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Palomino V16 15W Class A Tube Combo Amp  

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    Class A design for rich, powerful tone.

    The Palomino V16 is a little 15W Class A tube screamer loaded with toneful soul and wrapped in Sunday's best. The V16 combo amplifier delivers instant response with great touch sensitivity. The vintage-style cream Tolex cab has gold hardware and houses a 15W Class A tube circuit, a 12" Celestion speaker, and spring reverb. The Palomino V16 amp's single channel has a Boost function that kicks in driving, rich tone and it has Gain, 3-band EQ, Level, and Reverb knobs.

    Features

    • 15W power
    • Class A tube circuit
    • Single channel with Boost switch
    • 12" Celestion speaker
    • Gain, 3-band EQ, Level, Reverb knobs
    • Spring reverb
    • 18-1/2"W x 16-1/2"H x 9-1/2"D

    This one's got tone to the bone, and so will you the minute you order it. Get on it now.

     
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    4.9

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    I like it

    I still rate this pretty favorably, because it sounds great in the lower settings -- warm & round -- and it's solidly built. And it looks great as well, so...Read complete review

    I still rate this pretty favorably, because it sounds great in the lower settings -- warm & round -- and it's solidly built. And it looks great as well, so I was happy to replace the reverb, use an overdrive pedal & call it good. 38 lbs means I can put it in the front seat of the car with one arm, where the V32 requires two arms & the whole back seat. Served as adequate backup when I was between V32s. If a speaker replacement or tube change would get the V16 to sound just like the V32 [and it just might!], I'd sell the V32 and never look back.

    Only real regret: no standby switch. But it's not like you can't turn it off, and then back on when needed. I use mine in church, and I've never been caught waiting for the amp to be ready
    standard: three tones, reverb, master volume, gain, plus the "Boost" switch [10dB increase at 900kHz]. Your typical one-channel combo tube amp with reverb. No effects loop, no "presence". At first I wondered if 15 watts might not be loud enough [for metal I guess it wouldn't] but it's plenty loud enough for everything else.
    Surprisingly does not sound much like its V32 big brother. The tube richness is still there, but the sound is more brittle & less full. This is not an issue with the gain down low, but cranking into the territory it was made for gets pretty grating. Also the reverb was awful at any level; I replaced mine.

    You will sometimes read people complaining about overheating issues, but that's the higher-watt combos; the V16 has no such problem. Also I have not seen a V16 that was not made in the USA.
    For the price it's awesome. The cabinet is very sturdy, the knobs are metal, the chassis is secure, the leather handle is very comfortable. Side-by-side comparison with a Blues Jr [for blues slide] proved them to be equal in sound.

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    Vintage tone monster

    This amp is a relatively cheap way to get loud, full, class-A tube tone. It works like a dream with my LP with Duncan Antiquities. I set it for a just-on-the-edge-of-breaking-up sound:...Read complete review

    This amp is a relatively cheap way to get loud, full, class-A tube tone. It works like a dream with my LP with Duncan Antiquities. I set it for a just-on-the-edge-of-breaking-up sound: gain between 1.5 and 2 and Master btw 7-10. Really nice and fat 50s vintage blues and R&R sound. It also takes pedals real well for more grit and crunch. It's light weight. I did replace the speaker to a celestion gh30, broken-in and relabeled as a Hellatone by Avatar. Stock speaker not bad, just too boxey for my tastes. I mic it for gigs, but it's plenty of volume for stage and rehearsal with no mic. Compared to Fender Blues Jr., this amp is fuller and blooms more (Class A vs Class A/B). Highly recommended!!

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    4.0

    I like it

    By Joe P-UUg4X

    from Seattle WA

    I still rate this pretty favorably, because it sounds great in the lower settings -- warm & round -- and it's solidly built. And it looks great as well, so I was happy to replace the reverb, use an overdrive pedal & call it good. 38 lbs means I can put it in the front seat of the car with one arm, where the V32 requires two arms & the whole back seat. Served as adequate backup when I was between V32s. If a speaker replacement or tube change would get the V16 to sound just like the V32 [and it just might!], I'd sell the V32 and never look back.

    Only real regret: no standby switch. But it's not like you can't turn it off, and then back on when needed. I use mine in church, and I've never been caught waiting for the amp to be ready
    standard: three tones, reverb, master volume, gain, plus the "Boost" switch [10dB increase at 900kHz]. Your typical one-channel combo tube amp with reverb. No effects loop, no "presence". At first I wondered if 15 watts might not be loud enough [for metal I guess it wouldn't] but it's plenty loud enough for everything else.
    Surprisingly does not sound much like its V32 big brother. The tube richness is still there, but the sound is more brittle & less full. This is not an issue with the gain down low, but cranking into the territory it was made for gets pretty grating. Also the reverb was awful at any level; I replaced mine.

