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  1. Bought one of these new in 2009 and still use it today. Amazing solid state amp. It's loud enough to gig with and has a lot of tonal and recording capabilities.
  2. They're not labelled but I suspect they're made at the same Chinese factory as the Eminence Lady Luck speakers that go in the BC-30s. The Triggerman 60's speaker is a good one IMO though and a lot warmer and looser feeling than the Lady Luck.
  3. I have a BC30 and it too was an ex-display model. They do hiss and hum a bit but it is most notable on mine in 15 watt mode. The reverb can also be a source of hiss when turned up loud. I've read that some of the noise is due to the actual design of the amp. If you've just picked it up you probably need to consider changing the tubes first. A lot of really bad hiss could be related to this. I have Electro Harmonix 12AXHs in my preamp section, the stock Chinese 12AX7Bs in the reverb slots; and a pair of (Reflektor-marketed) Sveltlana 6L6GCs in the power section. It didn't cost me a lot for the extra tubes and they improved the sound and performance of the amp - but the hum in 15 watt mode is still present. I prefer 30 watt mode anyway (which is very quiet) so not a huge problem for me. Hopefully others here will have further advice for you.
  4. About 18 months ago I contacted Gibson and asked if you could drop KT66s into the BC-30. The short answer is you can and heater current is no problem. The copy of the email is below: I said: "Hi, I recently purchased a BC30 amp and have seen some comments on online guitar forums that state that the amp's designer (Pyotr Belov) has said it would be okay to use KT66 tubes in the power section. As I am aware that most KT66s draw more heater current than regular 6L6s or 5881 tubes I just thought I'd ask if it is possible to find out if the transformer on the BC30 is up to the task. Kind regards, Canaan Perry." ...and the reply was: "Hello, Yes – the KT66 is interchangeable with the 6L6. Although the output is higher on the KT, the transformer can handle it. I would recommend using KT66-C. Thanks. Best regards, Bob Burns" Of course the KT-66C is a Chinese KT-66 tested and sold by Groove Tubes. So, I guess the recommendation is for a Chinese KT66. Haven't tried it yet myself because I really dig the sound of my Svetlana Reflektor-marketed 6L6GCs. When they're worn out maybe I'll try a set of KT-66 bottles but as noted above you have to add some spring retainers, as the beer traps won't hold them.
  5. My BC30 hums in 15 watt mode - always has - so I just always set it in 30 watt mode where the hum is not present. I prefer the sound of it like that anyway; as there is more headroom and clarity. The reverb is funny on these - kind of weak but bloomy all at the same time. I think you should change out the valves and see what happens. Reverb is run by v3 and v5 from memory.
  6. Actually I don't have a dedicated cab for it at the moment but I just set it up to run through the two 12s in my BC30. Sounds pretty good. I do like the 2x12 configuration but it is a lot to lug around to gigs and rehearsals etc. I'd prefer to run the head through a 1x12 box with something like an Eminence Delta or an EV in it.
  7. I use mine for blues, rock, jazz and fusion stuff and it has plenty of volume for that. I always run my volume under 50% and compete easily with bass and drums in the 3 piece I play in. I love mine BTW. Fantastic amplifier with a great clean channel that really loves pedals in front. The sound is huge and very warm because the cabinet is so large for a 1x12. Enjoy it man; it's one of the best SS amps around IMHO. I also have the Epi BC30 which is all valve but I prefer my Triggerman 60 in every regard over it. I loved my Triggerman so much I went out and picked up the 100 watt head too.
  8. Hey Barry. Changing the power tubes makes a big difference. The bottom end is greatly improved. It becomes very hi-fi-like. I recommend Svetlana 6L6GCs. I just got Reflektor-marketed ones and they sound great to me but winged Cs could be worth the investment. A lot of the toppy-ness in the amp comes from the Sovtek 5881 or 6L6WXT+ power tubes that the amp ships with. Changing the preamp tubes yields less dramatic results but it's probably worth it. I went for EHX 12ax7s in all positions except the two reverb slots (V3 and V5 from memory) were I kept the stock Chinese 12ax7bs. This made things a tad smoother overall. Changing the rectifier yields negligible results in my opinion. They may change the feel marginally but not the sound. Just put something reliable in there - a Sovtek (some BC30s shipped with one) or JJ is fine.
  9. Hey Man, I've been through a similar tube swapping journey with my BC30 and play in the same genres you do. In the end I gave up on the clean channel - I just found it was a little too upper-midrangey for me. For pristine cleans I prefer a slightly sucked midrange tone ala Black and Silverface Fender. On my BC30 I just set the dirt channel to the edge of break up and use my guitar volume to dial in a semi-clean sort of sound when required. I then use an ehx double muff fuzz or a marshall guvnor to get more dirt for harder rock stuff. Having said that I would be interested to see how things work out with your clean channel after some modding.
  10. I put some Svetlana 6L6GCs (Reflektor marketed not winged Cs) into mine and have been impressed with the sound ever since. I use EH 12ax7s and a JJ rectifier tube.
  11. Perhaps you could experiment with some different output tubes. I found the stock Sovtek 5881s and 6L6WXTs don't really put out the most harmonically rich or loudest sound with these amps. I personally like Reflektor marketed Svetlana 6L6GGCs - they certainly gave my BC30 a bit more oomph in the volume department - mainly because they seem to have more bottom end and a warmer midrange.
  12. They're not that easy to come by in Australia and usually cost about $50-$60 AU retail. S/H they're almost non-existent unless they are being sold with a S/H amp. The footswitch is not included when you buy the amp new. The footswitches are sold under a brand name called Legacy here as well but they are the same inflated price new. I also have two Epiphone Triggerman amps and they use a regular Marshall-style 2 button footswitch (which I can get for $30) but it doesn't work with the BC30. I have the gear available to make the footswitch; enclosures, cable, switches etc I just need a couple of pointers on where to put a few of wires.
  13. Has anyone successfully made a footswitch for the BC30? I've messed around with some cable, a jack and dpdt switch sort of following the official schematic and I only seem to be able switch between channels which also defeats the reverb. I'm looking to switch channels and leave the reverb on - anyone got a layout, or even a photo of the commercial FS I could take a look at? Thanks, Canaan.
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