How many of you use solid state amps?

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  1. Rxtele

    Rxtele TDPRI Member

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    @Stingfan73 I also have a Jazz King; bought it when they first came out. I thought I could get a warmer tube tone for jazz from a Peavy Delta Blues, but so far the Jazz King has that sweet honey poured out of a jar midrange that you just love from your big jazz box. Seems to be a relatively unknown amp, but once friends play their jazz boxes through it they love it

    I haven't read through all of this thread, but years ago I bought a Roland Blues Cube 60 310; it is amazingly good and has been totally trouble free through the years
     
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    schenkadere Friend of Leo's

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    I had Blues Cube 30 for a while...very nice amp...another dumb move by me to sell it for a tube amp.

    The "modern" clean setting on the Peavey Transtubes give a very nice warm, middy, clean for jazz

    I want to save my pennies for a Tech 21 Trademark 60...killer amp.
     
  3. Tony474

    Tony474 Poster Extraordinaire Platinum Supporter

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    As I've posted before, I have both a Trademark 60 and a Blues Cube 60 - the latter is the 1 x 12 model, though I used to have the 3 x 10 as well. They are both absolutely superb and I have trouble deciding which of them is my favourite of the 12 guitar amps I own - but they stand out above the rest in overall excellence.

    Oddly enough, however, I gig most often with a (COSM) Roland Cube 60, which is also a bloody good little amp.
     
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    Tony, Shenkadere...if I may be as bold to ask:

    When you good folks are hawking SS amps, what genre are you playing? Sometimes that makes a difference. Lots of jazz and swing guys I know swear by SS, but others avoid them like they were AIDS infected ebola turds...

    I'm starting to think the difference is micro pennies for most things cltra clean, anyway.
     
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    Tony474 Poster Extraordinaire Platinum Supporter

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    I'm not hawking anything - I just know what I like after well over 50 years of gigging. I'm basically a musical whore, playing anything I'm paid to play. Generally I'm doing good ol' rock'n'roll, Country, blues, Shadows-type instrumentals, 60s stuff, quality pops, standards, some rock but not the really heavy variety, etc., etc., etc. The band I work with most is a female-fronted Country & Irish 4-piece with some classic and modern pops thrown in.

    I'm able to get just the sounds I want and require from my solid state gear, using outboards for overdrive and distortion when appropriate. I used to be an ultra-clean freak but more recently I've sometimes been favouring just the tiniest suggestion of hair on my clean sound, which is something the TM60 and BC-60 are very good at providing when I set them up to do so.

    I've had a few valve amps in the past and I still own two. But none of them has ever provided me with anything I want that I can't get from good solid state equipment.
     
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    Must be a translation error - no offense intended, just that you seem to be a fan.
     
  7. ac15

    ac15 Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

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    I just picked up a BC-60 and the clean sound is fantastic, using pedals for overdrive (prefer it to the built-in drive). That "tube rectifier" setting really makes a subtle difference in the feel as well, even set "clean."
     
  8. Tony474

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    None taken! I suppose you could call me a fan, in the sense that I've found something that works for me, in my own particular circumstances. In fact I appreciate a great amp of any kind and I'm in the very fortunate position of being able to afford to buy just about any I want. So it's not a question of economics. I'm just more than happy with the quality of sound, build and versatility of the gear I'm using at present.
     
  9. Michel347

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    I like it, may be I got a "transistor' error also (I know, not translator, really transistor), but I can get very dynamic tones on some emulations I have from my cheap sampling amp, and I'm not playing Jazz or fusion Jazz (still ouside of my skills for now). Yes from Vox, Tweed and Marshall especially, I can get very dynamic tones that are working well with my guitar volume knob.

    In fact, for me this is a new way to get the tones I want, this cheap amp is so dynamic that I never played that much with my guitar volume, which is a nice reference.

    So I wouldn't say that SS apms were made for Jazz, the new modeling ones are for a new era. At leat I'm please with mine, sure it won't be the same for everyone.
     
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    I've said it before and I'll say it again: I want my Vox pathfinder 15R back.
     
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    Love my Blues Jr. Tweed Relic. Will never change . . . .
     
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    I'm a Bose L1 Classic and Bose L1 Compact User. When I'm playing Electric in the band, I go through a Line 6 PODHD500 ~ if I'm Acoustic (solo or with the band), it's straight into the Bose.

    Great sound dispersion and keeps the stage volume under control while still being able to project the music and vocals out to the crowd.

    Here's a photo of us recently ~ an outdoor event where I got a great chance to "open her up" ~ vocals and my guitar through the Bose:

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    Although I'm still a "tube snob" - for the band, I don't think I'll be going back to a traditional PA/Guitar Amp for a while.
     
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    I've got a Princeton chorus, works like a dream. Than again, I've never played another amp, so my view may be somewhat limited.
     
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    howdy jboyer1234. while i am trying to warm up to my mustang 3, the two princeton chorus amps i have are still my 'go to' gig amps. both are the black knob versions,, one from oregon,, one from mexico , non dsp.
     
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    Not a gigging amp, but one of the ones I use most often for sitting around at home is a battery powered Vox Escort that I was given as it didn't work. It's a great quick fix plug and play portable when you need something in a hurry, but can't be faffed with getting power cords etc sorted and has the cool Vox looks...
     
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    Long time tube sniffer here...

    but I've also got a Trademark 60 plus Power Engine as required. Lightweight and dependable (and sounds pretty good too)!! They go for a very reasonable price on the used market.
     
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    I just bought a used Princeton Chorus and I love it! I read on the website it 2X 25 watts. Mine on the back says 125 watts.....???? It has writing on the back that says made in Mexico. I'm not a hot guitar player. I played drums id bands for the past 30 years. This amp makes me want to be a guitar player.
     
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    I think that there are a couple of different wattages available in that format. One has 2x10's i think, the other 8s or 12s, there may be a 35w x2 as well(?)

    For myself, I haven't turned on my ss amp since I got a valve amp (Princeton Recording). I used to run 2 Pathfinders in stereo. I like ss amps a lot but since I got a valve amp the harmonic possibilities and tones I can hear have been quite entrancing. (I'm a home player, so I don't have to please anybody :eek:)

    I do miss the stereo part though, I will probably go back to using the pathfinder and the Princeton together.
     
  19. Alamo

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    The 125 Watts on the back means the power Consumption/Requirement it takes from the mains power.

    2x 25.5 watts RMS per channel = 51 Watts RMS is the Power output

    download the manual:
    http://support.fender.com/manuals/guitar_amplifiers/Princeton_Chorus_manual.pdf
     
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    I've got a Polytone Mini-Brute V from the 90s that I love too much to part with. It was my first amp.
     
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