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recommend a GREAT single 12 combo?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by Winklin, Sep 15, 2005.

  1. Winklin

    Winklin Member

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    I'm losing the love for my Bassman RI; it's flabby low end is beginning to drive me nuts. And it's hurting my back!
    I'd like to make a change to a single 12" combo; can anyone recommend one that:
    Is loud enough for a four-piece pop band,
    Gets a GREAT "just breaking up" sound,
    Holds a TIGHT low end,
    And doesn't cost an arm and a leg?

    Here are a few I've already tried and don't like:
    Peavey Classic 30
    Marshall JTM 30 and 60
    Ampeg Jets
    Fender Hot Rods

    I'd prefer a single channel amp over a channel switcher, and would be happy to have reverb, though it's not a deal breaker. Thanks for the help!
     
  2. onemind

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    Bogner Metropolis...Probably 30 Watts for gigging, but the 15 is loud as hell!

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    Steve
     
  3. The Whiz

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    Dr Z Z28 1x12 with a G12H30 (or my favorite the Weber Alnico Blue Dog).
     
  4. Winklin

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    THAT is an awesome amp! I've tried one and LOVED it, but it's more money than I'd like to spend.
    Is there anything in or around the $1000 mark that can get me there? The Bogner's over 2k.....
    ouch.
     
  5. Winklin

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    Oops! My reply was meant for the Metropolis, NOT the Dr. Z. I need to check out the whole Dr. Z line, I guess..... a friend's got a Ghia that sounds VERY good.
    Still, though, these amps are sadly more money than I'd like to spend.
     
  6. softhackle

    softhackle Supporting Member

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    Top Hat Club Royale/Deluxe 1 x 12
     
  7. mude

    mude Supporting Member

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    Consider a VHT Pitbull 45. Two channels, but some great tones to be had. Comfortably under a grand used.

    Evan.
     
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    I bought my used Metro 15 w/reverb for much closer to 1K than 2K, the list price is high though! I still need to check out the Dr's amps myself!
     
  10. mude

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    The Valvetech idea is a good one IMO for the money you are talking as well.

    Evan.
     
  11. Fred McMurray

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    The Dr. Z Maz 18 Jr is my main gigging amp now. LOUD, and sounds like what you're looking for. I've got the 210, which in the Dr. Z scheme of things is more desirable, sounds much bigger than the 112 and is essentially housed in the same enclosure. Weighs in at around 43 lbs, I think. Very easy to cart around, and worth the extra coin. Go the Used route...

    Fred
     
  12. slipbeer

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    Ditto on the 15 watt Metro,

    They're not easy to find used because they're such great amps but I got one for about $1200 and it's great.

    Think of it as throwin' an extra $200 in your happy place rather than $1200.
     
  13. AL30

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    I just finished "freshening up" a "66 Ampeg Gemini 1 that I picked up for $300. About $200 worth of parts - tubes, caps, etc and this amp is a thing of beauty. Full clean sound, GREAT breakup around 6 or 7. Won't break the bank or your back. Approx 20 watts so it won't fill a big room but will do just fine in smaller venues and should be a killer in the studio.

    AL
     
  14. 59burst

    59burst Gold Supporting Member

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    +1. I've owned and gigged both and they both sound incredible.
     
  15. Bix

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    Another vote for the valvetech.

    Bix
     
  16. myles111

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    Fred,

    These are one of my favorite all around amps of all time.
     
  17. myles111

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    This is one of my current favorite 12" combos but it is a very agressive amp ... maybe too much for some folks but this can be set up differently very fast.

    It is the amp I designed and asked the Pierson folks to build for me to my design.

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    Sometimes when you want something to fit a specific requirement without a compromise you have to just do it yourself I guess.
     
  18. meterman

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    Third vote for the TopHat Clubs with the deeper (11" I think) 1x12 cab, likely the Club Deluxe since you're playing a tweed Bassman now...I have one, my favorite 1x12 ever played, stunning tones and surprisingly powerful, tight bass, small and light, love it! $800-900 used
     
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    Gibson GA-15RV. Fender Deluxe Reverb.
     
  20. tuna

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    I think a Dr Z Carmen Ghia can be had for under a grand
     

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