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Old May 13th, 2011, 05:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Lightweight tube amp

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Old May 13th, 2011, 07:03 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Depends on what you mean by "lightweight" -- there are plenty of small tube amps I would consider "lightweight" -- Fender Pro Juniors, Blues Juniors, Vox AC15 and many more...
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Old May 13th, 2011, 08:19 AM   #3 (permalink)
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15W head and a 1x12" cab.
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Old May 13th, 2011, 08:20 AM   #4 (permalink)
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There are a BUNCH of compact and fairly light heads out there these days: Egnater Tweaker, Mesa Transatlantic, etc.
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Old May 13th, 2011, 08:50 AM   #5 (permalink)
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A Blues Junior in an eBay pine cab with a neo speaker is pretty light.
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Old May 13th, 2011, 08:52 AM   #6 (permalink)
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5e3. Light and full of tone.
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Old May 13th, 2011, 08:54 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Super Champ XD is only 24 lbs.
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Old May 13th, 2011, 08:57 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Depends on what you mean by "lightweight" -- there are plenty of small tube amps I would consider "lightweight" -- Fender Pro Juniors, Blues Juniors, Vox AC15 and many more...
I'm not sure I'd call an AC15 lightweight. Mine weighs about 50 pounds.
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Old May 13th, 2011, 09:05 AM   #9 (permalink)
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BJr. Best sound at around 30 lbs...
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Old May 13th, 2011, 09:17 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I'm not sure I'd call an AC15 lightweight. Mine weighs about 50 pounds.
Exactly. New Fender Twin is only 14 pounds more.

I've been using a Super Champ XD for a couple of months. It's so light it feels like cheating.
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Old May 13th, 2011, 09:33 AM   #11 (permalink)
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check out Fox Amps. Ken was telling me about a Bassman style amp he was building a run of.......100 watts and very light compared to an amp of that style. His main clientele are aging steel players that don't want to carry around Twins or Peaveys anymore. The weight savings comes from using a 15" neo instead of 4x10"s. I purchased a Sica (Jensen) from him and put it into a 1x15 Peavey cab. The cab weighs a lot less than the head. I've been running a Peavey Classic 50 head into that cab, and while the chime is still there...the bottom end has expanded but is still tight.
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Old May 13th, 2011, 10:29 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I have a Reeves Custom 12 combo. Pine cab and 12" Tonkerlite neo speaker. Weighs about 26 lbs and sounds great.
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Old May 13th, 2011, 10:54 AM   #13 (permalink)
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5e3, yeah baby -- light as a feather. OK a 25 pound feather. If you were really trying to save as much weight as possible, you could do a head/cab version with pine cabs and a neo speaker. But my Lil Dawg feels light to me every time I pick it up.
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Old May 13th, 2011, 11:01 AM   #14 (permalink)
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What wattage do you want? What do you consider light?
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Old May 13th, 2011, 11:04 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Vibro Champ, Champ...does it really get any lighter?
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Old May 13th, 2011, 11:29 AM   #17 (permalink)
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another vote for the 5e3 tweed deluxe, it is light enough to carry as a bag and so is the princeton :) These to me are the perfect size and perfect volume for most band situations Sound their part too Ime anything smaller also sounds small. I carry my tweed deluxe from appartment to bus-stop which is about 3 min walk and then from bus-stop to rehearsal which is another 2 min walk about every other day, and have no problems. Do have my guitar in the other hand to produce more of an even-balance. Great thing about fender combos too is that you can have a few pedals under the speaker Win-win-win
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Old May 13th, 2011, 11:30 AM   #18 (permalink)
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BJr. Best sound at around 30 lbs...
I have an Emi Lil' Texas Neo in my BJ, sounds great and the amp is I guess 28 Lbs., approx
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My 1/8-watt prototype only weights a couple pounds. Give us some details on what you actually need in an amp, profat.

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Far as tube amps go, I don't think I've ever picked up something with as much power to weight ratio as a Reverend Kingsnake.
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