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xx New Mod for SLO
« Thread started on: Apr 22nd, 2013, 11:15am »

Hello everyone. I'm a newborn to the forum and new to the Soldano family. I live locally to JLB, and I purchased my SLO from him, the "Cadillac" one he offers, I must say. I'm gonna get to the point. I got the idea from Mojave amps, called Soldano and talked to Mr. Sundt. Told him what I wanted, he replied with "no problem", sent my amp and had my #6 mod added. My SLO can now be turned down to 5 watts. I spoke with Mr. Sundt and Mr. Soldano and they both said they like the mod and it's the first they've done. They called it a power limiter or just limiter. My amp is in route as we speak, and I'm anxious for it's arrival. I will post again when I get it in and try it out. I'm also going to take it to JLB for him to try, so he can throw down his two cents about the mod.
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xx Re: New Mod for SLO
« Reply #1 on: Apr 22nd, 2013, 12:48pm »

Is the mod one of those power scaling things? Personally I'm not interested in making any changes to the SLO but I'm interested to hear what you & LB think about it.
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« Reply #2 on: Apr 22nd, 2013, 2:06pm »

I just have a grasp on basic principles of electricity, I couldn't tell you how exactly it works. Although, Mr. Sundt told me it was not like the London Power power scaling kit. He said he didn't like that design and that Mojave's design was superior to it. I asked to improve anything about it that he felt would make it better. He also told it can be easily disengaged and at max potential on 100w, the output would be 5w. Max on 50w would be 2.5w. Hopefully it works like I hope and get a cranked power amp tone at a non-lethal volume.
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xx Re: New Mod for SLO
« Reply #3 on: Apr 22nd, 2013, 2:20pm »

I am definitely interested in hearing you and JB's feedback on how it sounds.
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xx Re: New Mod for SLO
« Reply #4 on: Apr 22nd, 2013, 3:06pm »

Is this low wattage achieved via a "variable" knob you turn or is it via a switch which is "hard set" for a specific output?
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« Reply #5 on: Apr 22nd, 2013, 3:39pm »

My amp should be arriving in the next few days, but I'm almost 100% certain it adjustable via a potentiometer or rheostat. I know the Mojave and London Power ones are adjusted like that. Mr. Sundt also said it doesn't like being adjusted while being play. He said it won't hurt the amp, the volume just spikes as you adjust it. He said make an adjustment, then use the master to bring your volume to taste. He roughly explained how it worked, but he quickly went over my head. He did say the more you adjust it to it's max potential, the more it resembles a single ended Fender Champ's overdrive.
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« Reply #6 on: Apr 22nd, 2013, 6:42pm »

I hope its everything you expect it to be. I'm in somewhat of a minority in that I feel the SLO is perfect in it's bone stock format but I am looking forward to your thoughts on the mod.
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« Reply #7 on: Apr 23rd, 2013, 9:14pm »

Can't wait to hear it. Let me know in advance and you can come by my house and run it on my SLO ISO 2 x 12". I'll open the doors up so it will be at 100%.

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« Reply #8 on: Apr 26th, 2013, 1:40pm »

Ok, just got my SLO back. I must say that I'm impressed with the mod. With my trusty R9 and my Emperor 2x12 open back cab loaded with Scumback M-75 & H-75 speakers, I ran through the mod doing quick comparisons. The first thing I noticed, besides the volume drop between full on amp and full on mod, was how much tighter the amp seemed with the mod full on to my ears. Transients seemed to be reduced and the amp feels more aggressive. The volume drop is not as much as I had expected, but it is a noticeable drop. It does tend to get a little mushy as you drive the master up, but I believe that can be alleviated by backing the mod's knob off. The clean/crunch channel, without saying, has more hair to it. So far, I feel I'm gonna really enjoy the mod. All of my opinions are based off my ears and I'll be taking it to JLB's this weekend to see what he thinks about it and he'll be able to report his opinions. I'll report back soon after I do some more exploration with it.
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xx Re: New Mod for SLO
« Reply #9 on: Jul 2nd, 2013, 08:40am »

This is really interesting. I also own a Mojave Scorpion that has the "Power Dampening". It is a single channel non-master volume similar to a Marshall 1987 or 1959. When I use it, I tend to rely on the Hotplate as the PD seems to make the notes slower to respond and IMHO, it robs tone from the signal as you dial in more PD. I am real curious to hear/see any samples from the modded SLO, and hear opinions.
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« Reply #10 on: Jul 30th, 2013, 7:00pm »

Well? Any feedback or observations? Having both an hr50 plus and a mojave, I would not do this mod. Two totally different concepts.
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xx Re: New Mod for SLO
« Reply #11 on: Aug 2nd, 2013, 2:48pm »

Sounds cool, be a nice option to have!
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xx Re: New Mod for SLO
« Reply #12 on: Mar 23rd, 2014, 4:32pm »

Isn't the Mojave power scaling thing just a pot in the PI that limits current to the PI? Sorta similar to what Egnater does in their Rebel 20 amp. I think Mesa has their own take on it. I had a Rebel 20 for a while and it seemed to work pretty well but that's not a SLO 100.
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xx Re: New Mod for SLO
« Reply #13 on: Apr 9th, 2015, 4:23pm »

hows the reduced power on your SLO compare to the tones of ...say an HR25?

I have a fully modded SLO (not your mod though) and an HR25....

I'd like to have just "one" Soldano laugh that can "do it all"....

Interested in the OP's thoughts
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