Craigslist VOX Pathfinder 15R...again

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  1. studio1087

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    That's what I'm seeing as "purple" - thanks. I laid the amp in my trunk and it was facing into the sun. It looked odd just then. I get it now - it's not an odd color.
     
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    I also have three Pathfinders, two 15Rs and one 15. I bought the first 15R new after I read all the raves on TDPRI. Then when I heard they were going out of production i got a couple more from the GC used section. I have used them for many many gigs, as is, with line out and mic'd. Really the perfect amp for me.
     
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    I relate. I was reading about the 15R here on TDPRI before I saw my first one, about 9 years ago, in a pawn shop. I test drove it and knew immediately that I wanted it. I was mentally preparing to haggle over the price when it was offered to me for $40 out the door if I'd tune a guitar for him! I quickly tuned the guitar, plunked down two Andy Jacksons and beat a hasty retreat before he could change his mind. A year or so later I found one as an open box sale on eBay for $74, shipping included. It was in perfect condition. Then in January of 2013, I bought one for full price ($119) when I heard they were being discontinued. And I too have gigged with them more times than I can count. I've done two of them as a "stereo" rig at gigs, or with a mic in front of them, or utilizing the Line Out.
     
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    No modeling in the DV Mark line. All real SS.
     
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    Will definitely buy a 2nd Pathfinder if I see one FS on CL ( no need to actively seek one out, but it would be nice to have a backup/use 2 on gigs...) and I have the $$
    It's just an amazing ( and tasty) tool to have!
     
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    I first learned about them years ago on a Vox discussion group. (which I think is now defunct) I bought one on Ebay, and liked it so much I bought two more. Loved the sound, but needed more "punch" on gigs, so I bought a cabinet custom made for a PF 15R chassis and a 12" speaker. Sounds incredible! My only complaint is, no one wants to buy a stock one for as much money as they went for six or seven years ago.....they want you to give them away. :(
     
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    Man, I hate threads like this on TDPRI because they steer me toward more gear that I suddenly learn I want. And I see one of these is available on Craigslist in my area, at a level c-note.

    I already have a Vox Valvetronix AD30VT. It's my primary amp at the moment, almost always on the AC15 model. Reviewers seem to love the Pathfinder's speaker, but in most cases I prefer the groove of a 10-inch speaker over an 8-inch. (I often prefer 10-inch over 12-inch, too.)

    Has anyone here tried both amps? Would the Pathfinder give me anything I don't already have in the Valvetronix?
     
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    You guys have piqued my curiosity about these amps (like I need any more amps). I test drove a non-verb today, and I get it...cool little amp. One thing, the trem was very weak; is that common? You can hear it but it’s pretty subdued, you kinda had to listen for it...any thoughts?
     
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    I had an AV30VT many years ago (like when they were new) and I had a new Pathfinder 15R for a few months while I had the VT. I typically used the tweed or AC15 amps on the Valvetronics amp with Reverb and the option of Tremolo. I never used the heavy metal models. I liked the Pathfinder more because it just did what I was after. This is all just “me” so it means nothing in the bigger sense. I copped a bit of an attitude toward modeling amps early on because offering 15 amp tones and 15 effects from a $175 amp never made sense to me. It was like big quantity and no quality (I thought). I still regard them as kiddee amps. I frequently see the 100 watt Fender Mustangs on the Milwaukee Craigslist for $85 and people can’t sell them.

    I think I’m becoming an old curmudgeon. I want traditional amp controls and not a Nintendo game controller. Good lord I sound 54 going on 90. o_O
     
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    If the tremolo depth is turned up and you can barely hear it then it's broken.
     
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    Agreed.
     
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    I had a Vox VT20+ before I learned about the PF15Rs....I was interested in having a bunch of different "voices" in one amp, but I found they were all "close, but not quite" like what they were supposed to be. And yes, I found it difficult to change settings quickly at a gig, so I "settled" on the Pathfinder....but I do use the 12" speaker for playing out.....and a Blues Junior III as well.
     
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    Squeeze a 12" speaker in it and you'll love it even more, trust me.
     
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    There’s a 1/4” output under the chassis. The speaker clips are connected to a short Cable with a 1/4” male jack that plugs into the bottom of the chassis. If you unplug the speaker cable you can use a speaker cable to connect any 8 ohm cable. I plug into a nice Carvin 2 x 12. It’s a lot of fun.

    This is the little head that I made out of the lone chassis that I bought here.

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    Okay, I'm probably missing out on something, but is that easy to do?
     
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    Squeeze a 12" speaker into what? A Pathfinder 15R? I squeezed a 10" into one, but no way a 12" will fit. I had a custom cab built for the PF chassis and a 12" speaker.
     
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    I've had Pathfinder 15 for almost 20 years and it's not going anywhere.
     
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    I own two. I don't see them often. Even on Reverb.com
     
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    No, it's not easy to convert a PF15 to an AC4 (all-tube). I removed the entire chassis and built a new amp inside. I did sell the chassis for cheap to members on another forum, though.

    http://enginerdamps.blogspot.com/2009/01/vox-ac4-with-top-boost.html

    I have all the parts for another AC4 build...

    ....Now I see a Pathfinder 10 on local classifieds for $60.... Perhaps it could become a AC4 Head and I could build one of those 4x8" cabinets (I have 4 8" speakers sitting around from some hammond organs ;))
     
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    I can attest to the quality of the speaker (for an 8", anyway). I bought a weber alnico 8" blue pup to put in my Pathfinder -> AC4 conversion. It was a slight improvement which says a lot for the stock speaker!
     
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