    You will sometimes read people complaining about overheating issues, but that's the higher-watt combos; the V16 has no such problem. Also I have not seen a V16 that was not made in the USA.
    For the price it's awesome. The cabinet is very sturdy, the knobs are metal, the chassis is secure, the leather handle is very comfortable. Side-by-side comparison with a Blues Jr [for blues slide] proved them to be equal in sound.

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    5.0

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    I'll have to break this down into a couple bits. To begin, the dollar to smile ratio on this little powerhouse is amazing. It looks great and it sounds great too. If you've been thinking about trying one of these on for size, do it. That said, I've had 2 solid-state Crates before this one. IMO having these made in Vietnam wasn't the wisest choice for comparable finished quality. The one I got must have had it's pots grabbed hap-hazard from a mix-n-match bin. I pulled the knobs off to align them better with the dials and found they've used pots with both plastic and metal shafts. The plastic ones had either white or black shafts. Thankfully they're covered with good quality plated brass knobs with little yellow faceted glass indicators. There was also an issue that nearly had me return this as defective. I was relieved to discover it was only a preamp tube that most likely got jarred loose during shipping. I'm replacing them this week in hopes of a bit more gain. This is a loud amp for 15 watts. Faced off against a Line 6 Spider III 75w 1x12 it not only held it's ground, it sounded better. It does what all those amp modelers are trying to do; buttery-smooth cleans, and harmonically rich distortion. It doesn't need Fx, but it DOES accept them very well. Get one while you can, you won't be sorry when your no-tone hum-drum turns into a sonic playground like mine has.Epiphone LP Special -> Boss DR-880 -> Palomino V16

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    4.0

    Perfect for some but not all

    By classified

    from Ohio

    I love this amp for what it can do and can't find it in myself to dislike it for what it can't do. Jazz to blues on up to moderate distortion AC/DC type sounds are very easy to get out of it. However it isn't very flexible beyond that and if thats not what you want you will have to work to get your sound out of it (i.e. get to knob tweaking and go buy some pedals). The tone controls aren't quite sensitive enough for me and their frequency centers aren't where i'd like them to be. The boost button is great for adding warmth in clean to clean-ish tones but completely useless for moderate to heavy distortion. The reverb is pretty bad but acceptable at levels under 10 o'clock. Dispite all that I can't help but loving it. It can't do everything but what it does do well is amazing. It's easy to get a very expensive sounding blues tone from it and it takes pedals great. The quality was much better than expected. Mine came equipped with Groove Tubes (a trio of 12X7A preamps and a pair of EL84 power tubes by the way) that sound good enough to keep me from experimenting with others for now. The speaker sounds nice but its just a little lacking in the low end department. If you want a lot of flexibility in this price range you'd probably have to resort to solid state equipment (don't get me wrong there is some nice solid-state stuff out there) but if you're looking for good tube sound in this price range this ones hard to beat.

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    5.0

    Forget Bang for the Buck, this is just a good AMP

    By davewhoz

    from Wyomissing, PA

    I purchased this amp about 8 months ago. It is basic (no FX loop, one channel, built in spring reverb, gain, treb, mid, bass knobs, power knob) - but then again, so are some of the most expensive boutique guitar amps. In this case, it's all about tone. I use with many different guitars (teles, strats, with various pickup setups SSH, SHH, SS, SSS). I've found that this amp is not a do-all - it won't give you the kind of mesa crunch some want, but it WILL give you round, warm, beautiful tone, overdriven or clean - somewhere between a AC30 and a Marshall. It's great for many different music styles, but I wouldn't recommend for a shredder. The amp itself is pretty, and unique looking, but not built with the same attention to detail, and heavy-duty parts that you would see with $1k+ amps - but then again, this thing costs much less. Mine came with scratchy pots, but a quick deoxit spray cleaning made it sound clean as a whistle. It has plenty of volume for most purposes - remember, volume/wattage is not a linear relationship. A 50w amp is not twice as loud as a 25w amp (given all other specs are the same). The only real thing I could see improve in this amp is the spring reverb -- most likely due to the space confinement, the spring reverb is pretty short, and accordingly, the reverb is not particularly lush. I use a holiest grail in front of it if I ever want radically lush reverb. As far as the tubes go, they are cheap ones, and I could see replacing them helping to really fatten up tone, but only do it if you really know what you're doing, or go to a trusted amp tech. I know too many people who try to replace tubes themselves, don't bias properly, and miss out on how the amp really should sound. At this price point, this is a no-brainer for someone looking for their first tube-amp. Even for me, owning several greats (fender reverb, ac30), I couldn't pass up at this price point.

