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Good tube amp 40Lbs or under?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by beatlenut, Dec 28, 2005.

  1. beatlenut

    beatlenut Member

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    Is there such a thing? I have a Traynor YCV80 tube amp 2x12 (65 Lbs) which sounds great, but with my newly acquired bulging disk in my neck I need to downsize.

    I need it to sound good both clean and with good crunch. Also must sound good with single coil and humbuckers. Is there such a beast?
     
  2. leofenderbender

    leofenderbender Supporting Member

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    The Tone King Comet is close - the 65Amps London is close too. There are a number that fit the criteria...
     
  3. bluesdoc

    bluesdoc Gold Supporting Member Gold Supporting Member

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    When you put neo speakers in lots of combos, the weight comes way down. My PV C30 is ~31#. Both my Fargen custom amp and VHT super 30 are 40 or below(neos in all). Your cervical spine might just be happier with a light head and cab anyway. I have a Fargen (J Designs, really, Ben's bro Jeff) 1 12 with a Century Vintage speaker, pine box and the thing is closer to 20#.

    jon
     
  4. B Vance

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    Combo specific...or would you be willing to go with a head/cab setup. Much more options the head/cab route than the combo route. You could go pretty much anything other than a Bad Cat head and a 1x12 or 2x10 cab and have both be right in the 40lbs ballpart give or take 8lbs or so. Of course the lower the wattage the lighter they tend to be.
     
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    You have many options. I am one skinny ass dude so I came to the conclusion years ago that lugging my 70lb Matchless to gigs was not wise (hurt my back 3 times doing this). My current live rig is a head and 1x12 cab. I just bought Top Hat Club Royale 1x12 combo to be used as a rehearsal/practice amp - definitely meets your criteria. Great tone and around 35lbs.
     
  6. riverastoasters

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    Super Champ
    Princeton Reverb II
    Rivera Clubster or Pubster '25, and I think R30 too.

    You should also be able to lighten up a combo by installing a neodymium speaker.
     
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    Which neo did you put in there and how does it sound?
     
  8. carltonh

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    If you are interested in tube tone, then check out a 1x12 Pritchard combo at about 35 lbs. Don't just believe me, ask the others who've played one or own one. Try one out if you get a chance.

    But if you need cheap, I'd recommend the Carvin Nomad after the Hasserl mods.
     
  9. bluesbreaker59

    bluesbreaker59 Silver Supporting Member

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    Get a Victoria, beautiful Tweedy cleans, and nice snarling, barking Tweed overdrive. My Double Deluxe is 42 lbs, and its all the amp I ever want to haul around.
     
  10. mbratch

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    You didn't specify wattage. There are a huge number of tube amps under 40 lbs, including:
    • Fender Princetons and knock-offs
    • Fender Champs and knock-offs
    • Fender Deluxe Reverb and knock-offs
    • Vox AC15CC
    • Fender Tweed Deluxe
    • Fender Blues Junior
    • Fender Pro Junior
    • Most other amps under 15 watts
    • etc...
     
  11. jzucker

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    Definitely check out the Pritchard. They're not cheap but they sound like old Fender amps with more versatility and 1/3rd the weight and more headroom (if you want it). Very good master volume.
     
  12. Mayflower

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    How about the Kendrick 2210.
    The power of a vintage Bassman and about the size of any 2x10 cab.
    Great vintage look with plenty of options. Boost, FX loop with reverb optional.
    I have had 3 of these, currently own 2. It really is alot of bang for the buck. They are getting a liitle hard to find these days and almost always go for the same money as the 4x10 model.
     
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    Hope this isn't tangenting the thread, but did you try the MV Pritchard? (Estoc is the only MV one, I think.) I only did for a couple minutes, not enough to get a feel for that amp. The only 2 people I know who returned a Pritchard during the trial period had bought the MV amp. (Answer on a Pritchard thread if you think this is too much of a hijack.)
     
  14. bluesdoc

    bluesdoc Gold Supporting Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Century Vintage. Sounds excellent. Balanced, smooth with plenty of sparkle when needed, good low end, blah, blah, blah....... ;)

    jon
     
  15. hemlock

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    I think Doug Sewell's lower watt amps would come in under 40 lbs.
    Carr Rambler and Hammerhead
    Alessandro Rottweiler
    Peavey Classics

    Try out a Crate Powerblock or a Pod.
     
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    Dr. Z 1x12" and 2x10" combos are 47 lbs. The heads weigh less.
     
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    Big +1 on Alessandro Working Dog amps.
    besides that my Koch 2x10 is pretty light.
     
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    I agree with the Top Hat, however my combo choice is a Club Deluxe. Great tone, just a different flavor....
     
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