$900 to spend on a new amp, what to buy?

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  1. TenThumbs

    TenThumbs Member

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    Receiving an insurance refund and was wondering what to buy?

    Here is what I have:

    78 Fender Bronco - living room amp
    Roland Jazz Chorus 77 - too good of deal to pass up
    Rivera Suprema 55 - strictly a GAS purchase but it is a great amp

    Thinking of going for the Marshall/Vox sound as the Rivera handles the cleans quite well (as does the Roland but the word "sterile" always pops in my head).

    Or maybe sell all of these (save for the bronco), combine the cash and go for something in the boutique world that can handle cleans and crunch?

    Look forward to reading the forum's thoughts.
     
  2. Dave Orban

    Dave Orban Gold Supporting Member

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    I'd go for a used Alessandro Working Dog.
     
  3. sixstring531

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    Vox AC30cc2 (do some upgrading on tubes and speakers) and speakers ( you can sell the Wharfedales for about $60) and you have a great amp. It doesn't sound bad stock, just not to potential.
     
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    close enough to get a Fender Princeton/Princeton Reverb...
     
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    I've heard some really hip stuff on these Dave. ( Being light weight is a major plus too)

     
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    Take a look at the Zinky Blue Velvet. Nice cleans and really nice dirt that will take you to classic metal territory. It stops short of death metal however. And Bruce Zinky offers a lifetime warranty on the amps regardless of whether you buy it new or used. A used BV recently went on the Bay for about $650.
     
  9. Guitar Dave T

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    Isn't Holdsworth using H&K's? I played through a Switchblade head with a H&K 4x12 cab, and even though it really wasn't my sound, I frankly found it addictive. How do these compare?
     
  10. Gasp100

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    Personally, I would go for one of the Valvetech Hayseed heads in the emporium <I already have a killer 2x12 cab waiting for some Vox lovin>).
    $900 is solid coin for some nice, used gear OR check out some of Winfield Thomas' amps www.winfieldamps.com
    You don't mention wattage, usage <studio, giging, etc...>
     
  11. TenThumbs

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    Gasp100 is right, neglected to post usage type - mostly home use as career (and lack of talent) limits gigging. So it needs to be something relatively basement friendly (the Rivera is to loud but it has a master volume on each channel so I can at least enjoy it somewhat).

    Great recommendations so far, thanks to all!!
     
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    Telebluze Gold Supporting Member

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    Definitely look in to any of the lower wattage Allen amps....
     
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    I'd look for a used TopHat Club Royale. Vox/Marshall tones, very good master volume, does great crunch as well as beautiful cleans. Used 1x12 combos can be found for $900 pretty frequently....
     
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    Check out the Egnater Rebel (available in a month for $850 from GC, with cab): 0-20W with Power scaling, separate head and 1x12 cab with Celestion 80, separate EL84 and 6V6 power, with variable "bleed" between them (all-EL84, All-6V6, or any combination in between), effects loop. VERY cool amp!

    Retarius
     
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    +1 on the Tophat Club Royale. If I was in your same position I would get a Dr Z Carmen Ghia 1x12. I used to have one and I sold it and miss it dearly. I ended up getting a MAZ 18 so I am pretty satisfied but looking back I think I may have preferred the Carmen Ghia.
     
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    Good choice.

    I own two Zinkys (25 W BV and a Superfly) and have played several other models, Fenders and Supros included.

    Every one was great.
     
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    Thanks for the replies. Looks like I am going to start looking for a Top Hat Club Royal, a Zinky BV and possibly the Egnator as those seem to be the ones most recommended.

    There is a local Top Hat dealer in Kent, OH so I think I will go there and give one a test drive.

    Thanks to all!
     

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