For what it’s worth, Greg Howe is an American session player and recording artist of some international renown. He has been, and remains, personnel of the touring bands behind Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga to name a few, as well as recording a string of increasingly fusion focused solo albums under his own name. One thing that I’ve learnt about players whose tastes lie in this particular area of the Venn diagram is that they like their amps to be one, or preferably both, of two things; lightweight and versatile. Time and time again this is where De Virgillis steps in. His Micro and Little lines of amps are far and away the smallest and easiest on the back I’ve ever played and not one of them skimps on power in any way, shape or form. The Little 250 GH is, as you can assume, a 250watt solid-state head in a package about half the size of your average toaster.
If versatility is what you’re after then that is exactly what you get. The glory of the lack of vacuum tubes is that are essentially plugging into a clean slate. Two channels of clean slate as a matter of fact. Both rows have a simple yet particularly malleable three stage EQ, input gain and output volume controls and plunge headlong into a deep wellspring of digital reverb that adds spatial awareness to proceedings. Without that last detail the whole affair was a little dry for my taste but as I said before, I don’t exist in the same world as someone who would find this exactly what they are looking for. Essential inclusions like effects loop, -6db pad and footswitch channel selection abound and there is no stone unturned anywhere on the tiny chassis.
After all is said and done DV Mark’s little units are nothing if not super powerful. They make a solemn promise that you won’t miss out on juice when you plug one in and they absolutely over-deliver. The Little 250 GH is, for me, a peek into a fascinating world of unmitigated cleans, creamy distortion sounds and intact spinal columns.