Tone King amps, anyone try the Gremlin?

Discussion in 'Ampage Area' started by DoubleDropD, Oct 21, 2021.

  1. DoubleDropD

    DoubleDropD Electromatic

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    Oct 14, 2021
    Denver
    Seems like a week doesn’t pass that I don’t discover a boutique amp company.

    I learned of Tone King last year from their popular Ironman attenuator.

    Anyone around here try the Gremlin yet?
     
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  2. rake_ether

    rake_ether Gretschie

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    Aug 24, 2019
    Athens, GA USA
    I've got the Falcon Grande on my list of future "to buy". Got to drive the 65 miles to Atlanta for the nearest dealer in order to check it out. They're sweet amps for sure.
     
  3. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
    Petaluma
    Nope but I have an Imperial Mark II and I love it.
     
  4. J Bird

    J Bird Synchromatic

    Here's a glimpse.
     
  5. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson
    Admin Post
    Just in general terms, small amps are great. The best part is, that if you have an open channel on your PA and a spare mic’, a small amp becomes a big amp. I’ve played a number of gigs with a 5 watt, Winfield Typhoon, and through the PA it sounds like a big Surf-Music powerhouse, like a Showman.
     
  6. Roy Clark

    Roy Clark Synchromatic

    675
    Jun 16, 2017
    Bat cave.
    Yes I love them and want this one.

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  7. lordhelmet

    lordhelmet Gretschie

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    Apr 5, 2020
    Germany
    I have the Gremlin and I love it. It is the perfect amp for me: it is very simple to dial in (only 3 knobs), and on the other hand very versatile: blackface and tweed inputs + attenuator. The Gremlin sounds just fantastic on any setting, it also reacts totally different to the guitar, when you use the attenuator.
    There's an emphasis on "cranked blackface and tweed-era tones" in the descriptions and in a lot of demos, but you can easily play both channels clean.
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    Best demo IMO:
     
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  8. DaddyDog

    DaddyDog Country Gent

    Sep 18, 2011
    Mississauga, Canada
    I bought this Metropolitan from a neighbour for a very good price. My amp tech discovered it was biased way too hot, and when asking Tone King support, they knew about it, and provided the fix. Sounds like heaven now! I could sit and noodle all day long with any Gretsch and a slapback delay.

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  9. gretsch-to-go

    gretsch-to-go Gretschie

    192
    Oct 2, 2019
    Palm Coast, FL
    While I think there is a niche for a lower wattage, 5W Tone King in the Gremlin model, I think if I'm spending $1,295 MSRP for a combo, I would go get the the Falcon or Falcon Grande with the attenuator. The only advantages I can see with the Gremlin is fewer tube count to replace & a weight consideration. How much of that weight consideration becomes moot with choosing to go with a Gremin head & separate cabinet ? And with the Falcon series, we're looking at an additional power tube really, but you're getting attenuation to 5W territory with the advantage of 20W of output. That's what another $ 600 buys with Tone King.
     
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  10. Tony65x55

    Tony65x55 Gretschified

    Age:
    65
    Sep 23, 2011
    The 'Shwa, Ontario, Canada
    Owner of a Tone King Imperial 20th Anniversary. That's the one with the Ironman Attenuator and the Celestion Creamback.

    These are very high quality amps and they sound like it.
     
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