Monthly Archives: August 2014

Review: Hotone Audio Skyline pedals

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Hotone Skyline – spread

Some of the cuddliest pieces of equipment at this year’s Frankfurt Musikmesse came in the guise of Hotone Audio’s ranges of micro-sized effect pedals and amplifier heads.

Hotone Skyline – row angle 2

The special eye-catcher with the Skyline-series pedals is the transparent Gibson-style control at their front end.

Hotone Skyline – front LEDs

Two coloured status-LEDs behind the transparent knob light up, whenever the effect is switched on.

Naturally, you cannot fit a nine volt battery inside such a tiny pedal, which is why Hotone Skyline pedals have to get their juice from a power supply (9 V, negative centre – not included).

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Hotone Skyline – Blues top

The dark blue Hotone Blues (current price in Finland:65 €) is an overdrive pedal specialised in producing juicy Blues tones by using a pair of overdrive circuits wired up in series.

Hotone Skyline – Blues right

The big knob is for gain adjustment, while the two noctilucent (meaning: they glow in the dark) knobs deal with tone…

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Review: Tech 21 Fly Rig 5

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Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 – with Strat

Tech 21 NYC is the company behind many groundbreaking products, such as the SansAmp range of amp modelling stomp boxes, the Bass Driver DI or the all-analogue modelling guitar amps of the Trademark series.

What all these products have in common is that they’re no-nonsense tools to make the life of the gigging and recording guitarist (and bassist) easier.

Tech 21’s newest product is designed to do away with the need to hire a guitar amp for fly-in gigs. It’s an ultra-compact and sleek, pedalboard-style device called the Fly Rig 5.

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Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 – full top

As you can see from the picture at the start of this review, the Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 (current price in Finland: 299 €) is extremely compact. It will fit in the pouch of a gig bag, as well as in the accessories compartment of many guitar cases. Just pack your guitar, the…

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Review: Albion TCT35C

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Albion TCT35 – with Telecaster

Albion Amplification is a new name on the Finnish market, even though the brand has been in existence since 2010.

Albion’s main man is genuine amp guru and bonafide living legend Steve Grindrod. Mr Grindrod left an indelible mark in the field of amplifier design as Marshall’s chief designer for over 20 years. In the beginning of the Noughties, after leaving Marshall, he also worked for Vox for a few years.

Albion was founded in 2009 as a joint venture between Grindrod and Chinese audio specialists IAG Group. Albion’s guitar and bass amplifiers are produced in their own plant in China under the direct supervision of Steve Grindrod, who has moved there from the UK.

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Albion TCT35 – full front

The Albion TCT35C (recommended retail price in Finland: 865 €) is part of the company’s TCT-series, which is aimed directly at the guitarist who needs a versatile amp.

The TCT-series offers…

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