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Old September 25th, 2011, 01:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What tube amps would you consider "Sleepers"

Curious to know opinions on "sleeper" tube amps. My definition of a sleeper amp is the following.

1. Not rare but not widely used..They fly under the radar..
2. Not a boutique amp or an amp priced in away that makes them rare..
3. Their (subjectable) tone gives them value to you..not their brand name..

My all time sleeper would be the MusicMan HD130 Reverb.. Beautiful sounding amp and one I wish I owned.

Note: TDPRI is a super knowledgeable crowd so I realize that a "sleeper" in general music circles will likely not be a "sleeper" here...Either way..what's say ye???? Lets get some dialog going..Introduce me to some new sleeper amps

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Old September 25th, 2011, 02:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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For PCB amps, Fender's red knob Super series from the late 80s/early 90s. 60 watts of all-tube warmth*. Best clean tones I've ever heard eminated from my 1991 Super 112. Don't expect "Green Onions" tones from the clean channel, unless your willing to turn that volume knob to 9!
Since many insist the red knob series is responsible for the break-up of The Beatles all the way to Alabama's late collapse against Auburn last season, these amps are quite affordable on the used market. Bring a dolly, though; they're heavy unless you get a Super 60 head.

* These amps are SS rectified, I must add.
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Old September 25th, 2011, 02:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Fender Princeton Reverb II........I have one and love it.....some people not so much.
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Old September 25th, 2011, 02:26 PM   #4 (permalink)
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A friend has an old Melody amp that sounds great, but I guess that might be considered rare. I reminds me of a Princeton or maybe a small Vox.
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Old September 25th, 2011, 02:28 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Great start!!...I'm already learning about some new amps!
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Supro's. Rickenbacker Electro's. Alamo's. There's tons of 'em.
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Old September 25th, 2011, 02:40 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I would have to say (also) the Fender Red Knob amps - especially the Super 112. Follow these by Musicman amps - RP112-100, or RD112-100.
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Old September 25th, 2011, 02:48 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Supro's. Rickenbacker Electro's. Alamo's. There's tons of 'em.
Man.....I had an Alamo amp back in the mid 70s......wish I had it now!
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The fender sleeper is the early bandmaster reverb. The circuit is very similar to a super reverb or vibroverb. The can be black-faced and turned into a combo fairly easy.

They sound great. I saw a video of Danny Gatton that had one on stage. It was that or a dual professional.
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Old September 25th, 2011, 03:28 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Old September 25th, 2011, 03:43 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Marshall JTM 30 and JTM 60's are consider sleepers as well.
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Old September 25th, 2011, 03:44 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I consider my amp a "Sleeper". Blues Junior (Black Tolex). Looks completely stock with BillM mods. I think it runs around 18 watts. I have received compliments regarding my tone at local jam sessions. I gotta agree that I really like it, currently. It can keep up with a full band without being mic'd.
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Old September 25th, 2011, 03:58 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Peavey VTM 60! It's a single channel amp, but it has dip switches that let you tailor the bottom end and compression. It was used on the first two Soundgarden albums and was the precursor to the 5150 head. Seriously can go from mild Ac/dc to Pantera if one wanted to. No real clean tones though.
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I consider my amp a "Sleeper". Blues Junior (Black Tolex). Looks completely stock with BillM mods. I think it runs around 18 watts. I have received compliments regarding my tone at local jam sessions. I gotta agree that I really like it, currently. It can keep up with a full band without being mic'd.
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Old September 25th, 2011, 04:28 PM   #16 (permalink)
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vintage Ampegs- especially early to mid-60's.
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I just was gonna say Ampeg Gemini I, Bullen!
In my friend's recording studio that has over 20 vintage amps, it gets picked a LOT.
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Old September 25th, 2011, 05:56 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Yep got a Gemini II myself.

Heck any of them are good- jets, reverberockets, mercuries, geminis, depending on what you want it for. You can get a 45-50 year old handwired amp for less than you get a new Peavey for
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After I read your definitions, the first amps that popped into my mind were Fender Vibro amps like the Vibrolux Reverb or the Vibro King.

Oustanding amps, but you don't see a lot of them.
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