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    The last few years I was seeing the Music Man amps at the winter Namm Show at the Ernie Ball booth. These amps were being used by artists on the Ernie Ball stage. I have been asking for the last few years when these amps will be available for purchase, since they are out on display and being used. Answers I have gotten from the Ernie Ball staff is, they are not available at this time. When will these amps be ready for purchase? I have a Music Man 100 RD head and bottom and I love that amp. I bought it from a Fender rep years ago and it was hardly used, except as a demo. What a great product Ernie Ball amps were. Please bring these amps back, so I can purchase another one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nancy View Post
    The last few years I was seeing the Music Man amps at the winter Namm Show at the Ernie Ball booth. These amps were being used by artists on the Ernie Ball stage. I have been asking for the last few years when these amps will be available for purchase, since they are out on display and being used. Answers I have gotten from the Ernie Ball staff is, they are not available at this time. When will these amps be ready for purchase? I have a Music Man 100 RD head and bottom and I love that amp. I bought it from a Fender rep years ago and it was hardly used, except as a demo. What a great product Ernie Ball amps were. Please bring these amps back, so I can purchase another one.
    I've noticed some occasionally show up online, but are being sold out of Eurozone countries. I've yet to see one come out in the US.

    I've never actually played one. What's great about them? Is it clean headroom.. like a Twin?

    Funnily, I've heard of some famous artists still happy with their old ones, much like you. The biggest name that surprised me is Joan Jett. Apparently she still records with her HD 130 (I think) she's had for years.

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    These amps are very similar to a Fender twin, but better sounding and built, in my opinion. I am hoping these amps will be available in the US soon. I am going to ask Sterling Ball or one of his sons to give me a straight answer if these amps will be available for us to purchase at Namm next month. I really want a new one, and not have to go to another brand to satisfy my amp needs, which I have been doing for these past years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nancy View Post
    These amps are very similar to a Fender twin, but better sounding and built, in my opinion. I am hoping these amps will be available in the US soon. I am going to ask Sterling Ball or one of his sons to give me a straight answer if these amps will be available for us to purchase at Namm next month. I really want a new one, and not have to go to another brand to satisfy my amp needs, which I have been doing for these past years.
    I seem to remember Sterling saying he was having a hard time finding a distributer for the amps in the US and he had moved on to the next project... or something like that. There is a thread or comment in a thread about it somewhere in the forum... but I don't remember how long ago it was. I don't believe we will see them making a comeback anytime soon.
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    Thanks for your answer. It is a shame a good product like the Music Man amps can not get a distributer in the US to sell these. Guitar Center would be perfect for these amps.

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    If I recall correctly, Guitar Center said no to them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrKev View Post
    If I recall correctly, Guitar Center said no to them.
    Guitar Center higher ups don't seem to be playing with a full deck of cards.

    I brought back a Reflex from some work done there last week, and one of the things the tech said to me is that that guitar got a lot of compliments. I never heard that about any other guitar I've owned. Yet apparently it was Guitar Center that also saw little prospects in the Reflex.. from what I hear (maybe I heard wrong?). It doesn't seem like their employees or customers think that way.

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    I don't understand why the Reflex, which was the Standard name of the Anniversary Model, didn't take off. Maybe it was just too similar to the Axis and other models that they have. The Armada was a great model too, but unfortunately only Guitar Center can really move enough product in person. People want to try things out, and if GC says no unfortunately it can mean the end for a model.
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    They should sell them online like the vault offerings. That would be pretty cool.

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    Great idea.

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    Selling it themselves online likely won't meet the numbers to make a production guitar worthwhile. Like it or not GC is like the Walmart of the guitar world. Read up sometime on how Walmart drove Levi's to move all production out of the USA. Not getting GC on board with carrying something can easily make or break things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Alien View Post
    Selling it themselves online likely won't meet the numbers to make a production guitar worthwhile. Like it or not GC is like the Walmart of the guitar world. Read up sometime on how Walmart drove Levi's to move all production out of the USA. Not getting GC on board with carrying something can easily make or break things.
    Johnny, we are talking about Music Man amps. If memory serves me right they worked with another company to actually make the amps. Your right about GC, but EBMM might have better luck with trying an online model. It has worked for some other companies.

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    Ooh, I forgot that one of my favorite guitarists also used Music Man amps. Tom Verlaine (or actually both him and his counterpart Richard Lloyd used them. The duo in Television). They didn't record with them though (they used Super Reverbs), but went with Music Man live before they broke up. In any case, Music Man or not, allow me to link a great track. This was a live bootleg from the end of their stretch, and it's possible it was one of their Music Mans. I swear to God, it's one of the greatest solos of all time. And people say Punks can't play...

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    Quote Originally Posted by GWDavis28 View Post
    Johnny, we are talking about Music Man amps.
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    In lieu of no Music Man amps, I kind of think Mesa is a good pairing. They're both an evolution of Fender DNA, both Cali and family owned, and more importantly, both sound great together. Err... and both hard to find in Guitar Center too :P

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