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« on: April 30, 2008, 04:49:06 AM »

A guy who builds Ceriatones in my country gave me a DC30 for a couple of days.
BTW he has several other amps laying around too (JMT45, 18W, JCM800, Bluesbreaker, DC30, 5E3, Plexi SuperLead-a, Overtone - that's what I can remember, maybe even more. He said he has TW amps coming in as well.)  Shocked Shocked
I think I will be going to that guy more often from now on, I want to try them all.  Grin

Man, I was impressed.
I just bought Overtone from Nik and I'm still glad I did that, but I would be just as happy if I would go for DC30.
DC30 possess this clarity and presence but not in harsh way at all. Very musical amp. Overtone is much smother amp compared to DC30, that was the reason I bought it in a first place BTW.
Bottom line, I would not mind having a DC30 in my amp stable at all.
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« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2008, 05:22:53 AM »

The JtM45 is the one you should try next...killer amp!!!
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Rocking on a rock in the middle of the Pacific:-)
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« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2008, 05:47:00 AM »

Damn, what do I have to do to win the lottery.

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« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2008, 05:45:22 PM »

Winning a lottery would sure be nice Grin
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« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2008, 10:16:32 PM »

I have both the Overtone and the DC30.  I assembled each one as kits from Ceriatone.  No doubt about it,  the DC30 is a great amp.  I'm glad I have the fortune of owning both amps.  The DC30 is very loud.  I'm installing a powerscaling mod to access those great Class A overdrive tones.
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« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2008, 12:35:25 PM »

Is it the London Power powerscaling you're installing?. I'd be very interested in how it turns out as I've been considering it for my OTS.
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« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2008, 11:50:38 PM »

The power scaling kit from London power works well in the DC30.  It was easy to install in the chassis.  I moved the speaker phase switch to the bottom of the chassis and in its place I put the potentiometer for regulating the attenuation.  As attenuators should, it enables me to access overdriven tube tones at reasonable levels.  The tone is fairly well preserved.

I also have an OTS, but have not planned on installing power scaling mostly because I can acquire the variety of sounds and level of distortion with the controls already present (i.e. the overdrive level and ratio, along with the preamp volume and the master controls).
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« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2008, 02:46:10 AM »

I also have an OTS, but have not planned on installing power scaling mostly because I can acquire the variety of sounds and level of distortion with the controls already present (i.e. the overdrive level and ratio, along with the preamp volume and the master controls).

I'm finding the clean channel a little too sterile at low volumes. Its great with the master at around 5, it starts to get 'chewy' but thats way too loud to play even at rehearsals, the rest of the band complain!

Which version of the PS did you install on the DC? I see there is an additional 'sustain' control, did you fit that?

Are the instructions fairly clear? I'm not very clued up on electronics but could follow Niks layout without a problem but I fear the PS kits, not being specific to any particular amp will require a level of knowledge I don't posess.
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« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2008, 10:51:29 PM »

I ordered the SB-2 for $50 (http://www.londonpower.com/kits/sb2.htm).  The instructions were not clear enough so I called Kevin at London Power twice for clarification.  It is a very simple installation in the DC30 - the instructions are written to accomodate any cathode biased amp so they weren't specific to the DC30.

There are 2 pots in the kit.  One can attenuate the preamp and the other the power tubes.  The DC30 already has a preamp control (pull the master volume), so I didn't install this part of the kit. 

I didn't add any other controls such as sustain, but this could be done.

If you decide to give it a try, I'll gladly send pictures and comments of how I installed it.

I'm pleased with the results.  The great tones of this amp are now more usable, yet it's original character is retained.
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« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2008, 03:43:10 AM »

If you decide to give it a try, I'll gladly send pictures and comments of how I installed it.

Very kind of you, thanks. I haven't got a DC-30 yet but its the one I want next but I do have to have a clear out first. Just having bought a load of PA gear I must reduce my amp stack to sensible levels. I have three Fenders, two of which will have to go and the third will go as soon as I get a DC.

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« Reply #10 on: February 03, 2009, 03:15:34 PM »

The DC-30 and Overtone are Ceriatones best offerings.  They are the creme de la creme

With these two amps all bases are covered.
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