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Randall RD5C Diavlo 5W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp Black 

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Overview
  • Power: 5W tube
  • Single channel
  • Speaker: 1x10” Randall
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Tube-driven metal tones at a practice-friendly volume.

The Randall RD5C Diavlo 5W 1x10” combo amp gives you real high-gain tube tone made for the most face-melting metal, and presents it in a portable size and practice-friendly volume.

It features controls for Gain, Volume and Tone — as well as a Tone Stack Shift, a three-way midrange frequency variance switch to switch among full-bodied lead tones, rock and scooped metal. The back panel of the ruggedly built combo houses the Class-A discrete FX loop, XLR speaker-emulated output for recording or PA-direct sending and 4Ω speaker output.

Features
  • Power: 5W tube
  • Single channel
  • Speaker: 1x10” Randall
  • Tubes: two 12AX7 (preamp); one 6V6 (power)
  • FX loop
  • Dimensions: 14.7” x 11.3” x 15.3”
 
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RandallRD5C Diavlo 5W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
5.0

(based on 3 reviews)

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Pros

  • Excellent sound (3)
  • Portable (3)
  • Warm / comfy (3)

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      5.0

      Randall RVC 5W combo

      By OZ

      from south

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Randall RD5C Diavlo 5W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        This is also a review for the RVC, GC's version of this. This is one kickin little amp. I was in the market for a small wattage tube amp and have played thru various others before and always needed an OD or distortion pedal to get good rock tones. I no longer need them, just a little reverb or delay and you are set.

        There are some good youtube demos of the tones this can put out. To me you still have to turn the volume up past half way which is still somewhat loud in a room, but then it just sings. I will consider gigging with this at our next show, sure you need to mic it up, but I do that with my louder amps as well.

        It really produces a nice clear, non buzzy, rock tone. Super light weight which is a plus. Only had a couple of weeks, but so far the only amp I have been playing since picking it up. Also considering getting another one.

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        5.0

        Excellent

        By Joe-77cP3

        from Nebraska

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Limited Functions

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Practice
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Randall RD5C Diavlo 5W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        My review is for the Randall RVC 5, which is basically the Diavlo minus the ground lift and direct out features. I believe it is a GC exclusive item, but runs a little less than the Diavlo. Also it doesn't have tolex, but the same finish as the Thrasher series.

        This is one awesome amp.

        I especially like Class A amps, they have more character and seem to hit better second and third order harmonics to my ears, and this amp is no different.

        The amount of gain available is almost too much. Almost.

        What is surprising, is the clean tones sound pretty good. Granted there isn't much headroom, and the gain control gets dirty very quickly, but between 2-4 on the gain control, there is a lot of tones in this range. Once on about 4, you are getting pretty meaty gain, which would be about the max amount on most amplifiers. Going further with the gain starts to compress and add more gain, and cranking the amps volume gets good power tube distortion at about 6-7 on the volume dial.

        The dynamics of this amp are stellar at lower gain settings.. pick lightly and you are rewarded with cleaned up tone, and dig in, and you get the amp smoldering underneath your strings type of response. Not sure how else to describe it, but it is fantastic, and have never played an amp that gave this type of awesome character to it.

        Couple of things though. Took about 2 weeks to get the speaker to start to break in. Closed back, so it is very directional and punchy. Head on, it lacks bass response and I set the tone control towards the bass side a bit. Not a whole lot, but it helps some. I wish it had a 3 band eq though.

        Also, it is ported in front, up on top and also through the vent on top, so this is where all the bass response emanates from. Best position for the amp I have found is on the floor, a couple of feet away from you so that you are not getting beamed directly by the speaker, but also get the bass response from the top port.

        Recording wise, this amp will record exceptionally well with the great voicing this amp has been given and it should sit well in any mix, although it can be fatiguing to listen to while the speaker is breaking in.

        These are just nit picks though, as overall, I am extremely impressed with the sound this amp produces. It gives you a pro sound at an inexpensive price. I think an EQ pedal would add some versatility in the effects loop.

        Also, the way the amp is voiced, I believe this is going to work best for darker sounding guitars. My strat sounds good when it is set for clean, but just doesn't produce enough low end to make it sound decent with gain. A les paul or other hum bucker guitar would suit the gain voicing much better.

        When word gets out on how good these amps sound, everyone is going to want one.

        You have to let the speaker break in though, and position the amp correctly to get the bass response that you will want since the amp is voiced to never give you a muddy response.

        I am seriously considering getting a second one to run a small stereo configuration.

        Only other down side, is I think the amp looks a bit cheesy.. I mean they could have put a cool grill cloth on it to make it look nicer. I know it is marketed more as a metal amp, but it has so many other tones in it, I just wish it looked more classic aesthetically.

        The RVC has 3 white colored led lights as opposed to the 3 red ones the diavlo has, which I believe are also functional in the circuit as a sort of resistor.

        Volume wise, it is loud, but not as loud as a Marshall Class 5 combo. There is absolutely no way you can gig with this without putting a mic in front of it.

        Again, the best part of this amp is the tone and it smolders with your picking dynamics, indescribable how fantastic it is, it's that good.

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        5.0

        Great amp

        By Randall Jones

        from Gladwin, MI

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Portable

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Randall RD5C Diavlo 5W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            I really like this little amp. It is nice to be able to turn the volume up high to get good power tube gain without blessing everyone within a mile radius with my playing. I didn't know when I ordered it, but it has three red led's that glow through the grills and looks really cool especially when the room is dim. It sure looks and feels like a quality amp too. I am a little undecided about the controls being on the top. It is more convenient with the amp sitting on the floor next to you, but sometimes I like to sit it up on a table and play sitting right in front of it, so I kind of have to reach up blindly and turn the knobs or get up. There are not a lot of controls though, just a gain, tone, and volume knobs and a little switch that boosts the mids, is neutral, or scoops the mids depending on position. You can get clean tones out of the amp but it's built mainly for metal. For this reason I would recommend it over the 1 watter because I would think you could turn it up louder before it starts to distort. Sounds really good on it's own, but an eq pedal right in front or in the effects loop puts it over the top.

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