Please help me choose a combo to replace my Blues Jr....

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  1. pak1001

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    Based on what you said, I think you'd prefer the Marshall. I've only played the DSL40C but think it's a fantastic amp for the price. Only small thing is the reverb is a bit weak (and I also think it's digital if that matters to you) - but it works just fine. No experience with Bugera, I kind of avoid them; for some reason I associate them with reliability issues - others can may be chime in on that.
     
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    I have the DSL20 head, I believe the combo version would come pretty close to what you're describing.
     
  4. StummerJoe

    StummerJoe Gold Supporting Member

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    If my only two choices are Marshall and Bugera, I go with the Marshall by default. Bugera has been noted for reliability issues. They sound ok when working...
     
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    Fender Supersonic? Sleeper amp IMO that does what you're asking for.
     
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    With the Marshall, you’ll get better dirt but the reverb will be sorely lacking. Not sure how important that is to you. Also, depending, on your taste, you may find the BJr cleans much better than the DSL. It’s a trade off. All depends on what’s more important to you.

    The V22 is a really sweet sounding amp imho. Especially for the price.

    Here’s a couple you might want to consider.

    Fender Bassbreaker 15
    VHT 12/20RT (tube driven spring reverb and tremolo, hand wired, MIC)
    Laney Cub 12R
    Peavey C30 or C20MH (C30 has spring reverb, C20 has digital verb and is a head but 20/5/1w)
    Joyo Beale Street (no verb, 5E3 clone, MIC, tube rectifier, great for Petty and swampy Tweed blues)

    Also, your budget is damn close to used PRRI prices. Heck of a home/practice rig with a couple pedals.
     
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    Might as well keep the bjr imo, unless you raise your budget a bit or you can find something good used.
     
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    Why do you want to replace the Blues Junior? Is it lacking something?
     
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    Just thought of another really good one. Traynor YCV20. It’s actually 15w. Spring verb. Comes stock with a Greenback iirc. Awesome sounding amps and built tough as well. Can do USA and Brit stuff. Cheap too.

    Laney VC15 is another one that does both sides of the Atlantic well for a budget tube amp.
     
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    Sorry, but used Classic 30. You won't do better than that for your budget, imho. You could do a Vox AC15 for a lot of Petty stuff, but I'm guessing since you mention the Allmans you're not going for that sound. Get a Classic 30. ;-)
     
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    I saw an amp called artist and if it truly sounds like the way it sounds in the videos, it should be a winner.
     
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    Fender Pro Jr IV Tweed and a 1x12 cab or add a 1x12 cab to the Blues Jr.

    A sensitive speaker and 1x12 cab will add volume, headroom and take the boxyness, out of an undersized combo cabinet.

    If you leave the original speaker in the Blues Jr, then you have the flexibility and option of the cab. This is less expensive than buying a new amp.

    YMMV
     
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    Blackstar HT20R Mkii. Close to the Marshall in tone and can be bought new at $599.
     
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    Depends on what you don't like about the Blues Junior.
     
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    V22 is amazing with pedals! It shines with single coils. I’ve played the Marshall and owned a BJ and v22,if you like cleans with pedals I’d get the bug, miles better than a BJ
     
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    I second that opinion. Recently I played a Blues Jr and a Princeton 68 in a store and the Princeton sounded amazing compared to the Blues Jr. But the Princeton does not fulfill all of your criteria.
     
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    Used bassbreaker 15. Also, I've learned that reverb should not be a selling point when looking at amps. You want a good sounding amp. Easy to add reverb later with a pedal or output tank, but reverb isn't as necessary as I thought.
     
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    Used Rivera Clubster 45. Light, two channel, foot switchable reverb and channels . Loud clean and master on the overdrive channel.
     
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    agree. i'd even take a Peavey Valveking over a Bugera any day. Classic 30 seems to be what you want
     
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    If you want to stick with Fender, a Bassbreaker 30R or Hot Rod Deluxe or DRRI even could probably be found used $600-$700 range. I would also consider a Marshall DSL or EVH lunchbox amp. Lots of solid state options as well.
     

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