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    5.0

    Got Tone!

    By Slide-eiHl9

    from Marietta, GA

    This little guy's got TONE! Bought mine a year ago and love it for practice and for mic recording. Small enough you can crank it up and bake those tubes for searing tone without crushing your mic; loud enough to hold its own in a session with bigger boys. I played with some guys pushing big wattage and twins, and still cut through when it was time to solo. Not that I'd recommend this as a stage amp, but in a pinch... I chose it over the small Fender for its crunch and reberb, but it also has the same sweet clean sound. Great deal for super sound. If only it had 2 channels.

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    5.0

    Swatty Little Tone Monster

    By Paddy-O

    from Los Angeles, CA

    I bought the Palomino V16 15W Class A Tube Combo Amp five months ago and have never looked back. I've played Fenders, Mesa Boogie, Marshall, etc., and nothing can touch this amp for price, performane and TONE! I use it matched with a Gibson LP Vintage and that combination simply sings. The clean tones are great for jazz and oldies rock, but where this amp really cleans up is with the pure tube overdrive for blues and that classic Jimmy Paige tone. Plug in a hollow body and you won't believe the huge, rich tone. This amp makes me sound way better than I am... and inspires me to play better! I cranked this little sucker up in my living room and immediately got complaints from the neighbors. Love it! I've taken it to many gigs and jams, and other guitarists can't believe the presence of this little amp. It blows 100W solid state amps off the stage. When miked for loud shows, it screams like a half stack, without the audio-directional problems introduced by large cabinets on stage. So much power/sound in such a little package and for so little money. I played the Palomino 30W as well, and it's a fine amp, but this one's so small I can literally toss it in the front seat of my car with my axe and I'm off to someone's garage to jam. Get it, you won't be sorry.

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    5.0

    Palomino Pleased

    By Buddo

    from Madison, WI

    First one was not so good. Microphonic tubes, crackling, popping. Sent it back. 2nd one arrived (one week). Much improved. Great as is, but a little noisy. I took other's advice and changed tubes (Mullard & EH 12ax7s, Sovtek EL84s). Now it is a quiet amp, and it just sings or screams when it's engaged. Great overtones. Full bottom end. Definitely ample volume. Hard to believe the sounds ringing out of this 15 watt, 12" celestion. I put my prized Vibro King in the anvil, and will be carting this 40 pound V16 to my gigs. Nice amp!

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    5.0

    first tube amp... AMAZED

    By slashzep88

    from coronado, CA

    This is my first tube amp stepping up from a piece of crap squire sidekick practice amp. This amp is amazing. I will never go back to solid state. The reverb is pretty good, not comparable to a fender reverb, but still useable. The cleans are ver impressive. You can go from a sparkly trebely clean, to a dark almost slash clean. With the bass and mids cranked and treble at about half, i can get a damn good knockin on heaven't clean. The overdrive is warm and filling. It is not harsh or digital at all. It is straight natural tube overdrive. I can push into Marshall territory. It's not a marshall but can get pretty close. Great Amp, and for the price you can't do better.

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    5.0

    The Unsung Tone Hero

    By tonefreakness

    from Midwest

    This might sound crazy but I've checked my Palomino V16 again and again against the Big Boys and I like the V16. It's distortion approaches Marshall richness: while not quite as fluid or uniform as a Marshall wall of sound, it has similar harmonic overtones and is more raw in a ZZ way. The clean sound is warm and fantastic. And I think it's spring reverb is better than Fender, more oganic sounding and more graduated as you dial it up. Fender's reverb often gets over-the-top very low on the dial. I play a Highway 1 Telecaster and have played a 2006 LP Standard through the V16. I actually prefer the tones I get with the Tele. The groove tubes kick. The Celestion speaker is beautiful. For the price I don't believe anyone can touch it. At this point if I move up, I move up to a V32 or V50 with twin 12".

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    4.0

    Pure Tube sound

    By Cnorris

    from Yuba City, CA

    After learing on a cruddy 10 watt beginers amp, this amp is like an angel. It has such a pure rich tone you can't help but falling in love with it. The reverb is alright, nothing special. Turn up the gain and you get natural distortion, not digital crud! I was going to get a line 6, but this amp is miles better than it, even without a ton of effects. Also for fifteen watts, this sucker has enough power to make you think its a fourty watt amp.

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