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Really tough to beat a DRRI or the 68’ CDR. Big upgrade over the HRD, reasonably priced, and reliable.
I suspect you'll be pleased with the amp. Over the years I've tried 5881's to see if I could get power tube breakup happening but as it turned out I realized only a little bit of edge of break-up at painful vol. levels. The Ramblers ability to take various OD box's in and give an accurate voice out is legendary. For 70's Stones grind I use a Catalinbread SFT to get that nice Ampeg grind and a Marshall Bluesbreaker type box for edge of breakup at useable vol.; both will clean up nicely w/a guitar vol. rollback. I now use Tung Sol new production 6L6's and they preform very nicely. I did put a WGS 12 G/CS 12" speaker I had on the shelf from a PRII I sold, it's a very nice speaker for that amp - I had the old original Wizard speaker from the first release of the amp, newer Ramblers have the Elsinore speaker now that gets a lot of love on this forum from owners. New or used you'll find the Rambler to be a reliable and flexible F-viced amp that do a lot of things very well.It;s looking like a Carr Rambler is the direction I am going to try
Put a pair of 6L6 tubes in the Columbia and you've got the required watts and tone.I've usd a Fender DR and Vox AC15 in the past to good effect.
Loved the Maz38 suggestion...not sure what the weight of it is. Love the amp for that stuff though.
If I was doing it today, I think I'd grab a Louis Electric Columbia with a dirt pedal. Love that little amp.
For me that's a George Benson Hot Rod Deluxe. The 12at7 instead of a 12ax7 gives it more clean headroom than other HRDs making it an ideal platform for pedals. The pine cab makes it lighter and the Celestion Century Vintage Neo I put in it makes it lighter still. The whole combo is around 38 lbs.I Just want to get the best all around Combo 1 X 12...Let me know I want a new combo that is a workhorse that sounds great. One last thing because I think clean is important I think that she should be at least 30-50w and take pedals well.
WOW just watched the video on this amp, NICE.Louis Electric Deltone Reverb. Every guitar sounds great through it and it will suit any style of music. Highly recommend!