Despite its English-sounding name, Hughes & Kettner is a German-based company making fine tube guitar and bass amps. The switchblade was the world’s first programmable tube amp – you can save 128 different programmes into its memory and call them up via the footswitch included or remotely via midi.
The amps also have very comprehensive basic onboard effects – reverb, delay, chorus, flange and tremolo. They’re ideal if you want good tube tone but work in lots of different contexts or cover a lot of different sounds.
I have TWO because I use them in parallel via a passive Lehle splitter. This makes choruses wide and lush, and enables the double-amped lead sounds that characterise most great recordings. One floorboard controls both via a midi jump lead. A flexible system that sets up in one minute. Damn good, versatile all-round amps.