Lunchbox amp shootout with 12 amps! (Mesa, Orange, EVH, Peavey etc.)

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  1. Guitarjon

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    Just two tracks. Otherwise the distortion texture would get too blurry...
     
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    My Friedman Pink Taco is the head. I play it thru a 112 cab. I think it qualifies as a lunchbox amp.
     
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  3. EL84 Abuser

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    Is there an actual definition of what constitutes calling an amp a lunchbox?

    I thought: a) made out of metal - like old lunchboxes. never seen one made out of wood. b) smaller in size/weight (compared to a wood version), and c) lower wattage

    A 20 watt Friedman doesn't cut it imo.
     
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    I wasn’t aware there was an actual definition for a lunchbox amp. Always just thought people were referring to a lower wattage tube amp with a relatively small footprint. I personally categorize them that way. The PRS MT15 and Orange OR15 are pretty similar in size to my Friedman PT20.
     
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    I guess you both are right in a way. To me personally it's all about the size and low-wattage. As I explained, I don't think my Mark V 35 really hits that category since it's kinda big for a 'lunchbox' amp but the OR15 for example, despite having a normal head shell still feels like a lunchbox amp to me.
     
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    Be careful with the lingo here. A new word might creep into the discussion i.e. “Breadbox”.


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    The lunchbox “era” is a welcome one for yours truly. I started playing electric in hummmm 195x.
    I know, that makes me ancient and it's true. My point is that: my very first amp was the renowned Gibson “Skylark”.....the “lunchbox” of its day, so to speak. Twelve watts, 8” speaker with one volume and one tone knob. “TONE-FULL” was the word. Flash forward umpteen years and I'm down to lunchbox size and still “TONE-FULL” but in a modern way with an Orange Dark Terror. In between have been more than a couple of amps purchases both tube and solid state. What the expression was and still is “everything old is new again” is true. To me smaller amps mean tone-full amps and all one has to do is view the opening video in this thread to realize it.


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  8. Guitarjon

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    Couldn't agree more! :)
     
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    Good news! I got a used Tiny Terror today in really good shape. The only thing wrong with it is that the pilot light seems to be broken so I ordered a new one from Orange right away.

    The amp sounds just as good as I was expecting, I already have a Dual Terror with the TT channel so I knew what I should expect, but yeah, this thing delivers!

    I already have plans for a couple of videos... 1. I'm going to do a 'Tiny Terror vs Axe Fx III, Amplitube & Cypress TT15' video. Anyone know of any other modeling platforms that model the Tiny Terror Btw? And 2. A comprehensive shootout of all my Orange amps.... Should be fun!
     
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    Great shootout! I have the Mark V:25 and am very pleased with it, but am unsure whether I've paired it with the right cabinet or whether I might prefer the Mini Rec slightly more. In this video, I preferred the V:35, but what were you using for IR? It might help me figure out what I need to try next.

    So my H&K Tubemeister 18 is a lunchbox, because it's got a sheetmetal shell, but my Mark V:25 is not because it has a traditional tolex-covered wood shell? The sizes aren't that far off, but I get the distinction.
     
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    Thanks!

    All the IRs I used are shown during the first full band sections. Hope that helps!
     
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    I guess it's all about size really. I have a Ceriatone head (wood) that's marketed as a lunchbox.
    15.75" x 10" x 9.25" and 30 pounds!
    Must be the papa bear LB and the Mini-Rectifier is the baby bear LB.
    12.6" x 5.8" x 6.75" and 12 pounds.

    1/3rd smaller and almost 1/3rd lighter. And it's rated 5 watts higher! :confused:
     
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    I have an ENGL Ironball on the way. Got it B-stock from Thomann! A lot of guys have been motivating me to get one so I just had to ;) Will be interesting to see how well this one compares to my Fireball 100. :)
     

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