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Best small single 12 combo (35 watts and less) for the buck?

way2blu

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Take a hard look at the Mesa Express 5:25 or 5:50's. Depending on your taste for tones, either one of these are huge bang for your buck IMHO. I have been playing the 5:50 for about a year now, and love it more every day. It is a straight forward, no BS amp that can deliver in all situations - nice 5 watt "cranked" tones in the studio - equally nice in the 50 watt setting on stage. Give it a try ;)
 

sixstring531

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Zinky Blue Velvet 1x12, 25 watts...I guess you can find them for under $1000 new, best tone for the money
 

NickZ

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another vote for the express - just purchased a 525 and really like the tones, warmth and features.
 

BCJek

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I probably say it too often, but a vintage Traynor YGM-3. 2 x el84, reverb, trem. Poor stock speaker, but easily replaced. Closed-back cab.

Michael
 

jumpnblues

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Not sure about "for the bucks", but the best my ears have heard is the Louis Electric Tremblelux. Not cheap, but tone for days, weeks, months, and years. It's a 1x12, 25 watt, tweed Tremolux based amp with hand built transformers, and two 6V6's. Mine has a Scumback M75 speaker and I think it sounds superb. You can hear it in the clip below, however, it has a Scumback H75 in the clip. I personally like the M75 just ever so slightly better. I think it's still around $2600. which ain't cheap but it's my holy grail/desert island amp along with its bigger brother KR-10/12 which I also have.


Tom
 

Eric Dahlberg

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Agreed on the smaller Boogie's. Set the clean channel to a sparkly clean and the overdrive channel to a thicker, compressed clean, then let pedals do the rest, and you'll have a great sounding rig that can cover a lot of ground. I've always found the smaller Boogie's to respond more like vintage amps than the more expensive models.
 

wrxplayer

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Working Dog series by Alessandro. Light, well built, built in attenuation. PTP wired. OH, and did I mention they're 25% off w/ free shipping now? For a new amp to gig with, they're tough to beat for the money, IMO. The Rottweiler and Doberman are clean machines. For more grind go Boxer.
 

kingsxman

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Need more info. What kind of music do you play? Are you looking for a 2 channel? Whats your budget? I mean...you are on corksniffer central you know...

For the low budget, you cant beat a Peavey classic 30 or Delta blues if you need 2 channels with a nice overdrive. Budda SD18 or 30 is a great amp, light aslo, with nice clean and killer gain channel..but gonna run you closer to that 1k mark.
 

imguitardan

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Need more info. What kind of music do you play? Are you looking for a 2 channel? Whats your budget? I mean...you are on corksniffer central you know...

For the low budget, you cant beat a Peavey classic 30 or Delta blues if you need 2 channels with a nice overdrive. Budda SD18 or 30 is a great amp, light aslo, with nice clean and killer gain channel..but gonna run you closer to that 1k mark.
I only need a good clean (I have great drive pedals). I'm looking for a touch responsive (at low gigging volumes but mic'd) where it breaks up slightly if hit hard and is fat and responsive when not. Classic rock rhythm.
 

jdh4him

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Crate Palomino V32...only thing needed is a reverb tank change...all for around $400 used...EL84s, 2 channels, how to go wrong?
 

StompBoxBlues

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I love the Classic 30 for this kind of thing...but also, well overlooked and with a fantastic clean channel (the best thing about it) that takes pedals well, but that does stay pretty much clean quite a ways up, I love the cleans on the Carvin vintage 33, (or Nomad...basically I think the same amp)...

Bang for buck, I think the Vintage 33.
 




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