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#1
I'd like to get my hands on a nice tube amp and what I need is an amp with a bright chimey clean channel, a bunch of clean headroom, and a deep reverb.

Budget: Like I said, not much more than $350.

New or Used: Used unless there's a really good new amp I've overlooked for this price range

Genre(s): Post-rock, surf punk

Home, studio, gig? I need something loud enough for small shows indoor and outdoor. I also need to be heard over an often zealous drummer.

Current city: Austin, TX

Current gear: Carvin strat, Peavey Stereo Chorus 212, Digidelay

Amps I'm checking out already: Fender Blues Junior, Crate Palomino V32, Crate Vintage Club 50, Peavey Classic 30, Vox AC15

N.B. Embarrassingly enough, I'm not sure if I need an effects loop or not. I plan to use multiple pedals including a delay, fuzz, OD, and reverb. Possibly a phaser as well.

I'm skipping the Valveking because I have owned one before and although I loved it dearly I'd like something different this time around.

Thanks for checking out this thread!
Last edited by Helicopters! at Jun 10, 2013,
#2
Blues Junior meets all of your criteria, but I'm a little concerned about its volume... I regularly play with drummers with mine, but if you really think your needs may be above average than you may want to look at the 30 watt options instead.
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#3
I'm thinking a Hot Rod Deluxe would be a better option if I can find one for my budget or scrape up a few extra bucks.
#4
Have you looked at the Orange 35-watt Crush series? Beautiful clean channel and a couple of built in reverb options (abut 15 built in effects in all).
#5
I have, but they seem more practice-oriented and the tone sounds particularly dark and muddy. I'm also concerned that 35 solid-state watts won't be loud enough.

Some of those FX are glorious though. Are they footswitchable? I might keep my eyes out for a good deal on one of the 60-watters if one comes up used.
Last edited by Helicopters! at Jun 10, 2013,
#6
If you want purely a clean amp, keep an eye out for a Roland Jazz Chorus. The distortion is crap, but they're (subjectively) the best clean amps ever made. Wouldn't call them chimey, but they're great amps.

You might have to be patient (no idea what they go for used over in the US), but it'll be worth it.
Last edited by Dan_5893 at Jun 10, 2013,
#7
Quote by Dan_5893
If you want purely a clean amp, keep an eye out for a Roland Jazz Chorus. The distortion is crap, but they're (objectively) the best clean amps ever made. Wouldn't call them chimey, but they're great amps.

You might have to be patient (no idea what they go for used over in the US), but it'll be worth it.
I think you mean subjectively?
#8
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I think you mean subjectively?

+1
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Unless its electronic drums.

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#14
Quote by darkwolf291
Your stereo chorus is pretty much a Jazz Chorus, and, funnily enough, I was gonna recommend one

If you're looking to get rid of it, I can help you out with that


Think I should just hang on to the Peavey then? I did get it for a helluva good price.

The only thing is sometimes the channels cut in and out and I want dem t00bz.
Last edited by Helicopters! at Jun 10, 2013,
#15
Quote by Helicopters!
Think I should just hang on to the Peavey then? I did get it for a helluva good price.

The only thing is sometimes the channels cut in and out and I want dem t00bz.
Are you talking about the Valveking or am I missing something, because that is a tube amp.
#16
Bugera V55 might be worth a look.
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#17
That Super 60 Greg posted would be killer. If not, a Hot Rod Deluxe would be your best bet.

90s USA HRD - $350
http://austin.craigslist.org/msg/3837832558.html

$300
http://austin.craigslist.org/msg/3799209039.html

$400 (talk them down obviously)
http://austin.craigslist.org/msg/3803024792.html
http://austin.craigslist.org/msg/3838932841.html

EDIT: These Princeton Chorus amps are too bad either. Buddy got one for $100 though, so I definitely wouldn't pay anywhere near asking price. They're SS as well, and probably fairly similar to your Peavey.

http://austin.craigslist.org/msg/3817870602.html
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Last edited by mmolteratx at Jun 10, 2013,
#19
Quote by mmolteratx
That Super 60 Greg posted would be killer. If not, a Hot Rod Deluxe would be your best bet.

90s USA HRD - $350
http://austin.craigslist.org/msg/3837832558.html

$300
http://austin.craigslist.org/msg/3799209039.html

$400 (talk them down obviously)
http://austin.craigslist.org/msg/3803024792.html
http://austin.craigslist.org/msg/3838932841.html

EDIT: These Princeton Chorus amps are too bad either. Buddy got one for $100 though, so I definitely wouldn't pay anywhere near asking price. They're SS as well, and probably fairly similar to your Peavey.

http://austin.craigslist.org/msg/3817870602.html


+1

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Have you looked at the Orange 35-watt Crush series? Beautiful clean channel and a couple of built in reverb options (abut 15 built in effects in all).


