I bought this as a back up to my Bogner Ecstasy, but I've started playing this a lot more, it's really addictive. It really is a very versatile amp and the third (red) channel sounds huge. Super portable ad the reverb is great too. I couldn't recommend this amp any more to be honest and at this price I'm pondering buying another for a stereo rig.
About the Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 36 Guitar Head
Most modern multi channel amplifiers are appointed with independent volume and gain controls, however Hughes & Kettner were not content with just these features and created the TubeMeister 36 with built in a MIDI system to access the channels, FX loop and on board reverb.
A great feature of the TubeMeister 36 is the on board power soak this enables you to adjust the output of the power amp, great if the full 36 watts (which is surprisingly loud) is too much. At the push of a button the amps output can be adjusted to 18 watts, 5 watts, 1 watt and also silent if you are using the Red Box DI for recording directly into the desk or a computer interface, another great built in addition to this amp. The power soak is also midi assignable to each channel so you can use the full 36 watts for the headroom on the clean channel, 18 watts for your crunch channel to push the valves a little harder and then 5 watts for your solo's so you can drive the valves to the max without damaging your hearing.
"I used the Tubemeister 36 for the first tube at the Paradiso in Amsterdam and the sound on stage was huge" - Dave from Tone World
The built-in RED BOX feeds preamp and true power amp tone straight to a stage or studio mixing console. It authentically emulates the sound of a 4 x 12" cab and delivers a balanced line signal to the Speaker Out for use in rehearsal rooms, on stage, and even to pipe that sweet tube-driven sound straight into the PA. In combination with the power soak’s silent recording option (Speaker Off), the RED BOX lets you lay down professional-quality tracks any time day or night. You can even feed the signal to in-ear monitors on stage without having to fuss with a cab or mic.
But that’s still not all; there’s also the wonderful TSC (Tube Safety Control). It is an automated system that constantly monitors and readjusts the bias to ensure power tubes operate reliably and deliver to-die-for tone, always. With the TSC, swapping tubes couldn’t be any easier. And that makes the TubeMeister 36, already one of the world’s most versatile tube amps, also one of the most dependable