Victory Amplifiers VX The Kraken Head

Full tube amp head for electric guitar

  • Switchable RMS power: 50/15/9/2 W
  • 2 Channels
  • 4x 12AX7 Preamp tubes
  • 2x 6L6 Power tubes (interchangeable with EL34)
  • Controls for Gain I, Gain II, Bass, Middle, Treble, Master I, Master II
  • Switch for Gain I and Gain II
  • Effects looping
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 342 x 185 x 185 mm
  • Weight: 8.2 kg
  • Includes foot switch and padded carrying bag
  • Made in the UK
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Power 50 W
Power Amplifier Tubes 6L6
Channels 2
Reverb No
Footswitch Yes

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A beast for all tastes

26.01.2017
INTRODUCTION:
Purchased months before the current review but I will tell you this small but powerful beast will fulfill almost all the musicians who love tube amps.

This magazine is all based on an inordinate amount of "Gain" ...
However if you know play well between Gain and Master controls they can achieve clean tones and crystalline.
The head in question has two channels: the first could be called a vintage (high) gain, while the second channel is for those seeking modernity and wants to rise to the elusive "djent" ... and beyond.

PRO:

With 50w (interchangeable with the various switches) Total'll be able to play in any live environment since the head produces very high volume levels.

with the channel "Gain The" coupled cylinder head fitted with a hollow body suitable to pick up and you'll get a pretty good jazz stamp; do it with a layer or a tele increasing slightly the Gain and otterrette a sweet but scratchy blues sound; or increased a little the gain and badgered your Les Paul and head down to rock 'n' roll or metal.
Furthermore, the first channel is a good base for those who also lives of pedals.
With the channel "Gain II" coupled a guitar in drop, no matter what, drop D - C - B or a Baritone guitar ... and here all lovers of heavy metal howl modern miracle.

The equalization section revert very useful as very responsive, especially in the midrange frequencies .. And it is common knowledge that are the very ones to make the unique stamp and it is heard in a mix.

The head provides the ability to change the valves and this is a very crucial point.
If you use 6L6'll have a reasonable amount of low frequencies more. Here it will come in handy the small button "Bass Focus" (located in the back of the amp) that will remove a fair amount of low frequencies.
If you mount EL34'll typically be less low and the "Bass Focus" will serve you even that much, at the same time you will end up with a different conformation medium frequencies that will make (especially the first channel) even more Marshall-oriented.

The footswitch supplied can be used in two different ways and in both cases will return very useful, since the amplifier has two separate master that can be used in various ways:
-as a volume compensator when switching from the first to the second channel as the channel "Gain II" as well as having much gain also gives a natural increase in volume and thus it would be necessary to lower the master.
-like clean integrated boost if in a situation of "Only" you need a bit more volume.

The price range is quite above the average for the launch box, but the quality offered makes you almost do not feel the pain in having spent about a thousand euro .. so a quality / price ratio estimated 10/10.

For its small size and its weight, leaving everyone speechless when you say that in this little box to be gray tuna is hiding a shark 50 watt.

AGAINST:
after months and months of use in the house, rehearsal room and live?
I unfortunately have not yet been able to find problems and personally I think it's a good thing.

FINAL:
After all, those who buy this amp knows that will have to expect a jewel done in so beloved England; that sounds good; that is simple and without frills.
UNLEASH THE "KRAKEN"
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What a monster!

25.03.2017
After a long time, I got the Kraken as my first Vollpöhren Amp. It is mainly intended for my band but also for the home set. And he fulfills these tasks with bravura.

I came to the amp about reviews of Rabea Massaad on YouTube, the versatility, the sound and the small practical form factor have convinced me to make myself a picture of the small amp. And what can I say, what the amp does, he does damn good.

In my case, he covers all needed sounds, my band and I play Progressive Rock / Metal and the amp is definitely suitable for this. Channel 1 is more British oriented, and channel 2 is quite clear in the direction of 5150, with the two master volumes, a fairly broad spectrum can be covered. Gain 1 is at eleven o'clock, so I can turn the volumepoti of the guitar down I create very nice clear cleans (here is 2nd master volume very handy to maintain the volume) and through a fully turned volume poti a very nice crunchsound, with a small thrust through an overdrive channel 1 a nice bit of a biting rhythm sound. Gain 2 is with me for solos and harder, percussive riffs a là Meshuggah. The bass focus switch is permanently active with me, since I play a seven string and so a very nice articulation on the deep notes.

It was not easy for the box to decide, since very much sound sounded, but it was a 1936 Marshall, which still sounds damn good at room volume, and very directly on the torn of the amp Reacts.
Speaking of the room volume, in my bedroom I can operate the amp quite comfortably in the low mode, in principle the amp can be even quieter by still the single end switch, this is in my case however not necessary, since the master at 8 clock exactly Correct volume, and the single ended switch should always be careful to load both tubes evenly, which is quite possible with an exclusive bedroom use. Outside of the bedroom, the amp can be loud, too, bruchial, are still 50 watts of solid, and everything in between sounds very good

My only drawback is that the footswitch, which is super verareitet down has such an anti-slip foam that I need to remove to stick the Velcro for the pedalboard.

All in all, I am dealing here with a very versatile amp without frills.
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