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Taking opinions on good tube amps 20-40 watts for under $1000

Marty McFly

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Hey everyone,
I'm itching for a new/used tube amp to play primarily at home, and also at church for 200 or fewer people. Therefore, I'd like to stay 40 watts or less. My primary use is clean, but I do use occasional gain/overdrive. It doesn't have to have two channels, but that would be an added benefit. I play through a strat and a PRS CE22. Traditionally, I've loved the Fender clean and Fender reverb, but am open to trying something comparable.

Based on reading tons of reading reviews on this site and Birds and moons, here are some top picks which I'm hoping to play live before purchasing.

Fender Hot Rod Deluxe (I've played, and pretty impressed w/ the cleans)
Peavey Classic 30 (hoping to find one locally to play soon)
Zinky Blue Velvet (hoping to find one locally to play soon)
Dr. Z Carmen Ghia - used (No local dealers near me)

My amp history to date: Fender Blues Jr., then a Fender DRRI, then a Traynor YCV40T, which I'm thinking of selling to go back to Fender, one of the other amps listed above, or something I haven't considered yet.

Any and all of your thoughts are welcomed!
Thanks.
 

TheGrooveking

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Are you looking for a combo or a head?

My recommendations are as follows:

Used Fender Deluxe Reverb Reissue, great sounding amp, small and portable, very good cleans and since it is only 22 watts, when turned up it will get some drive going.

Used Fender Pro Reverb, you can find ones from the late 60's for under $1K.

For portability and good tone, the Reverend Hellhound 40/60 does an excellent job.

And for under $1K, you can get a new Dr.Z Carmen Ghia. New I believe they are going for $895.

TheGrooveking
 

Axemeister

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I have got to mention the Valvetech original VAC.

Loud 22 watts. Not a true channel switcher. but sounds sort of tweedy on the clean side-- and the boost takes you to multiple OD choices.
 

Marty McFly

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Hi Grooveking,
To answer your question, I'd prefer a combo for the ease of protability, but that's not mandatory.

Thanks everyone for your thoughts so far.

Marty
 

Chiba

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Zinky Blue Velvet - that's one SMOKIN' little amp!

--chiba
 

hasserl

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Crate V3112 or V32 Palomino.

Lots of other good suggestions here too, all of them a damn site better than the Hot Rod Deluxe.
 

Marty McFly

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Originally posted by hasserl


Lots of other good suggestions here too, all of them a damn site better than the Hot Rod Deluxe.
This is exactly why I came here for feedback - many minds are better than one, and I know there are other amps I need to look at rather than just Fender! Thanks all for your thoughts so far.

Marty
 

bbarnard

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I play through a Super Champ at church and we have about 400-1000 people. Also has a line out for use to go direct (but doesn't cut the speaker out).

$500-600 used. Beautiful Fender cleans. 18 watts. Perfect.
 

guitarmook

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You should be able to find several original Silverface Fenders for your budget - my personal fave for your particular scenario would be a deluxe reverb (I prefer SF Deluxes to the RIs), but you might find a Vibrolux out there that you like for at or just under 1K, too...
 
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Fixed too many Peavey Classic's and Hot Rod Fenders in my day to really give them too much praise. I'd Stick with the 70's Silverface Fender amps. You can still find a Deluxe Reverb in great shape for $600-$800. They are always repairable and as time has shown a staple workhorse amplifier. Throw an overdrive of your choice in the mix and you're set. If clean is your main priority keep in mind many of the modern amps are just trying to emulate Fender clean tones. Why not just have the real thing?

I am a big fan of the VHT Pitbull 45 amps as well and don't think you would be doing wrong looking into one of those. Excellent sounding, extremely versatile and very well built. Quality is superior to the Mesa amps.

The Reverend amps are very nice as well and if you're leaning towards the Peavey Classic or Fender Hot Rod amps I would highly suggest checking out the Reverend first.
 
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hemlock

I found my Sewell Texaplex for under a grand, used and it's a truly great amp.
 




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