#1
Hi all

I'm looking to cover myself when gigging in case my DSL40c takes a nose dive for some reason. I'm looking for a good second hand solid state head for classic rock that will work with my set up below if the need arose.

My current set up is the DSL40c combo sat on top of a Blackstar 1x12. Both speakers are 16ohm and are connected via 2 x 8ohm sockets on the DSL.

I play mainly pub gigs but sometimes a bit bigger so I'm assuming I'm going to need a head probably of at least 50w but preferably 100w with 1 x 16ohm socket but preferably 2 x 8 ohm sockets so I can make use of both 16 ohm speakers. Also an effects loop would be handy.

I do currently carry a spare Sovtek preamp tube and a couple of stock biased output tubes but am thinking now that it might be simpler just to plug in a solid state head.

Any suggestions please? Any help would be appreciated.
Last edited by Goochster at May 24, 2016,
#2
Something from Randall or Peavey (old school vypr series).
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#3
I'd do a search for a Trademark 300 head from Tech21. Beautiful tones for classic rock.
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#4
Maybe try to look into one of those old school Marshall Mosfet Lead heads? (Basically a solid state version of a JCM 800 head, IIRC). They definitely sound way better than the MG stuff, and go for pretty cheap used.
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Maybe try to look into one of those old school Marshall Mosfet Lead heads? (Basically a solid state version of a JCM 800 head, IIRC). They definitely sound way better than the MG stuff, and go for pretty cheap used.


+1

Also, Peavey Bandits of the Transtube era are quite good.
#7
+1 for the quilter. I played a few at my local shop and they sound great for what your after and they are loud as hell
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#8
what is your budget? i know you said solid state. maybe a jet city amp? the 50h can be found really cheap.
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+1 on Quilter; also Carvin.
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what is your budget? i know you said solid state. maybe a jet city amp? the 50h can be found really cheap.

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Thanks all for the responses. I don't really want to spend more than £100. Maybe £150 at at a push. After all this amp head is only going to be used in an emergency.

The Marshall Mosfet lead head sounds promising. I did take a look at the Valvestate 2000 head too. But I'm not sure whether there would be any impedance issues as I'd be plugging into 2 x 16 ohm speakers. So I need a head with 2 x 8 ohm outputs.

Just looked at the Jet City JCA50H. Good call!
Last edited by Goochster at May 25, 2016,
#13
I might have to pick up one of those Quilters, I would have never thought a real solid state could come in that small of a package.
I personally haul around an old Peavey Heritage hybrid for my backup. It has a solid state preamp and it has a 4 6L6GC power amp in it. They're biased similarly to the 7027As in my main amp so if things ever really got bad and I had time to swap tubes I could.

I paid less than 50 bucks for the Peavey Heritage head.
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Quote by Goochster
Thanks all for the responses. I don't really want to spend more than £100. Maybe £150 at at a push. After all this amp head is only going to be used in an emergency.

The Marshall Mosfet lead head sounds promising. I did take a look at the Valvestate 2000 head too. But I'm not sure whether there would be any impedance issues as I'd be plugging into 2 x 16 ohm speakers. So I need a head with 2 x 8 ohm outputs.

Just looked at the Jet City JCA50H. Good call!


here is my $.02

why drop 150 quid on an amp you won't use (unless you have a problem), that will just get you by, when you can just spend another 100 quid and have something you can enjoy, and to record with (or hell maybe gig with).
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#16
An old fender solid state and a cheap dirt box like a boss ds1 or an mxr prime if you can find one. An sd1 overdrive stacks well with the prime.
#17
Are you just worried about tube failure? What about Retrovalves?
(Or something similar.)
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#18
Peavey transtube. They sound good on the gain channel. The bandit is awesome but its a combo so its really heavy to use as a backup. Its solid state though so you could throw out the speaker and use the preamp out into a mixer ooor the ext cab out into an 8 ohm min. cab.
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Peavey transtube. They sound good on the gain channel. The bandit is awesome but its a combo so its really heavy to use as a backup. Its solid state though so you could throw out the speaker and use the preamp out into a mixer ooor the ext cab out into an 8 ohm min. cab.


i didn't like the one i had.

as far as the preamp out into the mixer, you would need a cabinet sim or it would sound like shit.
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