Small combo help

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by miguelalmeida, Jul 7, 2021.

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And this amp is coming with me...

  1. Harley Benton Tube 15

    1 vote(s)
    1.1%
  2. Fender Pro Jr IV

    12 vote(s)
    13.5%
  3. Fender Blues Jr IV

    10 vote(s)
    11.2%
  4. Bugera V22

    1 vote(s)
    1.1%
  5. Marshall Origin 20

    5 vote(s)
    5.6%
  6. Marshall Origin 50

    6 vote(s)
    6.7%
  7. Marshall DSL 20

    4 vote(s)
    4.5%
  8. Supro Delta King 12

    8 vote(s)
    9.0%
  9. Orange Rocker 15

    10 vote(s)
    11.2%
  10. Peavey Classic 30

    8 vote(s)
    9.0%
  11. Other

    24 vote(s)
    27.0%
  1. miguelalmeida

    miguelalmeida Tele-Meister

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    Hi guys, I will need your expertise on choosing a combo amp.
    Because there are numerous threads about it I have made a poll to keep it simple.
    I found lots and lots of reviews, written and video about all of them but still I'm looking at what this forum choice(s) would be.

    The amps in the list are easily bought where I am and the most expensive is around 800$, so if you decide to chose the Other amp that is not on my list please take that in consideration please.

    Also, the market for used gear is very different here from that in the USA, so there's no way I can get a "cheap" used Deluxe Reverb or something like that.

    Thank you for your knowledge and time

    My first poll so I'm not sure if this text will be separate from the poll...
     
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    What style of music do you play?
     
  3. Maguchi

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    Out of the few choices available the only one close to what I've played or owned is Marshall DSL-20. I had a '90s or 2000s DSL-40 and it was bulletproof and sounded good night after night. so I'm guessing a DSL-20 sounds similar but with one less output tube. These days my favorite small combos are a Marshall Mini Sliver Anniversary 20 watt 1x12" combo, a Blackface Princeton Reverb reissue and a Tweed Deluxe reissue. Each of these sounds awesome and have worked great as both gigging and recording amps. All of these amps were bought new over the interweb with free shipping, and I was able to get good discounts form retail prices; so not having a robust local used market would not come into play. But none of those were on the list and selecting "other" is too generic so my vote would get watered down by many different "other" amps people would vote for. You cant go wrong with a Marshall DSL!

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  4. miguelalmeida

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    Hi, sorry for not mentioning it. Blues, rock and the tdpri challenges

    @Maguchi , thank you
     
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  5. KC

    KC Friend of Leo's

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    and are you playing out? or just home use? if just for home, I'd go with the Origin 20 or the Rocker 15, though the Pro Jr has a lot of fans around here. For playing out, the Classic 30 or the Origin 50. AC15 is in the same price range, though larger and heavier than most of the others. It would probably be my pick for home & gigs alike.
     
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    Guitarteach Doctor of Teleocity

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    If you can stretch to a DSL40CR, you will get 4 channels. Cover a lot of styles.
     
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    If you're a home player the built-in attenuation of the Rocker 15 is invaluable.
    Playing small venues, upto 100 heads... It's great, especially off the clean channel with pedals.
    otoh, if you want Fender tones - it ain't for you!
     
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    Other: Peavey Bandit
     
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    In your price range Blackstar HT20 MKII
     
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    I chose Other as if I were buying just one to take with me right now, new, I would get the Quilter Aviator Cub. It's got no tubes to deal with but sounds good, is light even with a 12" speaker, and has a direct out.

    For home I would choose something more cool.
     
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    Thank you guys,
    The results have been interesting specially for what not to get.
     
  13. DougM

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    The Classic 30 is a great all around amp. It has a very good clean channel that works well with drive pedals, and the drive channel can get kind of Marshally when the gain is cranked up. It's much better than a Blues Jr. for around the same price. I gigged and recorded with one for years, and never felt the need for anything else
     
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    I am not going to participate in the poll because I am not familiar with enough of the amps. I am familiar with the Bugera V22, the Fender Blues Jr. IV and the Peavey Classic 30.

    Are you using pedals, effects, modelers, etc. or are you playing straight guitar - cable - amp? Either of these will give you a good clean foundation to work from. You can build from there, but my preference is for the Peavey.

    Boa sorte.
     
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    Blues Jr. for home use, no question. Various speaker options available; takes pedals well. GREAT clean sounds and gets along well with a wide variety of guitars (single coil, humbucker, P90, etc.).
     
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    For some reason I'm really gassing for the 68 Custom Vibro Champ but it's not on your list
     
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    That's the one I would pick for a home amp.
     
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    If $800 is the top end of your budget, then:

    Used Pro Junior and three or four really nice pedals.
     
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    From your list I would choose the Classic 30.
     
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    As a former owner of the orange rocker 15. It didn’t click with me. But play it yourself first. I didn’t care for it. Had to sacrifice my drive channel to become my main channel. That way I can have the eq settings. It sucked because the orange did have good drives. But I needed the EQ didn’t like the flat channel 1.

    I’ve owned a Marshall Origin 50 head and absolutely adored it. But my go to amp is still a 1990s Crate Vintage Club 50. But that’s just my 2¢

    I play Blues/Blues Rock, Classic Rock, Southern Rock, and fill in with a Country group pretty regularly. So I have a pretty good tonal range. So that EQ is a must.
     
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