Need an amp for gigging with cover band

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  1. mimmo

    mimmo Friend of Leo's

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    Hi guys,

    after one month without a band (I moved from Paris to Rome) I have finally joined a new band.
    The music they play is quite nice for me (Stones, Creedence Clearwater, some Clapton, Lynyrd Slynyrd, Queen) and tomorrow we I have my first rehearsal with them.

    They have been playing for several years and regularly gig. Obviously I will need some time before getting ready so I am not in a rush, but I am starting to think which all round amp to buy to better fit this music.

    Valve or ss is not important to me, I am just looking for a good liable amp in the 500 euros range.
    Any input will be welcome, thanks!
     
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    mimmo,

    I have enjoyed playing gigs with my Vox AC15VR.

    It's versatile, reliable, and offers a nice variety of classic rock tones.

    http://www.voxamps.com/ac15vr

    Your Music, a nice guitar store there in Rome, carries Vox amps.

    :)
     
  3. uriah1

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    Yea, imho, an AC15. Probably easy to get a lot of versions for that price
    point and easier to acquire over there. Next Pv Classic30, hot rod delux, Laney 20t,
    etc
    Wish you luck
     
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    thanks a lot @Sparky2 and @uriah1, much appreciated.
    I will go to Your Music ;) and give it a try.
     
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    Used HRD is the standard answer.
    Laney Lionheart - possibly won't come up much on TDPRI but cheaper in the EU than in the USA.
    Koch Jupiter - bit over budget new but lovely hybrid amp.
    Or be patriotic and look at the ( Italian designed) DV Mark gear. Maybe a Raw Dawg EG head and a cabinet, very simple but certainly in the right area tonally.
     
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    Combo or head+cab?. New or used?

    Ignore the association with \m/ metal and try a Laney Ironheart IRT30. Multiple channels and a 'pre-boost' function. Loud enough to part the hair on the front row, but, spectacularly flexible in terms of the sounds it can deliver. I saw a cover band where the guitarist used one and it did clean, through crunch to crush. UFO to Black Sabbath and all points in between. The guy could play. He could play really well and the amp responded beautifully. I remember the amp, but not the band or venue :)
    Laney Lionheart LT20-112. You'll not be disappointed.
    Another Laney, but will now be second hand, the VC30-112. Laney tried to out-Vox Vox. Vox-y through to Marshall-y. Pity they stopped making them really.
    Vox AC15. Popular for a reason.
    Vox AC30. See above, with added dwarf star for transporting it.
    Second hand Orange TH30, OR15 or Tiny Terror?
    Orange CR60 Pro. Solid state, and none the worse for it. How many tones from one amp?
    Second hand Marshall DSL40
     
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    Thanks!
    DV Mark...I have heard good things about this brand but never considered it. Also I didn't know it is an Italian brand, I will give it a try also.
     
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    dont let anyone convince you that you will need a huge amount of wattage. I have a 30 watt and it hangs with any drummer coming or going. If you ever gig outside and have to you can mic it up and get more that way. Id suggest an Vox ac30, orange rocker 32, or even a fender hot rod deluxe with a nice overdrive pedal.
     
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    Good questions, I should have pointed the answer out before asking!
    Used is not a problem and a combo would be better (never been a head+cab guy, don't know why, actually).
    Thank you so much for the list!
     
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    Never considered Orange amps either, in my head I am more of a Fender o Vox guy, but I am seeing that the options are so much...it will be funny in the next few weeks! The search for a good amp is beginning :D
     
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    Need to find out how loud they rehearse. That will help hone in on what you need.
     
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    For a cover band you need versatility. A Boss Katana 100, with either one 12inch speaker (300€) or two 12inch speakers (€450) ought to be a fine place to start.
     
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    Isn't the AC15VR discontinued? What is the replacement model for it?
     
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    Joyo American Sound and a good monitor.;)
     
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    Marshall BluesBreaker.
     
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    I have taken a look and found some in the new market, so I think that they are still in production.
    Thanks for chiming in!
     
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    Thanks all you guys, much appreciated.
    It is the funny part, let's see tomorrow how loud they are and I will start from there.
     
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    Just for a different angle—

    A Fender Deluxe Reverb...
    The perfect club amp...tone comes from the hands anyway, doesn’t it?
     
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    Fender Blues Junior.....how much is 500 euros in real money, anyway? ;)
     
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