Clark Beaufort vs Victoria 20112

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  1. Kmaz

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    If you want the best tweeds have to offer, which of these amps will it be? Looking forward to opinions.
     
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    having owned both, i don't think there's enough difference between them for there to be a winner in any meaningful fashion. both are really great tweed 'clones', have top notch parts selection and construction, sound really good and cough up the right sound.
    they are voiced slightly different (and i mean slightly) and work the same way a vintage deluxe does.
    my fave speaker for the tweed deluxe is the weber 12A125A.
     
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    Zero is right on. Both great amps. Just buy the one you can find for the lowest price.
     
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    The Beauforts I've seen can sell up to $200 less than the Vic 20112.
     
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    That's probably the Beaufort "special". Different cab, speaker and components compared to the more expensive "premium". Great amp for the money.
     
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    He's got the Beaufort listed on his website (Clark Amplification) for $1395. Comes with Celestion Blue speaker. Would this be the Premium model?
     
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    Yes. Celestion Blue, Michael's own hand built solid pine cab covered in lacquered tweed and, I think, Jensen paper in oil caps. My premium came with the paper in oil caps, but I'm not sure if that's part of the premium deal or if it's an option.
     
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    I believe the paper-in-oil caps come standard on the Premium (that's the model I own). Its a fantastic amp....sounds great with all my guitars but really shines with a tele.

    The Vicky's are really nice too...can't really go wrong with either one. I think Chris Gray (Csgband) still has a nice Premium for sale on the emporium w/ NOS glass (which I definitely recommend)!

    Good luck!

    Eugene
     
  9. m1911

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    You cannot beat Victoria Amplifiers if Tweed is what you are looking for.
    Check out the new Book called "The Soul of Tone - Celebrating 60 Years of Fender Amps".
    They quoted Mark Baier (Owner of Victoria) throughout the book.
    Mark
     
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    They used to be an option on the premium, but now I heard that Mike went to Orange Drops or another option. For the complete story, best to contact Bob at tpngear.com. He is Mike's main support and sales shop and can tell you accurately what's going on.

    I have never heard the Victoria, but have always wanted to. I know enough people who have them and rave about them to know that either choice would be a good one.

    The only warning I would give you with either is that the Celestion Blue is amazing sounding, but it's not up for all-out cranking. If you want to run the amp at 10 all the time with a boost or drive in front of it, consider another speaker, like a Weber or a Gold. Enjoy the hunt! :BEER
     
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    I've owned two Clarks, Michael has always given me great support, in fact, he even offered to work on an amp I didn't purchase from him, that I was having problems with.
     
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    Interesting...it looks like Mike just updated his site and he notes the oil in paper saps as standard on the Premium...go figure! Regardless...its a fine amp...

    And I agree 100%, the Blue is where its at!
    :BEER
    Eugene
     
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    +1 Mark Baier is as informed as they come. Read one of his interviews, and this becomes clear. Additionally, he is a trully cool and helpful guy. You can't lost going with Victoria.
     

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