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champster
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Jun 14th, 2017 09:19 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I do have a Peavey Envoy that I use at church on Sundays. I take that only because of weight. All my other amps are tube and that's what I play through except for Sunday morning. I will admit my Peavey bandit with an Emi. RW&B installed is a really good sounding SS amp. It also weighs just under 50 pounds making it way too heavy for me.

firebird6024

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Jun 14th, 2017 09:48 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I do use my Microcube more than anything else

Ayns

UK

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Jun 14th, 2017 12:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've been using my Mustang III for 90% of gigs for the last five years or so. I've played some fairly large and prestigious venues with it and have received compliments from guitarists and non-guitarists alike.

It replaced my Engl Screamer/ Traynor YC40WR/ Marshall JCM 900/ CyberTwin.

I bought a JVM 205c with the intention of replacing the MIII, but to be honest it hasn't happened yet.

gdw3

LA-la-land, CA

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Jun 14th, 2017 01:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Not my #1, but I recently got a Quilter Micro Block. This thing is smaller than a standard pedal housing, 45 watts, and really sounds good! You can tell when playing that it's not tube, but the listener can't! Going on a secondary pedal board to take to jams, etc. Just that and a speaker (much lighter than a combo amp!), and I'm good to go!

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Jun 14th, 2017 02:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

No one has ever commented that my tube amp sounded like a SS.

Just sayin!

Rasmuth

Upstate NY, USA

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Jun 15th, 2017 12:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I run my tech 21 rk5 fly rig into my 1981 Peavey Bandit...and it sounds amazing...I was going to get another amp and realized, I had no need to do so.

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Jun 15th, 2017 12:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"No one has ever commented that my tube amp sounded like a SS."

What came first?

(This message was last edited by Leftee at 03:53 PM, Jun 15th, 2017)

gdw3

LA-la-land, CA

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Jun 15th, 2017 02:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Tube amps definitely came first.

jhawkr
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Jun 15th, 2017 02:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Tubes work better in your sound gear, transistors in your computer.

champster
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Jun 15th, 2017 03:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's interesting hearing people's reaction when I use an SS amp. Those that do play an instrument or sings make comments that something sounded off. When they see the Peavey amp they realize what it was. The rest in the congregation don't notice a thing. The group I play with hear the difference and prefer the sound of tubes but they know weight is a factor for me.

The SS amp gets the job done but doesn't come close to sounding like tubes.

Leftee
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Jun 15th, 2017 03:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I like and have both types of amps.

reverend mikey
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Jun 15th, 2017 08:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Currently playing through my Roland JC-40 at home and my Mesa Express Plus at church, but I could easily switch them and no one would know...

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Jun 16th, 2017 09:03 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I mostly play bass now, and I'm old, so: SS class-D all the way, baby.

jhawkr
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Jun 16th, 2017 09:31 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"but I could easily switch them and no one would know..."

Whether or not an audience in general can tell the difference is not really the point. Those who understand how things are supposed to sound like can tell the difference. (Assuming you are playing covers and not original music).

Leftee
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Jun 16th, 2017 01:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

retracted

(This message was last edited by Leftee at 03:33 PM, Jun 16th, 2017)

jhawkr
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Jun 16th, 2017 01:31 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The thread title insinuates that the only reason to not "admit" that their #1 amp is SS, is fear. It invites opinions to the contrary. Sorry if it offends.


Leftee
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Jun 16th, 2017 01:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

nevermind

(This message was last edited by Leftee at 03:36 PM, Jun 16th, 2017)

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Jun 16th, 2017 02:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Doesn't bother me none.

Let me put things into perspective: Why did we get into this rock and roll bidniz in the *first* place?

I get just as many wommerns with a SS amp as I do with a tube amp.

(This message was last edited by Peegoo at 04:54 PM, Jun 16th, 2017)

Mike DeTorrice
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Jun 16th, 2017 02:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

".....Those who understand how things are supposed to sound like can tell the difference. ....."

Ummm, effectively, no.

I understand how "things are supposed to sound" and the best of my solid-state guitar amplifiers (Boss Katana and Fender Mustang) rank right up there in overall sound quality with my greatly-loved tube amps. (Mesas, Fenders, Marshalls and Ampegs.

My friend's Kemper Profiler, with high-quality profiles loaded, also, essentially, makes doctrinaire sound judgements quite meaningless. People WILL fail in attempting to decide if it is "this" technology or "that" technology.

I would use any of my amps unhesitatingly in recording or at a gig. (given reasonable conditions, such as P.A. help for my 5 watt blackface Champ.

Mike

LeftyMeister

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Jun 16th, 2017 03:42 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Those who understand how things are supposed to sound like can tell the difference."

Who decides how thing are 'supposed' to sound? Isn't it the person plucking the strings?

I'm reminded of some Harley riders who claim a bike isn't a real bike unless it sounds like a Harley.

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