High gain, 30-50 watt head, under $750 new or used...GO!

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  1. jimmyohio75

    jimmyohio75 Member

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    I am looking for a new amp that I can keep at our practice space full time. It needs to have lots of gain on tap (think Clutch, not Slayer). Don't care much about the cleans. It can be one channel or two.
    It needs at least 30 watts and must be less than $750. Used is OK.
    Here are a few candidates that I have looked into but have not played. Add your suggestions to the list.

    Marshall DSL 50/100
    Jet City JCA50H
    Blackstar HT40
    Orange Rocker 30
    Budda Superdrive 30


    Any others worth looking at?
     
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    I got my rectoverb (with flight case) for $500 :p
     
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    GCDEF Supporting Member

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    I just got an Egnater Renegade for $600.
     
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    Not too familiar with Mesa stuff. I have always been turned off by too many knobs. I want to be able to dial in a good sound with no more than 6-7 knobs! My Orange Dual Terror has 6 knobs and it is stupid easy to dial in a great sound without busting out a periodic table of the elements to figure it out.

    Not sure how many knobs your rectoverb has but the Rectifiers have way too many damn knobs IMO.
     
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    Many great Mesa's fit that description if you buy used... F-series, DC's, Single Recto...
     
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  7. Rena Rune

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    Orange Rocker is the coolest amp there, IMO. Though I've only heard 3 in person.
     
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    I was looking for what you looking for and it that price range i settled for the mesa f-50 and it doesnt have to many knobs
     
  9. Rena Rune

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    Also since you're on Orange, consider the TH30. It also has a wattage switch for playing at lower volumes I believe, very useful.
     
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    I actually bought (and quickly sold) a TH30 about two months ago. I felt that the gain had a tendency to get fizzy and it had a bit of a sterile, artificial quality about it. I am looking for a fat, punchy, raw sound. The TH30 was too "modern metal" for me.
     
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    A Fryette Deliverance 60 then. I just traded the Rectoverb I had for it. It is raw like sausage baby! Seriously, it is fat, punchy, and raw. I think they go for $750 to $850 used.
     
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    Not familiar with Fryette....Good stuff, good reputation? Quality build?
     
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    I'm really intrigued by this....Jet City BFG Modded JCA50H....sexy as hell!! Only $599

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    Mesa amps ... every sound but the right one!!!
     
  15. Rena Rune

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    The Rockerverb would be more your scene then. Though Oranges by definition are going to be somewhat fuzzy(not necessarily fizzy) on a lot of settings.
     
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    I was at GC today and seen a used Tweeker 40 that looked new for $499. It's a tiny amp for 40 watts. They had a Rebel as well that was even smaller. It's a cool thing to have such loud amps that are so light and easy to carry around.

    I must say that I'm interested in the Tweeker 40 with the switchable tone stacks.
     
  17. Rena Rune

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    That looks awesome.
     
  18. jimmyohio75

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    Sounds even better!
     
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    Yes, total pro gear. Well beyond much mentioned thus far in the thread (IMHO).
     
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    This probably means something useful to someone somewhere.:huh
     

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