Anyone Remember Madison Amps/Cabs?

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  1. BadSeed

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    Main reason I ask is I have a lead on a V30 front loaded cab for $300. Not the steal of the century but would be nice to leave at a practice spot and forget about it. I'm pretty sure their later cabs were birch as well, but didn't know if anyone knew for sure?

    Otherwise, I know they were cheapo chinese amps marketed as Made in USA Boutique metal masters that were basically identical to the B52 AT100 amps, and were prone to failure, but actually didn't sound half bad.

    I remember them well, because my very first tube amp was a Madison Divinity I, and I got it for $500 in 2010. I bought it right before my band went on a 30 day tour, and it literally broke down on me twice in the same tour, and I could never find anyone to repair it once I got home, so I sold it for $100 broken. Fond memories.

    Years later, Is cooped up a busted AT100 for $50 and had my tech fix it up, and it actually was a pretty good sounding amp. Anyone else have experience with either, for shits n giggles?
     
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    My first tube amp was a B52 AT100. I barely remember what it sounded like, but I remember for sure wanting more of a 5150 type of tone, so I sold it after a while and found a good deal on a 5150 2x12 combo (the ones that weigh as much as a bus). The AT100 would definitely get pretty hot, and it caused the cheap tolex and adhesive to start to peel away from the shell in the back after barely any amount of time playing on it lol.
     
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    I had a set of 4 of the Minsrel speakers. Paired really nicely with my 5150. Used that combo for years. Pretty dark sounding speakers but they worked well.
     
  4. MatrixClaw

    MatrixClaw Whoaaa No Way!!!

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    No idea on the cabs, but that's a brand I haven't thought of in a while, for sure. I remember wanting to buy a Divinity back in the day, then all the reports of reliability issues started popping up and I assume they went under not long after. They sounded good in recordings, though!
     
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    I bet if they introduced the brand after Peavey and Celestion moved production to China they would have lasted longer. There were some positive reviews going around when they first came out and then they faded away, I don’t know much more than that. That was the era of Rhino, Basson and Madison, there and gone.
     
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    The guitars on this album (Aghora - Formless) were with Madison. Never loved the guitar tones on it but half the drum tracks are Sean Reinert (Fade is my favorite with him), the other half are my homie Giann Rubio.

     
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    I had a Madison Divinity and that thing broke down every week it seemed like. I finally sold it for a loss just to get rid of the piece of junk
     
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    Yup, the Madison Divinity. It was popular for about 5 minutes in the mid-2000's. I heard they had quality control issues.
     
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    Madison, a wtb for a Mako head, who's next? :lol:
     
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    Want a Vader cab to go with it? Maybe a Bodenhamer Bloody murder to boost it?
     
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    Trifecta complete.
     
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    HeHasTheJazzHands greg rulz ok

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    Shit you quoted me before the edit. In for the quadfecta? :lol:
     
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    Didn't GWAR use Madison amps for a minute or two?
     
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    My ts7ovchaos is in my basement.
     
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    I think GWAR tried to use a lot of stuff. Bugera, and some company named Bolt.
     
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    How bout a Titan? :eddie:
     
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    i don't know about their cabs. 300 isn't terrible for a cab but not great. You can find an old peavey cab, or even one of the old line 6 spidervalve cabs. Even crate blue voodoo cabs are solid. Hell you can occasionally find marshall 1960s cabs for 300 if they are a little beat up.

    if you want something really solid, the krank cabs are pretty beastly and can usually be found for a reasonable price.
     
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    It was a cheap copy of the Marshall TSL.
     
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    Just like Krank. Everyone had one for a weekend, lol.
     
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    I got a lot of great years out of my Madison 412.

    Ran it beside Mesa, Orange, etc. and it did just fine.

    Solid construction, and I beat it to death. Only compliant I had was the tolex coming off the back, but that is to be expected with so much traveling.
     
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