Need a small tube amp for weekly blues gig.

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  1. joefender

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    I'm looking for a small tube amp to haul out once a week to a small venue that doesn't require a lot of volume. I normally play through a 4X10 HR Deville or HR Deluxe and I like the results. Just looking for something more portable. The Blues Jr. would seem like the obvious choice. Are there other amps out there that I should be trying? I'd really like to go light weight but don't want to sacrifice too much tone. I'm a big fan of the Fender shimmer and don't mind throwing a pedal in-line to get some overdrive. Built-in reverb is also a big plus.
     
  2. Dave Orban

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    An Alessandro Working Dog 1x12 combo.
     
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    Looks like I may be able to check one out at Roxy Music in Philly. Thanks for the heads up Dave.
     
  4. Muzzy

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    How about a 5e3 clone? One of the best blues amps out there.
     
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    How about a Princeton Reverb? I got my 68 for about a grand, and it's now my small room workhorse. Light, portable and louder than some people think.
     
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    Don't think a 5e3 clone will do shimmer (which I equate to blackface, not tweed) and won't likely have built in reverb (most tweed clones don't).

    If you can get by with the volume then I'd say the Princeton suggestion is great or a silverface Deluxe Reverb.
     
  7. GCDEF

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    I always though the Traynor YCV20WR was a good blues amp.
     
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    Blues Jr or musicman rd50 12" or i use a 10" version.
    Incredible amps!
    I've owned numerous numerous vintage and boutique amps, and the musicman works for me.

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    Sounds like a Gries 5 would do what you want it to do.
     
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    I like the smaller swart for da bluz.
     
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    I don't think you're going to get the shimmer you're after with the EL84 powered Blues Jr. If you dig the HR Deluxe, just save the $$ and use that. You'll end up with bigger biceps, and subsequently more @ss after the gig. assuming you're into that sort of thing...;)
     
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    1. Already-owned head of your choice
    2. 1x12 speaker cab
    3. Attenuator (if necessary)
    That's what I'd do anyway.
     
  13. Amplite

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    Find a Reverend Hellhound...you're gonna like the way you sound!
     
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    Juke 1-12.
    Swart AST.

    Neither is cheap, but you get a lot of great tone for the money with either.
     
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    My buddy just got A peavey classic 30 that is pretty nice sounding - I think its peaveys answer to the blues Jr
     
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    Silvertone 1482-Great blues amp, sadly no reverb
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    Komet Concord with no attenuator and a 4x12! Oh, and a beam blocker for those sitting real close.
     
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    The Blues Jr., Princeton Reverb, or even a Deluxe Reverb would all be great choices. And if you really want to start spending money, you couldn't go wrong with a Goodsell Super 17 or a Carr Rambler or a TopHat Royale (although that might be a bit bigger).
     

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