Eddywtf wrote:'Morning gentlemen,
All replies are much appreciated!
I was dead-set on the Dual Dark for quite a while, until I saw a Thunderverb for 950 euros (a little under 750GBP) less than list price. Unfortunately the day I called, the guy sold the amp moments before.
From what I have come to understand the Dual Dark has more of a modern sound whereas the Thunderverb will hark back to more classic/vintage tones, as mentioned by DiabloS. In your opinion, for the TV, would you speculate that one could use Channel A for leads and B for riffing, or would it be too dramatic of a leap between the two?
The fact that channel A and B are dramatically different is somewhat of a concern to me, then again it could be seen as a positive aspect of the amp as well, in terms of diversity.
What I also wonder is if you can obtain Thunderverb style sounds from backing off the gain on the Dual Dark. It seems not many people have tried the Dual Dark.
Thanks again, guys. Any further insight or discussion will be read with keen interest.
As far as the Thunderverb sounding more classic/vintage, I would say that mostly applies to channel A. When you mention using channel B for riffing and channel A for leads, that would actually be ideal since channel A has more mids and would cut through more for leads.
I'm assuming bands like Mastodon and Down that use the Thunderverb are using channel B for riffing since it has massive low end chunkiness. What I don't like about channel B is the lack of versatility it has due to the shape knob. When I dial in the amount of mids that I personally like for playing riffs that require a sharper attack, then I don't get enough treble and vice versa. But I do have fun playing with channel B and it sounds great for what it is... it's just not very versatile unless you start adding pedals, which I've been able to do with some success.
I can't really comment on the Dual Dark other than what I've heard on demos. It seems pretty good from what I've heard though. You can probably still get somewhat classic tones from the Dual Dark, but just not to the same degree that you would with the Thundeverb's channel A due to the extra gain stage.
By the way, the Thundeverb sounds phenomenal at low volume with its attenuator feature... I'm assuming the Dual Dark would be the same. Believe it or not, it's my favorite go to bedroom practice amp... even though it's a 50W tube amp!