Great portable Grab-and-go amps! Well.....

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  1. mude

    mude Supporting Member

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    I mentioned in another thread that I liked the Zinky Blue Velvet for a good portable grab-and-go tube combo tube amp. Very small and quite light for a serious 1x12 combo. 2 channels, verb, clean or lots of gain, plenty of power for most situations, but still sounds good at quite low volumes.

    What are some other good small, relatively light grab-and-go combo tube amps?

    VHT Pitbull (weight probably makes it questionable)
    Marshall 1x12 Silver Jubilee
    Carr Rambler
    Reverend Kingsnake
    Fender Super Champ
    Lots more I'm sure, but what are they.

    Not talking about things like a Shiva 1x12, etc. which I really like, but are heavy. Not even talking about something like a Valvetech which are quite a bit bigger than the ones that I mentioned. Thanks for your thoughts.

    Evan.
     
  2. Flyin' Brian

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    For smaller gigs the Carr Mercury
     
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    5E3, although the very low volume thing is a bit of a challenge.
     
  6. Leucadian

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    Snider California (18/30 watts)...pretty darn light...this amp has plenty of whomp! It has a defeatable master volume...which makes it very versatile and useable at lower volume gigs...great reverb...great tremolo...can get plenty loud (thinks it's a stack)...in short...it rocks big time!
     
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    The two I use most often in sessions and small gigs are the Allen Accomplice (built into a Blues Jr. cab) and the Carr Hammerhead.
     
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    I highly recommend the Chicago Blues Box- 18 watts, takes a number of power tubes; really has a great sound!
     
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    My Fuchs ODS30SLX 1x12 combo is lighter than I expected, and very versital with the mid and gain boosts and OD channel. Packs a lot into a small package. And I hate schlepping heavy equipment.

    James
     
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    Oh yeah. This amp is a joy.
     
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    great 1x12!
     
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    +1... The Chicago too...:dude
     
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    The two that I like that are portable are my restored and tweaked Deluxe Reverb and my Siegmund Midnight Special. My Aiken Invader 1 x 12 sounds great too but it has a big, heavy cabinet.

    For low volume playing situations, the Midnight Special with a single 6V6 and and a 5Y3 rectifier is hard to beat. It's got a real nice reverb and with these tubes and a humbucking guitar, it'll growl and sustain on leads without any pedals.

    Wayne
     
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    I have a 1X12 and with a GB it is light as sheet.
    I have grabbed and gone with that amp more times then I can remember.
     
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    My '83 Paul Rivera Fender Super Champ - none smaller, lighter or punchier. It's the dog's danglies!

    Failing that, the Gibson Goldtone GA15 takes some beating - 15w ClassA, half-power switch (and you need it - his amp has cahones!) great reverb, wonderfully responsive and light enought to carry in one hand
     
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    Has anyone found a light weight speaker, that they really like?

    I've found the Celestion Seventy 80 sounds pretty good, and weighs about seven pounds. I'm considering the Weber Ceramic Signature 12B, which only weighs five pounds. Neo speakers are a couple pounds lighter, but look like they might be too shrill, judgeing by the specs. I do like like a bright speaker, but I've been afraid to try a Tonkerlite or Lil' Texas.
     
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    This is my "grab and go" as well. The other guitar player I play with once said "that is the only light amp I've ever played through that I liked". :)
     
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  20. mude

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    It is hard to argue with this from a size, weight category. Push it a bit and there are some great sounds in there.

    There are lots of cool 1x12 combos, but I am really talking about the small ones that you can still gig with and still sound good.

    I am talking about ones that are definitely under 50 pounds and are in small cabs. Tons of cool stuff if you go bigger/heavier in either category.

    Evan.
     

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