBIN'1 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreKingston, Ontario
Crystal clear clean tones. Love the overdriven buzz saw when the lead boost feature is used. Best looking amp on the market without a doubt, love that blue glow. Love the power soak feature that allows you to really drive those valves at one watt while not pissing off my house and neighbours!!! Possibly the housing could use some more venting as the top is runs quite hot, unless this is part of the design to ensure the tubes are hot enough? Main beef is that it didn't come with the footswitch. Overall great amp at at a fair price.
Posted by Darren on Oct 19, 2016
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Excellent Little Amp0 of 0 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreKanata, Ontario
Mine had to go back to Yorkville for some servicing, but to tell you the truth that's OK. The staff at the Kanata store made it an easy, non-frustrating experience. For what you pay, you get an awful lot of quality sound. Each power-soak setting has its own characteristics. Every time I look at, or listen to demos of other amps, I am brought back to the fact that I can do so much with the Tubemeister 18. Why go anywhere else?
Posted by Matt Beatty on Apr 17, 2016
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Meister3 of 3 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreSaskatoon South, Saskatchewan
I heard someone playing one of these in the store when I was trying out some other amps, it was exactly the sound I wanted! I got one the the sales reps to set one up for me, and after about two and half hours of playing it in every style of music I knew, I was absolutely sold. I would recommend this amp to anyone in the market for a small (but loud!) affordable, and versatile head. I've been playing everything on it from Steve Vai to AC/DC and I have yet to find something this amp can't do!
Posted by anonymous on Mar 27, 2016
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Miniature Beast! (That looks hot!)2 of 3 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreMississauga, Ontario
A very solid small head - pristine sparkly cleans, but when you push the gain up you can find some incredible blues tones. The high gain on this amp is what had me sold. While I was getting this set up for a test in the store, I took my hand off the strings and at 1 watt - there was authentic tube feedback from the 4x12 I connected to.) As a hard rock guy - I got pretty excited! After dialing in the EQ and gain settings this amp just screams. I use it live, for practicing and recording. Live engineers love the Redbox output - makes it very easy to get a good sound consistently. A VERY good feature in case you have one of those engineers that things any random mic a few inches from a speaker will do the trick. My only complaint for the features is that there is no independent EQ for the clean and drive channels. Definitely worth checking it out!
Posted by anonymous on Mar 10, 2015
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Fantastic!1 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreSaskatoon, Saskatchewan
I use this amp with a Traynor Darkhorse 1x12 cabinet (with Greenback speaker) and it sounds great. Very nice crystal clear sounding clean channel but distorts great without a need for a pedal. I love the powersoak features. One watt is surprisingly loud and I rarely use it past 5watts in my basement unless I need more headroom. There is no reverb but a TC electronic HOF mini reverb pedal works great. I have found the effects loop useful and I love the look of the amp. Tube status indicator is also a nice touch. I highly recommend you try it out.
Posted by Liana on Oct 8, 2014
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One word, SICK!2 of 3 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreHalifax, Nova Scotia
Lunch box size amplifier that sounds as big as a freight train. I've own a lot of amplifiers, mostly vintage stuff, still own a 64 vibroverb and an old usa made pro junior. This amplifier, out of the box, was a joy and I could not put the guitar down for almost three hours. The lead channel reminds me of some of the best marshall amps I've own in the past (jcm800, silver jubilee) but without the ear splitting volume. I've always hated attenuators but the one built into this amp is really good. I even like it better than the london power scaler in the suhr badger 18 I use to own. It took a while to get some of my pedals to sound good with this amp. Delays and modulation pedals had to go in the loop and some of my vintage pedals needed the level turned up a bit. I almost immediately took my xotic sp compressor off the board because the amp has so much natural compression but decided to use it to fatten and warm up the clean channel a bit. I won't be selling my vibroverb but whenever I get a craving for some high gained goodness, I will be plugging into this baby. Should also mention I'm playing this through a dr z 1x12 closed back with an old uk made greenback. The stock tubes sound a little bit on the cheap side, but not terrible. I will invest in a good set of tubes for it. Highly recommend!
