Princeton vs Vibrolux vs Super, when mic'ed

AJBaker

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I'd go for a Vibrolux Reverb in your position. You get the sound and feel of the bigger 6L6 tubes, with enough bass and headroom, but in a compact package that weighs no more than my Vox AC15.

Personally, I think it's the 'perfect' Fender BF/SF amp. That typical Fender clean sound with 30-40w of power behind it, but easy to carry. When driven, I find they have a some decent compression and grind, that sounds very musical.

Princetons are cool, but are their own thing. With a singe 10" and only 15w, you won't get the same cleans, spread or 'thump', but you will be able to push it harder more often.
 

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Another option is some custom builders - Little Dawg and perhaps others - make Princeton-Revs but use the long tail pair phase invertor which will give you more of the Super-Rev tone at lower volume. Or convert a Mojotone Princeton-Rev kit by eliminating the vibrato. The 4 preamp tube sockets would be sufficient.
Instead of going to all of that trouble, I'd personally just go with a DR, and probably swap in a 2X10 baffle board. And to keep my options wide open with choices of 10" speakers, I'd personally swap in an OT with a 4 ohm tap. Or I might just be lazy and just run it at 8 ohms with the stock OT.
 

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Instead of going to all of that trouble, I'd personally just go with a DR, and probably swap in a 2X10 baffle board. And to keep my options wide open with choices of 10" speakers, I'd personally swap in an OT with a 4 ohm tap. Or I might just be lazy and just run it at 8 ohms with the stock OT.
I recently did this and love the results. Mojotone baffle and a pair of Weber 10f150t for my 65 Deluxe RI. Sounds amazing!
 

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Mind you, an amp as a head gives me the option of grabbing a 12 or a 2x10. I was planning on having a house full of amps but am rethinking that.

You're coming around to the correct conclusion, a house full of amps AND cabinets!

Is that a custom cab, or is that two speakers smushed into a regular Princeton?

That's not necessarily a custom cabinet (not mine I wouldn't know) but it's absolutely not a regular Princeton Reverb cabinet.
 

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In the last six months, I found a 1979 Vibrolux Reverb at a pawn shop at a screaming deal of $250 because it didn't work- speakers were shot. I bought and installed a pair of Jensen Jet Tornado Neos. The result is a relatively light, less than 40lb, amp that has the focused lows of 6L6s but at a reduced weight because of the Neo speakers. For me, it is the as-close-to-perfect gig amp as there is. It would have been loaded with JBLs, but the weight with those speakers was prohibitive.
 

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You're coming around to the correct conclusion, a house full of amps AND cabinets!
I better get building.

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