Power amp for a rack..

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  1. Smakutus

    Smakutus Member

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    I have to get my Rocktron Velocity 300 power amp worked on and want to pick up a good priced power amp to use while it's being worked on.. Any suggestions? I'd like something that is priced to where I can sell it easy and get my money back.

    Thanks,
    Jeff
     
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    Tube Works Mos Valve if you can find one on eBay. They are pretty common, very lightweight and the best sounding SS rack power amp for guitar ever made in my opinion. I've had 2 of them over the years and they always worked perfectly and sounded great.

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    Cool.. I'm watching a couple. Thanks guys.

    Jeff
     
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    For $300, go with a Peavey Classic power amp, 50/50, 60, 60/60, 120, 120/120. Not much more price-wise but in my experience, I prefer the Peaveys 50/50 and 60/60 over the Mosvalve. I didn't like the 6L6 version of the Mosvalve either, I forget the model number.


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  6. saltfuture

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    I was under the assumption that OP preferred SS?
     
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    I've got one too, I agree with your post. I keep mine as a backup and probably always will!
     
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    gag halfrunt A fellow of infinite jest Supporting Member

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    A Mesa 20/20 is a fantastic rack power amp. EL84s, and stereo channels to boot. I use mine a my main rack amp, and you can sell them easily for what you paid.
     
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    I wasn't aware that anyone preferred SS for a guitar power amp.


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  10. Smakutus

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    I've been happy with the sound of my Egnater preamp in front of this Rocktron power amp for more than 10 years now.. But I'll try anything that's not too pricey.

    Thanks for the help guys,
    Jeff
     
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    So you can with the Fifty/ Fifty which is a rather sought after rack piece.
     
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    Dimebag Darrell, Steve Albini, Billy Gibbons, Brian May, Kurt Cobain, Allan Holdsworth, B.B. King, Ty Tabor.

    Thats a few off the top of my head.
     
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    gag halfrunt A fellow of infinite jest Supporting Member

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    True. All of Mesa's power amps are good pieces of gear. If I was going up to two rack spaces, I'd recommend the 2:90 Simul-class.

    But I love the single rack space 20/20. It's light, compact, and powerful enough for club gigs.
     
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    You forgot Frank Gambale. Great technique, hideous tone.
    Brian May? Those 9 AC30s were converted to SS?
    Billy Gibbons? I thought that he always used a tube amp.


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  15. saltfuture

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    haha. I love Gambale's tone personally.
    Yes Brian May recorded most queen songs with a solid state circuit built by John Deacon. Vox even made a little replica of it. Its that little white Brian May amp. Sounds awesome! He used the ac 30s for live stuff.

    Billy gibbons is a big fan of the old marshall mini stacks and uses valvestate rack preamps in his signal chain live.
     
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    What's the difference in power amps made for bass rather than guitar?

    Any opinions on ADA power amps?

    Thanks,
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    I never heard an ADA I really liked.

    I gues it sort of depends on what you are looking for.

    If it's the Dimebag thing. SS is surely the way to go as there is no sag.

    If you want the sound to be a little more organic. tubes will help.
    IMHO you are better off searching locally if you can. Rack gear isn't too popular right now, you can probably find used stuff pretty cheap.

    Here are the one's I've tried with both a mesa boogie Triaxis and an early egnater IE-4.

    Early boogie-50/50 careful some of these are voiced very bright to match up with the rather dark studio preamp. booke will revoice for like $100 bucks or something.

    Marhsall Monoblock- The gold ones- These sounded incredible with my Egnater. Very musical and solid.

    Mesa 2:90-I still think this is one of the most musical amps built. It's expensive and has lots of functions but sounds really good, which is why so many people use it.

    VHT 50/2/50-Amazing build. I thought it sounded really good but lacked personality. This can be good or bad depending on that you are using it for.

    Peavey Classic-Probably the worst built of the amps I just mentioned but a real sleeper. At one time, I was thinking of buying a CAE preamp and Bob Bradshaw told me the Classic's were his favorite sounding amps...
    These do sound really good.

    Buy used,play for free...
     
  18. Smakutus

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    Got ya.. Thanks for the info.

    Jeff
     

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