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A head with warm tube tone and phenomenal dynamic range.

For the TubeMeister 18W Tube Guitar Amp Head, Mr. Hughes and Herr Kettner packed all their know-how and over a quarter of a century˜s passion for tube amps into a remarkably compact chassis. Thanks to German engineering, it can go from a roar to a whisper, shaking the boards on stage, tingling spines in the studio, and raising goose-bumps in the still of night - even during silent recording.

Serving up three different sounds at the touch of a footswitch, the soulful Tube-Meister 18 is the go-to guitar amp for gigging. Its four-step power soak brings the sound of the big stage into small clubs and your own four walls. And courtesy of the built-in Red Box and silent recording capability, you can lay down pro-quality tracks at any time day or night.

FEATURES
  • Warm tube tone with phenomenal dynamic range that sweeps from sparkling clean to throaty crunch
  • Harmonically rich tube distortion and the gain reserves to go from edgy overdrive to soaring lead sounds
  • Re-voices LEAD to summon modern high-gain sound that pairs plenty of punch with endless sustain
  • Passive voicing section tweaked to evoke the best frequency response out of each channel
  • Preamp section sporting two 12AX7 tubes
  • Push-pull power amp that pumps out stage-approved 18 watts
  • Oversized transformers with tons of headroom
  • TSC-protected power amp featuring auto-bias and status LED
  • Footswitch connection enabling remote channel switching and BOOST actuation
  • Serial FX loop for adding effects-flavored spice to the sonic stew
  • Quad-stage power soak with silent recording capability
  • Balanced RED BOX OUT with authentic speaker emulation

Rock on stage. Play at home. Record at night. Order today!

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Channels: 2
  • Power: 18 watts
  • Footswitch/Stageboard: FS-2 optional
  • Protective Cover: Softbag included
  • Dimensions: 356mm x 156mm x 150mm
  • Weight: 5kg
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Hughes & KettnerTubeMeister TM18H 18W Tube Guitar Amp Head
 
4.5

(based on 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (27)
  • Portable (26)
  • Excellent sound (25)
  • Warm / comfy (24)
  • Good power output (19)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (23)
  • Performances (20)
  • Amateur recording (18)
  • Outdoor events / games (14)
  • Professional recording (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (22), Professional musician (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Glorious glowing object

I have had this amp head for four months and overall I love it. It's super versatile, sounds great and looks beautiful.

Originally I was dead set on a mini...Read complete review

I have had this amp head for four months and overall I love it. It's super versatile, sounds great and looks beautiful.

Originally I was dead set on a mini rectifier. But I went to GC and compared the mini with an Egnater Rebel 30, a Boogie Trans Atlantic, and the HK, and the HK came out on top by a big margin. I wasn't really even thinking the it was a contender until I plugged in. It was loud and tight with plenty of gain and punchy bass – exactly what I was looking for for. And the nicest clean sound by far vs the other amps I tried. Hi-fi is how I would describe it. Add the 18/5/1 watt capability and I was sold.

CONS:
When you kick in the lead boost it's way louder than the unboosted sound. So, while it would seem like you could use this amp essentially as a three channel, it's not really viable live, because the difference between your crunch and high gains sounds is drastically different. Would be great if the boost had its own volume.

The clean channel doesn't output nearly as much volume of the lead channel. Not a problem unless you're playing at super loud volumes. But in that type of situation, you might reach a point where the lead channel could still easily be heard over a loud drummer, while the clean would be drowned out.

The blue light is cool, sometimes. And sometimes it's a bit much. I'm actually thinking of installing a switch to toggle it on and off.

It only goes down to 8 ohms... wish it went down to 4

SUMMARY:
Love it. Fun, super-versatile amp full of great tones. Quality seems very solid. Looks cool. Quiet. I would (and have) recommended it to friends.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Pretty good. Doesn't take drive pedals well.

I got this amp for playing at church. For our sound, think Bethel, Jesus Culture, U2, old Coldplay, etc. I wanted something that would allow me to have a mic'd cab...Read complete review

I got this amp for playing at church. For our sound, think Bethel, Jesus Culture, U2, old Coldplay, etc. I wanted something that would allow me to have a mic'd cab and also a DI out to the board. This amp seemed to fit the bill. I found that I loved the sound of the amp on both the clean and gain channels as long as I kept the gain channel pretty low. The effects loop sounds great and the portability and flexibility of this amp are fantastic. Also, the 0, 1, 5, and 18 watt options are great for going from home to the stage.

