Mixdown Magazine (Australia) reviews the Galileo 15 and the C112 Standard

Jan. 26, 2011, 11:18 p.m.

“DV Mark is the guitar offshoot of the popular Italian bass brand Markbass. Mark have solidified their place in the market through innovative ideas, portable high-quality rigs and, above all, good tone. With the arrival of DV Mark this approach to guitar amp building is continued, "honouring the great history and traditions of classic guitar amps, but making them more practical, versatile, reliable and light." Let's see what all the fuss is about.”

“Coming in a trendy cage-style enclosure, the Galileo features black stylings, with a nice patterned material on the amp ends and a leather strap across the top. Measuring 350 mm x 163 mm x 200 mm and weighing in at only 4.7 kg, DV Mark have really stuck to their promise of lightweight amps, as this is about as portable as it gets. The faceplate of the G15 has input, bright switch, gain, bass, middle, high and master controls, and a power switch at the far right. A bright red LED shows when the amp is powered, and the back plate consists of a power plug jack and both 4 and 8 ohm speaker outs, all simply and logically laid out.”

 “Again in the cool patterned trim, the C112 looks funky and features hard leather corners and a leather strap type handle on the top. I dig these, as they're quite flexible, comfy to hold when carrying and fold down so there are no problems sitting a head on top. At first I was a little suss about the strength of the strap with the steel lugs, but then I picked up the cab and was instantly reminded of how damn light it is, so I can't imagine this strap having any strength issues. The C112 is around 43 cm x 29.S cm and weighs only 7.6 kg. This makes it a real winner in the portability stakes for a start, so when combined with its 150-watt rating and DV Mark's own 8 ohm White Guitar Star speaker, it shapes up as quite the cab.”

“Set flat with some gain and opening up the master volume, I was impressed with the Galileo 15's headroom and clean volume. The EQ section was responsive and well measured, with the instruction manual highlighting each control well and explaining the interaction between them. The real trick to this amp is balancing the gain and volume controls. When set to your desired volume, you can use your guitar control to clean things up or push for more gain, with great low-volume gritty tones working through to reasonably saturated. With a pair of EL84s in the power section, you really do get some tube warmth, and although the amp is far from dry, add a hint of delay or verb and you're really cooking. For some extra spark, the bright switch adds some extra chime without entering the icepick range - good for some fatter, bassier guitars that just need extra zing. As a pair, the Galileo and C112 worked great with the White Guitar Star speaker, reacting and reinforcing the amp's fundamental tone clearly and with low noise.”

“The emergence of smaller-sized lower-wattage amps of late has been great, especially when there is a huge market for players not always cranking out 100-watt heads into multiple 4x12 cabs. The added fact that these smaller amps are not a compromise makes them even more of a winner, with good tone, looks and a feeling of solid construction. These are both real alternatives in those instances when a smaller rig will suffice, and with their respective prices being comparable to others in the marketplace, the Galileo and Cl12 are quality additions to the DV Mark guitar amp line.”

 

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