Similarities between pro reverb vs. vibrolux RI

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  1. olejason

    olejason Supporting Member

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    I basically want a super reverb in a more manageable package. Are these two amps similar at all? They seem to have similar features and the vibrolux would have 10's like the super.

    With the price of pro reverbs right now it would be nice to think there is a decent alternative out there... but am I dreaming? :)
     
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    slider313 Silver Supporting Member

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    The Super has more headroom and a larger output transformer than both.
    The Pro Reverb would be closer in the clean headroom department,the Vibrolux has a sweeter breakup.Actually the Super and Pro are very close in price these days.The Supers have gone down a bit and the Pros have gone up.
     
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    What kind of headroom does the vibro have? I don't need anything ear splitting I guess.

    I may sink the money into a pro, I think it's only 14lb or so more than the vibro.
     
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    I'm always surprised that people say the Vibrolux has such little headroom, because I have one and I never really noticed it. Of course now I do... but I'm probably listening for it now. Thing is, it's a really sweet breakup. We're not talking heavy metal, just nice smoothly-compressed tube saturation. Of course, new speakers are kind of a must, but it sounds pretty good after that.
     
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    Yeah that's kind of what I'm looking for. Kind of he lower gain territory of an AC30 is about as much gain as I'd want. Just a nice breakup. I definitely don't want a rock n roll marshall sounding amp.
     
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    I've owned Super Reverbs a Vibrolux Reverb and a Pro Reverb, all very good condition blackface era.

    My opinion is a Super's 4 10's give you nice headroom, but sometimes have to be driven to a too-loud point to get breakup, especially in smaller venues.

    Whereas a Vibrolux Reverb can put you right in the sweet spot as long as your pickups aren't too hot, the room isn't too big or the drummer/rest of the band isn't too loud. Otherwise, 2 10's can get mushy in a hurry.

    Here are a couple of mic-in-crowd examples of where the Vibrolux worked out, though. Both of these clips were playing a guitar straight into the amp in a live band, club setting: http://www.guitardavetaylor.com/Walkin_29.mp3 - This is a big room, but the band wasn't too loud, so I was able to keep the amp in the sweet spot with a '61 SG Reissue. http://www.guitardavetaylor.com/AD_Neighbor.mp3 - Same situation with another not-too-loud drummer, this time with an Epiphone Casino Reissue (P90's).

    Again, just my $.02, but a 3-10 configuration, like with a VibroKing, is IDEAL. I've played both VibroKings and old 3-10 Bandmasters with both Humbuckers and single coils and they just work. I wish I had clips to demonstrate, because each time, it was pure magic. Imagine the clips above with more bottom end drive, and no muddiness at all.
     

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