- Jan 31, 2004
I am a big fan of Ray's amps and over the past 5-6 yrs have owned the original Blackbird, the Hornet M, and the Tomahawk. Currently all I use is the Tomahawk because of its very small size--I use the newest tiny Nano and the older square Nano (the one that came out just before the newer video camera Nano's) and the Tomahawk pairs up nicely with these small devices. But checking in at RSA.com and reviewing the forums I see he has come up with some new much smaller amps that are reputed to sound even better than the Tomahawk. I am particularly smitten by the Shadow and the Mustang, both of which just happened to show up used in the classifieds too. Has anyone compared all 3 of these little amps--Tomahawk, Shadow and Mustang? If I already like the sound of the Tomahawk, is either Shadow or Mustang similar in sound, or better? For reference, my other portable amp is the Larocco Pocket Reference II with its matching power supply. I don't really regard that amp as portable though you can pack it in a suitcase and take it along on a trip. The PRII has amazing sound, and I don't expect something as tiny as the Shadow or the Mustang to necessarily best it. But I would like an excellent truly portable, very small amp to pair with my Nano's and hope somebody out there has compared all 3 of these Ray Samuels products.