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Old February 22nd, 2012, 01:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Portable S/S Amps with TONE

Guys, I'm looking for a small footprint s/s amp, with TONE, that can handle band rehearsals and small gigs, unmic'd.

Some of the names that keep popping up are:

Roland Cube 40XL
Roland Cube 60
Trademark 30
Vox Pathfinder 15R

I'd like to keep my expenditures under $250.

Whaddayathink?

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Old February 22nd, 2012, 01:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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There is no digital modelling involved in the Bandit or the Pathfinder. The Tech 21 amps have a form of analog modelling...

I'm not sure what you're after here.
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Old February 22nd, 2012, 01:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have a Roland Cube 60 and I love it!
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Old February 22nd, 2012, 02:49 PM   #4 (permalink)
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There is no digital modelling involved in the Bandit or the Pathfinder. The Tech 21 amps have a form of analog modelling...

I'm not sure what you're after here.
Original post revised for clarification. Thanks.
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Old February 22nd, 2012, 03:32 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Under $250 is tough. The Trademark 30 is over $300. They don't make the Cube 60 anymore.

I'd go for the Cube 40XL or a Peavey Envoy 110.
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Old February 22nd, 2012, 03:35 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I LOVE my Fender G-Dec 3 30, 30 watts, tons of modelling options, $299 at musiciansfriend. I keep pimping and recommending this amp because it gets little love on its own.
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Old February 22nd, 2012, 03:38 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Well heck, if we're going up to $299 just get a ZT Lunchbox!
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Old February 22nd, 2012, 03:39 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Pathfinder all the way. And you've got $150 left over for beer.
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Old February 22nd, 2012, 03:41 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I vote Pathfinder, got mine a week ago and keep having the urge to check if there are any tubes back there! Sounds very good!
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Old February 22nd, 2012, 03:45 PM   #10 (permalink)
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You might give the Peavey Envoy 110 a listen. It has great clean tones.... not so sure about the dirt.. It's not really my thing.
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Old February 22nd, 2012, 03:47 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Lunchbox. Perfect for rehearsals and small gigs. Plenty of volume and sounds a lot bigger than it is.
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Old February 22nd, 2012, 03:48 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I use my Pathfinder for rehearsals and small gigs with drummer unmic'd, mic'd and line-out into the PA. Great cleans, louder than you might think. For dirt I use a pedal.
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Old February 22nd, 2012, 03:58 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Hard to go wrong with a Pathfinder. Great tones, lots of volume, nice spring reverb and trem to boot.
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My first thought was the Pathfinder, but I'm not so sure that it meets all of your criteria.

Tone? Oh, yeah, definitely.

Portability? Again, yeah, definitely.

Small footprint? Yup, absolutely.

Under $250? And to spare. You can even get the footswitch for it and still come in a C note under budget.

Handles rehearsals and small gigs? Well, maybe. That would depend on the levels at band rehearsal, and just how small the room of the small gig is. As a rule, I don't get large sized gigs, but of the three steady venues I play w/ my PF15R, it varies. At two of the venues, the Pathfinder is sufficient for the room. At another, it needs to be mic-ed. I have done the line out thing to a PA.
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Old February 22nd, 2012, 04:05 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Not sure my Cube 15 would cope with a lively drummer but the guys in the pub keep complimenting me about it's distorted blues tones...........
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Old February 22nd, 2012, 04:15 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I've got a pathfinder & a cube 40xl. They are both nice. The cleans on the 40xl are a little more sterile sounding than the vox, but it has modeling. They both put out a lot of volume for what they are. Line out on the 40xl sounds better, but the vox has more character. Both are a good choice IMHO.
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Old February 22nd, 2012, 04:28 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Geez. I knew there was love for the Pathfinder 15R, but this is crazy!

Ok, aside from volume, can the Roland Cube 40XL stand up against the Pathfinder 15R?
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Old February 22nd, 2012, 04:37 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Geez. I knew there was love for the Pathfinder 15R, but this is crazy!

Ok, aside from volume, can the Roland Cube 40XL stand up against the Pathfinder 15R?
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I've got a pathfinder & a cube 40xl. They are both nice. The cleans on the 40xl are a little more sterile sounding than the vox, but it has modeling. They both put out a lot of volume for what they are. Line out on the 40xl sounds better, but the vox has more character. Both are a good choice IMHO.


I rarely play clean - usually, my mix is a bit-o-grit, along with some reverb and delay. The modeling is a nice tool to have in your box, and the looper, too. Line out is a plus.

Can you elaborate on the "character" aspect - and if the 40XL is worth the extra C-note?
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Old February 22nd, 2012, 05:16 PM   #19 (permalink)
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A Cube 60 ticks all the boxes. Loud as a very loud thing, with a line out AND an extension speaker out if you need more. I've never had to use either. Great tone and about as portable as you can get for a 1x12 combo. OK so you cant get 'em new anymore but I picked mine up used for 70. Ridiculous value.

Not sure of their availability over there but an Award Session Sessionette 75 would meet all your criteria too.
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What's "TONE?" You mean, "sounds like a tube amp?"
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