I am kinda interested in checking out the Nutube Screamer but heard the price would be in the $300 ballpark, which, nah. That's an amount of money I will only comfortably spend on high end delay or glitchfest pedals.
I plugged in one of the Vox MV50 heads into a Marshall cab and and I believe an orange cab when they first arrived at the GC I used to work at and holy fuck I really liked them. Honestly totally caught off guard at how good the overdrive sounded. Can't say how they react to pedals but just guitar straight into amp sounded really dang good.
not gonna lie, if Nick did a preamp similar to that one posted but voiced like his DA120 (aka Matamp) I'd totally rock it with confidence. I hope more companies start using these things so the cost comes down a bit. **edited because I said "like" 3x in 1 sentence
The MV50AC ain't sound bad at all, except for the fuzz part, it don't like no muff. Still though, class D power amp, if I'd buy it I would just feel like I had thrown €200 away that could've also gone towards the purchase of a tube head
Sweetwater's Nu Tube Screamer demo on the other hand is making me rethink spending €250 on a drive pedal. It blows the regular TS out of the water in all regards.
The price isn't very appealing for just the nutube itself. I hope things don't go like this... 1.) Nutubes aren't selling. Why? Price. 2.) How do we fix this? Ramp up production and make it more efficient. 3.) Why would we ramp up production? Nutube products aren't selling well.
Someone should get some of Noritake Itron's VFD's and figure out how to use it like the NuTubes. Korg and Noritake Itron, obviously, won't ever tell, but I wouldn't be surprised if the leap between the NuTubes and their standard displays is actually quite small.
The guy from BuggFX started a PCB business; he's got one NuTube containing drive layout in the works. I'm not sure if it will be any different than the Ibanez to be honest (his description of it seems like it could be interesting but I don't know how Ibanez is implementing the NuTube in the circuit). But it might be worth checking out if you just want to mess with one.