#1
Hey everyone!

I'm planning on upgrading my rig within a few months and was hoping I could get some advice, as I haven't played through many amps. I'm currently using a Blackstar HT Stage 100 with a Series 1 2x12 cab. It sounds fucking awesome but I feel I could find something a bit better and more longterm.

I'd prefer an amp with a single clean channel as I use pedals for all my effects, I never even touch the overdrive channels on my current amp. I mainly play sludgy/stoner-rock stuff with some cleans here and there, so it'd have to be a versatile amp I guess. Basically I'm just after something simple and yet awesome sounding.

Some advice on the cab would also be great. I might end up using a 4x12 in the far future but for now I'm sticking to a 2x12 for the sake of constant transport. The Series 1 uses modified Vintage 30s and I love them but they tend to breakup a little too early, however that could also be due to using a 100 watt head? An amp with a wattage switch would be really useful.

The budget is around medium, not too scared of paying a lot though as this is a long term goal. I doubt I could afford anything from Orange apart from a cab though hahaha.

Any advice is massively appreciated! Cheers!
#2
I was thinking Orange AD30 or Rockerverb until you said you probably couldn't afford them. What do you mean by a "medium" budget? Also something like a Fender Twin Reverb or Super Reverb would be a good platform for you pedals.

If your old amp still sounds "fucking awesome"... Ya know, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. I'd stick with what you have.
#3
Look at an old Laney AOR100. They run $300ish and do Doom/Stoner just fine

You also might want to look for a Sovtek MIG 100

Most amps have a wattage selector, you remove one pair of power tubes and instant 50watt amp (you do need to switch the impedance on the amp though
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#4
So wait TS, you're just looking for cleans right? Dirt comes from your pedals?

I'd find a used Fender (even an old Silverface would be fine) like a used Twin or Super or hell maybe a Bandmaster.
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#6
The big Fender tube amps might be actually quite nice for your thing.

Laney AOR would work too.

I also don't see a reason why not to try a 2 channel amp, maybe Traynor YCV series, either head or the 50 watt combo.

There's also the Carvin X100B:
http://carvinaudio.com/collections/X100B-tube-amplifier-series
#7
Rockerverbs are fucking awesome.

Wattage selectors are pretty much useless, however (as Robbgnarly said) you can just pull a pair of tubes in most cases, and be at half power.

MIGs are nice if you do some modding to replace some of the cheap parts.

I also don't see the point in only wanting a single channel amp. They can do the job, but a second channel never hurts.
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#8
Fender, AC30, Laney tube amps all do pretty excellent clean tone and take pedals well.
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#9
If your tone comes from dirt pedals buy the biggest solid state amp Orange makes. Orange doesn't just make SS practice amps, they also make SS versions of their big tube amps for peoplr who don't need tube distortion.. You'll have a great clean sound, tons of headroom, and not have to spend money on power tubes later.
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If your tone comes from dirt pedals buy the biggest solid state amp Orange makes. Orange doesn't just make SS practice amps, they also make SS versions of their big tube amps for peoplr who don't need tube distortion.. You'll have a great clean sound, tons of headroom, and not have to spend money on power tubes later.




You can do a lot better than that.
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You can do a lot better than that.


I realize I'm swimming against UG groupthink, but there's nothing wrong with a using a solid state amp if you don't want tube amp distortion. Buzz Melvin made a career out of big transistor amps.
#12
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I realize I'm swimming against UG groupthink, but there's nothing wrong with a using a solid state amp if you don't want tube amp distortion. Buzz Melvin made a career out of big transistor amps.


i tried the CR120 and it really wasn't that great. its $450 for the head. for that you can do much better. i didn't try pedals with it, but from my experience dirt pedals don't always work as well with SS amps as they do tube amps.
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#13
I have a tube setup and a SS setup. The SS setup is usable and I have it as a backup or for events where I have to move my stuff around quickly. This avoids damaging more expensive stuff. But I find that even the cleans sound better on the tube amp. The compressor works better with the tube amp. Overdrive pedals don't sound good with the SS amp and the best distortion pedal for SS in my oppinion is the DD-11 Dime Distortion. Equipped with a 3 band eq helps tuning the right tone and backing off the gain allows it to be used for rock.