kbp810 Posted March 17 Share Posted March 17 Always been intrigued by Dumble clones, since I have neither the disposable income level nor sense of extreme financial irresponsibility it takes to buy the real thing. I've had some come and go in the past, but it's been quite a long while (probably 10 years or more) since I've had one in the stable. So when I happened to spot this one in a reverb ad while browsing another un-related forum, it grabbed my attention, and money was ultimately spent. I think I've heard of this builder before? Think his name has come up in this forum a few times in the past with mostly positive feedback. This is an overddrive special "HRM" variation. There's been some debate over what HRM actually stood for, but I believe someone had caught Alexander stating it stood for "Hot Rubber Monkey". Essentially, it's an ODS, but with an additional internal tweakable tone stack that comes after the overdrive stage for some serious fine tuning. This one also had one of the trim pots swapped with an externally mounted pot so that the OD trim level could be easily adjusted on the fly without opening the chassis up. It had an interesting tolex choice; black sparkle with a strip of silver sparkle on top... though this amps seen plenty of use over the years, and it shows. Some of the tolex is starting to lift. This is certainly a heavy beast; I caught some side eye from the delivery guy carrying it, even though I tried to meet him halfway to help save his back. Aside from a little scratchiness in the pots, it sounds magnificent, as any good ODS should. Especially on the OD channel. The speaker was sounding a little fizzy... swapped it to a Fane A60, and initial impression is that this was a wise decision. I may also eventually re-cover it... sometime in the near future I'll take it apart and get some gut shots. I don't have it in me at the moment after lugging to the house, unboxing, tinkering, and speaker swapping. 2 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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