What's the best Marshall 18 watt clone?

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  1. andyg

    andyg Guest

    lookin' for some of the better 18 watt Marshall clones...primarily will be used for recording. I want to get that classic rock tone at a sensible volume level....all suggestions welcome
     
  2. jakins

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    aiken tomcat is 12 watts...ive never recorded it, but if youve played one, you know it would have to record HUGE.
     
  3. aleclee

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  4. 59Vampire

    59Vampire Silver Supporting Member

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    Mine was built by Richie/Plexi at the 18 watt communtiy center. utterly amazing amp . Sensible volume? Damn loud if you ask me! He is amaster builder and will customize to your needas mine is a tmb
     
  5. Lerxst2112

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    Aiken Invader. PHENOMENAL!
     
  6. bug0711

    bug0711 Supporting Member

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    If you want one that is quasi-64 Marshall, look no further than the Blockhead Firstborn w/ 2 Blues. From the research I have done, it's as close to the originals as you're likely to find.

    I believe that Procos just happens to have one on the Amp Emporium at this very moment.
     
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    big mike Marshall Voiced Moderator Staff Member

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    I think I've seen one of those before....:p
     
  9. Wayne

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    +1 on the Aiken Invader. It's in there!!
     
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    cornell 18/20
     
  11. Sharkey

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    I'll second that.This amp sounds great all the way down to a whisper but as with all tube amps it sounds best CRANKED:dude
     
  12. HeeHaw

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    Bob Reinhardt can build you a killer TMB version of that 18 watt amp. I liked it far better than lots of amps I've tried, and far better than the handwired reissues. His website is www.reinhardtamps.com . :cool:

    -Rich
     
  13. waylon

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    I'll second the Reinhardt. I've had mine going on 3 years and it just keeps getting better and better. My desert island amp and I've been through a lot of the boutiques that are talked about on this site.
     
  14. Chiba

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    What Alec (and Big Mike) said. The Marshall 18W & 20W reissues are great amps. Why go clone?? :)

    --chiba
     
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    The Marshall 18 watt reissue I heard at last years LA Amp Show was missing that vibe that I've heard in many clones. Bob Reinhardt was there and his amps were a fine example of that, they sounded incredibly nice; the Marshall was just, I don't know, just blah. Nothing special at all, didn't have much gain goin on, not much character or harmonic content. I walked out of that room very dissapointed. Then I walked into the 65 amps room and was blown away. I realize the 65 London is not an 18 watt clone, but it's not far off the mark either. A later visit to the Reinhardt room revealed the same, incredibly good sounding amps that had that hard to describe tone these amps have that just hits the right spot for me. A friends recent 6M18 TMB head kit build has that same vibe.

    The fact that the clones tend to cost about half of the Marshall, or less, makes them a great choice.
     
  16. pirateflynn

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    Blockhead Firstborn for me.
     
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    Richards Silver Supporting Member

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    another vote for the teixeira, great sounding amp!! I have played one several times and its more than convincing
     
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    jdsgilmour Gold Supporting Member

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    +1000 I love my Reinhardt 18. It rocks! :RoCkIn And I've had my share of boutique amps, too. Plus, Bob's (and Sue's) customer service is second to none.

    John
     
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    This is where I would put my $$$ if I were in the market for an 18 watter. The best of the bunch that I have heard which includes Aiken, Savage, GDS, Marshall HWRI, etc.
     
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    Wasn't it one of Graydons amps that killed in the 18 watt shootout a few years ago? Anyone remember that scenario?

    I'm just going by what little memory I have left at my disposal here :eek:
     

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