The Heaviest ( in terms of weight ) amp you owned and the misfortune of lugging it around ?

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  1. xjojox

    xjojox Tardis-dwelling wanker Gold Supporting Member

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    Heaviest head was probably a Rivera Bonehead. Massive...The full width of a 4x12 cab, plus pretty tall and deep.

    Speaker cab...I had that 4x12 recto cab clad with the diamond plate armor. That had some heft to it.

    My first “nice” amp was a 60’s Gibson GA55-RVT, aka “Ranger”. It was a 4x10 amp...but stouter and heavier than the super reverb my bandmate was using. Don’t recall the weight. I was a teenager with an indestructible back. But it was heavy.

    I’ve had plenty of boogie combos with EV’s, and they are very heavy for a 1x12, easily over 80lbs.

    Had a buddy with a MESA Road King combo. 98 lbs per Mesa but it felt like more LOL.
     
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  2. Toby Krebs

    Toby Krebs Member

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    In the late 80s I had a 100 watt Ampeg head and 4-12 Ampeg cab like Steve Morse used.I don’t even remember how we moved it all over town but we did lol!

    Last summer I found a 1986 Laney AOR50 combo in mint condition and I love Laney amps.
    Upon lifting it I was horrified to discover it weighs 75 pounds lol! It has not left my rehearsal space!
    And probably never will.
     
  3. Matt L

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    Yep...I’ve got one (MkIV 1x12) and it’s my favorite amp, but I have other lighter options unless nothing else but the best will do. Mine has a Creamback which might drop the weight slightly, and I have casters, too...much needed!
     
  4. Toby Krebs

    Toby Krebs Member

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    A couple of horrible hernia surgeries will change his mind!
     
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  5. Hefalump

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    Marshall Vintage Modern is a heavy mofo
     
  6. Marc Roy

    Marc Roy Member

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    Back in high school, my parents bought me a Peavey Special 112 combo (teal stripe) for Christmas (my first good amp, which still works and is still at my parents' house). Not sure what it weighs, but it ain't light by any means.
     
  7. Adel2

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    A Mesa MK2B combo with a EVM12L speaker back in 1983. I must have had a strong teenage back at that time.
     
  8. Thumpalumpacus

    Thumpalumpacus Member

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    I don't know anyone with seven mouths, brotha. That's just freaky.
     
  9. EL34

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    Matchless DC-30 back in the mid 90s. I swear that amp weighed a million pounds. It sounded glorious tho...
     
  10. The_Whale

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    I don't know. I think the cabinet in the Stereo Chorus is plywood. The amp itself is pretty heavy; the power transformer is huge. It is a 260 watt amp.
    Mine was gifted to me too; it had blown speakers. I put in the EVMs and now have an amp that stays very, very clean at very, very high volumes. But it seldom leaves the house.

    Edit: My Peavey Stereo Chorus 212 is the version with the two band EQ on the distortion channel; I don't much like the distortion channel for this reason. The clean channel is fantastic though.
     
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    My Tremoverb Combo was 107 lbs, so I converted it to a head that is probably more in the 65-75 lb range. It's a beast for sure. Sounds awesome though.
     
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    Most are. But not all....
     
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  13. sunburst79

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    Anything with a EV and you might as well fill the cabinet with 3 inches of concrete while your at it. Love the speakers though.
     
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    What is that combo amp by Fender with 4x10? That can’t be light...
     
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    That’s the Bassman 100 and it’s plutonium cored power transformer.

    I always wanted to find a roached Bassman 135 and swap the iron into a silver panel Twin just to see if it got louder and cleaner and had more bottom end.

    But yeah. Fender could have balanced out the handle to the center of gravity or gone with spring loaded cup handles on either end. Most off balance head or amp I have ever seen.

    Honorable mention for a buddies Kittyhawk M3 Head. I think it was all iron with any dead space chinked with glass. Sounded great till it died. Which I understand they pretty much all did.
     
  16. redbrick

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    Mid 90s Fender 'The Twin' about 85lbs...maybe more.
     
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    The old Mitchell Sand Amps, been a long time since I've seen one, the cabinets were filled with sand.
     
  18. Terry McInturff

    Terry McInturff 40th Anniversary of guitar building! Gold Supporting Member

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    Leslie 145. Still unmatched.
     
  19. Well Done

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    I'm exclusively head and cab nowadays.

    I don't find the weight of gear to be a major issue it's more the awkwardness of lugging round a 4x10 super reverb by one handle.

    But as heavy as guitar amps are nothing can be as bad as lugging around old school PA gear.

    Edit: Or a Leslie cab
     
  20. jdel77

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    I recently sold a Synergy 2x12 cab with two EVM12L’s in it in a live-in roadcase.
    I kept the EVM’s though.
    That was 72kg/159lbs and was a royal f*cker to deadlift. Sounded pretty damn good though. Got the EVM’s in a 2x12 Diezel cab now with a slip cover. Much better.
     

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