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Andrew Cockburn
post Sep 3 2007, 08:33 AM
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I just found out about these guys:

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/VSJunior/



There is also a head version. Its about as simple as a valve amp can get, no tone stack, 2 preamp stages (12ax7) and a single EL84 power tube. Its actually very similar in design to the one I am building but a lot simpler. It makes about 5W which is good for practicing and recording and allegedly sounds good.

I ordered one just for fun - there are lots of mods out there for it as well and it is as cheap as dirt - $150, so how can you lose smile.gif


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post Sep 3 2007, 08:39 AM
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I was looking at the head for that (I think it's 50w with a 25w switch, sounds great for me), let me know how you like it and I might get one.


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post Sep 3 2007, 09:01 AM
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QUOTE (JVM @ Sep 3 2007, 03:39 AM) *
I was looking at the head for that (I think it's 50w with a 25w switch, sounds great for me), let me know how you like it and I might get one.


No, the head is 5W too - you must be thinking of the so-cal 50H, very diffeent ... but I'll still let you know what I think.


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post Sep 3 2007, 09:19 AM
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QUOTE (Andrew Cockburn @ Sep 2 2007, 08:01 PM) *
No, the head is 5W too - you must be thinking of the so-cal 50H, very diffeent ... but I'll still let you know what I think.


Ah you're right, that is what I was thinking of. Know anything about that one then?


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post Sep 3 2007, 09:40 AM
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QUOTE (JVM @ Sep 3 2007, 04:19 AM) *
Ah you're right, that is what I was thinking of. Know anything about that one then?


Nope - nothing sorry sad.gif


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post Sep 3 2007, 09:58 AM
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i' ve got the head. like it. it has 4, 8, and 16 ohm jacks, just plug it into your bigger amp speaker. bad news is, it was $30 cheaper 6 months ago.

edit: if I remember correctly, the one with the speaker is strictly 8 ohm.

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Andrew
Is this the only amp you have besides the one you built years ago??


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post Sep 3 2007, 10:56 AM
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QUOTE (fkalich @ Sep 3 2007, 04:58 AM) *
i' ve got the head. like it. it has 4, 8, and 16 ohm jacks, just plug it into your bigger amp speaker. bad news is, it was $30 cheaper 6 months ago.

edit: if I remember correctly, the one with the speaker is strictly 8 ohm.


Yeah, I'm getting the head - I think they realized they had a success on their hands and reissued it with a few minor improvements around hum suppression and jacked the price up.

QUOTE (shredmandan @ Sep 3 2007, 05:31 AM) *
Andrew
Is this the only amp you have besides the one you built years ago??


Well it will be when I get it yes ... shortly though I'll have the new one I am building, and longer term I'm thinking about saving up for a Bogner Ecstacy, and I'll probably make a couple more along the way!


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QUOTE (Andrew Cockburn @ Sep 3 2007, 05:56 AM) *
Yeah, I'm getting the head - I think they realized they had a success on their hands and reissued it with a few minor improvements around hum suppression and jacked the price up.
Well it will be when I get it yes ... shortly though I'll have the new one I am building, and longer term I'm thinking about saving up for a Bogner Ecstacy, and I'll probably make a couple more along the way!



The Bogner will be sweet biggrin.gif


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post Sep 3 2007, 11:02 AM
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QUOTE (Andrew Cockburn @ Sep 3 2007, 04:56 AM) *
Yeah, I'm getting the head - I think they realized they had a success on their hands and reissued it with a few minor improvements around hum suppression and jacked the price up.
Well it will be when I get it yes ... shortly though I'll have the new one I am building, and longer term I'm thinking about saving up for a Bogner Ecstacy, and I'll probably make a couple more along the way!


They fixed the hum before they jacked up the price. No competition selling similar items. Pignose used to make a similar item, dropped it.

Anyway, something definitely worth having. 5 watts is louder than a lot of people think. To double the volume, you need 40 watts.
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QUOTE (Andrew Cockburn @ Sep 3 2007, 09:33 AM) *
I just found out about these guys:

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/VSJunior/



There is also a head version. Its about as simple as a valve amp can get, no tone stack, 2 preamp stages (12ax7) and a single EL84 power tube. Its actually very similar in design to the one I am building but a lot simpler. It makes about 5W which is good for practicing and recording and allegedly sounds good.

I ordered one just for fun - there are lots of mods out there for it as well and it is as cheap as dirt - $150, so how can you lose smile.gif

That's a popular model, might very well be Epiphones most valuable player.


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I think thats a great amp andrew! biggrin.gif infact, im seriously considering the Epi Valve Standard 15w !!!

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QUOTE (fkalich @ Sep 3 2007, 04:02 AM) *
Pignose used to make a similar item, dropped it.


Which is a shame as the Pignose was a great little amp.

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