Carr Sportsman or Little King Reverb???

JoeB63

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I had both of them. When I got the Sportsman, I thought it sounded like a somewhat bigger/fatter version of the LK, so I sold the LK..... but in the end, I really didn't love the SM, so I sold that pretty soon after. I had the LK for about 4 or 5 years, and I did really like it, so I should have kept that one. That said, the SM had a Red, White and Blues speaker, and I don't really like that speaker (I had one on loan once before). I probably should have tried it with a different speaker.

In the end, I think I prefer the sound of blackface circuits more than 'improved' versions of them. I also prefer a Deluxe Reverb to a Carr Rambler (I've owned both, but currently have a vintage 68 DR).
 

silver surfer

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I had both of them. When I got the Sportsman, I thought it sounded like a somewhat bigger/fatter version of the LK, so I sold the LK..... but in the end, I really didn't love the SM, so I sold that pretty soon after. I had the LK for about 4 or 5 years, and I did really like it, so I should have kept that one. That said, the SM had a Red, White and Blues speaker, and I don't really like that speaker (I had one on loan once before). I probably should have tried it with a different speaker.

In the end, I think I prefer the sound of blackface circuits more than 'improved' versions of them. I also prefer a Deluxe Reverb to a Carr Rambler (I've owned both, but currently have a vintage 68 DR).
Don't want to sidetrack this thread so soon, but this may also help the OP find the right amp. I feel the same way about vintage Fenders. Have had 3 for decades, but kept reading about all these great boutiques based on the old Fenders and finally gave in - trying a few including a Carr Slant 6 (fantastic amp in its own right). I sold them all and just use the vintage Fenders. Nothing like them.
 

mattymel

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If you want a real Fender sound I would go with a Allen also. Carrs sound really good though. But not like an old Fender to me.
 

stevieboy

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The Li'l King is supposed to be a Princeton pretty much exactly isn't it? Allen tweaks his designs.

I recently got a Sportsman. I had thought about the Headstrong, have briefly tried them out in the past, very nice, but the place I go to only had a ten inch version of the Li'l King, so I didn't compare them because I wanted a twelve. I think the Sportsman would have won anyway, largely because it has the master volume which works well. I like the way it sounds at various settings of the mid control too. The reverb sounds good, doesn't have tremolo which would be nice but not essential to me.
 

Figaro

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How important is the Sportsman's Master volume (Headroom control) to you? It's the only one of the amps mentioned that has it.
 




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