One thing I really, really like about my Rivera Fender SuperChamp is that it has a mid-boost circuit that you engage by pulling out the treble tone pot. With the tone pot pushed in, the tone is pure silver/black face-- mid scooped and bright. With the pot pulled out, the tone becomes much thicker, more tweedy. It would be pretty cool if the Tonemaster line included a feature like that.
If for some reason you just had to play through a silver face sounding amp, such as using a back line, one option is to use something like a TubeScreamer or SD1 (mid-hump overdrive) to push the mids and deliver that thicker sound.
My main thought here is stick with the amp you have, at least for now, since it delivers the tone you like. How often do you have to haul it and deal with the weight? You can always get some kind of light weight hand truck to make moving it easier. A portage solution is way cheaper than buying another amp.
Well, right this minute? I am not hauling amps anywhere... But, the new band is about to start hitting stages soon. My goal is to be back gigging several times a week. A couple of years ago I was earning more money from music, than from my 40 hour a week day job. My goal is to get back to that point.... Eventually, not working that day job is the pipe dream.
I spent the first 30 years of my playing chasing tweed tone, without realizing it. I kept using pedals to get me that tone.... The first time I plugged into my Bassman? I knew right then and there, that was the sound I'd heard in my head. When I plugged into my Twin, it was a whole new ballgame! Honestly, since I've been playing tweed amps, the majority of the time I only use a reverb pedal and all my tonal needs can be met with twists of the volume knob, or picking dynamics.
If I walk into a venue, and am playing through a provided backline, I have always been able to find a tone I can live with. I am not even remotely concerned by that kinda thing. Of course, I am not willing to do 'good enough' with my personally owned stuff. But, I am not a diva! LOL
I think my Twin is the heaviest amp I own at about 46 lbs (Yeah, really 46 lbs for 80 watts of tweed tone). That's only 10 lbs more than the TMSR. So far, my back is still holding up enough that I can carry that. But, I am not sure how much longer that will last (arthritis in my back is a serious factor these days).
So, like I've said before, Fender releases a Tonemaster Tweed Bassman? My wallets getting emptied the minute I find one in stock. The TMSR is something I am interested in, but I am not so sure it would ever become the #1 amp. But, I did enjoy playing the one I did get a chance to try out.
absolutely no! not with all of the reporting of problems with them and having to have them serviced or replaced.
I read a lot of TM post on multiple forums and haven't seen any evidence of a lot of reporting of problems and needing repair or service. I've seen a couple but nothing to indicate there are quality issues with these amps. Most criticisms I've seen have been around feel or lack of tube sparkle, etc. I've said as much myself being a TMSR owner. I love mine.
Maybe you could provide a reference for your assertion. I haven’t heard anything like this. I have heard lots of whining and speculation though.absolutely no! not with all of the reporting of problems with them and having to have them serviced or replaced.
3 friends. one in socal, one in NJ and one in oh10. all took back their amps and got a tube amp, different new ones for each tho.Maybe you could provide a reference for your assertion. I haven’t heard anything like this. I have heard lots of whining and speculation though.
All three broke down??3 friends. one in socal, one in NJ and one in oh10. all took back their amps and got a tube amp, different new ones for each tho.
My next amp is going to be a tweed Princeton. But I might wait a few years. Who knows.
Looks great though!
I'm not sold on ss amps... They sound great but next to a tube rig, I just don't hear it. And they aren't cheaper really.
but these are the only people i know(i don't know tens of thousands of people) who have bought them.