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

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  1. Plumber

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    65 amps ventura

    Just the perfect amount of everything to keep me happy. The only amp I would happily gig with with no FX
     
  2. DFB1

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    Zinky Blue Velvet 25w combo.
    I just love that amp.
     
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    From the time my '65 DRRI came into my life back in 2016, it's been my main amp for home use and recording. Ive also messed around with it, giving it a bunch of useful mods, re-tubed it, and swapped out the speakers multiple times.

    However, having bought a Mesa Boogie Fillmore 50, I know the M/B will be the amp that goes out for gigs, just because it has the clean headroom and live umph that the '65DRRI cannot match up to.
     
  4. telemnemonics

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    Right now an early Hawkins dirty thirty built in Detroit on an old radio chassis.
    It’s a Tiny Terror preamp into an AD 30 power section but with an AC30 OT.
    Clean sound is much like a late higher powered tweed Fender.
    Almost a true PTP!

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    telemnemonics Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    That AD50 hw seems to be a rare amp, I'd love to try one!
    I have an OR15 and an early AD30, big fan of Orange amps...
     
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    My favorite "At Home" amp would now be my old Vibrolux Reverb loaded with 1970 Altec 425's.
    But my favorite amp(s) for gigs would be a toss up between my '71 Twin Reverb and my '83 Peavey Special 130 loaded with an EVM 12L.
     
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    telemnemonics Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    That AD50 hw seems to be a rare amp, I'd love to try one!
    I have an OR15 and an early AD30, big fan of Orange amps.

    ...I have a '72 SR in the basement too...
     
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    I've never owned an amp worthy of being call #1 anything... but one day...
     
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    My old super lead 1959. Roared like a beast through a 1960a.
    I still get shivers thinking about it.

    Sold it on because I simply didn't use it anymore, too loud for home and I wasn't playing out anymore, and had kids, house, etc. The usual story.

    Sadly the only thing I still have from those days is the tinnitus.
     
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    A silverface Twin Reverb with 2 x JBLs. Don't know the exact year.
     
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    ‘78 JMP 2203[​IMG]
     
  12. uriah1

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    I was lucky enough to have gone through zillions.
    I think still my fav, which I dont play enough
    is still my old SF super reverb.

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  13. VintageSG

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    They are truly tiny tone monsters!

    Through judicious use of crocodile clips, flying leads and careful balancing acts, I tried the V1a + V1b bypass, NFB on or off ( never did make it variable ) and a 6L6 output.

    I prefer the sound with a 6V6 or 6p6s to the 6L6. At low volumes, no real difference, but as the output stage starts getting annoyed, there's something so special about the 6V6 that I'll happily forsake another Watt or two in order to revel in the glory the 6V6 provides. The 6p6s may be my favourite valve in that amplifier, but it currently has a 1944 JAN Sylvania fitted and I see no reason to change back ( Is the Sylvania the valve the 6p6s production was based on?, something like that anyway ). I do like the sound of a 12AY7 in there, but at the moment, it has a Toshiba 12AX7 which I think dates from around 1965. With the 12AX7, I find no need for a V1a bypass and the V1b never floated my boat. I am tempted to switch the NFB though. Through my 2x10", it has some of the best pure valve amp tone I've ever heard.

    I did up the power supply filter capacitors, and switch out the supplied ones to F&T. Solid state rectifiers allow that :) and the bass control, even at room filling volumes, is markedly flub free.

    I have other amplifiers, largely because I enjoy building them, but the WF-55 is, and will remain, a benchmark. I notice Evil Sheep Pickups use a WF-55 in their pickup demonstrations.
     
  14. Tommy Biggs

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    JCM 800 2204S

    Smaller head to fit over a 2x12 1966A cab.
    Really great amp for me. The cleans are sweet too.

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    Fender Prosonic
    Never should have let it go


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    My Blackstar HT Club 40 gets the job done.
     
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    See my avatar for #'s 1 &2,,,
     
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    Of the amps I've owned and used, which is my #1? Oh, that's easy...the Vox Pathfinder 15R.
     
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    I gigged with a BF Bandmaster and two small Bandmaster 2X12 cabs for a few years in the 70s. Easy to move, sounded good, all the power I needed.
     
  20. rze99

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    Two dozen?
    Do you live in a warehouse?
     
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