Recommend a light-weight good sounding tube amp

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by stratman0602, Feb 26, 2008.

  1. stratman0602

    stratman0602 Member

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    I know how much you guys love a challenge ...

    I'm looking for a 'sweet sounding' combo amp that weighs no more than 50lbs. It should be 20 - 35 watts. I prefer a Celestion speaker in the amp 'cause I always lean more towards a chimey british sound rather than Fender-style sound. The ceiling as far as price is concerned is about $1500 although less would be better. Any suggestions??

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    . . . or the Rottweiler. Around 800 to 1k used. ONLY 36 pounds!!!! Probably the last amp I'll ever buy. . . . At around 50lbs is the Heritage Victory combo. Beautiful amp, in construction AND sound. Also around 1K or more used.
     
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    Valvetech VAC....covers tons of ground. Handbuilt PTP and well priced. GREAT AMP!
     
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    Get Henry from RedPlate amps to build on for you. It's guarantied the lightest and most all round amp out there right now and it sounds great.
    You can check it out in these clips from youtube.
    RedAmp It's that little red one on the floor with one 12" speaker.

    It's a tweed deluxe front end(Marshall) and a Dumble power section and it has killer reverb and is cathode biased.

    This thing is 35Watt and weighs only 35 pounds, it sings at any volume.
     
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    My Budda Superdrive 18 combo fits the bill. Very loud for 18 watts, under 50 lbs, very Marshally/Voxish. It's a great amp!
     
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    Old tweed Bassmans are 50 pounds or less. I have two '57s. The new ones feel about the same. These amps sound pretty british to me.
    I converted my amps to cathode bias. A little less power, more sag and easier on the speakers. I even hooked up an attenuator.
     
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    Carr Hammerhead.
     
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    Goodsell 17 or Soldano Astroverb/Astro depending what tone you are looking for.
     
  10. starjag

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    A great tube amp under $1,500, one word... ZINKY!
     
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    Not many people know about them it seems, however the Mission Amps Aroura is a killer amp. You might want to give Bruce a call and get your questions answered.

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    http://www.missionamps.com
     
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    I'm very satisfied with Bogner Duende, great amp with big sound, two ch. (I have Shiva and had Ecstasy, too). It's new around 2000 (street) and worth every penny.
     
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    Check out Samamp combos. They are handmade by a guy in Birmingham and are incredible sounding. My VAC 45 is my go-to small combo. Doesn't have a Celestion, but to my ears does a good mix of Marshall/Vox/Fender. Not a lot of clean to be had, but the overdrive sounds are fantastic. Due to the light weight of the amp and the Jensen Neo speaker, my combo doesn't weigh but around 40 lbs. max. The wattage is variable: 5-, 15-, 25-, and 40-watt settings; these work much better than an attenuator. I think I paid $1400 for mine, and it is very hard to beat. Sam can make you one in a couple of weeks, I think. Highly recommended.

    www.samamp.com
     
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    Top Hat Club Royale. New they're around $1600.00 and used I've seen them go for under a $1000.00. Truly a GREAT amp! :)
     
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    Mesa Boogie Lone Star Special combo.
    EL84's, tones of faetures.
    Around $1500/various speaker options
     
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    Get a Budda Superdrive 18 1x12 and have some cash leftover.
     
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    Get a used Vicky Bandmaster. (35310)
    42 lbs and 35 watts of pure 5881 tweed goodness.

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