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    Which amp would be your preference for swing and bop? I like the headphone input on the Aviator Mach 3. Other than that, for all practical purposes, both amps seem identical. Some of you own both. I'd especially like to hear from those people. Which amp would you prefer? What are the advantages and disadvantages of both amps for swing, bop, and jazz blues? Thank you.

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    Well mach 2 12 is absolutely awesome so.......
    Mo

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    These amps don't seem to get too much attention here. There's a lively ongoing discussion on the relative merits of various versions on the Quilter Guitar Amplifier Owners' Facebook group. Granted, much of it is not directly related to jazz, but are we still looking back to Polytones in assuming that a particular amp is particularly good for a particular music genre? A good Class D does it all! I see the same guys using the same Quilter amps for pedal steel one day and a church symphony performance on a Gibson L-5 the next. Reputation trails reality, so many people still think Quilters are too bright for jazz. Comparing my earlier ToneBlock 200 and 101R to my current SuperBlocks, the voicings have changed a lot for the better, and the EQ range is broader at the bottom end. A lot depends on the speaker, but that's another story.

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    Well I have (2) Mach 2's, 8 and 12, so maybe I'll just wait for Mach 4. Or 5. Or 6.

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    In all seriousness, I like the Mach 3 layout. Sort of a cross between the old Aviators and the current MicroPros. I wonder if they're going to phase out the MicroPros.

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    Quilters all have a basic sonic Clean Tone. Then it becomes power output and other bells and whistles.
    I use a couple of Aviator combos mostly. But also have a TB202 and different cabs for really large venues with LOUD Bands. My Aviators probably would be fine with an extra cab as well.

    I think the new Mach IV is great if you want ultimate flexibility and don’t use pedals. But they all are great options!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jads57
    Quilters all have a basic sonic Clean Tone. Then it becomes power output and other bells and whistles.
    I use a couple of Aviator combos mostly. But also have a TB202 and different cabs for really large venues with LOUD Bands. My Aviators probably would be fine with an extra cab as well.

    I think the new Mach IV is great if you want ultimate flexibility and don’t use pedals. But they all are great options!
    Mach IV?! I can't keep up!

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    Just tried the new Mach 3 combo. Wow! I’ll be selling my Aviator 1x12” Combo and TB202 and replace it with one of these!

    Super Light in weight , Loud, No need for pedals other than say chorus and echo. Great Job Quilter!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyLoveHandles
    Mach IV?! I can't keep up!
    Having recently been sniffing round Quilter, I already have a headache regarding their line up. It seems pretty nebulous.

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    Once you gig with one you’ll appreciate how good they are! Consistent great Clean Tone, super versatile, light weight, and loud when needed.
    I have owned every amp imaginable including Dumble OD Special. After switching to Quilters around 6 years ago I’ve never been happier!

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    They will be phasing out the Mach 2 series, so if you want a new one, get it now. Of course they're often available on the used market. I really like the 2 channel layout on the Mach 3. But the full range 8" pa speaker in the Mach 2 8 sounds so good for electric-acoustic, I have no need to bring my outboard tweety.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArchtopHeaven
    Having recently been sniffing round Quilter, I already have a headache regarding their line up. It seems pretty nebulous.
    Yes they are constantly adding and ending products.

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    I need to do a NAD when up to it, but I am totally in love with the jazz sound of my TB202 in a Block Dock 12HD (with the Celeston Neo DN12. Seriously pulling me away from my beloved Eminence DeltaPro. But… the FRFR switch MUST be used, otherwise it’s just another ice pick.
    jk

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woody Sound
    Well I have (2) Mach 2's, 8 and 12, so maybe I'll just wait for Mach 4. Or 5. Or 6.
    You have to go with the Mach 5!