LIGHTWEIGHT COMBO AMP NEEDED

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  1. schmee

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    Yeah, but it does weigh about the same as the Deluxe Reverb he has.... The Deluxe has lush tremelo and spring reverb. The JC Tremelo is weird to my ears.
     
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    Yup, I also have the Superblock (US) - that one with a light cab - like these: https://www.toob.fi/products-toob-10s-12s - might also be an option.
     
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    A custom made pine box with a high efficiency Neo speaker would probably also work well too.

    Edit: ..In addition to something like the Quilter Superblock amp head.
     
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    You might consider the Fender Champ XD or XS. I have the XD and love it for its versatility, mod ability, and it's fairly light weight. You should be able to get into one of these on the used market for 150 quid or there abouts... good luck!
     
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    Just a suggestion..

    It might help you zero in on your target if we knew:
    a). Budget constraint(s), and,
    b). Weight limit

    Also, knowing something about the style/situation it is to be used would help and also perhaps how much max power or clean headroom you would need potentially.
     
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    Vox ac10 c1 might be worth checking out if you want a tube amp.. it's about 12kg. Fairly small too which makes carrying easy. I don't know about you but it's not just about the weight it's about how cumbersome it is to lug around. Only a 10" speaker though and not masses of loud clean headroom.

    EDIT I just had a look on ebay to check prices and if you live anywhere near Seaford there's one on ebay right now "as new, used twice at home" for £275 (or make offer) collect in person.
     
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    That's probably because it doesn't have tremolo. It has chorus. And vibrato.

    I don't do kg. He's looking for ~15kg. The JC40 is 15.5 kg give or take.

    It's fine if you don't like the JC40. What do I care. But criticizing it for weird "tremolo" and being "super heavy" are both off base, IMO.
     
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    Have a Look at DV Mark 1x12 combos, like the little 40 or the Frank Gambale. They should bei fairly cheap on the used market, weight around 13kg with neodymium speakers.

    I'm personally using a Galileo 15 head + speaker box. Makes a great pedal platform
     
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    Vox MV50 head will fit one one of your other bags then just find a lightweight speaker cabinet of the size you want ... depending how much you want to spend (you're Midlands based) get someone like John Brelliott to build you one?

    I know, not a combo, but presume the portability issue is top-trumps here?
     
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    Headrush recently released the MX5. I picked one up, never having any kind of multieffects processor like that. I've always been 9 pedal analog pedalboard into tube amps of different flavors. Well, I wanted to downsize and saw the MX5. HOMG!!! That's all I need it. It has headphone out and aux in. And for travelling, that's all I take.
     
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    It's 42 lb, actually - OP is carting a Deluxe Reverb around on public transit. It's no Super, but I can see how that would not be a ton of fun.

    The lightest solution is going to be modeling direct to PA, like a Helix, or a Tech21. Second best is a class D head, either pedalboard style (Quilter, Orange, Milkman, etc.) or one of those little Vox heads, and a lightweight 112 or 110 cab.
    Next step up in weight but more traditional setup is a super light combo, like the Quilter Aviator Cub, Fender Tonemaster Deluxe, or a Katana 50 if you are on a budget. I'm sure there are others.
     
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    Yes vibrato.... which is probably why I dont like that feature... pitch shifting. I like the JC40 for a SS amp, just dont like the weight and price for 40 watts of SS.
     
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    Fender Super-Sonic 22 combo is quite versatile, and only weighs 16 kg. If you replaced the speaker with a Celestion Neo, it would be less than 15 kg.
     
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    Thanks for posting that. Interesting.

    It's design uses some (relatively..) unconventional characteristics:

    * It uses plastic for it's enclosure
    * It's speaker is a co-axial unit (probably a whizzer cone added to a more standard guitar type driver)
    * The cabinet is sealed and ported (probably necessary to squeak out a maximum of low-end from an 8" driver).

    Price is good, feature set is good (hope the amp emulations are decent too).
    Unconventional, but forward thinking. :)
     
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    Aviator Cub. Tons of Fender like clean headroom .
     
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    Definitely unconventional.....believe me I had my doubts when I ordered it, but not after putting it through its paces. You'll notice that they essentially took their 15-watt modeling amp with the same chassis and enclosure and beefed it up with a 50-watt power amp and presumably a speaker with the capacity to handle the watts. The Vox Cambridge 50 seems to be the identical chassis in an open-back wood cabinet with a 12" Celestion; "shipping weight" is listed as 24 lbs. I did some modifications to mine: It comes with an external power supply (similar to what you'd use with a laptop) which I mounted internally and used a conventional power socket. I don't recommend this mod 'cause there's the possibility of cracking the cabinet 'cause you've compromised its integrity. Yep it's plastic, but have you noticed how many speaker and monitor setups are plastic these days? I also added a 1/4" extension speaker jack and converted the 1/8" stereo Aux input to a 1/4" mono jack. Also got rid of those weird "S-shaped" knobs and put chicken-heads in. Have played bars with a 4-piece band with this & never turned the master up above about half....I plug my Roland GR-30 into the "aux" input and the guys in the band were amazed at how well the organ, horn, string etc. patches were projecting. It's a goodie.
     
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  19. Shango66

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    From cafe gigs to full stage
    Amps that take the public transport ride with me are….
    Fender Champion 20
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    Quilter pro block in the quilter tb10 speaker box
    Quilter 101 with a Vox night train cab w a Celestion 12” neo speaker.
    dolly trolley a must.
    Keep your footprint small as possible to avoid folks tripping over your gear or it all falling over.
     
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    A Marshall full stack? Oops, sorry, I was thinking of things that would be entertaining to see someone try to get onto a train. :D

    So Fender Tonemaster Deluxe is my real suggestion…
     
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