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    Default Hot Rod De-Luxe iv.

    Have any of you fellow forumites had any experience with the Hot Rod De-Luxe iv ? I'm thinking of replacing my ageing Rivera Clubster as it's been in to the tech's twice this year and it's costing money everytime, so i need something that's portable and has decent clean volume at gig levels and after a bit of internet and dealer research it seems to fit the bill, the only downside I can see is that it'll have to miked up at gigs as the Rivera has a line out and the Fender doesn't.
    As an aside I bought a Roland Blues Cube Artist 80W combo, it lasted a total of four gigs, it went totally silent mid gig on the fourth one.
    I've since returned it and took a refund rather than the dealer give me a replacement Roland, it's an unfortunate thing but it's put me off solid state amps (i do have a cyber twin but that's a different beast) OK any mass produced electronic/mechanical items will have a failure rate but I expected it to last more than two weekends!! usually Roland products are pretty reliable but this one wasn't.
    Anyway rant over about the Roland amp any thoughts about the Hot Rod would be appreciated
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    Hi Titch,

    I haven't played the version 4 but the HRDLX is a hard working gigging amp that adorns plenty of stages worldwide. The amps sound great but the Hot Rods all suffer from a few design flaws, which if rectified early on, make them a very reliable choice.

    Specifically, the mains transformer often needs setting to the correct UK voltage of 240 volts (most European models are set to 230 volts). This affects the bias of the valves (low mains voltage means the HT of the valves runs high), so the bias should be checked once the wires from the transformer are reconfigured (the plug-in leads just need swapping about). The other big design issue is the 16 volt switching circuit, which uses a couple of ceramic power resistors. These live on the motherboard and often overheat, causing damage to the board and nearby components. Get a Tech to replace these so they sit higher off the board where the heat can dissipate better. The filter caps are also not the best quality and can leak early on. While a Tech is replacing the power resistors, it's worth getting the filter caps swapped out too for higher spec components.

    Your amp will then be a reliable workhorse.

    And if you want to add a line-out, fit one of these: https://www.ratvalveamps.com/dummy-load
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    Thank you for your reply and sound (no pun intended!) advice Captain Bb I shall be looking into it this coming week. The dummy load box looks interesting,I intended to buy a Sennheiser 609 or 906 to use with the amp as it's flat fronted and doesn't take up a lot of space and is less likely to get any bleed from the kit or keyboards but having a line out is much more convenient and less problematic so I'll be looking into that as well.
    Once again many thanks.
    Cheers Titch

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    Hi Titch, welcome to FenderTalk! I hope you get it all sussed out soon, we all need dependable gear. While you're looking at options, take a look at the Radial JDX 48 Reactor Guitar Amp Direct Box. I use one of these, and for the price of a decent microphone you can get great tone every night without having to fuss with bleed over or mic positions.
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