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Ceriatone makes Matchless clones in head cabs at reasonable prices. Their 15W Creme Brulee weighs around 30 lbs.
Have you actually tried modelers or just dismissed them out of hand?Hey guys and gals,
I have a 93 Matchless SC30 and a 95 or so Lightning I bought both when they were first introduced and have used them extensively for well over 20 some years.
They are my signature tone and have been told that repeatedly for years. (Tele/comp/dist/etc)
I am in a bit of a pinch....I am over 60 and can't hardly carry either amp comfortably down the steps where I live.
I am trying everything...Quilter mini 50/90's Pro Jr/Musicman RD50(1x10). They all have their plusses. And are all much easier to get down the steps. I am noticing and so are others that I am using something different than what I have used all these years.
Even the keyboard player who I highly respect said something last Sat. It just killed me. I knew it..It just didn't sound the same.
Issues: Both amps too heavy anymore and I can not keep them in the vehicle overnight let alone a week by week basis. No way.
I need a stage amp, and I am open to suggestions that will get me the Matchless tone at a lighter weight. I know modelers are great, but I am a hardcore tube guy and the sound guy said he loves mic'ing up my amps.
Any suggestions on which way to look(smaller/lighter with the same type tone with enough headroom), or maybe get a head shell for the Lightning?
Any replies...Thanks so much.
It really has me bummed.
I like this.One of the problems with Matchless is high grade marine ply-that stuff is heavy. And while it's neutral, it doesn't add anything to the sound. I'd consider trying to get a head box made of lightweight pine, and a cab made of the same. My open back pine cab with Jensen Neo weighs about 15 pounds and is good to 100w. Sound great, too.
I have a bit. But this is a band that thrives on amps. No in ears with 4 monitor mixes for each member. Rocking old school CKLW to Chicago. My guitar amp/tone is a stage filler as well with the bass/drums and keys. It's a stage conglomerate that we feed off of.Have you actually tried modelers or just dismissed them out of hand?
Well, if you're going to eliminate what's likely the most practical option and you're going to rage against the dying of the light, you're going to have to figure something out. The alnico speakers are likely a good option. I'd split the combo into a head/cab setup, and I would specifically NOT have Matchless build it. Find yourself a lighter cab, put alnicos in there, have someone build a lighter head cab, and make sure both pieces have handles on the side. And get to the gym and yoga studio. That's the other half of the equation.I have a bit. But this is a band that thrives on amps. No in ears with 4 monitor mixes for each member. Rocking old school CKLW to Chicago. My guitar amp/tone is a stage filler as well with the bass/drums and keys. It's a stage conglomerate that we feed off of.
RE modelers: Don't get me wrong, they sound killer from what I have heard live.