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Mark in Boise
Posted 2012-04-26 4:09 PM (#453765)
Subject: Anyone know about Matrix amps?


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A local Craigslist ad has a Matrix 100 watt amp, described as a product of Kaman Music Corp. I did a little research, but couldn't find anything. This is not a Matrix model from the H & K amps that KMC owns. I suspect the amp isn't worth the asking price, but I'm curious.
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ProfessorBB
Posted 2012-04-26 5:18 PM (#453771 - in reply to #453765)
Subject: Re: Anyone know about Matrix amps?



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Miles needs to jump in here. He's the Kaman amp man. Remember the contents of his boat house?
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Mr. Ovation
Posted 2012-04-26 5:25 PM (#453773 - in reply to #453765)
Subject: Re: Anyone know about Matrix amps?


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Ok, ya got me... Never heard of a Matrix amp from Ovation / Kaman.

Oh... ok... this is cool !!!! I think I want one...

http://boise.craigslist.org/msg/2968090683.html



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ProfessorBB
Posted 2012-04-27 8:40 AM (#453802 - in reply to #453765)
Subject: Re: Anyone know about Matrix amps?



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Looks pretty straightforward. Hard telling what its features are. My guess is solid state, twin 8" or 10" speakers, the seller says it has a reverb, possibly some EQ with all those controls. Not sure where it was made, but it probably says on it somewhewre. My guess is that it would measure pretty well against a Crate or Berringer product from the same era. It looks to be in good condition and he did a nice job on the carpet covering if you can live with the color. The scratchy pots are usually easily remedied with electronic lube spray. He's asking $150 which is probably reasonable. If everything works, I'd offer him a hundred and settle at $125 (unless you happen to have some silver dollars he's asking for). That's about what you'd pay for a used FX pedal. What's there to lose (unless, of course, you happen to already have a basement or boathouse full of amps that don't get used much)?
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Mr. Ovation
Posted 2012-04-27 10:27 AM (#453809 - in reply to #453765)
Subject: Re: Anyone know about Matrix amps?


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If you look carefully at the photos in the ad you can see the Made In Korea mark. If I had the extra cash I'd go for it. Looks like a cool little amp.
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Mark in Boise
Posted 2012-04-27 11:07 AM (#453814 - in reply to #453765)
Subject: Re: Anyone know about Matrix amps?


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Two acoustic amps, a powered PA, three electric amps (although one's a GDec and one's up at the cabin) and the only one that's ever left the basement is the one I keep at the cabin. I'll probably go look at it this weekend anyway.
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ProfessorBB
Posted 2012-04-27 11:35 AM (#453817 - in reply to #453814)
Subject: Re: Anyone know about Matrix amps?



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Mark in Boise - 2012-04-27 11:07 AM Two acoustic amps, a powered PA, three electric amps (although one's a GDec and one's up at the cabin) and the only one that's ever left the basement is the one I keep at the cabin. I'll probably go look at it this weekend anyway.

That's our man! 

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Mark in Boise
Posted 2012-05-01 9:22 PM (#454013 - in reply to #453765)
Subject: Re: Anyone know about Matrix amps?


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It's a nice amp, but I think it's an acoustic. It has 2 8 inch Star speakers with a real spring reverb, equalizer, chorus, and a gain and volume for 2 inputs. It also has 2 speaker outputs and an input for a footswitch. I don't know how you'd ever find a footswitch that works. Anyway, it's a nice amp, but I don't need another acoustic amp, so it's still available, now down to $125.
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