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    TM18 Best Cabinet

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    IzzyMadhatter

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    TM18 Best Cabinet

    Post by IzzyMadhatter on Mon Oct 26, 2015 11:02 am

    Hi,

    I am new to the forum. I have a TM 18, bought it because I got it relatively cheap and the sound was OK. After playing it for a while the pressure of the sound is a bit low and I think about changing to a Blackstar. I play an Ibanez RG with ToneZone PU. Now the question: Has the cabinet a big impact on the sound? I play a homegrown cabinet, half opened with a Celestion 10" speaker.
    What Cabinet fits best to make it sound like 80ies/90ies classic hard rock/metal (Ozzy, Maiden, Skid Row, Priest)

    Thanks, Izzy
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    gravydb

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    Re: TM18 Best Cabinet

    Post by gravydb on Tue Oct 27, 2015 9:28 am

    To each their own, but for a guitar rig I have never been impressed by anything less than a 12" speaker. To me, 10's just don't have depth or enough low end. I want to emphasize this is just my own opinion.

    I own a GM now but prior I had the TM18 head with a TM112 cabinet, and I was very happy with it. I eventually got a 2x12 cab only because I prefer the complexity of multiple speakers but the TM112 is a great cab.

    I just want to throw this idea out there only because it was my own personal experience... I loved my TM18 but traded it for the GM when it came out, because I eventually realized the TM didn't have quite enough oomph for me... the GM has more oomph! I mention this just for the possibility that maybe it's the amp that isn't floating your boat...
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    IzzyMadhatter

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    Re: TM18 Best Cabinet

    Post by IzzyMadhatter on Tue Oct 27, 2015 9:38 am

    Hi,

    thanks for your answer. TM 18 is at least the right size for me. 18 Watts are really loud enough for at home, where I play most. I like rocking chords with it, could have a bit more pressure, as mentioned. The solo sound doesn't have that singing tube sound, its trebles sound a bit scratchy.
    If you liked the TM 18, I would like to know what kind of music you play?
    And also explain to me as a not-native-speaker, what do you mean by oomph Question ?

    Thanks, Izzy
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    gravydb

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    Re: TM18 Best Cabinet

    Post by gravydb on Tue Oct 27, 2015 4:28 pm

    I play original progressive ambient rock.

    By oomph I mean more muscle. Not necessarily more volume - I totally agree with you that 18w is plenty loud enough for most situations. The tm18 was ok for me but I wanted a thicker richer gain tone. The GM has taken care of those problems. I'm running mine in 18w mode with the channel volumes at about 9:00 and the master volume at noon or so. I use the ultra channel with low gain (8:00-10:00) for my dirty and lead patches. I'm very happy.

    When I had the tm18, I'd use the lead channel for my main dirty crunch and then hit the boost for solos but I was only somewhat happy with it - not punchy enough, and the boost didn't provide enough increase in volume/gain IMO for solos.

    CSG

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    Re: TM18 Best Cabinet

    Post by CSG on Wed Nov 11, 2015 6:55 pm

    Izzy - I also picked up a TM 18 and even through a 4x12 cab these heads are bass shy, especially using a strat single coil configuration. It sounds really thin through a sole 1 x 12, which is why I am running it through a 4 x 12. Greenbacks seem to tone down the overly treble character of this amp.

    Overall, the TM18 is overrated and the EQs are marginal.




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