Of all the amps you have owned or used, which is #1 ?

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  1. P Thought

    P Thought Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    My experience is limited compared to most of you, but my best is my Peavey Classic 50 2x12. For acoustic and vocals it's my California Blonde II.
     
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    73 Super Six Reverb with CTS alnico 10's
     
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    OK, get ready to flame...

    I have only owned three amps. Total. I still own my last two.

    My favorite amp, and the best I have ever owned, is my Mustang III V2. It is much better than the previous two.

    Are there better amps out there? For sure. Are there better options for me? Probably. Am I willing to go out, find them, and spend the money? Nope. I have what I need, at the volume levels I need, making the sounds I want (or close enough). Why mess with success?

    Although, if that Tonemaster line were a lot less expensive, I might - and I emphasize might - be tempted to take a look. I still check Craigslist on occasion to see if that perfect, stupid cheap dream amp became available. It hasn't to this point.
     
  4. Donnie L

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    My favorite amp is my 73 Princeton Reverb - it has the Stokes mod , Paul C mod, adjustable internal bias pot, Legend Speaker and a 5751 tube in valve 1 - the other one is Blues Junior with BillM. Mods
     
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  6. hockey guy

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    I have always had a sweet spot for Fender Champs. I own a 69 and it is special.
     
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    My dad still has the 130watt model with 4 EL34 power tubes. They make that wattage due to the voltage running around 700 volts DC.
    https://www.vintageguitar.com/12887/music-man-hd-130-reverb/

    FWIW, my current #1 is a Tone King Sky King.
     
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    An original Sunn Model-T was my favorite amp for the 70's - 90's. Great tube distortion and the bottom end was awesome!
     
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    1967 blackface Super Reverb on even numbered days, 1967 blackface Deluxe Reverb on odd numbered days.

    Leap year, and on very special days, they'd get used together.
     
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    My 2x10 Tweed Super amp built by Captain amps with 6v6 power tubes.

    This and my KoT clone - everything for the island.
     
  11. codamedia

    codamedia Friend of Leo's

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    I have owned some great amps over the years... to name a few I've had a couple Hiwatts, a Marshall Super Lead 100, A Boogie Mark II C+, Musicman Sixty-Five & Seventy-Five, Dean Markley RM-80DR, '66 Bandmaster, DRRI, 1970 SF Vibrolux (still own), VOX AC30 CC1 (still own)

    My answer will not be popular :lol:
    My trusty old Peavey Special 130

    I have a few really fond "one off" memories using backline amps... but in those situations I can't be certain it was the amp alone or a great mix on stage in front of a great crowd feeding my emotion.
     
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    I’ll give you twice what a Peavey Special 130 is worth for the Vibrolux Reverb???. How could you not go for that? You would get to have two examples of your favorite amp just by getting rid of an over-rated Fender tube amp that is based on antiquated technology, right??. Great deal on that basis....
    on the other hand, if you don’t think such a deal is a good deal, then from my perspective you would be accepting the marketplace’s assessment of the true worth of those amps. Ommv.....but ime, amps’ value are very much set by sonic quality. If an amp doesn’t yield sounds that are sought after, the value of those amps does not go up.
     
  13. codamedia

    codamedia Friend of Leo's

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    But this thread isn't about the "value" of an amp :) .... I know what that Vibrolux is worth, that's why I can't take your offer :D
    I told you my answer wouldn't be popular, I was just answering the OP truthfully.
     
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    Okay, I’ll give you four PV Spcl 130’s. LOL.....
    seriously, if the PV Spcl 130 is better for you than a Vibrolux Reverb, why not disregard the marketplace and take advantage of an opportunity to own more of your favorite amp. After all, why let the market govern your personal choice!!!! Eeeehaw......
    Just having fun, codamedia....with just a bit of seriousness.
     
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  15. swampyankee

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    I have many go-to amps for various reasons. My '90's Pro Tube Concert Amp has been my gigging workhorse. And I have a '70 Twin because, well everyone should have one. I'm digging my vintage Ampegs, and my SCXD's are getting alot of use for at home practice.

    But my all-time fave and "desert island" amp is a '63 Vibroverb RI. Great depth, perfect power range, and just a great vibe.
     
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    For years it was my Mesa Mark I reissue into a Copperhead loaded 4x10 was the winner but for the past few years I've fallen hard for the tweed thing. For live it's a 59 Bassman LTD chassis in a headshell into a CRex/Wizard 2x12; for recording it's a Carl's Custom 5E3.
     
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    Number 1, no surprise: my Victoria 20112. Fantastic tube Tone from here to next Tuesday.

    My number 2 might surprise: my Laney LC15R. It’s the last of the UK built “entry level” Laneys. A little tube amp that does everything, and sounds freaking great doing it.
     
  20. codamedia

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    I don't need more, this one never breaks down :lol:

    I know that :)
     
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