Alternatives to DRRI?

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  1. ReggiedaDog

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    Hi all, after a brief sojourn into modelling I'm coming back to tube amps. Ive always been a fender guy, mainly using HRD and DRRIs, and still use that clean sound a lot (and miss it). This time though I would like that great clean sound with maybe a few tonal options so Im not as reliant on pedals. Just wonder what the current favourites are for 20-30w amps?
     
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    Well, the Super Champ XD gives you effects and tonal options and nearly sounds like a Deluxe Reverb. But it's tone options are all digital and they do fail now and then.
    Frankly I think you are better with a DRRI or vintage. Because with pedals, you can change them and have more tone options. With effects built in an amp, you have to live with what's in the amp.
     
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    Thanks- sorry I didn't mean built in effects just the chance to put a bit more OD in it via a different channel maybe?
     
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    Peavey Delta Blues is a solid amp. 30w from 4xEL84, clean & lead channels, reverb & trem. The 210 model, which I own, is incredibly loud & punchy. I see many folks decry the lead channel on here; I have never had an issue with it. The biggest downside is that the eq is shared between both channels, which doesn't always work for me.
     
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    Fender Super-Sonic 22?
     
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    Budget?
    +1 for the SS22
     
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    Try a Swart AST....


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    Budget about the same as a new DRRI.


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    archetype Fiend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I'd audition the '65 Deluxe Reverb RI, a '68 Custom Deluxe Reverb, and the higher-power '68 Custom Vibrolux Reverb. You might find the CVR is clean enough and like the power/speaker combination.
     
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    I own a BF Deluxe Reverb and a BF Vibrolux. Probably my two favorite BF Fender amps.

    Depending upon your budget, try a vintage BF or SF DR or VR.

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    I haven’t owned one, but I find the new supro amps intriguing. About a year ago, before I decided to get back into gigging, I was shopping for an amp that could provide nice overdriven tones at lower levels. I tried out the Supro Black Magick, and it was far too loud for what I was looking for at the time. But it sounded great.

    I may revisit that one down the road.
     
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    68 Custom Deluxe Reverb would seem a good choice for Fender tone with a bit of versatility.


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    Any love for the Egnator Rebel? One has come us used near me- like the versatility of it (on paper)
     
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    Mesa 5:25 Express or Rectoverb. Both great amps with great flexibility available as head or 112 combo. Because of totally separate was, gains and masters plus 5 band EQ controllable by footswitch they are pedal-free overdrive monsters. Anything up to not-quite metal. Multimode switches on each channel get many viable tones. Tube reverb. Very loud for wattage rating. Better build than Fender new amps.
     
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    I have a VHT 12/20 RT running 6L6's for 20Watts operation. With the built-in power scaling, triode/pentode mode and the partial tonestack lift (mid+gain boost, foot-switchable) you can have many levels/colors of OD at volume ranging from apartment friendly to more than enough for loud gigs. You get a bias varying (instead of opto) tremolo as a bonus too.
     
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    Mesa Boogie amps have beautiful Fender like cleans if you use American voiced speakers and they are very versatile amps. They are more known for their dirt through Celestions but they do much more than that.
     
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    I'd look at the Orange Rockers for great clean and dirty channels.
    To get clean and dirty channels plus reverb you need to go to the Rockerverb, more expensive than your budget but used they are in line and are generally better quality than DRRI.

    Also plenty of 18w Marshall based amps with clean and dirty channels, but I can't name them as they tend to be smaller companies and higher quality than the pop mass market stuff.

    I just find British cleans much nicer than Fender BF mid scooped cleans, as well as less pop because we want to turn British amps up all the way, so most never really hear the great cleans available.

    I also find that we tend to get two things in one amp in your price range:
    Great clean sound and great tube reverb, or great clean channel and great dirty channel.
    If you want a great clean channel, a great dirty channel, and great tube reverb, you'll have to increase your budget.
     
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