How Many Amps Do You Have?

Leonardocoate

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It's good to list these out every now and then
Boss Kantana 100
Roland 405 Tube logic
Quilter super Block
Vox Pathfinder 10
Fender Rumble 60
Blackstar ID: core 10
Blackstar Fly
Orange Mini
Micro Cube
Mobil Cube
Fender Frontman
Zoom MS-50
Zoom MS-100BT
Zoom MS-60B
= 14
 

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1. Orange Crush 12L - my first amp. I still own it and love it
2. Vox AC10C1 - my favorite amp
3. Marshall 2525C Mini Silver Jubilee - my jam amp
4. 5F1 clone which I've built few years ago. Still waits for a cabinet
5. Vox amPlug - for silent jamming
6. Hotone binary amp - Amp modeler in a pedal. Works great as a fast portable solution into PA. Sounds good
7. Various amp sims...

I still haven't bonded with the Marshall. I've yet to find a sweet spot that works for me. It's kinda finicky.
 

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1966 Deluxe Reverb
1964 Reverberocket R12RB
1969 Super Reverb
1973 JMP 50 (handwired :)) + 1977 1960A cabinet
2019 HX Stomp + MC6 + DYI 1x12 200w FRFR
--> 5 setups
 

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How does that work at gigs ? Doesn’t that drive your sound guy crazy. ? I know it did our sound guy the one or 2 times we tried it.
I've used modeling units direct into a PA at some corporate event type gigs. Keep in mind that these are easy going performances that are expected to have lower volume levels. This kind of direct-in setup is also popular with "Praise & Worship" players where volume is often tightly controlled.
Oh. I get ya. Yeah. That would make sense. Yeah I could see that working.
 

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4 Guitar Amps
Blackface Fender Showman in a combo cabinet with Weber 15 (pulled a pair of tubes, replaced remaking pair with el84/yellowjackets, so it’s around 20 watts now)
Swart Antares
Tweed Princeton clone head through 10 alnico
Cheap Chinese Marshall TMB 18 watt through cannabis rex 12

2 bass amps:
Orange terror bass / Aguilar 112
Phil Jones super flightcase
 

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You can include modeling devices (Line 6 Pod, Boss GT, Zoom, etc) and amp-like pedals (Tech 21, Joyo, etc) in your count if you want. And, include cabs as well if you wish.

I got to thinking about this recently when I took this picture of some of my practice amps while playing around with a mini pedalboard. My wife walked by my home office/studio and asked, "Just how many amps do you have?" I mumbled, "Oh, about 10 or so I guess." But, the real number is probably 20-ish, closer to 35 to 40 once everything amp-like is included. Ouch!

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Ok.. let's do this thing...
Here's the inventory, but the pictures are all from somewhere on the internet(i.e not my amps, just pics of the same model).

Marshall MS-2:
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My most frequently used amp lately if I want my sound in my surroundings(as opposed to headphone usage),
as it's tiny, portable, it works pretty much as expected and it's not as plagued by quirks and scratchy pots as my other amps are.

Roland DAC-15D:
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This thing was half the amplification at my first gig! (the other half was the 4-speaker version I borrowed from a friend)
I've recorded numerous songs throughout the years using the line-out.
For decades this thing was my only way to get delay or flanger.

FAL Phase 100-4:
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This is a solid state PA-head from the 70's, I've heard.
I've used it with a homemade cab as a keyboard amp and as a direct recording amp through a H&K Redbox5.

Carlsbro 60 TR Twin:
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My only bona fide tube amp. Used live by me twice. Mic:ed up and recorded lots more.
It's got immense headroom, so not even a hint of tube OD here. It's got an onboard tremolo though
and for years this was my only way to get tremolo. Oh... and for small jam sessions it's been kinda
fun to have two guitar inputs and two bass inputs in the same combo!

Yamaha Stagepas 400BT:
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My PA.

Those are my actual amps... you left the gate open for modelers and the like so here goes:

Hughes & Kettner RedBox 5:
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Cab sim which takes the speaker out from your amp head. Direct recording galore.

Mooer Radar:
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Cab sim. Dropped this thing at the end of my pedal train and plugged in my headphones. It does what it says on the tin,
and it does it pretty well IMO. Not sure what's better though... this, or plugging the pedals into a POD modelling
a clean amp.

Line6 Pocket POD:
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It fits in the pocket of my guitar bag and I've even gigged this thing.

