Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by SirSpamAlot, Jul 15, 2019.
5e3 1x12 with a Celestion Blue.
I've got 2 early 70's silver faced Fenders that float my boat; a Princeton Reverb, and a VibroChamp. I also have a 1x12 Vox AC 15 loaded with Blue, ...not sure I'd call that small though. (?)
Honorable mentions from past use:
Clark 5E3 Beaufort (18W though, and over the 15W limit)
Dr Z Carmen Ghia (18W again).....
I found both of these too big to be small amps, and too small to play with the BIG boys.
My Supro Saturn Reverb
15 watts - tube rectifier - 6973 power tubes - tube reverb - tube tremolo - tone of the gods
My Fender Princeton is good, too.
The one that still haunts me is a Silver Face Princeton Reverb. Don’t remember the year but it still had the 2 prong power cord.
It was glorious. Just didn’t have the cash to take it with me.
My British made AC-15 is an amp I'll keep until the end.
I've a Lazy J 10 (I'm in the UK). I'm totally in love with this amp with its VAC, trem and reverb. Its taking me right back to basics... i.e. wah and into the amp. Nothing else is needed for me.
I can noodle late at night and not get grief and I can play small pub gigs with it. The only slight down side is the lack of clean headroom, but I'm okay with that as I prefer a bit of dirt.
Gibson GA-8 Discoverer...one 12AX7 for preamp and driver, two 6V6's in parallel single-ended configuration for power, 5Y3 rectifier, 12-inch Jensen, Volume & Tone controls. Not versatile, but a heck of a sound!
This is a tough topic for me...I've had a lot of small amps - probably the best of them were:
SF Princeton Reverb
Dr Z Cure
Tungsten Crema Wheat
'60 Gibson GA40
Suhr Corso. Actually puts out about 7 watts. Has bottom end that a lot of small amps lack.
my 1990's pro junior was my spare amp back then... but when i think about it now ...yep it was a real killer
Marshall 1w JTM Anniversary. Love it every time I turn it on.
Benson Vinny - hard to believe it’s only 1 watt. Inspiring tone, response & dynamics.
Because I have one.
Laney lionheart l5 studio. Great for a bedroom/home pedal platform. Even better at .5watts.
I have yet to play any amp that rivals my tweed Champ!
Although, I really do enjoy the ZVex Nano head from time to time . Never understood why it's not more popular.
1973 Vibro Champ, and a Fender G-Dec Jr. that I've had for the last 12-13 years. Both of these amps are insanely good amps for playing at home.
In no particular order, I really dig...
- Tungsten Mosaic Mk1 Tweed Champ
- Bogner Atma
- Speed Shop Tweed Deluxe (Celestion Blue)
- PRS MT15
- Wangs VT 1-H (1 watt) with a Beano Boost through a 2x12 vertical open back with Heritage G12H-30’s. Sooooo crunchy with a nice vintage wind PAF bridge pickup. Flip to neck pickup and roll off volume... sweet...
So many great small amps out there. I’m curious about that Benson Vinny... and the Carr Mercury...
Marshall Studio 15 with Celestion Alnico Blue( the original intended speaker for this amp)
65 Amps Lil Elvis 12 watts through 2x12 Celestion Alnico Blues
Magnatone Varsity, Princeton Reverb, Vox Pathfinder (S/S), Bad Cat 5 watt Cougar.