Downsizing from MkIVa - some suggestions?

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  1. DaveNJ

    DaveNJ Supporting Member

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    Hey all, I currently have a '91 Boogie MkIVa amp I bought new and a big pedalboard full of stuff...

    Here are my criteria:

    1. Smaller, more house-friendly amp (max 30w)
    2. Single channel
    3. Tubes - I'm flexible
    4. Effects loop - preferred, but not a must
    5. Must take pedals well
    6. Drive will come from pedals
    7. Reverb - not necessary
    8. The fewer knobs, the better!

    I'd like to keep it under $1000 new.

    For music types, I like the following:

    Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
    Pink Floyd
    Cheap Trick
    Beatles
    The Hives

    pretty much, just straight ahead rock and roll...

    I welcome all suggestions!
     
  2. jerseydrew

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    Try a Goodsell Super 17 Head. I don't remember if it has an effects loop, but it'll do everything else you asked.

    I foolishly sold mine a year ago, and have been trying to find a used one for a little while.
     
  3. blackba

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    I am not sure you if you are willing to go used or not, but a few come to mind. A few will push or exceed your budget.

    Vox AC30CC2
    Valvetech Hayseed 30
    Fender Silverface Deluxe Reverb
    Fender Deluxe Reverb Reissue
    Allen Accomplice
    Orange Tiny Terror
     
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    Tiny Terror Combo
     
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    Dr Z. Carmen Ghia
     
  6. cisspcism

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    DR Z Maz 38 NR can be at for 1399 new or the maz 18NR can be had for 1199 brand new. Great amps. The DR Z Z28 is 1299 brand new for a head(I have this one) three knobs but tons of tone and eats up pedals smoothly.
     
  7. DaveNJ

    DaveNJ Supporting Member

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    I was thinking about the Maz-18 - do the Dr Z's really do well with time based effects up front?

    I'm really not a big fan of the Orange amps - the tiny terror is good, but I would like an amp with a "chime-y-er" clean...

    Also, I can probably push the budget to 1500...
     
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    Some people use delays infron of the amp but I dont like it, I think they need to be in a loop but the maz series amps have loops
     
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    I would add another vote for Dr. Z. Incredible little amps. I had the opportunity to try a Maz 38 and a Dr. Z thiele in conjunction with a Klon upfront and a Trex Replica in the loop. All I have to say about that setup was wow. Amazingly dynamic, harmonically rich, and very fat.
     
  10. mrmax

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    What I would do is ...Keep the MK IV and install some 6V6's , it'll sound killer and save your $$Grand. Make sure to use Tweed power (read the manual), That's what I would do. :munch
     
  11. DaveNJ

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    mrmax, you know, I forgot all about the 6v6 option on the MkIV - I'll give that a try over the week - thanks!
     
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    Tweed power knocks it down to 18W as well, I believe.
     
  13. suhr_rodney

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    Consider a Carr Rambler. Really a fantastic sounding amp and meets your criteria.
     
  14. DaveNJ

    DaveNJ Supporting Member

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    Well, I picked up a Suhr Badger 30 and I couldn't be happier! Great tone at lower volumes and just a much simpler amp. I'm a very happy camper!

    So, anyone want a MarkIV?
     

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