Results 1 to 12 of 12

Thread: Gear Report - Schertler GIULIA Y Amp

  1. #1
    Administrator Mandolin Cafe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 1998
    Posts
    1,298
    Blog Entries
    7

    Default Gear Report - Schertler GIULIA Y Amp

    Quick report about a new amp I obtained recently and am sort of over the moon about. But first, for probably 25 years I've been toting a 2 1/2' tall Trace Elliot amp to gigs, hefting it in the back of my car, wheeling it in and out of the house on a little two-wheeler cart. I hate schlepping gear but that thing was a monster and served me well. Not sure what it weights but easily 35 lbs I'd think.

    I became intrigued with Schertler products a long time ago and, caveat--they advertise on this site--so take that as you may. You'll notice I rarely make posts like this. So it had become time to scale down in weight but I didn't want to give up the big sound the Trace Eliot provided. All the guys I was playing with had amps 1/5 the size. Settled sight unseen on Schertler's small GIULIA Y amp. There's a reason they're known for their superb quality and I got wind gypsy jazz cats in Europe were using this one for club dates. Good enough for them, good enough for a mandolin player I thought.

    My setup for this is I have an ancient (but wonderful sounding) AKG C406 microphone and a custom-made rig that mounts over the tailpiece and extends the mic up towards the treble F-hole on my Nugget. There, I have a real acoustic sound, lots of control and all the volume I could ever need for 99% of the gigs I play, usually small outdoor events, weddings, clubs, etc.

    Here's what that custom mount attachment looks like and I've been talking about this on the Cafe since 1996, one of the oldest single pages on the site.



    Here's the amp, picture taken from the Schertler web site:

    Schertler GIULIA Y amp


    What I like about this amp, why I'm posting this:

    • It's small, compact, and comparably light compared to what I had.
    • Affordable, in my opinion
    • Great sound, particularly warm mid tones... I want a mandolin that still sounds like an acoustic mandolin when amplified. This allows my Nugget to sound exactly the way I hear it, only amplified.
    • Simple to use--I'm not necessarily an electronics/P.A. geek so this really works for me.
    • And, well, it looks great, also my opinion. A local amp guy at a gig this weekend flipped over it. Said one of the best crafted cabinets he'd ever seen.

    So there's also another reason I'm posting this. I was so impressed by it that I asked the rep Drago at the NAMM Show if they'd consider doing one as a giveaway. They were enthusiastic and said yes, and a version of this in black is sitting in the Cafe office this moment, so after we finish this Collings MT2 giveaway this will probably be next.

    I know there are a lot of great small amps out there and the technology has really advanced. This post is not to suggest anything other than how pleased I am with my purchase, that's all. Lots of good gear to be had.

    Link to all the specs, questions you may have.

    Taking an eyeball approach, I'd say the face is 1' x 1' and about 9" deep.

  2. The Following 5 Users Say Thank You to Mandolin Cafe For This Useful Post:

    AstroclemdangMark Sealepops1 

  3. #2
    Registered Muser dang's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Omaha, NE
    Posts
    845

    Default Re: Gear Report - Schertler GIULIA Y Amp

    Yes! Epic giveaways, thank you!

    I have a Collings MT2 and a Scherter Unico - two of my favorite purchases ever!
    I should be pickin' rather than postin'

  4. The following members say thank you to dang for this post:


  5. #3
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    S.W. Wisconsin
    Posts
    4,274

    Default Re: Gear Report - Schertler GIULIA Y Amp

    I have an old Trace that has two speakers, these days I prefer to go into the PA, and only take the Trace to be used as a monitor. I have looked at the Schertler amps years ago, may have to relook. Everyone is playing thru a small amp and then into the PA making it harder for someone like me without an amp to hear myself on stage.
    THE WORLD IS A BETTER PLACE JUST FOR YOUR SMILE!

  6. #4
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Green Valley, AZ
    Posts
    16

    Default Re: Gear Report - Schertler GIULIA Y Amp

    Love those compact amps. I recently picked up a Henriksen Bud amp for all of the same reasons. Compact (9 x 9 x 9), powerful (120 W), lightweight (17 lbs.) and sounds fantastic. It has 2 identical channels, balanced/unbalanced, reverb and a tweeter shutoff for when I want to play jazz on my arch top with a magnetic pickup. Out with the old 40 pounder!
    Larry

    2000 Unicorn and Mustang LF-5
    2002 Manoel Andrade Bandolim

  7. #5
    Administrator Mandolin Cafe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 1998
    Posts
    1,298
    Blog Entries
    7

