New Amp Search: Opinions

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by kodecar, Jun 9, 2008.

  1. kodecar

    kodecar Member

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    I started a poll on this but with so many "other" votes, I thought i would try a different approach.

    As the title says, I am looking for a new amp. I have some definite opinions and have it narrowed down to about 50 options (not really but it seems that way sometimes).

    I want something that meets most of the following criteria.

    Combo, 112 or 212
    20-50 watts
    Power Scaling or good master volume
    EL-34 based
    Reverb
    2 channels
    Great cleans to high gain (hard rock not metal)

    What do you all think. Money is burning a hole in my pocket. Really it's burning a hole in my wife's pocket. In other words, I better make a decision before my new amp turns into a new dishwasher and/or bedroom set.

    Let me know what you think.

    Added: Here are the amps I currently have. I don't want to get anything already covered by one of these.
    Matchless S/C-30
    D'lite 22/33
    Penn Instrument Co. "Super" Tweed Deluxe
    Budda SD18
    Zinky Blue Velvet
     
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  2. joel98z

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    What is your budget.. ?
     
  3. kodecar

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    Up to about $3500 but I don't feel I have to spend that much. With some obvious exceptions, price should not be too much of an issue (I think).
     
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    frankencat Guitarded Gold Supporting Member

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    I can't say enough good things about my Splawn Superstock. Definitely check out the Tophat and Budda stuff as well.
     
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    that sounds like a job for a bad cat hot cat.
     
  6. kodecar

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    Definitely one on my short list.
     
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    I've been looking at the Soultone 45. He's got it set up so you can use it like a channel switcher. I know you stated you wanted two straight channels but man, if I had the cash I'd throw down on one in a HEARTBEAT. That and a Phatone Mastiff but that's not an EL 34 amp. At least give Soultone a shot. Mickey's on TGP, too. Seriously, I've not heard one bad thing about them.
     
  8. innocent_bystander

    innocent_bystander Supporting Member

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    what kind of music do you play?
    anyways, i'd go with the d'lite or a Maz 18NR (not on your list).
    both are bang for the buck. you can have both with your budget or get one and buy a guitar...
     
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    Great clean channel that will do the pushed cleans very well. Use this channel with a gain pedal and it just screams.

    The lead channel is thick with tons of character and rips with humbuckers.

    It can do most styles of music, except hard core metal.
     
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    check out the Kingsley Tone Baron or Deluxe 52.
     
  11. Ed Reed

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    If it were me, I'd think about a /13 or a Germino.
     
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    a previous poster asked about the kind of music you play. Very important question in amp selection.
     
  13. kodecar

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    Hey Guys,

    i picked up a Hot Cat 30R 212 here last night for a great deal. The search is certainly not over though. I will have to see how it works out.

    Like someone once said, "buy used and play for free".

    For the record, I already own the D'lite but it may be up for sale before too long. Along with it might be a killer Tweed Deluxe. I am having a hard time with the farty low-end. Seems like everyone should have one but I am just not sure.

    As far as styles go, I play everything from country to hard rock. Of course I want the magic amp that does everything perfectly. Something with great cleans and high gain (not Metal) tones.
     
  14. guitarvc

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    Egnater Mod 50 with TD and EG5 Modules. The TD will deliver great cleans and the EG5 will give crushing overdrive like that of a SOLDANO. You will get a 4 channel amp that later down the road you can gety other preamp modules that will allow you to voice your amp any way you wish. The tone and versatility are outstanding. My favorite amp at ANY PRICE!
     
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    Mesa Lonestar Classic switchable to EL34's, great cleans versatile. If your tastes change, you can go back to 6L6's for cleaner cleans and still have plenty of dirt on the drive channel.
     
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    soultone 45me
     
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    I'm possibly confused...I thought a lot of the amps mentioned didn't have reverb?
     
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    For $3500 I wouldn't add the constraint of reverb to the amp - I'd get the best possible amp for the money and then get a reverb pedal if the amp did not already have it.
     

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