Princeton Reverb-esque amps?

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  1. Sam801

    Sam801 Member

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    I played a Silverface Princeton Reverb at my bandmate's studio recently. Toggling a Vintage Rat for clean/od. It sounded good through the 10" speaker. But when I disconnected the internal speaker and ran it through an oversized and ported Emperor 2x12 with Eminence Texas Heats, I was pretty sold.

    So before I go out and buy a Silverface Princeton Reverb can any of you school me on some things?

    1. The differences in era's? Any years to dodge? Sonic differences between BF/SF? Reissues far from the mark?

    2. Other brands with similar amps? I don't wanna pay more than the real thing is worth...

    3. Similar sounding but higher wattage amps from Fender or other builders? At practice I had to have the PR dimed. Those 15 little watts sounded glorious. But I've never seriously dabbled in amps lower than 30w before. Something in the 30-100w range would really interest me.

    Any help would be appreciated.
     
  2. DJ_61

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    call Rick from Vintage Sound Amps.
     
  3. staxman

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    I've used a Headstrong Lil' King for four years. It's easily as good as an older Princeton. It comes with a very high efficiency 12" (Emi Legend GB128) so it effectively has more volume than it's 14 watts would suggest; at least when compared to the vintage stuff. Headstrong also makes a 23 watt version of the Lil King too. Haven't tried it but it gets great reviews.
     
  4. alexanderplatz

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    There must be lots of clones and variations of the PR. Allen Amplification "Sweet Spot" model looks like a good one:

    http://www.allenamps.com/sweetspot.php

    Not an exact clone, but an enhanced version. Also, costs more than a used silverface Princeton Reverb. Non-reverb Princetons are nice too. I just saw a 1969 SF Princeton at my local GC priced at $750.

    I have a Princeton Reverb Reissue. I got it on sale and am happy with it relative to what I paid for it. I don't think I would want to pay the usual street price of $900 for it. That said, with a Weber alnico speaker (10A125) I like it a lot.
     
  5. VintageKnob

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    I heard great things about all of the above amps, I have a Lil Dawg "Wonderdawg" - in a PR chassis and a 1x12 cab, close to a Super Reverb tone stack. I just put all new NOS tubes in it. Yummy! I use a Tone Tubby alnico, it can get pretty loud for 12 watts!

    http://www.littledawgamps.com/blackface_home.php

    - D
     
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  6. halcyon

    halcyon Supporting Member

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    I have a '76 Princeton Reverb. I also have a Mesa 5:25 1x10, which, dialed properly, can actually get pretty close. I'm sure there are other small-ish amps from boutique builders that come closer (and obviously the 5:25 wasn't designed to; I'm just sayin').

    I haven't found an integrated reverb that I like better than the Princeton, however.
     
  7. sixty2strat

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    They had very few changes so almost any year is good BF to SF the last few years had a boost circut that is usless, my 78 has one but I never use it and the amp will go toe to toe with any other PR. I do suggest swaping the speaker. a 30-40 ctswill get flubby when pushed. And nice tubes are money wel spent
     

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