I have a 20w Swart AST Pro and that thing is ridiculously loud for playing in an apartment. I rarely crank it above 2-3.
Picked up their Night Light attenuator recently and it'll be interesting to see how that makes it sound at lower levels.
Good stuff. Not the most uplifting songs by any means, but I really like the melodies he comes up with.Would have loved to see him do a solo show. HIs performance at ATP in 2005 is a good listen (playlist is reversed): http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8F7CA8CADA798968Like the pair of speakers sitting in front of me that I've been "building" for the last 5 years.
It's worth checking out a few of his solo albums if you haven't already. You definitely get the impression, between those and RHCP's latest, that he was a huge driving force behind their songwriting.I also find Anthony's vocals and lyrics to get more annoying as time goes on, so that probably doesn't help either.
The sad thing is that even if the original highs were rereleased, they'd still have the new gum sole. Granted, I haven't seen it in person, but the opaque sole looks a lot less appealing in photos than the translucent material from the last few years.
Have you looked into the Retro-Sonic Chorus? It's supposed to be an exact clone of the CE-1, though now also discontinued (and increasing in price) due to lack of MN3002 BBD chips.
They still go for a bit less than a vintage CE-1 and also run on 9-12v vs 120v.