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Radial Engineering Headbone VT Amp Head Switcher for Tube Amps   

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As part of the growing line of Tonebone foot pedals, Radial introduces the Headbone VT, a guitar amplifier head switcher that allows the player to tr...Read More

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As part of the growing line of Tonebone foot pedals, Radial introduces the Headbone VT, a guitar amplifier head switcher that allows the player to transition from, for example, a Mesa Boogie Dual-Rectifier to a Marshall JCM800 while using the same cabinet. The Headbone employs a series of photocells to assure noise-free guitar-to-head switching and a series of high cycle relays that switch between the 2 heads and the speaker. A digital programmable interrupt controller receives commands from the onboard footswitch or the Slingshot remote switching system and controls the transition between equipment to ensure proper amplifier loads are always maintained.

2 heads are better than one!

FEATURES
  • Amp head switcher
  • Employs a series of photocells for noise-free switching
  • High cycle relays switch between the 2 heads and the speaker
  • Digital programmable interrupt controller receives commands from the onboard footswitch or the Slingshot remote switching system

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Radial EngineeringHeadbone VT Amp Head Switcher for Tube Amps
 
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Comments about Radial Engineering Headbone VT Amp Head Switcher for Tube Amps:

I really liked the intended design of the headbone. I'm running a clean head and a dirty head into a 2x10 avatar. The unit initially worked - a slight lag when switching between the two heads, but no big deal. However, within a few minutes, the sound level dropped off. It turned out that the input jack was malfunctioning. jiggling the jack would bring the signal back (sometimes partially, sometimes completely). Then, the unit cut out completely. A few seconds later, one of my el84's put on a lightning show, red-plated, and died. I'm not sure that the headbone was responsible for the tube going out (tubes being what they are, sometimes they just die) - but the timing makes me nervous.If the unit worked reliably, it would be great. An advantage of the headbone over A/B'ing two separate rigs is that you don't hear any hiss from the high-gain head when running the clean head. However, given that several thousand dollars of gear are riding on the unit, I'm not OK with the malfunction that occurred. I wonder if the background hiss from gainy head exceeded the load on the headbone?

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3.0

Here's what they don't tell you

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from Dallas, TX

Comments about Radial Engineering Headbone VT Amp Head Switcher for Tube Amps:

It works. I successfully used a Headbone to switch between a Fender Deluxe Reverb reissue and a Mesa Boogie Single rectifier into the single 12 inch speaker of the Deluxe (had to split open a speaker cable to connect to the speaker). Switching is very quiet (no pops), and the unit is very sturdy. However, the biggest problem I had with it was the fact you can't use effects in the effects loop of your amplifier (see the manual on Radial's website). If you don't use any effects, it works great. If you do use effects (especially in the effects loop), then reconsider purchasing one.

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The best piece of gear I own.

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from Beaumont, TX

Comments about Radial Engineering Headbone VT Amp Head Switcher for Tube Amps:

For years I have wanted a piece of gear that would allow me to switch between the crunch channel of my EL34 Marshall and the clean channel of my 6L6 Mesa Boogie and be able to run both of them on my Marshall cab. Now I have the power! Add a Tube Screamer in the mix and there is no limit to the sounds I can achieve. I play a lot of different styles that call for a lot of different tones. Thanks to the guys at Radial Engineering I now have the tonal freedom I need! This is a must have piece for any player with a multi-amp set up.

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