Does this amp exist?

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  1. wasp9277

    wasp9277 Member

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    Hi everyone!

    I am looking for a simple 1x12 combo tube amp, that's not too heavy.

    First, I plan to use only OD-pedals to get dirty tones, so I only need 1 great sounding clean channel - which takes pedals well of course. And since I need simplicity, I don't need switches like "presence" or "bright" if possible, but just an easy-to-dial-in EQ. Built-in reverb would be nice too.

    Second, it should be able to play loud enough for small to medium sized gigs, so a fair amount of clean headroom is required.

    And third, I'd like as few tubes as possible, so it's cheap to perform a tube change. Preferably maximum 4-5 tubes.

    Budget is around $1000 - maybe a bit more.

    Any suggestions?? :)

    If a speaker/tube change makes it better than from stock, I don't mind spending a little on that.

    Thanks...
     
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    Well I'll probably be the first of many to say DRRI.
     
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    I'd look into a groove tubes combo. Excellent clean tone. Distortion would have to be achieved through pedals. Amp was designed to be the ultimate pedal friendly amp and I've never heard anything bad about them....
     
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    Thanks for the suggestions so far!

    Anyone else?
     
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    Do you think a Koch Studiotone would work?
     
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    vintage gibson scout/epiphone galaxie (same amp). Plenty of volume, lightweight, great reverb, & takes pedals REALLY well. The gibson falcons are good, too. These amps should be under $500, so you have plenty left over to try different speakers & to have the amp gone through...

    fwiw, the hellhounds are much better sounding amps than drri's.
     
  10. drbob1

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    Don't go the GT route if you're looking for light. I had the Satellite (75w, presence knob only) which sounded killer, was loud enough to gig, took pedals great, and weighed in at 75#. The 3 channel models are even heavier!

    This is one of those situations where you're going to have to try some stuff out. The amp that leaps to mind if light, inexpensive to upkeep and good clean is your target is the Sansamp Trademark 60. It is SS, and the drive channel I never got, but it actually kicked the Reverend Hellhound out of my band practice room for a year-clean with pedals and verb... I've had a lot of other amps fill that slot over the years. Now it's a SF Vibrolux Reverb: 35w, reverb and trememo, very simple controls, light enough, copes with our loud drummer better than a DR and not much heavier. More than 5 tubes, but you don't have to replace the ones that are not used every time (eg, if you only use the reverb channel, pull V1; the reverb tubes rarely wear out etc).
     
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    Thx a bunch so far. How about a Studiotone?
     
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    Alessandro Working Dog series (used of course).

    I picked up a 'Doberman' and it's a great versatile, practical amp.
    Rock solid, easy to dial in, and LIGHTWEIGHT i think under 40 lbs.
    Paid $850 i think.

    Very punchy, solid-state rectifier (means less tubes to change).
     
  13. wasp9277

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    I have been thinking about these too, but they seem pretty hard to get a hold of here in Europe (Denmark)...
     
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    exactly what popped into my head.
     
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  17. wasp9277

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    Would that be loud enough to gig with - say with a 1x12 cab?
     
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    Yes, it's very loud. Much louder then you would expect.
     
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    Too bad it doesn't have reverb...
     
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    If you're just looking for nice clean tone in a lightweight combo,
    and using pedals for all your dirt - try a Roland Cube 60

    Plenty loud for gigging, sounds even better with a 1-12 ext. cab under it.

    Plus, built-in delay/reverb, and decent (not great) modulation effects.
    And if you don't like the standard "Jazz Chorus" clean channel, you can set
    up the other channel for a clean blackface, clean tweed, or clean Vox-ish tone.

    And no tubes to maintain!
     

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