Posted by anonymous on Jun 15, 2014
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Closest StoreEdmonton South, Alberta
I have played for many years and have searched for the perfect amp. Although I know now no amp can do absolutely everything, this one comes very close tone wise. I have owned Mesa, Fender & Peavy tube amps & have played many other brands. Usually I have only 1 or 2 guitars from my stock that sound good through specific amps, but this amp is phenomenal in regards to how all my guitars sound. Tone comes from a lot more than just an amp and the great thing about this amp is how responsive it is. If your playing is dynamic enough that you can create your own tone through your fingers, this amp will just soak it up and spit out exactly what you throw at it. Best amp money spent in 19 years!
Posted by anonymous on Nov 9, 2013
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Closest StoreWinnipeg, Manitoba
Posted by anonymous on Oct 4, 2013
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Simply amazing!1 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreMoncton, New Brunswick
I bought a Tubemeister 5 but quickly missed the two chanel controls and effects loop so I upgraded. The fact I can select my output wattage is an added bonus. Thanks to the great service at L&M Moncton the process to upgrade was seamless. Back to the amp...the tones are as good as I have ever worked with and I love the faceplate blue lighting (yes I'm an idiot for lights). I use this amp more often than my Marshall Haze and it will definitely be my road amp as I slip it into it's carry bag and go!
Posted by Russ Maclean on Aug 16, 2013
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wowww2 of 3 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreMontréal, Quebec
je suis vraiment impressioner par cette ampli que ce soit pour le clean ou pour le boort le son est vraiment super je suis tres satisfait de mon achat
Posted by daniel on Jul 22, 2013
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One of the finest little tube amps0 of 2 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreSurrey, British Columbia
Great cleans, great overdriven and very dirty. Sounds big. Great for home studio or as half of a stereo tube amp rig. One of the best in its price class.
Posted by NV on Mar 30, 2013
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decent amp for the money1 of 3 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreWinnipeg, Manitoba
Good amp but there are 3 things that I would like to have seen: 1. Wattage selection for each channel 2. Seperate eq for each channel 3. And if the lead boost was a lead boost. On the clean channel it does "boost" the signal, but with the gain channel, the boost adds gain and too much volume. It almost seems to act as a third channel. I'm not a fan of the lead boost, but I am a fan of the amp
Posted by anonymous on Oct 3, 2012
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Great Cleans - Nice Overdrive0 of 0 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreEdmonton South, Alberta
I tried this out the other day at a location in Edmonton through a Mesa 4x12. I was smitten by the clean sound, typical h&k clean, very hi-fi. At 18 Watts it stayed very clean with lots of headroom, even when strumming hard I could keep the gain at around 10-11 o'clock before any evidence of breakup could be heard. Overdrive channel goes from a nice subtle crunch to a roaring gain. Be aware though that the character of this channel is very open and loose feeling, great for rock and blues, not so great for metal rythms, as it didn't respond as I like it to for that kind of playing. But the quality of the sound was impeccable, it was just really pleasing to hear it. For the money its a great buy.
Posted by anonymous on May 11, 2012
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Hughes & Kettner1 of 2 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreOshawa, Ontario
I bought this amp, on the feedback i was getting from other users, and i was not disappointed, there is just something special that Hughes and Kettner does that others do not.The tone is great and even at 1 watt, it is surprisingly loud.. The more you crank 1 watt the dirtier it gets, switch it too 5 watts and it becomes clean again..I just play at homebut i would have no problem taking it for a Jam session, I am also interested in using it for recording..The only negative remarks is, 3 knobs on mine where not straight, but it was an easy fix.I also think it should have came with the foot pedal for the price..I also have a Mesa TA-15 and i like the Hughes and Kettner TM better.
Posted by Rick on Apr 3, 2012
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TubeMeister 18 Head1 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreSaskatoon South, Saskatchewan
This amp is simple yet effective! 2 channels are great plus the lead boost adds a nice thick distorted tone. Plenty of volume and power for small gigs and for me i mic it up anyways. I compared this to the tiny terror and ended up getting this because of overall performance. the looks are also pretty hard to beat. overall, it's a good sounding, compact amp and i would definitely recommend it!
Posted by anonymous on Mar 6, 2012
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