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The Amp Game

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by fauxsuper, Dec 22, 2012.

  1. fauxsuper

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    Pretend you find yourself in a situation where you need to find an amp you can gig with while playing with a 4 person band (drums-bass-keyboard-drums) that plays a variety of music covering blues-country-rock. You have to have it for a gig where you don't know if you will be able to use a microphone for the amp. The gig is tomorrow night.

    You have a budget of $400.

    So scan the local Craig's list, penny saver, pawn shops or used gear in shops that you may know of, etc., and see what you come up with. You can't use E-bay, unless it's local. (becuase the gig is tomorrow)

    In my case, in San Diego, I found a Fender Blues Jr. for $400 and a Carvin 50 watt Nomad for $350, both on CL. I'd be inclined to go for the Carvin, becuase I might need some clean headroom without being mic'd. And I'd use the extra bucks to pick up a used dirt pedal somewhere.

    What would you do where you live?
     
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    I'd gather parts for 50 years and build it myself. :D

    Oh, the gig is tomorrow. :rolleyes:

    Good thing I have those parts already. :grin:
     
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    But can you build one by tomorrow :?:

    On a quick look I found a Carvin Belair for $300 or a Crate Club 50 for $350
    Both 50 watts

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    I think either one would fit the criteria.
     
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    I would take the Carvin over the Blues, Jr. for any purpose but weight.
     
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    It might take a bit of triage. Quick 'n' dirty is faster than slick 'n' tidy. I usually do slick 'n' tidy.
     
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    The only thing close to me here in Iowa is a Super Twin for 450. It'd work for the unmiked thing, and they'd be able to hear me in Wisconsin. :D
     
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    Only because it's December and the corn aint growin'.

    Just get the sound to travel far enough to Conevsille and you might get lucky.
     
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    Ultimate chorus ..he's asking 250 but I bet 2 would get it..and I have extra cash
     
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    Carvin Nomad, 375
    Fender Excelsior, 250
     
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    Carvins?

    I'm kind of surprised to see Carvin this much, i was expecting to see a bunch of Peavey Classic 30's and Fender Hot Rod Deluxes-----------------------
     
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    CL has a PV Classic 30 for $300
    GC Used has a Line 6 Spider Valve for $350...I've been wanting to try one

    Slim pickings...I think I'll just grab an amp from the music room. :mrgreen:
     
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    for the most part you'll be looking for a line6 around here. they're the plague of pawnshop and craigslist alike
     
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    Vox AC15C1 on CL that says "great condition and lightly used with no wear." $400 firm.
     
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    I sold a perfect condition Ac15c1 on CL a year ago.
    Could only get I think $375 for it. Recently saw a nice one in a pawn shop for 350.
     
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    This pretend situation matches up pretty well with what's currently listed on my local CL.

    There's a Blackstar "mini stack" and he's asking for "the $350-400 range." The head is an HT5, stacked on 2 Blackstar 1x10 cabinets.

    Also, there's a Vox AC15 CC1 for $400.

    If I were in a pinch like you speak of, I'd check both of them out.
     
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    I'd go Classic.
     
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    There are very few questions about "amps under $400" that can't be answered by the words Peavey Classic 30. ;-) CS
     
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    roland cube 60 or 80 with line out...or are you one of those tube guys...come over to the dark side
     
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