I had to look back at your posts, sorry you had a bad deal with your TC-50 not meeting your needs. I was eating crow myself shortly after writhing up my first experience with the TC-50. It did take some time to get used to it. The hard part was sharing the one Vertical 212 cab with the JP-2C. I did not like that amp right out of the box either but that is because I did not realize the amp would be that dark at reduced volumes. One simple trick and Holly S. does that amp sound incredible. I also like the TC-50 just as much but for different reasons. I would say the JP-2C is more for Metal than blues or classic rock and the RA100 fits that category quite well. The TC-50 does have a different Hi gain channel (CH3) compared to the RA100.Joshwah333 wrote:
Bandit - you are aware of the volume issues I was experiencing with the TC-50. My experience with this amp has taught me the value and very definition of head room. There is a slight possibility something might have been wrong with my TC-50 as well since my Mark V35 sounded and felt louder.
I'm not sure how the power soak feature on the TC-100 works technically, but am hoping that in a 50 watt setting only half the tubes are in use. I already ordered another pair of 6L6's to be able to swap out all 4 and another 12AT7 as a backup.
I will definitely use this on my 2x12 vertical cab, but I've really been loving my straight 4x12 Mesa cab lately. Every amp sounds huge through that cab!
What really made me make the switch was the 20, 7, and 3 watt settings as I'm just now starting to get back into recording. These lower wattage setting will be extremely useful in the recording realm. But man, I cannot wait to hear the 100 watt power tone when it arrives! Especially with the band during rehearsals. I just sent back the TC-50 today via Fed Ex.
I was looking at the TC-100 pictures, Front and Back, and it looks like the power soak is active all the time, or turned off if set to 100W for that selected channel. I can do the same with the RA100 but can also turn it completely off on the front panel. RA100 also has the 100w/off/50W power switch. I did not see that on the TC-100 or any switch to operate at half power (pair of tubes vs full quad). I wonder if the user manual is available. Either way I hope the TC-100 works out for you. If not, get the JP-2C.
The power soak feature appears to be quite similar or the same as the RA100 (it is similar to a load box). I would not doubt it is the same thing as there is a patent on that. The Multi soak feature on the RA100 is given in db. (0db)=100w, (-4db) =75W, (-8db) = 50W, (-12db) = 27W and the last is (-16db)=3W. I would not doubt it is similar to the TC-100 version. I will have to try the 50W power with the multi-soak and see what happens. It has been a while since I powered up either of the RA100's.