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Malcolm
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Edmond, OK

Jan 28th, 2018 01:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've got Blues Jr with lots EL>84s;After looking, v ops & some(?) Fenders ;are also El84s
What is a good small non EL84 amp?

reverend mikey
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N of I-90, E of I-29

You're old. Then vintage. Then good!
Jan 28th, 2018 02:19 PM   Edit   Profile  

The best, to my ears and pocketbook, is a Fender Princeton Reissue. Plenty of (realistic) volume, excellent cleans, takes pedals well, light.

zenland

U.S.A. Hotlanta

avise la fin
Jan 28th, 2018 02:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

+1 reverend mikey!


Dolemite

What It Was!

Fairly Unbalanced
Jan 28th, 2018 07:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

Used Mustang II or III.

Malcolm
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Edmond, OK

Jan 29th, 2018 06:28 AM   Edit   Profile  

hanks m,ikey!

Amazing how you got through the garbledness

walshb
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Manchester, TN

12,423 Mustangs passed and counting
Jan 29th, 2018 04:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

If you like Marshall tones and can wait a little bit longer, the new "Origin" will be out soon in various wattages and reportedly capturing the old school Marshall tones, and they're very affordable also. I'm tempted to pre-order but haven't pulled the trigger yet.

Marshall Origin

Cal-Woody

USA/California

Why do I keep fixing things that work?
Jan 29th, 2018 06:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've not heard to many good things at all about these amps. Another forum that I participate in said that they were very thin and bright sounding. They tried several of the different amps and stated that they were not impressed with the tone.
As usual, you have to try them out and decide for yourself. I do trust their opinions and think that I would stay with the EL34'S combo, especially the one Sweetwater offered with the Creamback speaker. It sounded really sweet and had a great distortion channel also.

picnic
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NJ/FLA

I like guitars and amps
Jan 29th, 2018 08:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

I heard Dolemites Mustang III last weekend at his Beatle's gig. Very realistic Vox AC15 tones. (Send me those patches please) I have a Mustang III also. It does a decent Blackface Twin and Deluxe Reverb. Loud light and versatile

A DRRI is always a good amp.

Leftee
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VA

Life makes a man tired.
Jan 30th, 2018 05:16 AM   Edit   Profile  

Sweetwater still has the DSL40C with the cream back.

External link

(This message was last edited by Leftee at 07:18 AM, Jan 30th, 2018)

Leftee
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VA

Life makes a man tired.
Jan 30th, 2018 06:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

Sweetwater has a demo DSL40C for $629

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reverend mikey
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N of I-90, E of I-29

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Jan 30th, 2018 09:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

Are you trying to talk yourself into it, Eric? ;^)

Leftee
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VA

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Jan 30th, 2018 09:38 AM   Edit   Profile  

I trying to get someone else to buy it before I do. :-P

daveg
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Jan 30th, 2018 07:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

Fender Princeton Reissue +2

Picked one up a few months back and am REALLY impressed by it. There are different color tolex coverings and speakers offered in some of the "special run" versions. I went with the "Brownie Fudge" model because I preferred a Alinco speaker. Others come with ceramic or 12" instead of a standard 10".
12 watts, 6v6's and a size that's not too small, not too big and easy to lug around.
How they compare to original '65 PR's I have no idea because I've never had the opportunity to use on, but ignoring the reissue branding, these amps sound great on their own merits.

(This message was last edited by daveg at 02:15 AM, Jan 31st, 2018)

Dolemite

What It Was!

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Jan 31st, 2018 05:28 AM   Edit   Profile  

Our George guy borrowed my Mustang III for that gig- his Vox AC30 took a crap. My AC30 been bullet proof, but I doubt Malcolm wants to lug around one of those beasts.

The Mustang has bias and sag adjustments, with some tweaks of those parameters it actually behaves like tubes. Like most modelers, 99.9% of the factory patches sound like they were programmed by a 15 year old. But I'm as much of a tube snob as anyone and I am keeping my Mustang. It delivers brown face, blackface, rectifier, glassy Twin Reverb, onboard effects & tuner, different cab sims.. Perfect to take to a recording session.

Petey, when I get back from this road gig I will send you a couple of patches I whipped up that I bet you'll like.

(This message was last edited by Dolemite at 07:57 AM, Jan 31st, 2018)

Malcolm
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Edmond, OK

Jan 31st, 2018 07:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

I like Leftee's idea..... let someone else pay the new price.... on a PR.

Mustang III has a lot of support.

Leftee
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VA

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Jan 31st, 2018 07:11 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've never really considered the PRRI. This thread got me looking.

Like I need another amp. :-P

Leftee
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VA

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Feb 1st, 2018 01:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

I found a pristine DSL40C in a local music shop today. He wants $565 for it but I bet I could wave $500 at him and he'd take it.

LHW

Southwest Florida

Alone in my principles
Feb 3rd, 2018 10:10 AM   Edit   Profile  

I saw a used Marshall DSL combo last night at the Sarasota GC for $499. I was very tempted.

LHW

Southwest Florida

Alone in my principles
Feb 3rd, 2018 10:17 AM   Edit   Profile  

I know a lot of folks here love the Boss Katana amps, but I have one of the new Marshall CODE 50 watt 1X12 combos, and I love it.
It does an excellent job of replicating all the old Marshall favorites, as well as Fender and Vox clean amps. At $249, it's a steal.

Tony Wright
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Stillwater, OK

I never met a calorie I didn't like.
Feb 4th, 2018 08:05 AM   Edit   Profile  

Being a bass player, I only know what my guitarist friends tell me that they like.

That said, part of the fun of GAS is going out to try out the gear. There are two amps in OKC that I doubt anyone would mention simply because they were limited runs and not that common.

I entered Craigslist and searched for Fender Excelsior and Fender tube amp and got the following suggestions

The Fender Excelsior was searched by name simply because I recalled seeing one on the OKC CL in the last couple of days.

Being more curious...I then searched Fender tube amp and found several additional suggestions including the first cousin to the Excelsior, the Fender Ramparte (also a Fender "Pawn Shop Series" limited edition.)

Neither of those two Pawn Shop Series limited edition amps are EL84. The Excelsior is 6V6 with two 12AX7 and the Ramparte is 6L6 with 12AX7.

You can still find Fender and Sweetwater (among others I am sure) user reviews using a Yahoo or Google search. I did not find the third Fender Pawn Shop amp (the Vaporizer) available in the OKC CL, so if you would prefer that, you can expand that search.

The OKC CL Excelsior is listed at $325 SW OKC.
The OKC CL Ramparte is listed at $400 in Edmond.

There is also a Gibson GA-5 Les Paul Jr tube amp in the Tulsa CL listings (owner indicated Eufala OK - $275). Same owner has a Champion 600 for sale. ($180)

There is a "79 Princeton Reverb - ($800) on OKC CL in Ada. Not sure if it is a RI or original, but I am leaning towards reissue since the 110AC outlet receptacle on the back of the amp is a grounded outlet, not an ungrounded but could have been changed out.

Best I got after a night of "can't get to sleep" with all the allergens being blown in by the weather front...so I surfed and now I am going to crash for another hour or so...I hope.

Disclaimer: I am NO expert on guitar amps. But I did read some reviews on the Excelsior and Ramparte and recall some on the GA-5 and the Champion 600 and both the original and reissue Princeton Reverb were/are popular amps.

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