Thinking of selling my tube amps. Mistake?

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  1. TonePilot

    TonePilot Supporting Member

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    Over the last two years, I've played my tube amps for all of 10 min. I'm very happy going through the Roland Blues Cube Artist and a couple of FRFRs for additional sound reinforcement.

    Here's what I have for tube amps
    1) Fender '65 DRRI, (the blue paisley one) with maybe one hour of total tube time.
    2) Fender limited edition Blues Junior III Redcoat
    3) Fender Hot Rod DeVille
    4) H&K Tubemeister 20 Deluxe head
    5) Carvin V3M head (I'd likely keep this one, great sounds in a small package)

    They're all just sitting there gathering dust. I don't NEED to sell them but I don't want to regret doing this later. Thoughts?
     
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  2. Geeze

    Geeze Silver Supporting Member

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    As long as they're not eating all your food, drinking all your beer and rodgering your dog I'd wait.

    Russ
     
  3. NoiseNinja

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    I could imagine you would regret it if you sold them.

    I know I would, cause I've done similar.

    I would probably at least keep my favorite of them if I were you.
     
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  4. hacinador

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    I would keep the handwired '65 Deluxe and sell the rest.
     
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  5. DRS

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    Keep the DRRI
     
  6. Jim234

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    Just keep one of your favs. I hate stuff sitting around unused when some one else could make good use of it.
     
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    Agree on selling them.. but keep one. I'd keep the DRRI if it were me.
     
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    Interesting that everyone wants me to keep the DRRI. Wasn't on my short list, need to re-evaluate :)
     
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  9. C-4

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    The players recommending you keep the DRRI feel that amp is the best, but in your case, you need to determine which of your amps would be the first one you would choose to use.
     
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  10. James_E

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    Agree on that! I said the DRRI as 1) it's a benchmark tube amp and 2) that particular incarnation in the OP is probably the hardest of the amps on the list to replace. That and the Carvin I guess.
     
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    I came here to say the exact thing everyone else is... keep the DRRI.

    But you say it wasn't on your short list. Which one is? In which order do you prioritize them from most likely to keep to least, and why?
     
  12. Someotherguy

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    My theory has always been that anyone calling themselves a guitarist should have at least one tube amp somewhere. At least that's what I tell myself. I regretted selling 3 of the last 4 amps I've sold once the high of new gear cash wore off...
     
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  13. scott58

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    Wait. Regret sucks.
     
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    if you don't need the cash why not just sit tight until you're sure without any doubts ?
    FWIW, I switched over to a BCA and a Quilter a few years back when I was ABSOLUTELY sure
    it was the direction for me and I have not had
    a single regret selling off my Mesas.
     
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    Yep, this. The others, meh.
     
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    I’m pretty much at same point as OP.....room full of tube amp that I haven’t powered up in years. At some point this year (probably) I’m going to flip most of them. The only one I know I’ll keep is my Marshall 50th Anniversary JTM-1C.... perfect for home volume, hard to replace if I lost and missed it. Like most here I’d advise the OP keep one tube amp (if he can afford to) and flip the rest.

    One thing for sure: don’t think I’ll ever be gigging a tube amp again, at least one that's not part of a backline. My BluesCube Stage and HX Stomp have been the only things I’ve been taking out of the house for a long time now. I’m convinced I can get the job done without tubes so it’s just no longer worth all the stuff that goes along with them.
     
  17. Buckeyedog

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    Sell them. It's not like they are "rare" or anything. If you find you really miss them, you can always find one later.
     
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  18. Teleman

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    I went through a similar dilemma several years ago. I picked up a Roland Blues Cube artist and I really like the amp. I own several tube amps at the time. A DRRI, Dr.z maz 38 , RT. 66.
    I took the time to compare the tube amps against the blues Cube and made the Judgment using my ears and not my heart. I found that the blues Cube artist could do everything my tube amps could do and even more. Also one of the decision-making factors I had once I had done an outdoor gig In the Heat of the summer or it was 100 degrees. The amps in the back line were in the Sun and we're literally baking. The other guitarist in my band was playing through a Bogner duende and that shut down due to the thermal conditions. The blues Cube operated without a hiccup. Little by little eventually sold off all the tube amps.
     
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  19. Bryan T

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    If you aren’t using it, sell it.
     
  20. jacklickson

    jacklickson Silver Supporting Member

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    I say go for it. I sold all mine (Two-Rock, Matchless, Suhr, Little Walter, Morgan, Carr) and never looked back. Love my KPA. As an added bonus, I don’t even watch amp or pedal demos anymore. As someone who struggles with gear to the point of idolatry, it’s been a huge plus in my life. My FOH loves it because of the predictability of the sound. I plug the XLR in the back and there’s no tone variance from day to day - no static, tube rattles, or any other gremlins that can wreak havoc.
     
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