Say you want a Vox AC30 but you can't have one

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  1. 1996Standard

    1996Standard Tele-Meister

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    I would love to find a Pathfinder. I've been watching Craigslist for months. Nothing has come up in my area yet. Seen a few on Ebay but they go for a pretty fair penny on there. I wish Vox (Korg) would just wise up and start making them again.
     
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    I wonder if there were a mass lobbying campaign if Vox would make a 50W pathfinder with a ten inch speaker. The Valvetronix ended up being a bust with the snare drum hiss and the online retailers have been steadily discontinuing them.

    I am sure that Vox will not simply give up solid state sales. The AC. .VR series is still out there but I don't think they appeal to many. Maybe the problem is margin on the low end amp versus competitive pricing, but it would be nice to see if a little consumer demand could get Korg to respond.
     
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    How about a 15w Pathfinder with a 12" speaker? Imagine the usefulness and convenience.
     
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    Say you want a Redhead but you can't have one? Will a Blonde do?
     
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    I second the Mesa TA-15. The Vox channel is really excellent and it's so much more versatile than a real Vox. It's definitely gigable as well; I use it in a pop cover band with an open back 1x12 with a Greenback and it's a perfect volume set to 5 watts with the master volume disengaged for cranked overdrive, and set to 15 or 25 watts for cleans.

    Or if you don't gig/don't need the extra features/don't want to spend as much, try the different AC4 models. I had the inexpensive AC4TV for awhile and it satisfied my Vox needs just fine. The 4/1/.25 watt knob is great for bedroom playing.
     
  6. cyclopean

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    Almost exactly what I was going to say, except that I have the 50. In hear the vox influence, but I don't hear the jcm 800 at all. Mine has a great clean channel but the drive channel isn't that great.

    A tech once told me it was the ac 30 circuit with much cheaper components. I've never taken it apart myself and i don't know amp victims well enough to verify that.

    My one gripe is that the input jack attaches directly to the board and is prone to breakage.
     
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    Dr. Z has many great amps in the EL84/celestion camp.

    Can do Vox & beyond (but not cheap. 2nd hand amps can be had at a good price)
     
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    "I want a Vox AC30 but can't have one."

    There, I said it. What do I win???
     
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    You, sir, are the only person here that knows how to read directions. I bow to you, sir.
     
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    He did a fantastic job of taking the first sentence nearly literally, but the OP did ask specifically:
    So we all did a good job reading the directions as well. Who's to know whether we said the required phrase as well? :)
     
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    Not only that, but I lied! :lol: I own an AC30 and love it.

    My recommendation is, if you want an AC30, get one. TOO LOUD? Get an AC15. Still too loud? The AC4C1-12 or AC4HW may be worth a look.
     
  12. 1996Standard

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    I did try the AC4 with the 10 inch speaker a while back and did think it sounded pretty good. What about reverb though?
     
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