An under-$200 1x12 combo amp for these 2 things

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  1. scott58

    scott58 Member

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    I just picked up a Super Champ X2. I got the Ltd wine colored one used. It's a bit out of your budget, but a used standard one would probably do it. 15 watts, but again just a 10" speaker. I bought it specifically to play out with friends. It's got a lot of different settings, but there were 2 specifically that reminded me of a Princeton. It was the main selling point when I got it. May want to check it out.

    Edit: the more I think about it you may want to really check out the monoprice. It does have the 12" speaker and the on board reverb isn't bad. I've had it few months, but got a lot going on and haven't really given it a fair shake down. I have plugged in my Wampler Ethereal and it's a much better reverb \delay. With speaker and tube change this amp may be just what your looking for.
     
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    Probably 75 watts and up, but it depends on the circuit. The Bandit is 80w into a 1x12 and is plenty loud.
     
  3. T Dizz

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    Yep..katana or bandit
     
  4. Jr Deluxe

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    Everything he was using was onboard.
     
  5. Clifford-D

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    Remember, a katana is a very sharp sword used in honerable battle.
    A bandit will just shoot you in the face for fun.
     
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    Ha! Good call.

    btw.. I own both and would gig with either. I haven't gigged with the bandit but would have no problem doing so. The katana 50 is just smaller and really light and easy to move.
     
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    Monoprice 15 for tubes

    Katana 50 for SS
     
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    Clifford, I guess that depends on what type of tones you are after.. The Katana doesn’t feel or sound like a tube amp, nor should it cause it ain’t. If that’s what you like, so be it. With some good od pedals, the little Monoprice sounds quite good for leads and it’s clean/semi dirty tones on its own are cool.. different strokes..
     
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    Are you saying that Monoprice builds Laney amps - and this is a Laney
    marked under Monoprice?
     
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    Neither of them build these amps. They are built by a Chinese mfr. and are private labeled.. you could have your own Papanate amp Line if you wanted to....
     
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    Fender Champion 40 or Peavey Studio Pro 112, add a good efficient speaker - I like the Eminence Lil Texas.

    The Champion weighs 19 lbs and will be loud enough for a band after the speaker upgrade.

    I'm interested in the Monoprice though - does anyone know what the cabinet is made of?
     
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    Indeed. Champion 40 came to mind immediately.
     
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    I would go katana. Sounds good, loud as hell compared to any 15w tube amp and covered by a warranty if bought new. Tons of fun effect options as a bonus. Plus, you can move it fairly easily if it doesn't work out.
     
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    It doesn't sound like a tube amp, really?
    Let's see that amp of yours sound like a Princeton,
     
  18. scott58

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    It sounds ok, but doesn't sound like a tube amp. Same as when I tried it at the store. There is a digital element to it that can't be dialed out. Not saying it's bad just the nature of the beast.
     
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    I'll echo the recommendations for Peavey Bandit or Studio Pro 112. Great sounding amps, loud enough to keep up with a gorilla on drums.

    I just did a quick Google for the Peavey Studio pro 112 and the first listing showed four used for sale under $200.

    Hartley Peavey did some pretty extensive research on the function and interaction of the parts of a tube amp. See https://peavey.com/monitor/pvpapers/.

    His TransTube amps are, IMO, the best analog SS amps until you climb the price ladder to the Gibson L-series or Quilter - much more expensive.
     
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    I've got a Twin, a Messa 550+ and a Blues Junior III. This one sure sounds like a tube amp to me.

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