Australian Guitars magazine reviews the Little 40 II and DV Neoclassic 212

Sept. 8, 2015, 6:41 p.m.

Australian Guitars have reviewed the Little 40 II and the DV Neoclassic 212 in their August issue, having plenty of good things to say... and zero "cons" to report!
Here are some of the highlights! 

Little 40 II

- With the resurgence of overdrive pedals as the principle drive source, it makes perfect sense to fit one into an amp
- DV Mark has taken a more professional approach to this idea, producing an amplifier that is simple to understand and operate, and one that is gig-ready in every way
- The Little 40 really kicks
- The clean channel is as pristine as a tube amp gets and it has loads of depth that makes it sound bigger and louder than “40 watts” would suggest
- There’s easily enough volume for most venues and the 212 cab throws it in a wide, even spread
- The tone controls offer lots of scope for gain/volume balance, which means that a nice organic crunch can be achieved without losing the low-end thump
- (Channel 2) does the whole crunchy rhythm-thing REALLY well and it’s surprisingly sensitive to your picking
- (Channel 2) can be as smooth and warm or as edgy and nasty as you like, pick a little harder and the channel will respond accordingly, and the complete tone set provides plenty of extra options
- Both channels are really pedal friendly
- Through the second channel, a Strat or Tele offered very cool rhythm tones, from scooped crunch to midheavy chunk
- A Les Paul and a 335, had no problem pushing this “drive” channel into a Paul Kossoff or Keef-style sound and delivery
- The Little 40 II has some serious tone and volume in a super-portable package – small, light and built tough
- At this price, it’s hard to find better value


DV NEOCLASSIC 212
- One great feature is that, at 12.4kg, it’s an easy lug
- Best of all, it sounds great – a broad tone with rounded tops and tight bass, plus a fast response
 
PROS
- Great tone
- Loads of power for its size
- Simple layout
- Well built
 
CONS

 

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