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Comments about BUGERA 6262 INFINIUM 120W GTR HEAD:
This is the first review I have ever written. I really had a need for an amp like this without selling my car. I hope it helps people to make a good decision for choosing an amp head.
The Bugera 6262-I has an non-traditional, non-classic signal path utilizing a 6 preamp and 4 secondary tube configuration. I can reach important power control in the midrange. Anyone can say they're a pro but I would like to offer useful FB to those in need of fine equipment. The Bugera 6262-I has excellent latitude for scooping my tones, while keeping scooped mid tones big, through thick or thin. Desirable ranges for many modern or classic styles of guitar soloing dial in easily at moderate to higher settings with the stock tube set.
It runs quiet, nice and cool at 4 Ohm parallel into half-stacks 4X12 300W cabs or can provide me with clean, smooth bell tones through my vintage cabs @8 ohms. I can go ahead and add all the gain I want. This amp delivers all my cabs can take but I still split and bi-amp configure off it for the more subtle ranges in order to afford consistent signal streaming. The amp delivers powerful consistent signal output free of signal yaw, dropping or clipping within normal parameters of it's use classification and seems near enough to it's specs in this regard.
The designers built the signal path differently through the tubes. The research and experimentations resultant in this product proves these efforts successful for eliminating a lot of hassles with tube heads without a whole lotta sacrifice to what I was looking for in a pure sound tube amp. If I change out to 34's and run @16 Ohms, it can remarkably compare with my vintage marshall super bass (close, but not really) at lower level attunements.
Tweaking the dials on this stock out of the box amp I found I can quickly match up to a mesa in the more desirable ranges @8 Ohms at less than 3x the price, similar durability. I was skeptical about the reverb on this because I use and love vintage verb sounds, however, if you are going to mic your guitar off the cab, you're free of any reverb clatter, this is a huge feature for PA blending or splitting the signal and clear recording too. So the technology here offers me important solutions and the amp functions very well.
The amp easily handles controlled feedback, and I was amazed that when carefully oriented to surrounding equipment, it can really define a screaming arpeggio while remaining harmonically stable and crystalline without the tubes crackling or rattling out of their sockets.
The cabinet is solidly joined and everything is solidly mounted to eliminate the possibility of internal failure from vibrations or reasonable cold concussive handling. The vinyl type jacket appears durable. There is a grabber strap on the top that is well secured, but really not ergonomically designed like a suitcase, yet it remains portable if I'm careful. Not top vented, no fan, yet it runs cool enough. So far, this amp head remains trouble free and the sound is pure enough for detailed output of sophisticated sounds, adequate tube warmth and emulated reverb.
I think it's the modernized design features that offers me some solution to major drawbacks of traditional tube amps signal paths. This amp is very stable for interconnecting in several bi-amp configurations I've used at switch able outputs @4, @8, or @16 Ohms. This is a major big deal for me. This amp holds it's own ground so I don't feel that I am sacrificing anything for what I need it to do. If I need classic tube sounds but I decide I'm amping dimarzio or my custom made pick ups and adding tons of gain, that's all in the past anyway, so this amp quickly becomes more desirable for modern application purposes and delivers a bonus measure of vintage tone that puts a smile on my face while I'm playing through it.
Even when I go off the reservation or creatively deciding to switch guitars and turn things up or down a few notches. The tube sets that came with it are decent, usable, matched and they have their place. The amp is very versatile and responds to other tubes so I can dial it in for glowing warmth at lower output if/ when I need to plug in some p-90's or use a semi-hollow body guitar.
I thought this should have two inputs. I can run high gain pedals through the single input if I need to, it handles those signal algorithms and high input just fine and I chain everything according to common sense. There is a useful HQ 4 function footswitch that controls on/off effects loop. A 2 channel select, reverb on/off and an internal relay accesses clean/ crunch alternately depressing that dedicated channel footswitch. There is a pre-amp out that has true and consistent original signal.
I don't seem to need to bias the tubes each time I swap out, so that's really a versatile trade off for the different signal vamping technology applied in this amp. The tube indicator Infinium feature bias lamps flicker or light up if there is a balance issue with the tube sets and all I have to do is rearrange them or replace to remain optimized. I match tubes to socket pairs 1+3, 2+4. It appears to be built correctly with decent quality components, customizable for modding or for higher bias settings, but I haven't needed to explore that yet. I get to re-use tubes that I thought were too far gone, but with this amp, they have found new purpose if merely just amping for jams or practice. I think this amp will serve me well as a work horse many years and it was stable and consistent enough for serving my sound in one large venue use already.
It's remarkable value when I purchased it and I had to wait 4 months, but I THINK THE PRICES HAVE REALLY GONE UP SINCE. SO HAS EVERYTHING ELSE SO I CAN STILL RECOMMEND THIS AMP AND I MAY BUY ANOTHER FOR THE SAME PURPOSES WHEN I NEED TO. I've read alot of bickering about the name and manufacture but I just follow common sense rules of applying proper grounding to the equipment, adequate offline warm up time, adequate speaker cable connections, AWG guidelines and consistent protected, conditioned, filtered AC current. These are really basic important items to remember when I'm going to deal with anything more than 50 watts and bi-amping rectifier tube power.
As an aside, I tried the 6262 2x12 combo. That set was a real bummer and I couldn't use it for what it cost. Quite a contrast, this amp head 6262-I is completely qualified for duty and is a useful affordable piece of professional equipment.