Where can you get a good rackmount tube power amp these days?

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  1. Jarrett

    Jarrett Member

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    Topic says its all. I'm in the market for a good rackmountable tube power amp. I'd like to get a VHT 2/50/2 but the seem to be hard to find these days. Is there anything else comparable out there? Thanks.
     
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    kludge The droid you're looking for Silver Supporting Member

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    Willie's American Guitars has an old Marshall 9005 on consignment right now, and I'd sure be happy if someone bought it...
     
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    I just found a US-made TubeWorks ProValve 50-50 6L6 stereo power amp that is the clearest, best sounding rack power amp I have owned (Mesa 50/50 & 20/20, Rocktron/Egnater, Peavey Classic 50/50, Randall, etc.) on eBay for 300 bucks.

    If you can live without tubes, this is a great sounding amp (I have owned a couple of them)

    http://cgi.ebay.com/MosValve-Tubeworks-Guitar-Power-Amp-MV-962_W0QQitemZ250378316751QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item250378316751&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318%7C301%3A0%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A50
     
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    why not a randall rt 2/50
     
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  6. Jarrett

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    The Randall has more features than I really need and doesn't appear to be bridgeable. Is the Carvin amp any good?
     
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    Yes, it's any good. I still like my VHT 2502 better, but the Carvin is a great backup. Carvin seems less 'guitar-ampy', tone wise. Presence affects higher freq than I would expect.
    And it is bridgeable, though I've never tried it.

    Don't forget MESA (and Peavey, too.) Not a big fan of the bigger MESAs, but the 20/20 and 50 are nice.
     
  8. Gasp100

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    I grabbed a Mosvalve MV-962 last week as well. It's a little beat and the B side has some serious crackle when adjusting levels. I might take it to a tech to clean up a little for me and do an overall checkup.
    I think it sounds pretty good with the AxeFX. It should also be more than loud enough for most gigging situations and also sounds great a low volumes too. The fan is just a tad noisy (not too bad) when you're playing really low and sitting right next to it, but besides that it's a great buy.
    From what I understand from my research (probably very similar to what you have done) the tube power amps (like the VHT, Mesa's) don't really add THAT much until you get the tubes cooking. Supposedly the Carvin is nice but cleaner than the VHT or Mesa's all the way up to maxed out. I would think that's a good thing with the AxeFX, but I guess it all depends.
    I think the Mosvalve is a nice, cost effective unit that bridges the gap between a solid state sounding power amp (sterile, non musical to my ears) and a really expensive tube power amp (which might not even give you that much more until things are cranked up a bit). I dig it... YMMV
     

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