Ditching the Mustang. Need a 15 watt tube amp. Suggestions?

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  1. Danjabellza

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    Egnater tweaker. I wouldn't say it beats a marshal, vox, or a fender. But it does a great impression of all three. It's a heck of an amp for the money, and if you get bored with it, tweak it a bit.
     
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    The V22 is a solid, affordable choice. Lacking in some areas, but also has features you'll never find at that price point.

    I consider it exclusively a clean platform for pedals. The drive channel is pretty terrible. The mid boost switch is a great feature if you want more balls out of it. Kind of bright. I put a Cannabis Rex in and that really improved that aspect, but it's not a necessity. The reverb stinks, though I guess it's passable if you're not using a pedal. It can get very loud.

    Reliability has been very good for me after 14 months. Comes with a 3 year warranty I think.
     
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    Vox + a Joyo American Sound might do everything you need.

     
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    Loads of folks have great success with the Hot Rod Deluxes and Deluxe Reverbs.

    My vote for 15w tube amp is the Egnater Tweaker 15. You may find, as I have, that you like amp overdrive- even at 'church volume' the amp has several great flavors of drive. I also use an OCD and a Fulldrive 2 with it, mainly for boost and versatility, and it plays well with them. You'll want the delay/verb/trem stuff in the loop, but it all works well.
     
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    Blues Junior. It's a great utilitarian tube amp, it's easy to carry and set in the back seat of the car. They take pedals very well.

    I bought a Blues Junior off Craigslist for $250 and played it mostly at home. The cover band that I was in would occasionally play a smaller show and I put an Eminence Red White & Blues speaker in the BJ. I paid $49 (used) for the speaker at Music Go Round. That amp is remarkable. We mic'd at most shows but occasionally we didn't. Either way it was always a great amp. Put a nice overdrive and delay in front of a Blues Junior and you can do just about anything.

    Blues Junior.
     
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    AC15, Pro Jr., or Super Champ X2. If you're into metal, look at the Blackstar HT Studio 20.
     
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    Carvin Vintage 16.
     
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    I picked up mint, used Vox TB15 for $275. It's an insanely good amp. American voiced like a tweed. Had plywoods can and only weighs 35 lbs despite its size. Single channel with master volume, dark and mid boost switches and a single 12" speaker. A flop for Vox but checks all my boxes. Dead quiet too.
     
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    Sorry TB18C1
     
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    Southpaw Tele Friend of Leo's

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    Thanks for the replies and advice to all of you. More is welcome, if you have it!
     
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    OK, Yes of course to "license to buy"
    Playing at a church, and asking us if you should get a Dumble level amp, you are going to get A LOT OF PREACHING to the Choir.

    YES YES YES, of course YES!
     
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    If you've got a strong back, and are patient about breaking in stiff speakers and dialing in your tones:
    AC15C1 or the AC10

    If you like quirky but crazy good (once you, again, break in a stiff speaker), and can track down rattles:
    Excelsior Pro

    The TSA 15 is indeed barely known yet very good and versatile. Fender Deluxe-like tones on the cheap. Takes reverb, tremolo, and delay pedals well. The head and separate cab approach works very well with this amp.

    The PRRI is indeed worth a shot if you've got the patience to send 'em back if new until you're sent a fairly unflawed one, and know a good tech.

    And if you've got the money, this one's lovely:




    The newly updated 20watt version of it is great, too:


    Good luck, and I hope you'll post about your choice and results.
     
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    Deluxe reverb and an inefficient speaker is the extra few watt actually is a problem.

    Is the effect loop something that said amp must have?
     
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    Mesa Boogie Mark V will do anything you could want. its up there in price but worth every penny, Runs 10 , 45 or 90 watts
     
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    I'd be thankful for a DRRI, but I told her I'd go "middle of the road."
     
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    No, I don't want to really deal with an effects loop again, to be honest. If the amp can take an OCD clone, occasional fuzz pedal, a trem pedal, and a delay through the front, I'm good.
     
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    I have been wanting an Allen for forever. I wouldn't mind building a kit. I have experience building.
     
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    Better yet, a SFDR. I could not deal with the DRRI highs personally.

    But now I read about the Ibanex TSA15, I need to go plug into one.

    The head version though my Orange PPC112 with a Rola G12-80/1777 with the Tube screamer circuit I sure would like to sample. Or Greenback, or....
     
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