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Old December 16th, 2009, 04:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Best Tube Amp for under $500 used???

What's your favorite combo tube amp that can be bought for under $500 on an average day? (Not that crazy instance where you found some $1500 amp for $300 bucks at a garage sale, but average used price.)

Requirements are just that it should sound good, be reliable, and be something you can play at home and also gig with if needed.

What's your opinion and why?

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Old December 16th, 2009, 04:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I will be the first, but not the last, to recommend a Peavey Classic 30.
Another contender, which I think can be found for under five bills used, is the Kustom Coupe 36. Very nice sounding amp.
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Old December 16th, 2009, 04:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Blues Jr's is also a rock solid sub $500.00 amp !
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Old December 16th, 2009, 05:02 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I agree about the Classic 30, and there are several Mesa models available used under $500
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Old December 16th, 2009, 05:11 PM   #5 (permalink)
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The Peavey Classic is a great amp. I like the USA Crate stuff also, the Palaminos and USA V-series were nice amps on the cheap.
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Old December 16th, 2009, 05:14 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I have a 70s Traynor YGM-3 that I bought from eBay about eight years ago for $210. I put a better speaker in it, so I now have around $300 in it. And it is GLORIOUS!

They can still be found for under $500.

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Old December 16th, 2009, 05:28 PM   #7 (permalink)
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If you need some effects and great clean, you should also consider a SCXD! I know it isn't all-tube but it is still an awesome little amp.

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Old December 16th, 2009, 05:39 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Well, not everyone's taste is the same, but I love my Crate V3112 which I picked up used for 200 bucks. 30 watts and just enough. Very loud amp which sounds fine at bedroom levels. Two channels (clean, drive) and reverb. 3 band EQ and a mid boost. Great amp.
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Old December 16th, 2009, 05:43 PM   #9 (permalink)
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BJ NOS Tweed version, great speaker, great amp-very moddable, gigable.
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Old December 16th, 2009, 05:43 PM   #10 (permalink)
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You will hear conflicting opinions regarding these, but IMO, one of the best in this price range is the Mesa Boogie Subway Blues.
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Old December 16th, 2009, 05:45 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Another vote here for the peavey classic series. The C30 is a great amp; I had one for a long time, it gave up the goods reliably and never had any issues. Even better, find a Delta Blues -- Same all-tube 30 watts, choice of 2x10" or 1x15" reverb and tremolo. These can be had on craig's list ALL DAY for less than $500.
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Old December 16th, 2009, 05:46 PM   #12 (permalink)
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traynor YCV40 has two 6L6's or the traynor YCV50 has two EL34's both have Celestion speakers in them. I have both, sometimes use them both.
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Old December 16th, 2009, 06:30 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Lotta different answers to this question, and I don't think there'll be too many wrong ones, but I'll put my vote in for the Peavey Delta Blues. Or the Classic 30, but I like the tremolo and 2x10 configuration too much. As has been said, it's no problem at all to find these in excellent condition for well under you limit.
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Old December 16th, 2009, 06:39 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I would say a Rivera Clubster used can easily be had in this price range.
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I've never seen a Rivera Clubster for under $500 used. You might be able to steal the Clubster 25 1 x 10 in that range on a rare day, but I haven't seen it. I paid $675 for mine and sold it earlier this year for roughly the same price.

Back to the topic at hand, my vote would be for the Classic 30 or Delta Blues.
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Old December 16th, 2009, 09:07 PM   #16 (permalink)
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im really diggin my traynor YCV40WR, too. looks great, more versatile than an HRD and is a tank.

really depends on what you want to sound like/how much loud you need to be.
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Old December 16th, 2009, 09:07 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Oh no!

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I have a 70s Traynor YGM-3 that I bought from eBay about eight years ago for $210. I put a better speaker in it, so I now have around $300 in it. And it is GLORIOUS!

They can still be found for under $500.

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Just looked on ebay and found a YGM...
Why did you do that!!!
Glorious? Really?
It's on my watch list
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Old December 16th, 2009, 09:11 PM   #18 (permalink)
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I'm a big fan of Traynor amps in that price range. The vintage ones can be really cool - as already mentioned, the YGM-3 is a killer amp.

I just picked up a YBA-4 for $450 - it's basically a marshall JTM-45 (or fender tweed bassman) with a 15" speaker. Hand wired, great transformers and rock solid build. FANTASTIC sounding amp for any price.

The new 40 watt Traynors are also pretty cool if you want more features. I like them A LOT more than a hot rod deluxe.
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Old December 16th, 2009, 10:05 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Peavey Bravo

All tube.

Does everything.

$200-$300 if you can find one.
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Old December 17th, 2009, 09:14 AM   #20 (permalink)
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I've never seen a Rivera Clubster for under $500 used. You might be able to steal the Clubster 25 1 x 10 in that range on a rare day, but I haven't seen it. I paid $675 for mine and sold it earlier this year for roughly the same price.

Back to the topic at hand, my vote would be for the Classic 30 or Delta Blues.
http://cgi.ebay.com/Rivera-Clubster-...item2a0349a3fa

I can paste in some more examples if you would like...

Here is one that went for $385

http://cgi.ebay.com/Rivera-Clubster-...item4a9cbfb9ed
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