    Default Re: Gear Report - Schertler GIULIA Y Amp

    Quote Originally Posted by lklose View Post
    Love those compact amps. I recently picked up a Henriksen Bud amp for all of the same reasons. Compact (9” x 9” x 9”), powerful (120 W), lightweight (17 lbs.) and sounds fantastic. It has 2 identical channels, balanced/unbalanced, reverb and a tweeter shutoff for when I want to play jazz on my arch top with a magnetic pickup. Out with the old 40 pounder!
    I hear you. I started in a new trio about 2 years ago and it didn't take long to figure out the guitar player had an amp you could easily carry in one hand while I had this thing that required a roller cart. I played about 5 minutes into the first gig with it and knew I'd have an old piece of gear for sale real soon.

  8. #6
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
    Location
    Rhode Island, USA
    Posts
    241

    Default Re: Gear Report - Schertler GIULIA Y Amp

    I'm in the market for something like this - I'd love to know how it compares to the Fishman Loudbox Artist at around the same price point.

  9. #7
    Quietly Making Noise Dave Greenspoon's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    Leesburg, VA
    Posts
    817

    Default Re: Gear Report - Schertler GIULIA Y Amp

    Nice review and post, Scott. I think that small and clean is the wtg. I'd love a Schertler David or a Henriksen Bud one of these days. In the meantime, I'm seeing a lot of folks with smaller stage amps for monitors feeding an xlr out to the mains for acoustic gigs.
    Axes: Rigel A Natural #1774 w/mods, Andrew Jerman Irwin-style 5 string electric "Stealie", Paul Newson custom blonde SCW "Feivel", Eastman 515, Crafter M85E, Dillion 335 style, Grandmom's solid-mahogany teens bent-top, Baglamas 002
    Boards: Acoustic Electric
    Amps: Fishman Loudbox 100; Laney Cub 10

  10. #8
    coprolite mandroid's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Location
    Outer Spiral Arm, of Galaxy, NW Oregon.
    Posts
    15,502

    Default Re: Gear Report - Schertler GIULIA Y Amp

    affordability is always in comparison to income .. Some can afford Cupertino Too.

    now becoming common for Swiss companies using EU manufacturing sites... those in Italy.
    Last edited by mandroid; Feb-21-2018 at 5:53pm.
    writing about music
    is like dancing,
    about architecture

  11. #9
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    S.W. Wisconsin
    Posts
    4,274

    Default Re: Gear Report - Schertler GIULIA Y Amp

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Greenspoon View Post
    I'm seeing a lot of folks with smaller stage amps for monitors feeding an xlr out to the mains for acoustic gigs.
    When I said I used my Trace for a monitor, I meant instead of large monitor speakers I use the Trace for the band or our duo or whatever group I may be playing with that needs a monitor. I started using a Fishman at a bar because it sounded soooo much better than their monitor. With acoustic instruments and vocals a 12" or 15" monitor is ridiculous. I don't plug into the Trace, I send a monitor send to it from the PA. It is much cleaner and we don't need much volume to hear. With no horn, which is a long throw device, in a monitor it is much easier to hear. I never understood why horns were put in monitors.
    THE WORLD IS A BETTER PLACE JUST FOR YOUR SMILE!

  12. #10

    Default Re: Gear Report - Schertler GIULIA Y Amp

    Quote Originally Posted by mandroid View Post
    affordability is always in comparison to income .. Some can afford Cupertino Too.

    now becoming common for Swiss companies using EU manufacturing sites... those in Italy.
    Ain't it the truth. But he is playing a Nugget through it. Must have bought it when they were reasonable, LOL. One thing's for sure. The quality of the amp matches up nicely with the quality of the mandolin.
    Silverangel A
    Michael Kelly LSFTB
    Arches F style kit
    1913 Gibson A-1

  13. #11
    Registered User Freddyfingers's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Location
    Virginia
    Posts
    370

    Default Re: Gear Report - Schertler GIULIA Y Amp

    Had a trace 35 watt when they first came out. Sold it like an idiot. I still keep my eyes out for a used 100 watt concert. That being said, I am a big believer in Schertler. Have a jam. Fills small and medium rooms well. Looking into getting a bigger one called the Roy, and also their new Pa call Tom. They have a knack for making acoustics sound acoustic.
    Its not a backwards guitar.

  14. #12
    coprolite mandroid's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Location
    Outer Spiral Arm, of Galaxy, NW Oregon.
    Posts
    15,502

    Default Re: Gear Report - Schertler GIULIA Y Amp

    Had a full range G-K , years ago, should have kept it, ..
    writing about music
    is like dancing,
    about architecture

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •