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post Mar 15 2010, 03:26 AM
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Money is no object. Looking to buy a 15watt or less tube/valve combo amp/head for straight rock and blues with emphasis on warm lows. What would you pick?
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post Mar 15 2010, 04:53 AM
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Blackstar HT-5, Egnater Tweaker, Orange Tiny Terror, Laney Lionheart or A Vox Ac15

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post Mar 15 2010, 08:35 AM
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QUOTE (ZakkWylde @ Mar 15 2010, 04:53 AM) *
Blackstar HT-5, Egnater Tweaker, Orange Tiny Terror, Laney Lionheart or A Vox Ac15


What? Has my fellow MVC got tired?? He said that money is NOT the issue. laugh.gif (just kidding)
With great pespect to Zakk's suggestions here (which are all more or less stock amps) I want to add some other recommendations. The best would probably be to have an amp builder to build one based on one of the "classic" amps, eg. VOX, Marshall, Fender and with a speaker of Your choice. The other way round is to get a "boutique" -amp, eg. an amp that is manually made, but still is in a production-line. Examples of such is Victoria Amps, Dumble, Ceriatone & others. A third way would be to build one by Yourself from those kits available, but its not that easy as it seems....

I had one built in Denmark by a guy there, and I have never been happier with any amp. Its a Deluxe-clone, the only drawback with this one is that You JUST can play blues & rock on it......... cool.gif

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post Mar 15 2010, 10:23 AM
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+ 1 for the Dumble. Or maybe the new Bogner Duende.


As far as "regular" amps go - Laney VC15 or Blackstar HT-5.


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QUOTE (Staffy @ Mar 15 2010, 08:35 AM) *
What? Has my fellow MVC got tired?? He said that money is NOT the issue. laugh.gif (just kidding)


I was assuming that most people say *money is no issue* but in the end they are looking for something affordable wink.gif


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Lemme tell you this Try an VOX AC15 with optional speaker


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I would go with the Laney Lionheart, they sound great. smile.gif


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QUOTE (ZakkWylde @ Mar 15 2010, 10:30 AM) *
I was assuming that most people say *money is no issue* but in the end they are looking for something affordable wink.gif

Yeah Zakk, you got that one right! Thanks for the suggestions.

QUOTE (Staffy @ Mar 15 2010, 07:35 AM) *
What? Has my fellow MVC got tired?? He said that money is NOT the issue. laugh.gif (just kidding)
With great pespect to Zakk's suggestions here (which are all more or less stock amps) I want to add some other recommendations. The best would probably be to have an amp builder to build one based on one of the "classic" amps, eg. VOX, Marshall, Fender and with a speaker of Your choice. The other way round is to get a "boutique" -amp, eg. an amp that is manually made, but still is in a production-line. Examples of such is Victoria Amps, Dumble, Ceriatone & others. A third way would be to build one by Yourself from those kits available, but its not that easy as it seems....

I had one built in Denmark by a guy there, and I have never been happier with any amp. Its a Deluxe-clone, the only drawback with this one is that You JUST can play blues & rock on it......... cool.gif

//Staffay

HaHa. Yeah, well this is all part of my plan. First I identify the best, then I bust the local bank, quick buy the amp and catch the next plane to Sweden! Thanks again for the ideas.
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post Mar 15 2010, 02:10 PM
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Cant believe no-one has mentioned the Fender Blues Jnr! Great for blues straight in to the amp, in fact better than anything twice the cost of the fender by far, and briliant with pedals to get virtually any rock tone!
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QUOTE (Staffy @ Mar 15 2010, 08:35 AM) *
What? Has my fellow MVC got tired?? He said that money is NOT the issue. laugh.gif (just kidding)
With great pespect to Zakk's suggestions here (which are all more or less stock amps) I want to add some other recommendations. The best would probably be to have an amp builder to build one based on one of the "classic" amps, eg. VOX, Marshall, Fender and with a speaker of Your choice. The other way round is to get a "boutique" -amp, eg. an amp that is manually made, but still is in a production-line. Examples of such is Victoria Amps, Dumble, Ceriatone & others. A third way would be to build one by Yourself from those kits available, but its not that easy as it seems....

I had one built in Denmark by a guy there, and I have never been happier with any amp. Its a Deluxe-clone, the only drawback with this one is that You JUST can play blues & rock on it......... cool.gif

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great call on the ceriatone staffy, I think you can buy them in kit form or have them make one for you.

Matchless = nice. and Dumble well...

do they make Dumbles at less than 15watts? If your willing to look over 50watts and really want a fender look into the bassman...

If you want maybe look into custom hand wired amps... headstrong & swampworks spring to mind but I'm sure there are lots more out there...
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try the orange tiny terror, just try it...
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QUOTE (sted @ Mar 15 2010, 02:10 PM) *
Cant believe no-one has mentioned the Fender Blues Jnr! Great for blues straight in to the amp, in fact better than anything twice the cost of the fender by far, and briliant with pedals to get virtually any rock tone!


Right! I have this one too... but it's not 15 W, rather 50 .....

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QUOTE (stratman79 @ Mar 20 2010, 11:35 PM) *
do they make Dumbles at less than 15watts? If your willing to look over 50watts and really want a fender look into the bassman...


I guess they will if You pay them.... tongue.gif There's a lot of custom hand-wired amps on the market, a good bet is to search for them on Youtube, listen and then visit their home-page.

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