Recommend Me Quality Grab-n-Go

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by tourultimate, Feb 21, 2012.

  1. tourultimate

    tourultimate Supporting Member

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    Looking for a quality grab-n-go combo. Preferably 1x12, although not entirely opposed to a 1x10. Mainly looking for a backup amp, but also something I can grab for gigs when I don't feel like hauling my head/cab. Volume-wise I don't need a ton, my amp is always mic'd. Something between 4-15 Watts maybe. I thought a 5E3 would be perfect and I had one, but I sold it as I just didn't really bond with it. It was a great sounding amp though. I seriously considered a solid-state like a tech21, but leaning more towards tube. My main amp is a Morgan Dual20, so chimey amps are kind of my thing, but I can see the benefit of getting something different as well. I want to keep it around $800 or less if possible. Thoughts?

    thanks!
     
  2. wrxplayer

    wrxplayer Supporting Member

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    The Working Dog Boxer from Alessandro is a great grab -n- go that can be had for <$800 on ebay when it shows up. Built in attenuator regulates wattage between 10 and 20. Reverb. 1x12 or 2x10. PTP wired. At 36 lbs it's the lightest gig-worthy combo amp I know of.

    http://www.alessandro-products.com/working_dog/html/boxer.htm
     
  3. Ryan

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    Carmen Ghia 1x10 combo.
     
  4. speedemon

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    Hi,

    there are tons of good combos as you know. I have Valvetrain 5e3 that is great, but I got a ceramic speaker because I want more dirt than chime. I even got Randall MTS modules to chime nicely with a good celestion blue clone, so don't ignore your speaker choice. With decent tubes and speakers you can get an acceptable tone out of the MTS amps or that Egnater Tweaker for cheap. These don't have the tone of a booteek amp, but when fall a couple feet or get beer spilled on them, you will still be able to concentrate for the next few days!

    Good luck!
     
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    I really like my DRRI. No problems and plenty of power and portability.
     
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    Maz 18 reverb, PRRI, or maybe a Class 5
     
  7. earthlydescent

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    Vox AC4HW1 will be out shortly. It'll be a great little version of what you already use. $799. I've been thinking of one myself.
     
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    The Reason Bambino is a great, lightweight 1x12 that is very versatile and sounds great.
     
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    I have a Magic Amps Vibro Prince that is amazing. Add a dirt pedal and it is a great grab and go amp.
     
  10. tourultimate

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    Great feedback. I'll look for some of those amps used. The ghia, bambino and maz18 all sound like solid recommendations. Any more?
     
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    Egnater Tweakers should be on your list as well.
     
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    Red Plate Tweedy Verb 112 combo.

    More than $800, but QUALITY in abundance. :cool:

    www.redplateamps.com


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    Den Member

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    That would be a dream for a grab-n-go ... but that's a LOT more than $800!
     
  14. 1JUICY1

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    There is a Genz Benz Black Pearl on TGP right now for a smokin' deal.
     
  15. clintb

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    Gibson GA-15RV:
    - 1x12 combo
    - EL84
    - 15 watts pentode / 6 watts triode
    It's got some chime and can be found on eBay for usually $500 or less
    I own one.

    Reason Bambino combo
    - 1x12 combo
    - 6AQ5
    - 8 watts / 2 watts

    Normal channel more Vox-like, Bright channel more Fender-like, StackMode great for fat classic rock distortion.
    Can sometimes find these used for less than $800
    I own it's bigger brother, the Bambino Grande.
     
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    Great amps, but at 50 Lbs. Grab and go ouch is more like it. for me anyway. YMMV. I love mine, but am following this thread for good advice. The Alessandro sounds cool. BF Princetons (non Reverb models) are in the $800 range, from time to time. not much power there though.
     
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    You can get a lot of good sounds out of a Trademark 60, and it'll take a lick'n and keep on ticking.
     
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    Hotrod Deluxe - there's a reason it's found on almost every studio and bar as a backline. Reliable as and reasonable sound too.
     
  20. dspellman

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    Take a look at the Carvin Vintage 16 (switchable triode/pentode gives you either 16 or 5 watts) -- 12" speaker, EL84 tubes, about 31 lbs, $449.

    The Carvin Nomad is a 50W combo (12" speaker, EL84 tubes, about 40 lbs), $549.
     

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