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#20
Keep the Peavey until you can afford a Fender Twin.
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#21
Quote by ExDementia
Are you talking about the Valveking or am I missing something, because that is a tube amp.


I'm talking about a Stereo Chorus 212. It's an older solid state amp.

Quote by Cathbard
Keep the Peavey until you can afford a Fender Twin.


I'm actually thinking about that. How does the Deluxe Reverb hold up at gig volume?
#22
Hard to keep clean. Your Peavey is a fine clean amp. Maybe chuck a better speaker in it (not sure what they have normally though). Just use it and keep saving, you'll be far better served in the long run. Save your dollars and wait for a nice old Twin to come up.
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#24
cath have you even seen a hrd?

a used twin is going to be ~$700 on the low end, so double your budget at least.

if you can wait and save up though, that's always a good idea.
#26
Quote by gregs1020
cath have you even seen a hrd?

a used twin is going to be ~$700 on the low end, so double your budget at least.

if you can wait and save up though, that's always a good idea.


I always can wait. I just have problems with my amp cutting in and out, but that shouldn't be a huge deal.
#27
There are several Musicman amps for <$500 on www.guitarcenter.com/used there are a few that are <$400.

They are amazing clean amps
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#28
Quote by gregs1020
cath have you even seen a hrd?

a used twin is going to be ~$700 on the low end, so double your budget at least.

if you can wait and save up though, that's always a good idea.

He's in the US. We see people pick up old Fenders in the US quite cheap all the time. If he was anywhere else I might say HRD but big ol' fenders are everywhere over in the States it would seem. Doesn't have to be a Twin either; a Bandmaster, Showman, Bassman, whatever. A big ol' Fender is the ticket imo. At the price we see them in here I don't know why everybody doesn't have one over there.


Try cleaning the sockets on the Peavey. Get a can of contact cleaner, spray it on a plug and use it as the applicator. Chances are high that that is all that is causing your cutouts. Check the speaker connections too.
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#29
Quote by Cathbard
He's in the US. We see people pick up old Fenders in the US quite cheap all the time. If he was anywhere else I might say HRD but big ol' fenders are everywhere over in the States it would seem. Doesn't have to be a Twin either; a Bandmaster, Showman, Bassman, whatever. A big ol' Fender is the ticket imo. At the price we see them in here I don't know why everybody doesn't have one over there.

http://austin.craigslist.org/msg/3803583307.html

finding a used twin reverb isn't going to be a problem.

finding one cheap will just take some time and patience.

there how long did that take?

http://austin.craigslist.org/msg/3860392228.html this guy would probably take $500 for one.

http://austin.craigslist.org/msg/3825385779.html

http://austin.craigslist.org/msg/3753588679.html
#30
hhhnnnngggggg. I didn't think I'd be able to get a Twin for less than a DRRI.

Looks like I'm gonna start saving my pennies.
#31
Additional: if cleaning the sockets and checking the speaker terminations doesn't fix your amp the next most likely thing will be solder joints, particularly where the pots connect to the board. Try reflowing the solder.
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#32
I like my buddy's Fender Superchamp. Inexpensive, all tube, not sure about wattage though.
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#33
Quote by Shadowofravenwo
I like my buddy's Fender Superchamp. Inexpensive, all tube, not sure about wattage though.

It is a hybrid amp not all tube
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#34
Quote by Shadowofravenwo
I like my buddy's Fender Superchamp. Inexpensive, all tube, not sure about wattage though.

Well the guy is very concerned about wattage... And that amp is not suitable for that reason. Why did you post if you were unsure if it was helpful advice?
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#35
Quote by Cathbard
Keep the Peavey until you can afford a Fender Twin.


+1
Hands down the nicest clean tone I've ever heard
#36
Quote by darkwolf291
Your stereo chorus is pretty much a Jazz Chorus, and, funnily enough, I was gonna recommend one

If you're looking to get rid of it, I can help you out with that


I was thinking the same
#38
The Fender SuperChamp XD (didn't realize there was more than one), has tubes in the preamp and tubes in the power section. How does that make it hybrid? I honestly am not sure. Also, I missed the wattage requirements. Sorry.

Edit: Yup missed the tones of clean headroom requirement. My bad. 15w doesn't give you a lot of room. Sorry.
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Last edited by Shadowofravenwo at Jun 12, 2013,
#39
A hybrid simply means that both technologies are present. They don't have to all be in one section or the other.
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#40
Quote by Cathbard
A hybrid simply means that both technologies are present. They don't have to all be in one section or the other.


Ah ok, thamks
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