Here's where I had some problems:
1. As I cranked the gain channel, I found I didn't like the sound of the amp. Too hi-fi, almost solid-state sounding.
2. The lead boost is garbage. No control over decible increase and it doesn't play well with any effects other than the simplest of delay.
3. This was the real kicker: WORTHLESS with gain pedals of any kind. I tried boost, light OD, heavy OD, distortion, and fuzz. I tried them on both channels and in the effects loop. It doesn't matter, there is no way to hook a dirt pedal up to this thing and not have it sound like garbage.

So, I would recommend this if you like to keep things pretty clean most of the time. If you switch between clean and just a light overdrive, then you may find this is a great, portable, giggable amp. However, if you like to get things a bit dirtier or have gain pedals you like to use, then this probably isn't going to work for you.

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(14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Glorious glowing object

By Rumplecack

from Everett, MA

About Me Experienced

Comments about Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister TM18H 18W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

I have had this amp head for four months and overall I love it. It's super versatile, sounds great and looks beautiful.

Originally I was dead set on a mini rectifier. But I went to GC and compared the mini with an Egnater Rebel 30, a Boogie Trans Atlantic, and the HK, and the HK came out on top by a big margin. I wasn't really even thinking the it was a contender until I plugged in. It was loud and tight with plenty of gain and punchy bass – exactly what I was looking for for. And the nicest clean sound by far vs the other amps I tried. Hi-fi is how I would describe it. Add the 18/5/1 watt capability and I was sold.

CONS:
When you kick in the lead boost it's way louder than the unboosted sound. So, while it would seem like you could use this amp essentially as a three channel, it's not really viable live, because the difference between your crunch and high gains sounds is drastically different. Would be great if the boost had its own volume.

The clean channel doesn't output nearly as much volume of the lead channel. Not a problem unless you're playing at super loud volumes. But in that type of situation, you might reach a point where the lead channel could still easily be heard over a loud drummer, while the clean would be drowned out.

The blue light is cool, sometimes. And sometimes it's a bit much. I'm actually thinking of installing a switch to toggle it on and off.

It only goes down to 8 ohms... wish it went down to 4

SUMMARY:
Love it. Fun, super-versatile amp full of great tones. Quality seems very solid. Looks cool. Quiet. I would (and have) recommended it to friends.

(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This amplifier is simply AMAZING!!!

By Jimmy Cruz

from Los Angeles

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister TM18H 18W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

    Okay, like any musical equipment, there is no one single piece of equipment that can do everything and meet all needs for all situations. Obviously there are many personal elements that factor in.

    With that said, The Tubemeister 18 (and 36 for that matter) is the best, most flexible, feature filled and reliable guitar amplifier I have seen and/or used.

    It can shimmer clean like a Fender amp, jangle like a Vox amp, growl like a Mesa amp and scream like a Marshall amp. However, it maintains a tonal quality, clarity and presence all its own.

    For the price...there is no other amp in its class, weight, power, tonal variety and flexibility. Winner!

    (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Unbelievable Versatility!!

    By Action Jackson

    from Southern California

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Powerful
    • Rich

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister TM18H 18W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

      First off I will say I am a true H&K fan. I have played guitar for over 30 years and have played thru just about any combination you could Imagine from huge stacks in the 80's progressive rock to simple combos for small venues. 65 amps, marshall, bogner, vox, rivera, the list is endless. This little gem rivals some of the most expensive botique amps made. I also currently have an H&K Switchblade 100 combo amp as my main gig rig. I must say that being so well versed in the operation and versality of the switchblade (can creat just about any sound...period!!) I was intrigued in the concept of this easy to haul and portable amp. At first after playing around with it I was not sure I was going to keep it and then it all came together as I played around with it some more. This little bad boy is the ultimate solution to all your needs as you can crank it up, patch it into the Board with the built in red box, and record at night in total silence and still have the roar of a lion when needed. With your favorite botique pedals (or even the Boss ME70 I picked up to play around with) you can do anything with this amp. And the amazing signature H&K pure tube sound is unbeliveable!! All at a price point that is amazing. You can use this amp in any situation. I recommend the 12" cabinet with Celestion vintage 30 for the absolute total package. Buy this amp and you will never haul around anything bigger again!!