Line6 POD 2.0:
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The OG kidney bean. This is what I hunted when I bought the Pocket POD.
Later I found this in a shop selling used gear.

Line6 POD xt:
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Acquired from the same 2nd hand shop a year later. Pretty good acoustic guitar modeling to be had here.
I mean, yeah.. you can tell it's fake if you listen to it isolated, but in the mix with everything else... not so sure.
This is one of the main devices I go for when I need a quick jam fix.

Behringer Tube Amp Modeler TM300:
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This pedal is a pretty decent amp sim. It's most definitely the cheapest one here and for the money it's glorious!
I haven't tried running pedals into this thing yet, but it just might work very well.

Harley Benton American Sound:
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Not quite an amp sim but it's a sweet almost.
 
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Mesa boogie California tweed
Zt club 12
Allen chihuahua
Quilter power block w sarno preamp into 2x12
Fender drri
Acoustic amp (forgot the brand)

Plus 3 bass rigs.

I got way too much stuff!!!!
 

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Thanks. I acquired everything over years and years, and never really picked up anything 'just because', with maybe an exception or two.

Probably the biggest excesses are the three little SE tube amps. I've had the '67 Champ for a long time, but the stock cab and little speaker really stifle the sound. So I got the Little Giant head, solely to use with various cabs. It suffered from the same small sound syndrome as the Champ in its stock form, because it had an undersized output transformer, just like the Champ. So I upgraded the OT, and also made other changes along the way. Then VHT came out with the Special Six, which has a big OT right from the factory, and was cleverly designed to provide both tweed'ish and BF'ish Champ sounds.

The AD15VT was my low volume rig for many years, until I got the Katana. I still prefer the AD15VT for some stuff though.

Both the SR and the AB165 Bassman were acquired from family, but both took a bit of TLC to get in proper working order. The SR especially took a bit of a long time to get the right speakers in it (it had neither speakers nor tubes when I received it).

The Trainwreck'ish scratchbuild and 2204 'almost scratchbuild' took years and years of building and rebuilding, before either one produced sounds to my liking. As much as I love both of them, they are loud beasts (at least they need to be to sound best), so they actually don't get used as much as other amps do.

The Atomic Amplifire 3 is my only 'pure modeling device', and at least up until now, I've only used it with headphones. That was the actual reason for getting it - something for silent playing that reasonably approximates cool popular amps of yesteryear. It's pretty impressive, at least to me.

The '71 VR and Origin 20H are my favorites. I've had the VR for almost twenty years now, and it's served me well. Really the only struggle with it has been swapping speakers until I got the right ones in there. It's had a pair of Eminence GA10-SC64s in it for a few years now, and sounds fantastic. The Origin embodies everything I've always wanted in a Marshall, but also includes goodies that the (bigger) old ones didn't have, like a tilt control, and cathode bias, which makes power tube replacement a simple plug-and-play affair.

...When the cabs are added to the list, it really makes the amp collection look big, but my cabs actually serve double, triple, or even quadruple duty for different heads. IMO, the right speakers are one of the biggest keys to really getting the best sounds from any amp (not just the tube stuff, either). So unlike all the speaker swapping in the VR or SR, they've allowed me to cut to the chase, and quickly get killer sounds from all of the various heads. The AB165 Bassman sounds unreal thru the 2X12 open back with Eminence Texas Heats. I previously had a pair of WGS ET65s in the same cab, and they sounded incredibly good, too.
That is quite a collection. It’s truly an amazing sight to take in. I have never seen anything quite like that.
 

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That is quite a collection. It’s truly an amazing sight to take in. I have never seen anything quite like that.
Yeah, I have sort of divergent wants/needs, despite mostly just playing rock. So it's actually really the type of rock that I'm playing that will pretty much determine which amp in the arsenal gets used.

If it's primarily stuff that's either clean or needs a clean base tone, then I'll typically go with the VR.

If it needs to be portable above all else, the Katana and MV50 Boutique (and 101 Mini) are the clear choices.

If it's a slightly dirty to overdriven rock tone at gig-like volumes that I want, then it's almost always the Origin 20. Teles and Strats are great for the less dirty/brighter stuff, and guitars with humbuckers tend to provide the woolier and more gnarly sounds.
 

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Oh man, I don’t even want to think about it, because then I’d have to face reality. There are many. I could be perfectly happy with three or four, but who wants to be happy? 😁
 




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