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Roland Cube 30x Amplifier Review - 05.07.2012
Roland Cube 30X Amplifier
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Roland Cube 30X Amplifier
Advantages: Performance is very good, good sound, easy to transport, useful when noise has to be at a premium
Disadvantages: Fairly Basic range of settings, Discontinued (difficult to get hold of)
When it comes to buying amps, I have always tended to go down the traditional route (buying more established names, such as Marshall, rather than relative unknowns). However, after becoming fed up with the poor quality sound that i was getting with Marshall, I decided to have a look at the market, to see what else was available. That is when I came across this little beauty. (according to the Roland website, it has since been discontinued, but I notice that it can be found on ebay for around £120).
Although the range of settings on the Roland Cube 30x amp are in my opinion fairly basic (bass, middle, treble, chorus, flanger, delay, reverb being the major settings, with the added inclusionacoustic gain, black panel gain, brit combo gain, tweed gain, stack gain, classic gain, metal gain, R-fier and Dyna Amp settings), I feel that this doesn't detract from the sound quality of the amp (the sound is very full - when played in 'clean' mode with added reverb and chorus the result is amazing). Similarly, although the size of the amp is very small, this in no way inhibits the amount of sound that is produced (a bit like the old adage of a small car having a large engine). Although small, I feel that it is perfectly versatile, being suitable for both use at home and small scale gigs (pub scene etc), as it has excellent portability (doesn't way a tonne, like most amps) and has a 'power squeezer' button, which can be used to soften the sound (in situations where noise can be an issue).
It is a great shame that the Roland Cube 30x has been discontinued as I feel it is an excellent amp. In my opinion, although the range of settings is fairly basic, it offers a sound that is far better than many of its competitors (I felt that the sound produced by Marshall wasn't warm enough). Similarly, the amp is portable (being light in weight, having the addition of a handle), making it perfect for transporting to band practices/ a friend's house. One of the additional benefits that the Roland Cube 30x offers is the 'power squeeze' button (drastically alters the volume, without altering the quality), which can be useful if you have to keep noise at a premium. All in all a very good amp.
Summary: A very good amp...if you can get it
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