Why We Love the Hughes & Kettner Tubemeister 18 Head

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One of the best things about being a small, independent store is the ability to curate our selection of products. We don’t have a non-musician MBA handing down an inventory profile from some far-away corporate office; we select and stock products that get us (musicians) excited. Why We Love is a feature that will explore specific products that we are really excited to offer you.

Why We Love the Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 18 Head

Tubemeister 18 Head

The Hughes & Kettner Tubemeister 18 head has made quite a splash here at Town Center Music – Our staff has been so taken with this amp that some of us have taken it home. Why? Ok, let’s get this out of the way: just look at it. It’s all blue and glowy and there’s a glowing red light there and you can see the tubes in there, glowing…. Who doesn’t want that on stage next to them? That’s style, my friend. Before you even plug it in, you’ve made an impression.  After you plug it in, that’s when the fun really starts. Oversize transformers power a pair of EL84 tubes, giving you plenty of clean headroom, even at a bedroom-friendly 18 watts. Speaking of watts, the TM18H includes a power soak that gives you even more options: full 18w, 5w, 1w and OFF. As you drop the wattage, the amp responds differently, giving you a slightly spiongier feel. When the attenuator is set to OFF, no cabinet is needed, and you can take full advantage of the built-in H&K Redbox DI. This XLR out patches in great to both live mixers and PC interfaces, giving you all the benefits of a “real” amp with none of the raging feedback or angry neighbors.

But we haven’t yet talked tone! The TM18H gives you cleans for days, and the lead channel will surprise – nay, shock – you with some of the biggest British-style crunch you’ve heard in an amp this size. Want more gain with a modern edge? The lead boost function does just that, re-voicing itself to stay articulate, even with all that thick, thudding saturation. There’s still a lot more to cover, like how well the TM18H pairs with great drive pedals and the H&K TM112 cabinet, loaded with a Celestion Vintage 30 12” speaker. Or how the TM18H comes with a padded carrying bag, making it easier to carry than your guitar. Or the built-in Tube Safety Control circuit that prevents power tube bias drift. Why don’t you grab your axe, come on down to Town Center Music, and see what the Hughes & Kettner Tubemeister 18 head is capable of?