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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / What's the best amp for a 60 year old man to play in a condo in Florida?

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littleuch
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Aug 5th, 2019 03:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

Who records mostly using an Eleven Rack, doesn't have a band, jams with his homey's 1200 miles away maybe once a year, loves tubes, verb + vibrato, likes long walks on the beach, loves to laugh in the sunshine, and puppies...

I currently have a Princeton Reverb II (no vibrato), a Pro Jr. (meh), a VHT Special 6 + Egnater 1x12 cab (meh x2). I've been toying with the idea for my upcoming 60th bidet offing all my amps and getting a Vintage Sound Vintage 15 (Princeton style boutique). But honestly the recent chatter about the new Tone Masters and also Katana curiosity, I'm not so sure what I now want. My pedalboard has tuner/drive/compression/delay but no trem or verb (which I much prefer on an amp as opposed to a stomp box).

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Aug 5th, 2019 03:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

I just joined the PRRI (68) club and it’s mighty groovy. I found mine - minty fresh with all the trimmings and original box - and the speaker swapped out to a Tone Tubby for under $700 delivered from a dude on Reverb.

But when you’re talking about condo volumes, it’s hard to beat the recent SS offerings. Not saying they’re lacking at greater volumes. But I’ve always found the SS offerings of recent years are also superb when “quiet tone” is required.

One of my favorite amps is my PV Transtube 212 chorus. It can be an extremely loud amp. But it sounds great at low volume.

(This message was last edited by Leftee at 05:53 PM, Aug 5th, 2019)

Mick Reid
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Aug 5th, 2019 04:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

"One of my favorite amps is my PV Transtube 212 chorus. It can be an extremely loud amp. But it sounds great at low volume."

Also weighs just slightly less than a VW :^)

I'm really intrigued by the Tone Master Deluxe and I don't live in a condo.
I haven't totally abandoned the idea of playing live again, so a TM would suite home and away games ;^P


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Aug 5th, 2019 04:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

^ Actually, I added about 10lbs. to it via a speaker swap. ^

Because tone

Mick Reid
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Aug 5th, 2019 05:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

LOL Leftee!!!

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Aug 5th, 2019 05:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

Heck I'd play a microcube through headphones in that setting. I've promised myself to avoid common walls so I can crank an amp when I want for as long as I am able.

Leftee
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Aug 5th, 2019 05:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

I’m not advocating such a beastly amp. Just sayin’ that down low it sounds mighty fine.

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Aug 5th, 2019 05:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

Kemper direct? It's not as fun as moving air, but lots of tones in there.

I feel bad in a condo playing anything bigger than my champ 600 at low volume. But the condo I visit is cheapo and many neighbors work odd shifts so I can't just blast during the day.

Thank God I live in the country. I record loud amps at night no prollum.

Princetons are great, but man those silverface vibrochamps are awesome too. You can get the fender spring tank extra.

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Aug 5th, 2019 05:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

PS I would look into a small Carr, they are great too.

littleuch
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Aug 5th, 2019 05:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

"I haven't totally abandoned the idea of playing live again, so a TM would suite home and away games"

Which is why it appeals to me as well (at least on paper). But being the late 50's/soon to be 60 boomer Jr. the glowing tubes feel right as side burns and a big peace sign belt buckle. A Princeton Reverb or the like would effectively be as loud as my PRII in a condo setting, but might inspire me to pedal it up and find a tame setting. I am an end unit on a corner and my room is on the outside wall, but still.

I think I need to try out the new Tone Master Deluxe when it makes it to the stores.

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Aug 5th, 2019 05:49 PM   Edit   Profile  

The Boss Katana 50 gets great tones and the power switch goes down to 0.5W.

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Aug 5th, 2019 06:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

My PRRI pedals up nicely.

I do t really have a fair representation of the amp, though, because -speaker.

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larryguitar
Aug 5th, 2019 06:49 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have had my DRRI in my living room and played along at moderate levels without any real problem. It really depends upon the construction of the condo.

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Aug 5th, 2019 06:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

If two small amps are an option, I have a tweed champ and a Marshall JCM 800 one-watt in my main playing area that have led to my three other larger amps going unused.

Leftee
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Aug 5th, 2019 06:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

What Larryguitar said...

We live in the end unit of a row of townhouses. I can get away with a lot. We also seem to have good noise-dampening between the units.

Leftee
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Aug 5th, 2019 07:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

Where’s Mick to talk about his Nextone?

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Peppy

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Aug 5th, 2019 07:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

BOSS Katana 50

professor
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Aug 5th, 2019 08:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

Get a 70s Fender Champ. Tubes, likes pedals.

(This message was last edited by professor at 10:59 PM, Aug 5th, 2019)

Mick Reid
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Aug 6th, 2019 12:38 AM   Edit   Profile  

"Where’s Mick to talk about his Nextone?"

Mick who???

Yes, I do have the Nextone Stage (1x12, 40w) and could be a viable option for you Larry.
I've played it in a rehearsal studio with bass & drums and it sounded great, and it was only on the 20w setting. (goes from .5/20/40w, also has direct out for DAW)

The way I use it is far short of its capabilities. I run it on the clean channel and get my dirt ( and other fx) from pedals.
It does have onboard reverb, delay (or tremolo) that's tweakable via computer link.

I still find the deep-diving computer stuff way beyond the scope of what I'm willing to put the time into.
Because of these factors, the Tone Master is very appealing. Basically plug & play.

FWIW, I also have a Roland Blues Cube Artist, which is also plug & play. (with exception to the tone capsules, which I don't have) It too is a great sounding SS amp. The BC is an all analogue amp too. (apart from the digital reverb)

Whilst I've been pretty happy with the Nextone, if I decide to go for a Tone Master Dlx, it will probably go to partly fund the swap.


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Aug 6th, 2019 05:45 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'm assuming you already have an amp or two. What about using one of the fancy computer programs? Use an separate audio interface connected to the PC with a USB cable and some nice speakers.

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