old clean head under $500

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  1. mcormier

    mcormier Guest

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    ok im looking for an old tube head that has pristine cleans that is under $500.. prefferably under $400.. (i said old because the newer stuff would probably be too much moula)


    Thanks Maxim
     
  2. rwe333

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    Look for the old MusicMan heads - great Fender-like cleans. Solid-state preamp, tube power amp (usually EL34).

    I like the HD130 heads (Albert Lee still uses 'em), the 65 Reverb, etc...
     
  3. Wes_k

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    i've heard excellent things about early Traynor amps, particularly the Bassmaster YBA-1 heads (45- 50 watts)....maybe someone who owns one can chime in on the overall tone and headroom...?
     
  4. mcormier

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    thanks... ive also heard some good things.. any owners that would like to give their opinion?
     
  5. fancynapkin

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    carvin x-100b, hands down, a definent sleeper.
     
  6. Matt H

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    hard to beat a bassman50's normal channel for "clean all the way up".
     
  7. zadiqof

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    I'll second this.
     
  8. drbob1

    drbob1 Silver Supporting Member

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    Ampeg V2/V4-the loudest clean that's legal (well except for a Marshall major or SVT, and they're a tad more than $500)
    Sunn 100s, 200s, Spectrum or Sceptre
    Traynor YGM-100w
    Fender PA100 (4 channel tube with reverb from the early 70s), possibly a Quad Reverb head
    Roland JC120 Head
    Yamaha T100 (reverb isn't great but the basic sound is cool).
     
  9. drbob1

    drbob1 Silver Supporting Member

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    If you're going to go with rare and wierd, Sound City also built a 200w PA head-heavy as sin but clean overhead to rival anything. They're not very desireable so you might score one under $500.
     
  10. 59burst

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    +1. A true sleeper.
     
  11. AlexF

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    re the Traynor question, I had their twin style 100 watt 2x12, it was really a twin front end coupled to an EL34 Marshall style poweramp, great amp. great warm cleans, bulletproof design and manufacture. I just love the way you lift the lid off the amp to service it - no need to pull the chassis, not that it ever needed servicing once I changed the leaking 'stick of dynamite' filter caps!
    Al
     
  12. TwinandTwang

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    Blackface Bassman Head?
     
  13. VanStone

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    Peavey Classic 50 head.

    V
     
  14. AL30

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    Nope. Bassmans get pretty mean at mid to higher volumes. In a really good way.

    AL
     
  15. Matt H

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    a blackface bassman might- but not a silverface bassman 50 on the normal channel... woooooboy. those get so loud before the get dirty it's not even funny...

    i think the NFB and PI circuit differences between the two make a world of difference
     
  16. Boogs

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    Totally. Cleans to die for, headroom out the wazoo, and a particularly lovely reverb. For some reason, they are completely ignored and can go for $300 on eBay...one day people will catch on.

    :dude
     

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