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>5w Amp with onboard Reverb

Discussion in 'Glowing Bottle Tube Amp Forum' started by chaddukes, May 30, 2020.

  1. GearGeek01

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    Some of them are rather pricey... you said "tubes" so to do it right, get ready to spend some disposable income...

    Marshall DSL5CR 1x10" 5-watt Tube Combo Amp (w/ reverb) - $499.99 (I've been considering the DSL20CR 20 watt for myself - those are $599.99)
    https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/DSL5CR--marshall-dsl5cr-5-watt-1x10-inch-tube-combo


    Supro 1605R Reverb 1x8" 5-watt Tube Combo Amp (w/ reverb) - $999.00
    https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/1605R--supro-1605r-reverb-5-watt-1x8-inch-tube-combo


    Mesa/Boogie Express 5:25 (has reverb) (or Express 5:25 Plus model) - USED >> plenty of them on Reverb starting at around $700 bones)
    --- this amp has a 5 watt choice, or 15w or 25w
    --- they made a 1x10" and a 1x12" combo
    Express 5.25 - 01 front.jpg Express 5.25 - 02 rear.jpg
    https://reverb.com/marketplace?query=mesa 5:25 express&condition=used&sort=price|asc


    Bugera V5 Infinium 1x8" 5-watt Tube Combo Amp
    - (as others have said) -- I've owned this amp, and it really does sound very good for $200... I'd recommend looking in to this one for sure... (I got mine for $99 at a Guitar Center Closeout store in Dallas, Texas (no longer open)
    https://www.sweetwater.com/store/de...ra-v5-infinium-5-watt-1x8-inch-tube-combo-amp


    Blackstar HT5R MKII 1x12" 5-watt Tube Combo Amp with Reverb - $499.99
    https://www.sweetwater.com/store/de...i-5-watt-1x12-inch-tube-combo-amp-with-reverb

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    As far as reverb... I might suggest just getting "whatever" tube amp you want, then break out some Velcro and stick an el-cheap-o (or otherwise) reverb pedal to the side of the amp... reverb problem solved. (^^^ cyclopean beat me to that idea, LOL) Such as the $48.00 dollar Behringer DR600 Digital Reverb Pedal (it was the cheapest one on the Sweetwater page)
    https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/DR600--behringer-dr600-digital-reverb-pedal


    Once upon a time I had a small microphone mixer that didn't have reverb, so I got a TC Electronic Hall of Fame Reverb, and a hunk of Velcro, and just Velcro-ed the reverb pedal to the outside edge of the mixer. Worked great... was even stereo reverb for the mixer, lol. Wouldn't take up much space with the TC Electronic HOF Mini - $98.00
    https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/HOFMini--tc-electronic-hall-of-fame-mini-reverb-pedal


    Or there's the $45 Donner reverb (mini)
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0719CBYXJ/?tag=tdpri-20

    A hunk of Velcro on any amp and you got instant reverb...

    That's my 2 cents, anyways... depends on what exactly do you want... how many features to fiddle with, and if you want to bust the bank with disposable cash, or just make it happen with something like the Bugera amp... I have a hunch the Bugera is just what you're looking for... but there are lot's of choices at every price range these days...
     
  2. mmannaxx

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    Get a vintage Fender Vibro Champ and get a good reverb pedal to use for reverb. You will have built in tremolo. This is a good option imho.
     
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    Allen Amp Chihuahua.
    The new ones take a 6v6 or 6L6.
    With the 6v6 you're at 6 watts.
    Comes with spring reverb.
     
  4. richiek65

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    Haven't read thru the entire thread but if you can find the "thread tools" drop down menu on your original post, "edit title" is there
     
  5. etype

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    Gries 5. It is a BF Champ with 12" speaker and tube reverb instead of tremolo. Very similar to the Allen Chihuahua for $450 less.

    http://www.griesamps.com/id4.html
     
  6. Whoa Tele

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    Don't think the Gries 5 has reverb.
     
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  7. Wallaby

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    Swart STR and variants have reverb, Swart is kind of known for it.
     
  8. etype

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    D'oh! You are right! Ok. Haha, so you get that for the extra $450 over the Allen.

    I change my vote to the Allen Chihuahua!!!

    Unless you can swing the $2,000 for a Carr Skylark. 12w, but does have an attenuator that will take it down to 0.01w.
     
  9. Antoon

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    I also love the SF Vibrochamp. You may even yank the Vibro-thing out and add a short spring reverb pan
     
  10. etype

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    The Ibanez TSA-5 is a 5w amp with spring reverb, a built in tube screamer, and actually has a headphones out jack (pretty unique among tube amps). Although I think new ones are red, not teal.

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  11. Hoodster

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    I've been walking this road just about every day for 20 years and dozens of amps, and my conclusion is you need both.

    You need some kind of THR type rig that does all kinds of tones and effects convincingly enough at low volumes, for when you're feeling lazy or just want to play for a short amount of time or super quietly.

    And then you need a real tube amplifier for when you're craving pure tone.

    For me right now that means a fender champion 20 with an upgraded speaker, and a Traynor Darkhorse (15 or 2 watts) with a couple of pedals.

    Both sound awesome at low volumes.
     
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  12. cravenmonket

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    Completely disregarding your 5W or less specification, but I was actually in a similar position, wanting a great-sounding amp I could keep in the living room in my main house, so that I could play guitar in there sometimes, not just locked away in my studio. I wanted reverb onboard, too. And it had to sound great at family-friendly volume.

    I got a Princeton Reverb. It's actually 12W but is totally tubey and sweet sounding at 2-4 volume, which is not too loud for home/living/bedroom. No one would get upset at that. You don't get tube breakup at that volume, so I've got an overdrive pedal in the living room, too.

    Problem solved!

    In my experience, to my ear, the very little tube amps just don't really sound very good. It's partly the low power, but also the small cab. And not many seem to have reverb onboard either...

    Get a 65 PRRI. You won't regret it.
     
  13. Gclef

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    No, the laney L5 studio is the one to get!
    5w/0.5watts with no loss of tone.

    I run mine thru a 2x12 semi open backed avatar cabinet.

    I can play below tv volume if I want. Sounds ok.

    At 3 or above on the .5w setting is not much louder than a loud tv.....and sounds glorious.

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    It even comes with a nice cover!
     
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