      (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Sweet Amp!

      By Tele-Tubemeister

      from Sc

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Portable

      Cons

      • Weak Clean Channel

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister TM18H 18W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

      I took a different approach to using this amp based on the reviews that I read. Most will say that this amp has an unusable boost section on the lead channel. I think the Lead section of this amp is great, but the clean channel was under powered for me. I rely on my OD pedals.

      I wanted a super clean channel that I could get the most volume without it breaking up. With this amp I kept the Clean Master cranked. It was loud enough for a bedroom and recording, but not enough if I needed to play out.

      The Lead channel to me was great. There is plenty of headroom to crank that.

      The amp sounds great, and I definitely recommend it. It is incredibly small with a big sound. I do however have the TM36 coming now and I am confident that it will be exactly what I am looking for.

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best Bang for your buck!

      By Wright63

      from Bristol TN

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister TM18H 18W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        This is a great amp for the money! I highly recommend this amp. You can coax nearly any tone your looking for out of this amp and at 18 watts is PLENTY loud enough to play with a drummer or a live gig! Sounds great with my SSS Strats and humbucker Les Pauls. Might not be for the death metal crowd all though a good distortion pedal can push it to death metal bliss. In fact, this amp takes pedals great in front of the amp and equally as well in the effects loop. I normally play classic rock/80's metal/90's alternative/raunchy blues.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        This is the Amp to have

        By Mexicali blues

        from New Hampshire

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister TM18H 18W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

          I have six amps and this is my favorite one great variety of sounds and weighs only 11 pounds,
          I play this head through a custom cab with a Celestion 12" blue speaker. what a nice sounding combination

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent for my purposes

          By James

          from Rochester, MN

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Portable
          • Unique tonal qualities

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home friendly volumes
            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister TM18H 18W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

            I have had this amp for about 4 years. It is excellent for what I need. I do not gig. I do like to write and record. My tastes range from heavy metal/hard rock to progressive to ambient to country and classic rock.
            The Red Box feature is terrific. I can listen with headphones through my computer at any time of night. And, or course, direct recording.
            The Lead Boost feature can be quite a volume jump and I understand how in a live situation that is not ideal. For me though, that is not a concern and I like the super aggressive sound it offers.
            The Power Soak is fantastic. I can enjoy great tube tone at reasonable volumes.
            The sound of the amp may be the biggest issue for some. The H & K does not sound like a Marshall or Fender or other classic brand of amp. It has an almost hi-fi quality to it. Alex Lifeson has used H&K for decades.
            The Clean channel is nearly squeaky clean and chimey and takes pedals well. You can crank up the gain on the clean channel and get a surprising aggressive grit for rhythm playing for rock or harder styles.
            The lead channel has good quality harmonic distortion but will not give the low end chunka chunka djent stuff without assistance (I use an eq pedal). Solos sound clear and hot but the distortion is not really "dirty" sounding. I began to really appreciate this when it came time to mix the sound into a full band but when practicing alone I sometime miss that extra fuzzy distortion like a Marshall can give.
            But that brings us to the Lead Boost which gives me all the metal tone I could want though still slightly lacking that bottom end.
            It is my understanding that the EL84 power tubes prevent that massive metal sound but I can very easily dial it in via eq so for my purposes this is not a negative. H&K also provides some documents to help you achieve a sound you seek and their recommendation for the metal sound is definitely a good tone.I know it sounds like i'm hitting this point too much but please remember I am giving this amp 5 stars!

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent, affordable gig/recording amp.

            By Thabozz07

            from Raleigh, NC

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Portable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister TM18H 18W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

              The H&K 18w Tubemeister is an affordable amp that provides excellent sound quality with two channels that provide anything from crystal clear cleans to crazy overdrive. I have owned this amp for about a year, and I have it paired with a stack of 2-1x12 Celestion Vintage 30s. The 1/5/18w feature is fantastic as it allows you to dial it down for home and practice, but gives you enough headroom for gigging at small-midsize venues.

              The redbox DI feature is also one to call home about. As an owner of a project studio(nothing fancy), this feature allows me to record the essence of a 4x12 cabinet with studio quality sound and presence. On the other hand, it takes entry level mics such as an SM57 and E609 very well.

