Boss Katana amps (What the Boss Waza amp should have been)

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  1. HeHasTheJazzHands

    HeHasTheJazzHands greg rulz ok

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    technomancer Gearus Pimptasticus Super Moderator

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    They're pushing the Waza brand as premium / boutique so it was never going to happen. Not saying the amp is going to succeed, but this isn't the market they were going after with the Waza amp.
     
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    HeHasTheJazzHands greg rulz ok

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    Yeah I know the dealio with the Waza brand, but I honestly don't see who it appeals to. It sounds good, but for $2500, I want more than good. :lol:
     
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    I just wonder if the Katana amps are using the "COSM" amp sims from the GT line or are they all new ? As far as I know, the Waza head is it's own thing aside from the "tone capsules".
     
  5. HeHasTheJazzHands

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    Boss likes to brag about COSM modeling, so I really doubt it. probably using SS tech similar to the Waza.
     
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    wakjob SS.org Regular

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    Now that's an interesting move for them. They look pretty cool. Nice features.

    Wonder how much they'll differ from the Blues Cube head that I've never seen in person... ever.

    Holy crap, just looked the roland head up... $1,500 !!!
     
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    In todays world when you can use a modeller + power amp + cabinet
    Or direct into PA
    This doesn't have too much appeal, it just does all that for smaller price tag but removes the amount of control you have on each stage.

    I don't think it will take off much imho.
     
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    This would make me interested. I think the Waza amp sounds great, although I haven't gotten to try one in person. I can't justify $2500 for a SS amp, it's priced at least $1000 - $1500 too high even if it sounds as good as ultra high end tube amps, IMHO of course.
     
  9. HeHasTheJazzHands

    HeHasTheJazzHands greg rulz ok

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    Nah, from what I can tell, small SS amps like these still really sell. I saw a ton of interest for the Marshall Code series, and I still see people who want to get amps like the MG100, Blackstar ID, Spider 4, etc.
     
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    seems like a really late to the party Blackstar ID type amp head?.

    Probably a good 5 years too late?
     
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    I was left puzzled by the waza head myself. I too felt it sounded good. But if im dropping that kind of coin i would just buy a kemper and clone the thing. I guess i could see it appealing to me if it was $500 but at $2500 it just doesnt make sense to me.
     
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    There's no way the Waza head would be $500, since I believe it's made in Japan. It would be at least $1000 if they kept it cheap.
     
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    I mean yeah, dont get me wrong it looks lovely. Im behind its aesthetic and matches the cabinet beautifully too BUT........... the price is absolutely stupid whatever they claim it does or does not do.

    every man and their dog, at that price, either buys Axe FX II or Kemper, with a good Cabinet etc OR something stunningly boutique like a Friedman stack or whatever.

    I honestly cant see the Blackstar ID or Line 6 spider type market, remotely being interested in spending these figures. Very odd product.
     
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    This isn't a modeler, and it's cheaper than the ID or the Spider. :shrug:
     
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    The Waza pedals were nice, and the price wasn't unfair, but the amp was just... yikes...
     
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    Im talking about the Waza head which was like £3000 or something crazy
     
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    Look at the price point - it's not meant to compete with high end modelers.

    It's just a nice low-mid range solid state amplifier. Good for non-professional guitarists in bands. It's competing with the Spyder and Blackstar lines.

    Can see it selling pretty well.
     
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    Need to hear some decent high gain clips.
     
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    I'm not familiar with either of these, so I just looked them up. Grabbed this interesting paradox about the Waza:

    - Reliable, maintenance-free 150-watt solid-state power amp designed with discrete circuitry
    - Four-way Power Control (1 W, 50 W, 100 W, Max) allows for sweet power tube distortion at any volume


    What the hell does that mean? :lol:
     
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