I'm not sure if this is a tech question or a general amp question... I went on a mission trip to Cameroun 2 years ago, took them an electric guitar and some effects. It turns out they don't really use effects much (this is in church, and they use a pretty clean, kind of funky rhythm thing). Right now the guitarist is plugging straight into the PA system, so one solution to sounding better would be to bring a direct box with some EQ, like a Tech21 pedal or the Palmer PDA. But if I were going to take an actual amp, what would be the most reliable? I'm thinking packing chassis and speaker, because they have cool wood and great carpenters who could build a cab for it. Weight and size are an issue, it'd be luggage. Power requirements would probably be in the 30-100w range, depending on speaker efficiency. Possibilities I've thought of: 1. Peavey Bandit 65/75-the pre-Transtube Bandits were pretty tough, still a lot of them for sale in pawn shops. I haven't been inside one but I know my amp tech is perfectly happy fixing them vs modern PCB amps. I'm not sure if repair parts would be available in Cameroun (they get most technical stuff from China thru Nigeria). 2. PTP or terminal strip wired tube amp-something like a modded Bogen, an older Fender or something basic and durable. Parts for this would be more likely available, but there is the issue of needing to replace tubes, which could be hard to find out in the middle of nowhere. 3. Build an amp with terminal strip or turret board wiring, using modern SS components, or SS preamp with tube power amp like the Music Man or Peavey Mace. On another note, given the desire for light weight, high efficiency and durability, what would you suggest for a speaker?