Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 36 Amp Head (Discontinued)
The Hughes & Kettner Tube Meister 36 is a distinct looking tube amplifier head that's packed with features.
For something that's compact, this amp can do quite a lot of what bigger amps can in terms of functionality, including having three channels that let you switch between clean, crunch and lead and a full set of complementary controls to tweak each channel to your liking.
Another interesting feature of this amp is its TSC (Tube Safety Control), which automatically keeps the tube in bias and monitors them to extend their use.
Also, this amp head comes with a built-in Red box DI, so you can plug the amp head straight to any PA system or recording console without any problem.
And Hughes & Kettner also installed a power attenuator into the amp, which lets you lower the rating to just 1 Watt for quiet practice.
Wrapping up its features is the built-in reverb, which compliments the amp instead of distracting users.
- Power: 36W (36 watts, 18 watts, 5 watts, 1 watt,)
- Preamp Tubes: 3 x 12AX7
- Power Tubes: 4 x EL84
- Input: 1 x 1/4"
- Outputs: 1 x 1/4"
- Weight: 16.98 lbs.
Market reception continues to be favorable, with many considering the TubeMeister 36's sound to be of excellent quality. The amp's three channels and built-in EQ are more than enough for many users who feel that they get more out of their money, while others appreciate its built-in DI box, which ties nicely with the amp's power attenuator.
Price is the main gripe of the few who rated the amp lower, with some wishing that the footswitch was included for the price.
Here's a true tube amp head that's versatile without having to result to amp modeling.
NB: This amp has been discontinued but you can find alternatives in our guide to The Best Tube Amps.