Looking for small valve amp- classy

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  1. robelinda2

    robelinda2 Member

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    hey guys, i recently bought a Carvin Vintage 16, great amp, you can switch down to 5 watts too. I like the tone, sounds great clean, but i wouldnt mind a slightly louder more clean amp, got any suggestions? Dont mind cost. Have played the Cornford 5 w amp, just not enough volume, would love a small amp thats say 20/30w that can switch down to 5w.
     
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    re-animator Senior Member

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    I know the carvin v16 pretty well... obviously the logical step up would be the carvin nomad, but doesn't switch wattage.

    What I think you want is a Mesa Lonestar special. Switchable wattage down to 5 watts, and I think either 30 or 50 running at full bore. Its a damn good amp.
     
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    I do like the Lonestar, its very classy indeed, problem is its very heavy, and i'd like something thats a little more portable, but i guess it doesnt have to be.
     
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    ahh.... tis true.... boogies are always heavy.
     
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    The Reeves Custom 18 or Custom 30 with power scaling
    Suhr Badger 18 or the new 30
    Viking Amps Pillager 5-15-30
    Emery Sound Stagebaby
    Gries 20 or 35
     
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    MESA Express 5:25. About 35 lbs., 20-odd watts switching to 5 watts Class A, two channels with two modes each...Rob, I've been really happy with mine. My Albert Lee sounds killer thru it, as do my HB guitars. Even in single-ended 5-watt mode, it's a loud little mofo, yet pushes my THD 2X12 no problem.The Suhr Badger also just kills at whatever level you want. Great amp.-eric
     
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    Cornell plexi 18/20 - switchable valve rec and down to 5w. Head or combo.
     
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    The Mesa Boogie Lone Star Special would do it, but I have no idea if it sounds like the Carvin. Two channels, each has separate switching for 5, 15 or 30 watts.
     
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    I'm old and find the LSS 112 not heavy at all. Comes w/ casters also. Oddly, I can't find the weight on the net.
     
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    Genz Benz Black Pearl. Switchable from 8 to 15 to 30 watts. I have the 112 combo. It has an Eminence Red Fang, reverb, footswitchable boost, effects loop and a good master volume. Weighs about 50lbs.
     
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    Rivera Venus 3.

    Sweet.

    I came this close --><--- to getting one a couple weeks ago but balked because I'm a poor guy and couldn't justify the $1300 on a 1x10 combo.

    But I would love to have one someday.
     
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    same here. LOVE the features and the sounds available on the venus.... but its really expensive for the size/wattage. If it was around $800 or so, it could corner the market.
     

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