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This is probably almost the third time I've asked for help choosing an amp. But this time is different.. This time I have the money to pull the trigger on something.

I'm looking for an EL84 amp with a decent amount of headroom as I use a handful of pedals (7-10 of them on my board at all times). Preferably 15 watts or above, and under $1500.

Mostly play cleans and low-gain ODs and use delay 3/4 of the time. Built-in reverb or tremolo does not matter to me.

I like the Dr. Z Maz 18, but it's a tad too bright for my taste. If I can't really find anything better I'll go with that, but I would like to have some other options.. I want to be completely happy with something I'm going to spend more than a grand for.

Thanks ahead of time TGP!

EDIT: I STILL NEED ONE!
 
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They're just hitting the market so I have no idea what they're really like, but find a Two Rock EXO15 to try out. There's a cool demo from Matt Schofield at TRI studios and I'm sure by now there's a handful from NAMM. They run about $1k from what I've heard. Pretty sure its only a head. Its 6v6 but its worth a look. I don't remember all the specs but it seemed pretty sweet. Cheap as hell for a TR!

You could also try one of the Bogner Internationals. The Palmero can run 36 watts using el34's. I'm not really sure how much head room you'd have. The other ones all pretty much use 6v6. I've demoed the Brixton (high gain but got some good Mayer clean ish sounds out of it) and New Yorker (tweedish with more head room) and they were both super cool. They all run right around $1200-1500. Worth looking into.
 

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Thanks for the reply - but my search has ended! Found a Matchless Spitfire on craigs, going to pick up this weekend. :D
Dang! I was scrolling to the bottom of this thread to suggest a used Spitfire, given your price and performance criteria! What color combo is it? Let us know how you like it.
 

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They're just hitting the market so I have no idea what they're really like, but find a Two Rock EXO15 to try out. There's a cool demo from Matt Schofield at TRI studios and I'm sure by now there's a handful from NAMM. They run about $1k from what I've heard. Pretty sure its only a head. Its 6v6 but its worth a look. I don't remember all the specs but it seemed pretty sweet. Cheap as hell for a TR!

You could also try one of the Bogner Internationals. The Palmero can run 36 watts using el34's. I'm not really sure how much head room you'd have. The other ones all pretty much use 6v6. I've demoed the Brixton (high gain but got some good Mayer clean ish sounds out of it) and New Yorker (tweedish with more head room) and they were both super cool. They all run right around $1200-1500. Worth looking into.
Actually, John Schofield is doing the demo.
 

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Dang! I was scrolling to the bottom of this thread to suggest a used Spitfire, given your price and performance criteria! What color combo is it? Let us know how you like it.
It's elk beige with gold grille cloth. It's a 2007 but it looks brand new - the guy kept it in immaculate condition.


I'm thinking about putting it into a head cabinet from Matchless later on down the line to use it with a 2x12 cab.
 
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Ok, so the guy on Craigslist pulled a jerk move and sold it although he had accepted my offer. Didn't even tell me til afterwards..

So I still need one. Someone offered a Carr Hammerhead MKii head and cab, any info on this? Will this fit my needs? I don't know much about Carr Amps.
 

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Fender Prosonics are worth looking into, clean channel takes pedals very well and dirt channel really shimmers (with gain low) with great dynamics in class A mode @ 30 watts, Great deal for $700 ish if you're ok w/ 6L6s.
 

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You can buy the head only and get any other cab you want. Lots of cheaper options in the used market...Of course if you were looking at the bailey 30 at 1300$, itll be harder to find a great cab for only 200$ to stay below your limit.
Yeah that's what I meant. I have no problem with 15 watts, but having double the wattage for just $300 dollars more seems like a deal too good to pass up.

How is the headroom on the Bailey 15?

Also, what is the difference between the Keep and the Bailey?
 

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The keep has a tone knob and the bailey has treble & bass. I do prefer to have more eq options.

Bought a used bailey 15 and sold it because i would need more clean headroom. Its like other 2x 6v6-el84 amps, if you need louder cleans youll be limited. Ive seen in your sig that you use a twin, youll find the kingsley a lot more warmer and darker sounding (not in a bad way at all).

And youre right just for 300$ more its a no brainer since the amp also has a master volume and a 3 way power switch. I wasent using the 3.5 watt setting with the bailey 15 anyway.

hope this helps!
I'm looking for something warmer anyway, so that would be a plus. Thanks for the help, 'preciate it!
 

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How are Top Hat Club Royales?
I have a king Royale and it's awesome! The club Royale is just the top boost section of the king royal in 15 watts I believe. You could get both Vox and Marshall-y tones with it if you at like a boost and mix in a greenback type speaker in it.
Just awesome amp! And build quality is top notch!

Joel
 

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Thanks for all the help everyone.. I stopped by my local music store today just to pick up some strings when I stumbled upon a Vox AC15 Handwired with an Alnico Blue and Mahogany cab for a price I could not pass up. Pulled the trigger. It sounds amazing, the EF86 section especially! Pics up soon.
 




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