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Rating and Reviews: Palmer PDI03

Don't mic up a cabinet -- just crank up your amp head and plug it into this speaker simulator. Its DI output gives you the sound of a cab, without the bleed.

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"For any guitar player going direct, I highly recommend a palmer!" submitted August 24, 2016

By Michael Dunn in Pittsburgh, PA
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Musical Background: Professional Guitar Player and Vocalist
Music Style: Rock, Hip-Hop, Blues, R&B
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Overall: I've wanted to go direct for years but didn't want the cheesy, processed sound of any digital processor. I've used a Fender Deluxe combo amp for the past 6 years and absolutely LOVE the sound. The band I am in switched to in ear monitors and were trying to eliminate all stage volume except for drums. I decided to do some research and was able to find a Fender head unit that sounded exactly like my combo amp. I bought the Palmer PDI-03 speaker simulator as my cabinet. The first time I plugged it in I couldn't believe the clarity I was getting compared to micing a combo amp. I would highly recommend this product to any guitar player that is looking to go direct. You basically just find the amp sound you want by buying a head unit whether it be Marshall, Fender, Blackstar, etc. but make sure you run it through a Palmer!
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"Palmer is High Quality" submitted March 14, 2017

By Wesley B in Columbus, IN
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Musical Background: Play professionally
Music Style: Classic Rock, Grunge, Folk
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Overall: I play in a classic rock band. My amp is an '89 JCM 800 2205. I have a 4X12 cab with vintage 30's but man is does that suck to lug around. So I got the Palmer to alleviate hauling that big old Cab around. The Palmer is high a quality build, and sounds great through my EV ZLX15's I use for mains. It sounds like a cabinet. You have 9 different settings you can use, which really simplifies setup. Once you get it set, you forget that you aren't playing through a cabinet anymore. We use in ears for monitoring so there is 0 stage volume. I love this unit for its sound, its quality and the simplicity. This is about 2/3 the price of a Two notes torpedo, and much easier to use. Nothing against Two Notes product, because it is a fine piece as well. Admittedly, I am not a knob tweaker, so that is why I chose the Palmer. I have played through both and unless you are an absolute audiophile, you will not hear a $300 dollar difference between the Palmer and Two notes.
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"all serious guitarists should have one" submitted September 17, 2015

By Cobias y in Portland, OR
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Musical Background: have played guitar for 30 years
Music Style: Hard rock
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Overall: With that said, i dont, but i have seen them used and played through a rig that had one in it. The cool thing is, you can plug any amp ( tube OR solid state ) into it and get the sound you want at a certain volume on the amp . So if you have say a little combo amp that sounds great at a certain volume but isnt big enough to fill the room with its sound- you can do it with this, a good rackmount poweramp , and a larger cab. And this isnt just for oldschool arena rockers , its a useful tool for anyone wanting to manage their sound. And most people know that running time based effects like reverb delay chorus etc doesnt sound as good through a tube amps effects loop as it does behind the amp- meaning after the power amp . So you can do post amp effects with this. Yes you can still do in front of amp effects ( like wha and loop effects like eq ) or whatever you wish. If there are three things a serious electric guitarist should buy before they dump a bunch of money on an amp , effects, pedals etc , it would be a Marshall cab loaded with quality speakers, a quality mosfet power amp with at least 100 watts rms ouput , and this Plamer speaker simulator/load. It will give you so many options to control your sound and get a good tone.Even bedroom/hobbyist players could get alot out of one of these with a poweramp and a cab. With all these new micro heads coming out, you could get a good sound out of a reasonably low price 15 watt head or combo add quality effects and get that sound out of a 4x12 at any volume. So if you want to take the next step as an electric guitarist , buy this, a mosfet power amp ( like the rocktron velocity 300 ) , and a quality cab/speakers like Mashall with celestions ...THEN start with your amps and effects. It might cost a bit but if you keep this basic gear , youll always be happy. Even if you are off and on with your hobby or career , youll never regret owning this. Its the swiss army knife for guitarists... One thing i would like to see is a unit that can accept up to ten different inputs that is switchable. That would allow you to switch between multiple amps with the same speaker cabs...
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