Small club combo w/tremolo suggestions?

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  1. billyC

    billyC Member

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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!
     
  2. TNJ

    TNJ Gold Supporting Member

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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.
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  3. MuseCafeChris

    MuseCafeChris Senior Member

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    I don't know how quickly you need a new amp but Rob at Valvetech could build one to your specs for damn close to your budget limit.

    http://www.valvetechamps.com
     
  4. 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...
     
  5. 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.
     
  6. 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!
     
  7. jackaroo

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    Sounds Like a deluxe reverb to me.
     
  8. 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.
     
  9. 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.
     
  10. 6789

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    Try a Victoria Regal and you'll want to save up and get it.
     
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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.
     
  12. 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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  13. rwe333

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

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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!
     
  16. calieng

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    This is the best grab and go single channel reverb amp with tremolo I have tried.

    [​IMG]

    http://www.allenamps.com/sweetspot.html

    It's around $1,000. if you build it. You may find a used one for less but they don't pop up often.
     
  17. riffmeister

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    Those new Swart amps are 'upposed ta be real Grooooooovy, baby.
     
  18. Dave B

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    Don't forget that these come in 2x10 configurations, too.
     
  19. 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.
     
  20. AshlandBump

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    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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