Re: Any problems with a Walter Woods

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Posted by Dennis R. on January 05, 2001 at 16:17:36:

In Reply to: Any problems with a Walter Woods posted by Paul on January 05, 2001 at 06:36:39:

: Has anyone had any problems with a Walter Woods head being used at high volumes? I am thinking about getting 2 EA v110's and need to make a decision on a head. The Woods 1000 watt model sounds like the answer, especially for it's small size. Do these small packages really sucesfully put out the watts specified? Or do they work well at lower to mid volume levels and over heat at higher levels. Power is an issue with these EA 's. Also what does one do when a Woods needs service? Do you have to send it to Walter? If so, is there a wait on getting it serviced like there is getting one built. If I don't go for the Woods, I will get the EA i600. I play mostly acoustic, some electric. Any opinions\advise?

I bought my first WW in 1984. It's a 4 channel amp that he doesn't make any more. It wound up being an incredible work horse for me because besides playing both electric and accoustic (and singing), I started doing a band-of-one about 10 years ago where I need at least 3 inputs. I still use it regularly without ever a problem. Because I mainly play bass and sing, I bought his stereo 1000 watt amp about 2 years ago, so I could use this 9 pound monster to both drive my Bose 802's (no Bose equalizer needed with the WW) out of one channel, and drive my bass speaker out of the other channel. Each channel has a separate pan so it has become 2 great amps in one tiny package. It's the only amp that I never see for sale in the music classifieds. WW is a genius to be able to build such power and clarity in such a small amp head. I highly recommend his amps and have never heard of anyone having problems with them within my circle of musicians.
One day I brought it into a Sam Ash stotre on Long Island. One of the young salesmen plugged it into a giant speaker box using the Y chord that puts both speaker outputs into one, and boosts it to 1000 watts. He started playing a bass guitar through it at high volume and all the salesmen ran over and listened with their jaws dropped in disbelief. A few of Sam Ash's employees said they were going to order one right away (of course, directly from Walter, since that's the only way you can buy one new.)
Good luck, and I'm sure you'll be pleased if you get one.
Dennis R.

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