What Deluxe Reverb style boutique amp?

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  1. Jericfos

    Jericfos Member

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    Looking for a great deluxe reverb style combo. I use pedals so i'm looking for the one with the most clean headroom. Any opinions? 6v6 fixed bias, approx 20w, 1-12 combo.

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    Any opinions?
     
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    I played a Carr Sportsman the other day - nice amp. Can't compare it to the others, though.
     
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    Lil' K s?

    Headstrong.. 20 - 30 watts.. cross between and deluxe and vibrolux.
     
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    The 3rd Power American Dream looks pretty incredible...
     
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    Not quite what you specify, but I love my Phaez Corona. More TR voiced (but not a clone), dual 6v6, 25W, cathode biased. I like it because it doesn't have a ridiculous amount of headroom. For your case, consider two 6L6s or four 6v6s. Just sayin', 20W and 'max clean headroom' don't really go together.

    He also sells just the chassis, or chassis in head cab, so you'd have to get a combo cab yourself, though he can facilitate that via Sourmash.

    Oh, and if price is a consideration, he's got just about the best bang for your buck out there. I'd bet a four 6v6 version, w/ a combo cab from Sourmash, and a single good speaker would still be under $1500, maybe significantly so.
     
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    :agree
     
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    If you are not satisfied that you have seen enough call Ben Fargen and take a look at a Blackbird model. I have played one for years and have never heard a better DR type amp.
    Fargen Amps, Inc.
    PO BOX 601042
    Sacramento, CA 95860
    Phone: 916.971.4992
     
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    I'm a big fan of Marsh Amplification...just picked one up and it sounds great! :)
     
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    Tone King Imperial is exactly what you are describing however a Carr Rambler with 6L6's is 28 watts with significantly more clean headroom. Both are the DR style.
     
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    Another vote for Vintage Sound.
     
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    I had the same question and ended up with a rambler
     
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    OP requests 6v6, and the Rambler is 6L6.

    The Rambler is a great amp for sure with plenty of headroom, great reverb and tremolo. I think the Carr website's clips are very accurate, so if you like that style, it's a tough amp to beat and the build quality is second to none.

    REgarding the tubes-I have heard people ask for specific tubes in an amp, and while that's ok, the circuit design is really going to govern the sound more than the tube itself. For example a 6v6 5e3 (tweed deluxe) will not sound like a 6v6 Princeton Reverb, which won't sound like a 6v6 champ, etc...Yes there are differences, but don't slam that door shut right away. If you want sparkly cleans with great reverb and tremolo, check out a Victoria Victoriette-6l6 and el84 are options, both kick ass and have just wonderful sound. Lots of great amps in the victoria camp, even though most are tweed based.
    A used TK Imperial and Rambler should be in the 1400 range give or take depending on year/condition.

    Anyway, if Deluxe reverb is your preference, don't limit to 6v6 only, but if that's your tube ultimatum, then get a SFDR and go though life a happy man!
     
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    Curious why boutique and not a Fender DRRI with the bright cap clipped?
     
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    I've been through a batch of BFDR clones. You can't go wrong with
    Carr Rambler
    Tone King Meteor
    Allen Accomplice
    Fargen Blackbirds or anything else Ben makes
    Even a DRRI with a better speaker and JJ's will get you closer to boutique tones.
     
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    Why boutique and not vintage? I just bought a 68 DR and it friggin owns....
     
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    This one
     
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    I never bought a Vintage Sound amp, but Rick was extremely helpful when I was looking and I couldn't find anyone who had a bad word to say about his amps
     
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    The only ones I've compared are Carr Rambler and Tone King Imperial. I've been playing TK Imperials for 20 years but never bought a Rambler. To me, they both sound great,the Rambler more solid and deep the Imperial more airy,sparkly,wild when you want it to be smooth on the rhythm channel. Rambler,one great sound,Imperial two or more.
     

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