#1
Im using my big Peavey XXX combo that weighs about 70 pounds to play in my schools jazz band at the moment. I would like to get a lighter amp that would also be better for cleans than my Peavey. Would the Epiphone Valve Jr Head and the 112 cab be good for it? I would be running a Metal Muff in front of it probably, as we do a few covers that require distortion, so will it take the pedal well or should I find a better distortion pedal? Also, I know its pretty loud, but Ive only played it once, and I cant remember exactly how loud it got, and I didnt turn it up past about 4 anyway. Would it be able to play a medium sized cafeteria over drums and a brass section? Thanks for any help.
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i use a Vjr, sometimes with a metal muff, and 2 1x12 cabs.

it's loud enough for light drumming. maybe a better suited pedal would help as isnt really great for metal tones. and the MM sounds a bit sterile, pushing muddy, with it past it's ideal 2 o'clock.

full band would be pushing it, imo.


i wouldnt spend too much on pedals tho.

id probably go for a 15W tube combo at that point.
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id probably go for a 15W tube combo at that point.


+1

You should be able to find a used Fender Blues Jr., or something similar, for less than the cost of the VJ head and a cab. And it'll be much better not only volume-wise, but portability-wise, too.
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+1

You should be able to find a used Fender Blues Jr., or something similar, for less than the cost of the VJ head and a cab. And it'll be much better not only volume-wise, but portability-wise, too.

Aye, I'd definitally go tube combo for the best power/portability blend.

Hey, Jenny, I have a Valve Junior and a 2x12"...mod yours any?
#5
actually, no! for some reason, i never took it apart. you ever do anything with urs?

for what i use it for, i thought it was fine. but who knows maybe eventually.
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Hey thanks guys. I think Ill check out a used Fender Blues Jr. Are there any other amps that could work out for having nice cleans, meet my volume requirements, and still be somewhat light? Thanks.
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Hey thanks guys. I think Ill check out a used Fender Blues Jr. Are there any other amps that could work out for having nice cleans, meet my volume requirements, and still be somewhat light? Thanks.

Maybe a Fender Pro Junior? Basically a simpler version of the Blues Junior with fewer controls and a 10" rather than 12" speaker, however the volume difference is negligible, and the 10" gives a bit more top-end. Alot of people believe that the fewer controls make for a purer tone. Worth looking at, it's alot cheaper than the BJ, especially in the UK.
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^I haven't compared the amps side by side in well over a year, but if i remember correctly, for whatever reason, i liked the Pro Jrs cleans a little more.
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^I haven't compared the amps side by side in well over a year, but if i remember correctly, for whatever reason, i liked the Pro Jrs cleans a little more.
+1. A lot of it is down to having no reverb, afaik, it takes noise and a wee bit of treble in the voicing if a low-quality SS reverb is fitted or fitted wrongly, but there are a good number of great reverbs.

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^i dont know, can probably do with another hundred in tubes and speaker swap.

doesnt make much sense considering the blues jr is less than a hundred more.
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I like the voice of the Pro Jr a lot, too. Another nice amp is the Crate V16. Same price as the Pro Jr., same features as the Blues Jr.
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I have a V16 and i couldn't be happier with it. It has a nice clean and the drive is kind of crunchy with good definition.


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^I haven't compared the amps side by side in well over a year, but if i remember correctly, for whatever reason, i liked the Pro Jrs cleans a little more.

Same I remember liking the Pro Junior a little more, though it's been a while and I think both amps are great...
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I have a V16 and i couldn't be happier with it. It has a nice clean and the drive is kind of crunchy with good definition.

Awesome man. Hey, have you tried the V16 with the Bad Monkey yet? Im wondering if my TS-9 would be able to drive the V16 into the distortion I need. I use a lot of gain, and I would like to be able to have natural tube distortion mixed with a decent overdrive instead of pouring distortion onto the clean channel with a distortion pedal. Guess I need to get myself down to Guitar Center now...
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The V16 has plenty of gain on it's own. My son has one and plays a Jekyll & Hyde with it. Sounds awesome. He plays a lot of classic rock, as well as modern alternative stuff. All the gain he needs.

Power enough to stay clean over a drummer, though, too.
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#18
id go for the fender blues junior definately, it will be loud enough , have a good sound , great fender cleans and if you gotta od a good distortion when cranked plus the convienance of having a combo. i own a evj and its a great amp i run it through a 1x12 ( its pretty loud) i modded mine a lot though( the chassis and pots are the only thing stock pretty much) its good if you jamming with a band sans drums or doing a (loud) recording, im actually thinking about getting a attenuator though
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actually, no! for some reason, i never took it apart. you ever do anything with urs?

for what i use it for, i thought it was fine. but who knows maybe eventually.

Aye, Iadded a gain switch for a little flexibility (makes for a nice boost, although I havn't wired it to a footswitch...) and spun the chassis around so the side of the case with the grill is the front. Matches my cab without the red. Lovely little amp.
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my personal experience with the valve junior is great. i crank the amp with a boss ge-7 in front with a mid-boost curve. great for early van halen sounds. You should look into a diiferent type of small amp for cleans if you are using humbuckers , but if your using single coils you should be fine.