#1
I have volume issues so Princeton seems natural. But I hear Princeton is inferior in terms of tone.
Advice?

(Budget is not an issue. Used is an option. I play janglepop/indie rock/post-rock/shoegaze. Current gear is Stratocaster and a bunch of pedals)
Last edited by Saesang at Apr 1, 2014,
#2
I don't have much experience with either so I can't comment on their relative tones, but IIRC neither of them have master volumes so if you want overdrive from your amp, you're going to have to play them loud enough that the difference in wattage will be close to negligible.
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#3
Both amps have great Fender tone. They are a little different, both good though.
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#4
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I don't have much experience with either so I can't comment on their relative tones, but IIRC neither of them have master volumes so if you want overdrive from your amp, you're going to have to play them loud enough that the difference in wattage will be close to negligible.


Right. I know I'll have to use pedals for overdrive.
But, playing clean tones. Let's assume both are tested at a certain low volume, say.. x dB; Which of them will do it better?
#5
80db- both sound great
100db- both sound great
110db- Princeton is all in
115db- DRRI is all in

Need heavy OD at really low volumes for apartment living? Neither amp will sound very good. They are at their best when turned up.
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#6
Quote by Saesang
Right. I know I'll have to use pedals for overdrive.
But, playing clean tones. Let's assume both are tested at a certain low volume, say.. x dB; Which of them will do it better?

Well they're both gonna have great cleans, but just a little different. "Best" is pretty subjective, I'd say find a Princeton and A/B it with your DRRI to see which one you like better at the volumes you'll be playing at.
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Reverend Roundhouse

Orange Rockerverb 50 MKI
Vox AC4c1
Jet City JCA20H

And pedals!



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#7
I own a princeton reverb reissue.

it has great cleans at bedroom volumes. and takes pedals extremely well at bedroom volumes.

it sounds amazing at moderate stage volume, cleans on the edge of break up. takes pedals extremely well.


cranked.....Duh. sounds like a classic cranked tube amp.


i dont own a deluxe reverb, but from my experience with them, they arent a whole lot louder. (I mean we are talking 15 watts versus 22 watts) i do have a preference for the sound of the princeton though.
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#8
You really have to change the volume pot in the DRRI to a log version if you are wanting to use it at low volume, otherwise the difference between too quiet and too loud is too close on the dial. Do that and they're just fine.
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#9
i like the DRRI's a lot. that would be my pick. breaks up a bit at the right volume and sounds great clean or with a little dirt or pushed for a hard-driven blues/classic rock.
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You really have to change the volume pot in the DRRI to a log version if you are wanting to use it at low volume, otherwise the difference between too quiet and too loud is too close on the dial. Do that and they're just fine.


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