Small club combo w/tremolo suggestions?

billyC

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Hi, I need to replace a small club amp that is causing me problems. I welcome your suggestions....

Here are some parameters:

-All-tube: EL84s And/Or 6V6s

-One channel (w/gain-boost optional)

-Reverb and (footswitchable) Tremolo

-A good amount of headroom before breakup

-15 to 25 watts (club-friendly)

-Bass and Treble controls (add'l. mid/bright/tone controls OK)

-Lightweight 1x12 combo (40 lbs or less)

-------------Bonuses, but not necessary-------------
-Ext. speaker out
-FX Loop & Reverb

-Prefer priced under $900 (used but not abused)

Notes to above: My main amp is the Pittbull 45 1x12 but it's occasionally too much for small rooms. I also own a Super Champ that is close to the specs above (w/o trem), but I'm less inclined to gig with it as its replacement cost continues to rise.

Click the link below to hear samples of our music....

Thanks for your help!
 

TNJ

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Geez, I was gonna say Carr Rambler...but you cant get a used one for under $1400 these days.
Same with a Tone King Meteor (used)...
Used Fender Vibrolux maybe?
Both of those combo's would kick your a$$ though.
S.
j
 

billyC

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Cool, no hurry. I have heard good thing about the Valvetechs.

I'll see if he can make a 1x12 w/tremolo that weighs around 40lbs...
 

beachwail

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Go for a Peavey Delta blues.

Unless you're a label-snob ;)

Upgrade the speaker & tubes and you have a superb
amp.
 

billyC

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Yeah, I was just looking at the specs for the Delta Blues and saw that it may be a little clunky weighing in at 49 lbs.

I am not sure I'd like the 15" speaker as my ears are so accustommed to 12s. But I'll try to find one to play thru around here.

Thanks for the tip!
 

beachwail

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I used to play a lot of gigs thru one of 4 amps:

SF Vibrolux Reverb (2x10) 30 watts (transformer mod)
Deluxe Reverb reissue (1x12) 22 watts
Laney LC-30 (1x12) 30 watts
Peavey Delta Blues (1x15) 30 watts

Almost every single tone-compliment I received
was when I played the Peavey. It just sounds full
and thick, while also being chimey and growly.
The "bulkyness" and 15inch speaker make it much more
of an amp than a boxier-sounding Deluxe I think.

I'll probably never sell mine---it's the best $300 I've
ever spent.
 

Red Planet

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Shoot dont wast your time with nothing but the best.

How about a hand wired amp with all the best components in it for that price.

www.sdgvintageamps.com Call Steven Gupta

The guy built me a Tweed Deluxe with bigger iron and 6L6's in it. 1x12 combo in a finished Tweed Mojo Cab for less than that. The Cleans are gorgeous and the distortion is unreal.

Two Channels, Four Inputs, Vol, Vol, Tone. Sweet Amp.

Caution though. Its loud as all get out.

Then when you want to up the anty try a Balls M-18

www.ballsamps.com Danny Gork

Of coarse there are many fine amps out there so dont get me wrong.
 

6789

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Try a Victoria Regal and you'll want to get it. it has a huge sound. 6L6 - with a THD Yellow Jacket you can use an EL 84.
 

Brakhage

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For the money you cant beat the Ampeg Gemini I (G-12)....great reverb and trem.....amazing little amp.

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rwe333

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Originally posted by Brakhage
For the money you cant beat the Ampeg Gemini I (G-12)....great reverb and trem.....amazing little amp.
Agree TOTALLY!
It's quite a large 1x12, though.
That said, the G12 Gemini I (mid-60s) looks like this:

 

Brakhage

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Originally posted by rwe333
Agree TOTALLY!
It's quite a large 1x12, though.
That said, the G12 Gemini I (mid-60s) looks like this:

Yeah...i think mine is a 1970 which was a little larger.
 

rwe333

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Originally posted by Brakhage
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Cool - mine has an unusual tube assortment:
2 x 7591
1 x 7199
1 x 6CG7
3 x 12AX7
Very, very nice amp w/ incredible reverb/tremolo - often $500 or less!
 

Dave B

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Originally posted by billyC
Yeah, I was just looking at the specs for the Delta Blues and saw that it may be a little clunky weighing in at 49 lbs.

I am not sure I'd like the 15" speaker as my ears are so accustommed to 12s. But I'll try to find one to play thru around here.....
Don't forget that these come in 2x10 configurations, too.
 

drbob1

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I'd second the Fender recommendation, or if you really want to keep the price down, a vintage Traynor Guitarmate-18w from 2 EL84s, reverb, tremelo, great sound, especially if you change out the speaker for something a bit wider spectrum. You might like the Jensen Neo to keep the weight down, although I like an EV12M.
 

AshlandBump

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Originally posted by Dave B
Don't forget that these come in 2x10 configurations, too.
Exactly, I've always preferred the 210 versions of these amps. I've owned two as backups and they were both great. I was at a music store this evening trying out a Casino and plugged it in to a DB210. A nice amp as it is, stock, but I'm sure they'd sound even better with a pair of Webers. Reverb and Tremolo are solid state but I've heard a lot worse on more expensive amps.

If you're handly you could always build a new baffle for the amp and put in a single 12" speaker.
 




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