What's an affordable low vol. clean amp

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by dk_ace, Sep 17, 2006.

  1. dk_ace

    dk_ace Member

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    So far I have found:

    '69 Fender Princeton (no reverb) $450
    Peavey C30 $350
    Peavey C20 $200

    $450 would be the most I would want to spend. I want something for home and mic'd gigs. I would prefer a 1x12" as I have an emi Texas heat laying around I want to use. I do not care at all about brand names, and I prefer used to new considering my budget. Vintage gear is fine with me. All I want is a really good clean at fairly low volume. Please suggest anything you know of. Really good clean to me means a full-bodied warm sound with something happening in the upper mids and highs.

    The C30 seems like a good deal especially w/2 ch. and an fx loop, but 30 W is a little much for what I wanted. The Princeton was really nice, except for the price and some speaker clipping when dimed. The C20 is OK, but if my memory serves me well it doesn't take pedals very well (I didn't have any pedals with me to test it today).

    Anybody know about an amp that I've overlooked (the cheaper the better - and no extra features are required)?

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  2. Caretaker

    Caretaker Silver Supporting Member Supporting Member

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    Check out the Carvin Tweed series at their website.
     
  3. MoRawk

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    Maybe the Crate Palomino series amps?
     
  4. daddyo

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    Traynor YCV 40.
     
  5. RomanS

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    Carvin Vintage 16 - not a Fender-ish clean, breaks up pretty soon, but you dis say "full-bodied warm sound" and "fairly low volume", so it might be right for you; it's also switchable from 16 to 5 W.
     
  6. TimH

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    dude....forget the 1x12 and buy the princeton. Not only is it going to sound a billion times better than the others but it's also a piece you'll make money on over time. Just get it and forget about it.
     
  7. slowburn

    slowburn Supporting Member

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    I'd say the princeton too, but the carvin vintage 16 is a solid amp as well. I'd describe it as a warm clean.
     
  8. mad dog

    mad dog Silver Supporting Member

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    Ampeg Gemini I (w/12) or II-VI (w/15). They can be found on the cheaps, have amazing clean tones.
     
  9. Robert1950

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    Someone on another forum said the Princeton is about the cleanest there is. Something to due with one less tube than than a Princeton Reverb.
     
  10. googoobaby

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    The volume of the C30 works well at lower levels. I used to use a Delta Blues as a practice amp and I was very happy with it.
     
  11. dk_ace

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    I'm looking into the other amps you guys suggested. As to those that favored the Princeton, do you know of any other amp in that same vein that can be found for less? Also, is that a good price for a Princeton?

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  12. VTX-XTC

    VTX-XTC Member

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    +1 on the Carvin Vintage 16
     
  13. oxtone

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    I got good compliments on my tone this weekend using a Peavey Classic 30 with a Radial Tonebone Classic, and some other pedals (delay, etc). I put a Celestion Vintage 30 in the amp, which helps alot.
     
  14. TopJimmy5150

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    Go with the Princeton. Forget all of that other junk.
     
  15. VTX-XTC

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    Careful.....lots of us don't consider that other stuff to be "junk". :nono
     

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