Looking for a low wattage amp

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  1. ed_dale007

    ed_dale007 Member

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    I am looking for a new low wattage amp my AC30 is just to loud for most of my applications, everybody is always complaining about my stage volume. I prefer an EL84 amp. Leaning towards a bad cat cub but also interested in matchless, top hat, Dr.Z, goodsell, and gabriel voxer. Any idea's? I mostly play rock
     
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    I Love the GDS 18 watter! (Graydon Stuckey)
    Why not try the Vox 30 watt modeling amp with the attenuator, a steal for 250.00!!
     
  3. ed_dale007

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    Im looking for another amp because I like the idea of having another flavor of tone in my arsenal.
     
  4. voxer

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    gotta give a nod to my Gabriel Voxer 18!
     
  5. Peppy

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    Quidley may be an option.
     
  6. ed_dale007

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    I was kinda leaning towards a bad cat cub IIR. Anybody own one?
     
  7. K.E.P.

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    Gabriel Voxer is your choice
     
  8. Gasp100

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    Your list seems pretty "voxy". How about some more Marshally stuff with built in attenuation like the Badger 18 (or 30, Fargen miniplex (or mightyplex II) or Aiken?
    I'm really digging my Winfield 18/30 watt combo and he also makes an AC15 clone with a MV (all EF86).
    Finally, for Fender I recommend a Gries amp - my Gries 5 is just perfect for home/studio, but he also makes larger sizes as well, most if not all with MV's.
     
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    I made the same decision. My TopHat Supreme 16 has served me well. I get to hit my amps sweet spot without the sound guy and other band members nagging me to lower my stage volume.
     
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    Dr. Z Carmen Ghia and Maz 18 are great EL84 amps ... may want to get an Airbrake attenuator as well as they're loud.
     
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    Reeves Custom 12 :)
     
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    That would be a good choice. You can get the Reeves with power scaling for low volume playing, they are well built and the Reeves 12 is a lightweight combo. EL84 flavor.
     
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    IMO, if 30 watts is too loud, I don't think you will fare much better with an 18 watter. Of course, it depends on the amp. Some of the power scaling options seem intriguing but, I have an H/C-30 that even in 1/2 power (15w) mode is still way louder than what a lot of places will tolerate.

    YMMV.
     
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    Another vote for the Gabriel Voxer. you won't find a sweeter tone.
     
  16. Leonc

    Leonc Wild Gear Hearder Gold Supporting Member

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    Magic Brit!

    Very much in the Vox family. Here's a recording I did with one a couple years ago. http://www.patchWerkz.com/uploads/BritSample.mp3

    That's all Brit, no pedals. Buncha guitars though...hehhe.

    There's also a trusty Vox AC15 to consider...
     
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    Kodecar makes a good point. 18watts can still be loud. DC30 here (those are loud 18 watts) and I'm still thinking about the power scaling suhr. My blues jr doesn't carry near the oomph of my dc30 at 1/2 power and the MV workds relatively well for fat/clean w/pedals.
     
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