Your favorite "simple" 1-channel amps?

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  1. m-gee

    m-gee Member

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    Wow, great suggestions so far! Going to investigate further :)
    How do you guys use those amps as not all of them have a master volume? Do most of you use an attenuator (which one?) or a loadbox plus separate poweramp or just turn the amp up?
     
  2. Karl Houseknecht

    Karl Houseknecht Supporting Member

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    Friedman Dirty Shirley. Can actually do it all. Best amp I’ve ever owned.

    Vox AC15HW1, also good for different reasons.
     
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    Abandoned Tweed Tube Tone Purist Silver Supporting Member Supporting Member

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  4. SReynolds

    SReynolds Supporting Member

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    Komet 29 So much sweetness in that little box.
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  5. Viper 900

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    Jcm900 Mk3, I currently use the 2101 and it’s been a revelation for how I write and play.

    Other single channels I love:
    JTM45
    Orange OR50
    Orange Tiny Terror
     
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  6. Produktsumme

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    I forgot the Hughes & Kettner Puretone when I posted "2203". It is a very very close second favourite. I have two fantastic combos and a head, H&K blew them out at ridiculously low prices here in Germany a year ago, about 500 quid for the UK V30-equipped combo.
     
  7. Viper 900

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    That’s absolute madness! The puretone would be up in my top 10 amp designs ever, if they didn’t look so toilet I’d definitely own one, but I’m shallow and aesthetics matter!
     
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  8. Produktsumme

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    Yeah I agree, they have their own "visual aesthetic" :) The combos are actually more reserved regarding the blue lighting, it is just in the AC30-like top mounting. The head, though, yeah that's a different topic.....

    EDIT: completely off topic, but thinking about it, it seems that German designs are many times trying to come up with something other than Marshall/Fender/Vox. H&K, ENGL, Diezel, etc. More technocratic I think. Maybe that is just how we are. But it brings diversity into the amp world which I think is good.

    By the way, it is easy to disconnect the blue lighting from the H&K amps and make them more subtle, especially the Puretone looks so cool and clean through the glass front, just big iron and tubes.
     
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  9. alberob

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    I have two Red Iron Bronx amps.Built by Paul Sanchez a member of this forum.Both have only 3 knobs.But Red Sonja (his first Bronx which used to belong to my good friend Barry Weber R.I.P.) has a tone stack bypass leaving only the volume control and it turns it into a raging rock machine when engaged.
     
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    Vox AC4 because it is the only single channel I’ve got.
     
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    Fargen olde 800. Every time I go to multi Chanel amp I come back to one channel
     
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    new favorite from just a month ago, Marshall SV20C (and maybe a SV20H someday). I want one of these real bad

    Oh, and a silverface Princeton Reverb like my beloved '73/'74 that I had for 32 years after buying it new
     
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    I swear I posted about my sovtek tube midget 50h. :huh
     
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    THD - Flexi

    Fryette - Deliverance
     
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    I have been using Dr Z & Swart attenuators for a while.
     
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    How about a 1987x that's been modded to only have one input and a permanent jumper between the two channels? (2nd channel input Jack's have been swapped out for a master volume control and bright cap in/out switch)

    If that still won't fly, then my vote goes to a late 70's master volume JMP.
     
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    Essentially been turned into a single channel
     
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  19. misterg71

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    The 2 best I've owned were, an '82 Marshall 2205 (had that one in the early '90s). The other was a Reeves Custom 12PS.
     
  20. jujube

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    I like single channel amps since they give a consistent voice. I would like to try Komets and Fryette Deliverance some day. Right now, I play Boogie Mark Is and Kingsnake.
     
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