              My only complaint is that I wish the "Lead Boost" feature could be dialed down. This is a bit overbearing, but can provide a very strong high gain distortion.

              Overall, if you are on a budget, you cant go wrong with the H&K Tubemeister series. It is one of the best in its class, and in my personal opinion it rivals amps twice its price. Good luck in your search!

              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              The best tone in the price range, period

              By AmbientJazz91

              from Michigan

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Pros

              • All Tube
              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent tone
              • Extremely Versatile
              • Good Warmth
              • Portable

              Cons

              • Footswitch not included
              • No Reverb Or Effects

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister TM18H 18W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

              As a professional and studio musician who's seen a whole lot of gear, this amp is one of the biggest deals in its price range. Even though it is far less featured than H&Ks high end amplifiers, the quality of the tone is bar none. Clean channel is reminiscent of an old Fender Twin (sans reverb), very crisp yet warm, as you roll up the gain you get a very nice bluesy crunch. The lead channel can pull off any overdrive tone imaginable, from a very light crunch to full blown mayhem with the lead boost, and everything in between. There is enough gain for any style, even the heaviest of tones found within extreme metal and djent.

              My primary concern with this amplifier is the lack of onboard reverb (which can be found in the Grandmeister 36). This is easily remedied with a high quality stompbox or rack fx, but it's easily overlooked. The lead channel is also a bit louder than the clean channel, but if volume is a concern, you may be better off with the 36-watt version.

              The Red Box DI is exceptional for recording. Plugged directly into an interface, it sounds very much like an effectively mic'd cabinet. You don't need a cab to use the DI, which makes it a very portable (and silent) solution for recording. The signal is from the power stage of the amp, meaning fully saturated tube tone.

              Bottom line: it may be small, and not as loud as the 100-watt beasts it was born from, but it packs every bit of that Hughes and Kettner tone. Add on the features of the DI, power soak, and TSC, and you get insane performance from an affordable little package.

              (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              I Adore this amp!!!

              By One Shot Tony

              from Miami Fl

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Crystal Clear Clean
              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Good Warmth
              • Nice Dry Distortion
              • Portable
              • Powerful
              • Red Boxes Into The Pa

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Awesome For Practice
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Playing Gigs

                Comments about Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister TM18H 18W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

                I absolutely love this amp, it's a perfect design, great for whatever you want to play. 5 stars!

                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Expertly designed - awesome

                By mmstrat

                from Locust Grove, Va

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Good Warmth
                • Portable
                • Powerful
                • Sound Design Look Size

                Cons

                • Hard To Come Up With One

                Best Uses

                • Great Live
                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister TM18H 18W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

                My band mates remarked today (non-guitar players) that it was the best guitar sound they had heard live (non-professional). The image that H&K provides a high-fidelity type sound is true in that you seem to be able to pick out every string/note. Even when distorted. I find the lead and lead boost channel perfect most times w/o need of a pedal. The clean channel is superb and with gain around 1 or 2 o'clock, you can get a touch of breakup with just picking differences!. Add more and you can actually get a nice crunch there. The Lead channel is voiced very different as is lead boost, so you really have a nice range of possible sounds form this head with no pedals. I played this AM with the band on 5 watts and it was plenty loud. The Red Box out is totally silent to the board too. Note! Get the 112 Cabinet made for this head, it really completes it and makes it sing - it is matched perfectly.

                (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Wow...what an amp!

                By Warrior

                from Baltimore, MD

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Good Warmth
                • Portable

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Performances
                • Practice

                Comments about Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister TM18H 18W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

                I looked at and researched a lot of these "lunchbox" type amps before I decided on the tubemeister 18 and boy am I pleased with this! If you are considering the mesa mini rectifire...try this out first and save yourself a ton of money. I am using this with the tubemeister 1x12 cab and these two together just crush! The 1,5 and 18 watt options are great...and with the red box for recording direct and an effects loop..this thing is a steal!

                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Wort every pennyh

                By Ed O

                from Freehold, NJ

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Good Warmth
                • Portable
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Performances

                  Comments about Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister TM18H 18W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

                  Working Classic Rock musician and I own, or have owned every well-known amp there is. Always looking for versatility in a small package and this is it. I close mic a 10 or 12 inch single cabinet at every gig and rarely need to go to 18 watts. If I use a 2x10 cab, I never need the 18 watts. Great cleans (love having the the "drive" knob for the clean channel) and good saturation in the Lead channel. Boost is a bit much, but comes in handy once in a while.

