Small Tube Amp Suggestion

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  1. maj34

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    Another vote for THR.

    Sorry that you asked for tube and some of us are suggesting the THR10 series. Frankly - you don't want a tube amp in an airstream. I have a VOX AC4HW1 and it's fabulous, but I definitely annoy my neighbours with it when I'm getting the best out of the amp - and that's in a house in suburbia.

    You can also use headphones with the THR10 and it sounds great. You can also use it with a cable as a phone/mp3 amplifier. Yes, it's more expensive than other amps, but I'm one of the many people who believe it's a lot better. Besides, if you're rocking an Airstream you shouldn't be worried about the cost of a THR10.
     
  2. Rob L Evans

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    VHT Super 6 would do the job nicely not expensive but it has some mojo single channel open ended hand wired ( in China ) but built very well 6 watt tube amp with boost loves pedals
     
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  3. Texicaster

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    ¡Bueno!

    Thanks for the suggestions and sorry for slow response!

    I'd like to keep the Princeton but was worried how it would handle the road. It would only save a few pounds and a couple square feet at most so size/weight not the issue I initially thought. it can ride in my Tacoma.

    I guess plenty of tour musicians tour with tube amps but they may also have a box of replacement tubes and a tech or just know more than I about amps.

    Perhaps wrapping in a heavy blanket or something may keep it safe enough.

    All that said....since it does not have a bias adjustments should I buy a complete set of spare tubes in case of trouble? Any advice on a good set?

    I'll be full timing lord knows where so getting spares not as easy as Amazon!

    Texacaster
     
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    I'm gonna talk up my Tech 21 Trademark 30. Organic, natural tube tone for days & versatile as all-hell. Small, lightweight, and has the Sans-amp out if you're going into a board. Also has a headphone jack & spring reverb.

    Can't beat it.
     
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    Another recommendation for the VHT 'Special' 6.
     
  7. Tonetele

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    @stantheman has put it right. The Princeton is the one I'd keep , I have a 65 Blackface Re-Issue
    and the sound is great, as you would know.If it's a matter of room a Champ would be fine BUT it will break up earlier and you may regret selling /trading the Princeton.
    BTW welcome and good luck in your move.
     
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  8. LasVegasIRA

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    Can't speak highly enough about the California Set5 ($109 thru Amazon) or the Monoprice 611705 ($99 thru Monoprice dot com).

    Both amps are tube and have similar features and tones to a Fencer Champ. And the Monoprice has a bias switch that lets you go from 5 watts to 1 watt for quieter playing.
     
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    I have the bigger brother of this hand-built 10-watt tube amp. Dimensions are 14.5" x 9.5" x 18" Weighs 11.5 lbs. Preamp: 1 x 12AX7, Inverter/Driver: 1 x 12AU7 & Power Stage: 2 x 6AQ5. Controls include a Fat/Clean Switch. MSRP $379.

    I've been very happy the 14-watt amp offered in this combo series; it's my only guitar amp.

    http://www.tubeampfactory.com/combos/taf-10x-8c/
     
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    You love your Princeton. BF/SF Champ for you. Nothing else will make you happier. I carry an analog delay pedal with mine because reverb pedals eat batteries. Not an issue if you don't mind a wall-wart. That said, Roland Micro Cube is pretty sweet for the size and money -- I also have an Airstream and even the Champ would take up a lot of space in there. The little cube is so small and light that you can easily store it away in a cabinet. It can get several different amp tones including a respectable blackface fender tone. And has built in effects. Even runs on batteries. That would be a perfect Airstream amp. But if you are committed to having a nice tube amp, find an old Champ.
     
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  11. Pointmonger

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    I've got the head and cab version. Great amp, but it ain't my Princeton.
     
  12. maggieo

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    Keep the PRRI- you love it, it loves you, you can use it as an end table.
     
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    1. Find a way to keep the Princeton.
    2. The Allen LF is about as good a mini combo as you could find (12"x12"x 10").
     
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    Re: VHT Special 6 ...

    True that, as it is really more akin to a Champ, being single-ended as opposed to push-pull.

    That said, add cheap reverb and tremelo pedals, and it is perfect IMO.
     
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    I have a 65PRRI and I also have some family background with Airstreams. Here's your solution. Get a Laney Cub 10, and buy the nicest blackface style 10" speaker you can find to swap into it. If you want to upgrade the V1 tube, go ahead; you will still probably be under $300.00 all in. You will be very pleased with the results.
     
  16. BobbyZ

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    I'd say keep the PR since you seem to like it. Personally the PR is the smallest amp I've ever liked to play. Had a couple of Champs over the years and just don't care for them for some reason.
    Besides they're isn't much out there that's much physically smaller or lighter.
    Even though a PRRI isn't built like a blackface it's still better than most little amps these days by a long shot. It should handle the traveling fine.
     
  17. Singin' Dave

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    Makes no sense to me to sell your PR - You already own the perfect amp for jamming or gigging no matter where your trailer takes you. And its about as small as your going to get a good tube amp with a 10" speaker.

    For noodling in or out front of your trailer, I would highly recommend a nice battery powered amp w/ some effects. Roland, Vox etc. I own multiple SF and BF Fender amps from Pros to Vibrolux Reverbs to Deluxes, Princetons and a Champ not mention a 5E3 clone. But when I just want to have a little me time on my deck, or even jam along with a guy on an acoustic by the pit fire, I grab my tiny little trusty Vox DA5 and have a blast with it, no outlet needed! Think I got it for $60 or $80 years ago and love the little bugger. I literally use it on it's .5W setting most of the time.

    Good luck!
     
  18. Fullmoon07

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    Keep the Princeton!

    Add the monoprice 5 watt
     

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  19. Fullmoon07

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    $89 on sale monoprice 5 watt
     

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  20. LasVegasIRA

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    Here's a video I made that shows how to mod the Monoprice to make it sound more Champ (or Princeton) like:
     
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