Please help me replace my amps....

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by Young John, May 22, 2015.

  1. Young John

    Young John Member

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    I am currently running a '65 Bassman in a 1x12 format alongside a '59 LTD Bassman. I built the 1x12 combo so I wouldn't have to carry the LTD around. They sounded so good together that now I'm carting both of them around. (friggin genius eh?)
    I Love both of these amps but I'm tired of carting them around. I do a Blues/R&B thing and I still have a few more years of giggin in me so I'm looking to lighten the load.
    Can I get your opinions on a single amp that will get me the strong, muscular blackface tone and the grainy, sweet tweed tone in one box?
    Is there such a thing?

    Thanks for your help.
     
  2. Ilduce

    Ilduce And now for something completely different! Supporting Member

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    Redplate! RP40 maybe?
     
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    I had a Fargen Dual Classic which had a Super Reverb circuit in the clean channel and a Bassman/JTM45 in the drive channel. The drive channel was voiced like a Brownface Bassman, according to TGP member Seegs. He was the owner of the first Dual Classic if memory serves me well. A combo version should meet your needs... maybe a 2X10" if you don't care for lot os bass
     
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    sants Supporting Member

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    Carr rambler or viceroy.
     
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    Every time I used to whine about heavy combos/cabs, I just remembered how much worse it is to load bass gear in/out. We have little to complain about...
     
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    You already own it.
    Mod the bass channel to get more mids from the tone stack, and a bit mote gain from the first gain stage.
    best
     
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    I would try modding the Bassman, but otherwise a 3rd Power American Dream is basically what you're looking for.
     
  10. Young John

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    I wish I knew how to do that kinda stuff. I had always thought about making that useless channel useful. Making it Tweed like would be awesome.
    I thought it'd be cool to make it a 2 x 10 and be able to blend the 2 channels together to taste.
     
  11. Young John

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    I was checking them out earlier and was wondering if the two sounds can be blended?
     
  12. Young John

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    I sure don't want to get rid of my '65. Although the cabinet labels are notoriously inaccurate, I still cling to the fact that the label says it was put together on the same month and year I was born.
     
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    Do you live near me.?
     
  14. Young John

    Young John Member

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    Oh my goodness.....Dig this thing.
    http://www.3rdpower.com/dream_weaver.htm

    When I was younger and had all the answers, I played through this very '65 Bassman and a Plexi. It was my best rig ever. I sold the Plexi for a mortgage payment....uuhhhhhggg....that hurts.

    Anyhoo, check out the "Jump" feature on the Dream Weaver....could it get any better?
     
  15. Young John

    Young John Member

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    I'm in Arizona.
     
  16. glazed67

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    Hello John, Do you mean the Tweed & Blackface preamps blended? No, the (RP50r) doesn't do that, you can run each separately w/ the drive channel. Other RP models are capable of that, I believe the models with the "duo" designation, where they can be stacked. If it can be done, Henry will build it for you.
     
  17. Chicago Slim

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    For both Tweed and Blackface sounds, I've used a Vox TB18C1 or Kustom '36 Coupe. With an Eminece Lil' Texas Speaker, the Vox weighs 36 lbs, and the '36 Coupe at 42 lbs.
     
  18. Ramblin Hymns

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    I've got a bad back and I like saving my tubes so I went to a head and cab. I had the CDS2 Red Plate and loved it but combos can be rough on tubes IMO. Now I have The Red Plate MDD50, RPPRO50, and a Blues Machine 66. I have 2 ix12 cabs with a KTS-60 and the other with the WGS-12L. They sound good together and by themselves. The RP's are just very versatile but each have their own thing happening. The BM66 I just got and it is a beefy amp but has some nice cleans. Easy to set up also.
     
  19. Robal

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    There are a number of good amp techs who can do this for you (e.g., mod bass channel for more gain, fine tune normal channel, and add cathode/fixed bias switch), and it will cost a lot less than buying a new Redplate or 3rd Power amp, if cost is a consideration. Roy Blankenship modded mine and I did one myself -- a '65 Bassman is a pretty basic circuit. Combine that amp with a good pedal to switch between amp channels (I prefer the Lehle) and you have a pretty versatile setup. But, new amps are cool too.
     
  20. Rumble5

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    Get a BF Pro Reverb and put some mid-rangey British-style speakers in it.
     

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