New Gear Review: Blues City Music/Soldano 44 Amp

To celebrate their 10-year anniversary, Blues City Music’s James Burke asked Mike Soldano for an amp with a big sound in a small box. This semi-open back 50-watt amp measures at 17.5H x 17.5W x 10-inches deep and weighs 48 pounds. It differs from any other 44 because it is covered in Regency Blue Tolex—an exclusive color for Blues City Music.

It is a combo amp with a choice of a 12-inch speaker from Eminence Legend, Celestion Vintage 30, Jensen and others. The controls include pre-amp, reverb, bass, middle, treble, presence, normal volume plus a lead volume control acti- vated by a footswitch making it perfect for boosting solos.

You get a three-spring Magic reverb tank with a choice of an upgraded custom harnesses designed and manufactured by Solid Cables. Two speaker jacks and a rotary impedance selector switch allows for a 4, 8 or 16-ohm speaker inside or using an extension speaker cabinet.

The Blues City Music/Soldano 44 sells for $2,349 MSRP.


Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine. barryrudolph.com