Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by TRIODEROB, Sep 6, 2005.
which amp is the most important amp in the last 2 years?
AFAIK it's unchanged, still Neil Young's Whizzer equipped tweed Deluxe, purchased at Sol Betnun's House of Music.
Are you talking brand? Or somebodys individual amp?
Something that's unique and not a copy of an existing circuit (or an attempt to clone a player's tone)...
THD comes to immediate mind.
An individual's amp?
No real idea... Torn's VHT Pitbull 45?
The Edge's Vox AC30's
My Mesa Lonestar
Marshall and Fender
for a small practive amp the vox ad valvetronix stuff kills.
For me personally three come to mind, THD Flexi 50, Mesa Stilleto, Soldano Avenger. I'm still intrigued by the flexi.
For me? The Epi Valve Junior. Sure, it hums (some more than others), but it's a real no-frills vintage-style circuit with halfway decent tubes and a Weber Signature speaker for less than $150. And it sounds great. I think manufacturers are going to start using their overseas contractors to fill the "vintage and boutique" niche for those of us who just can't afford it. The interesting prospect is the Peavey Valve King, which is an original all-tube design made in China - the 50w 1x12 lists at 500 or so. I can't help but wonder what will happen if it's good - will other companies have to follow suit? I always suspected that the Classic 50 was responsible for the reissue Bassman and the Blues DeVille...
He could be referring to the amp's features, which are impressive at first glance.... it's not as if he's raving about the tone.
Neil sold his Whizzard Deluxe? Did it burn up or something?
It was a cool piece of machinery. Looked like something out of a Frankenstein movie.
I've got some pictures of it somewhere.
I'd say that old beat up combo amp that Chris Whitley plugs his Nationals into. I don't know what it is exactly, nor have I played it personally, but it's a very important amp!
My only experience with the flexi is trying one out once at Indoor Storm. Trying one out in a shop is in no way sufficient to what you need to do. You can't really put the amp through its paces. You almost have to put everything else out of your mind. This is easier to do at GC because it is usually a mad house in there anyway. I did not have a great chance to try the flexi as another gentelman was trying a carr out and I got the impression that he wasn't going anywhere anytime soon. Another thing was the phone constantly rings in a business like that. you almost need to be able to take an amp home for a day and one night. we have all been through it. The stilleto on the other hand I played for a long time at GC and while ignoring onlookers I did get to really play that one. I could use it. I like el34s, celestion spks etc. The avenger offers great high gain tones at a reasonable price.
In terms of features I think the Maven Peal's wattage a sag control. I don't think there is any amp that wouldn't benefit from having this as part of its make up. Playing to a volume level seems a never ending topic and being able to truly control dbs without effecting tone within the limits of speaker and hearing sensitivity would be great.
How about the best amp in the last 10 years it would have to be my Guytron. Ever since I got into the boutique stuff I have not heard an amp that does it all to the degree this amp does. It sounds great with Tele's, Strat's and Les Paul's. It seems like every amp I had before worked with one guitar and not another or would only do clean or distortion, pedals were a necessity. Finally no more pedals, yeah!
Stephenson LJ series? I really don't know. What was the most important amp from before two years ago?
The one in my basement. And I'm not telling what it is.
I'm liking the 65Amps London - I believe it deserves a mention here.
I love everything that Chris Whitley has ever done....