#1
I'm looking for a 1x12 combo.. high-gain, all valve with good cleans. Preferrably quite light but 50w+ Any suggestions?

I tried the Mesa Express 5:50 but it's quite heavy and doesn't have as much gain as I thought it would have. Currently I'm using a Peavey XXX 2x12 which is really weighty.. and the cleans aren't great. It does have all the gain I could ever need though
#2
Light weight but high wattage? Pod HD?

Anything close to 50 watts ain't gonna be light.
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An all-tube 1x12 combo amp like you describe and putting out around 50 watts is going to weigh at least 60-65 pounds. In a lot of cases more.

What are you wanting it to weigh?
#5
Well, if you want it to be light, you could try something less powerful, like those 20w Jet City combos and replace the speaker with a neodymium model. Like a Jensen Tornado or something.

Other than that, lightweight doesn't really happen with tube amps.


^Well, if an Express wasn't gainy enough, a TH30 probably won't be, either...
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#6
Simplest answer: don't get a combo.


Carvin V3M plus a lightweight (maybe neo magnet) 1x12 cab will kick ass. 50W, all valve, tons of gain and flexibility. Easier to transport than any 50W 1x12 combo could be.

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or any lunchbox or mini amp.

Orange and Mesa have one
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5153.
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Well, if you want it to be light, you could try something less powerful, like those 20w Jet City combos and replace the speaker with a neodymium model. Like a Jensen Tornado or something.

Other than that, lightweight doesn't really happen with tube amps.


^Well, if an Express wasn't gainy enough, a TH30 probably won't be, either...


Good point i missed that.
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An all-tube 1x12 combo amp like you describe and putting out around 50 watts is going to weigh at least 60-65 pounds. In a lot of cases more.

What are you wanting it to weigh?


i dunno. i've seen them at around 45lbs (that's ~20kg, right?). but not much lighter than that, that's still fairly heavy.

but i'd agree with kyle, one of those lightweight heads + a 1x12 cab is probably the way to go to really keep the weight down.
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yeah thats the 5153 great amp!
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that + a 1x12 would be good though..
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DOH!

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I think it's worth mentioning that weight in a tube amp does to an extent correlate to the quality of the amp. Transformers (the absolute most important part of a tube amp) generally follow the general rule of the bigger/heavier, the better. The transformers are the biggest contributor to the weight of an amp in most cases.
#19
^ dude according to tgp the tubes are teh most important

man that thread was a head****. i didn't know if i was coming or going by the end of it.

EDIT: but yeah that's a good point regarding the weight.

i think i need to get my own valet or porter or something
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I think it's worth mentioning that weight in a tube amp does to an extent correlate to the quality of the amp. Transformers (the absolute most important part of a tube amp) generally follow the general rule of the bigger/heavier, the better. The transformers are the biggest contributor to the weight of an amp in most cases.


Which is why the Mesa weighs so much.

I think your only option in this case is a head an a 1x12 or a 2x12
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