Tube-Amp Snobs: If You Had To Go SS...

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by Wesman61, Oct 21, 2008.

  1. Wesman61

    Wesman61 Supporting Member

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    ...which amp would You choose? I haven't tried too many SS amps I'd be content with. I know there's Pritchard but if You had to stay under $600.00 what would You get and how would You feel about it?

    The reason I'm asking is because I pulled a stomach muscle a few weeks back and I never want to do that again! Even The Valveking is somewhat heavy. I'm thinking of trying out some new churches where I'd be more interested in joining the P&W Team and lugging a tube-amp back and forth doesn't appeal to Me. Heck, even a modeling unit might not be bad but I'd like to have an amp anyway.
     
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    Don't count on a good ss amp with good speakers being light. Not at all true.
     
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    I think the Crate Power Block sounds better than my PV Valve King.
     
  4. Wesman61

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    Come to think of it I was amazed how good that sounded when I tried it in GC.
     
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    voodoosound Funk & Grooven member Silver Supporting Member

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    cjcayea cool as a cucumber in a bowl of hot sauce

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    i have a vox valvetronix. . . i thought, "wow, if this thing sounds this good, i wonder what an AC30 sounds like" i ended up with an AC30.
     
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    I don't think going SS will save you much weight. Plus lower wattage tube amps are perceived to be louder than comparable SS amps. So you might have to go with something bigger to just match the volume.

    I've heard that the best way to reduce tube amp combo weight is to use neodymium speakers. They can reduce the weight of an amp by pounds.
     
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    Old school Music Man 65 amp...although it has power tubes and a tube phase inverter. Hey, i would have to ween myself off tube amps and couldn't go cold turkey...
     
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    The Roland JC120 for cleans, but that's not a small amp.. All around, I'd probably get a Roland cube 30x. Reasonably light, makes enough noise for a small gig, lots of useful effects, very reliable. Surpisingly good bass, in fact, you may have to turn it down, for a 10" speaker. I'm thinking of getting a roland micro cube rx for practice, so I won't be burning the hard to find and expensive power tubes in my Guild Thunder all the time.
     
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    It's to bad the Vox DA 20 is such low wattage. it's my favorite SS amp.
     
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    Fender Jazzmaster Ultralight - It's not cheap but it's very light.
     
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    Pearce G2r rackmount head used off ebay + 1-12 speaker cab would get you under $600 and be lighter than a tube combo. I lug a 48 lb Egnater 1-12 combo but I have used a Pearce G2r through a Marshall 4-12 for P&W. There are SS amps that sound okay at low volume but the Pearce can sound as good as a tube amp at gig volume.
     
  18. Fourth Feline

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    I'm getting some lovely tube like cleans from my modest Fender 'G-Dec Junior'. Having said that, I fitted a (Celestion ) Truvox 0818 8" 150w P.A speaker in there to let it breathe more- and it sounds great.

    Having also heard a very tubey sounding 60W SS Fender a few years ago , I would certainly give the other amps in the Fender S.S. range - or the Roland Cube series a look.
     
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    The mentions of the Tech 21 amps, reminds me that a player on another forum contributed some sound clips from one of these - and they sounded great. Add that to my list.
     

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