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Awesome Tube tone and sustain

                  By Stace

                  from Double Oak, Tx

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                  Pros

                  • Awesiome Looking Head
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Good Warmth
                  • Great Clean And Driven
                  • Portable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Studio

                    Comments about Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister TM18H 18W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

                    This amp gives excellent tube sound. You can dial in super clean tube warmth or you can dial in great sustain on the boost.
                    You have three output wattages to choose from and a great selection in tone. it is a quality engineered unit.

                    (3 of 38 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    One of the worst sounding tubes amp

                    By Ericsin

                    from Temecula, ca.

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                    Comments about Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister TM18H 18W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

                    JUST A TINNY FLAT TONE WITH NO WARMTH OR MOJO. STAY AWAY!

                    (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Solid!

                    By way jeff

                    from www.WayJeff.com

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Excellent Sound
                    • Good Warmth
                    • Looks cool
                    • Portable
                    • Powerful

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Events
                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister TM18H 18W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

                      Great little amp that packs a lot of pro features into a small yet sturdy package. Looks great too

                      Recommended.

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Very Nice Little Tube Amp!

                      By Stratix

                      from Las Vegas, NV

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Excellent Sound
                      • Good Warmth
                      • Portable
                      • Powerful

                      Cons

                      • Poor Sounding Distortion Channel

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Home Studio
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister TM18H 18W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

                      I've owned the TM18H for about 6 months now and it has a very nice warm clean channel that I absolutely love! It pairs extremely well with a Gibson or Epi Les Paul or a Paul Reed Smith. It also works very well with effects pedals. The only down fall is the second channel or the distortion channel. I get a bad hum and its very temperamental so i stick with the clean channel and my pedals. I've used it thru a 1x12 Peavey cab and a 4x12 Marshall 1960A and it sounds great through either.

                      (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      2.0

                      Good tone and volume, Poor reliability

                      By AngusFan

                      from Whitewater, WI

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                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Warmth
                      • Portable
                      • Powerful

                      Cons

                      • Cuts Out Regularly

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Studio

                      Comments about Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister TM18H 18W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

                      I bought one of these as a restock when it was the Stupid Deal of the Day. It's the first product I got through that where I was very disappointed. It sounds pretty good, although not as good as my Mesa TA-15, and has great volume, but I think there's something weird about the tube bias "feature" because the head just cuts out, over and over, when I'm playing it loudly. It's essentially useless for any application where dependability is a must. I may use it for practicing at home, but that's it.

                      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great amp

                      By Wally

                      from central VA

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                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Excellent Sound
                      • Good Warmth
                      • Powerful

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Practice
                        • Large Stage Preformances
                        • Small Stage Performances

                        Comments about Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister TM18H 18W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

                        To be honest with you, I was worried about this amp only having 18 Watts of max power…. Let me tell you this amp is loud enough for a small stage on it's on but will have to mike it on a larger stage which is not a bad thing at all. You can turn this little beast up and get the good warm sound of the tubes while not blowing the windows off of the hall you are playing in. I have a 2 x 12 cabinet and a 4 x 12 cabinet. I think that it sounds better through the 4 x 12 cabinet but it sounds great through the 2 x 12 also. I love the feature of being able to turn the power from 18 watt to 5 watt and then 1 watt. That helps out when you are at home doing some practicing for sure. The clean is crystal clear, the lead channel has that great rock sound like AC/DC and when you push the lead boost…… Oh boy hold on!!!! Over all I love this amp! Much thanks to Hughes & Kettner for a great amp!

                        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        What I was looking for

                        By Loves music

                        from Greenville, TX

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                        Pros

                        • Clean Powerful
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Excellent Sound
                        • Good Warmth
                        • Portable

                        Cons

                        • Foot Switch Not Included

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Home Studio

                        Comments about Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister TM18H 18W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

                        I was looking for an amp with a DI output, that allows me to plug direcly into my Bose L1. This little head sounds great, and now I don't have to carry a cabinet or one of my heavier combos. I only play small, solo gigs - so this is perfect. Very pleased with the sound, thru a cab or my PA. I also plan to use it for late night "silent" recording while the family sleeps.

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