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Solid State amp you've known and loved,,, or hated,

Discussion in 'Modeling Amps, Plugins and Apps' started by ASATKat, Oct 17, 2020.

  1. ToneM1

    ToneM1 TDPRI Member

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    Most of these guys used Polytone amps. The Polytone's were noted for their warm, clean sounds! I don't know if Polytone is still in business, but 34 years ago I tried getting a job there.. I ended up at JBL Pro and then SWR..
     
  2. hutchdoug

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    LAB Series L7 with a 15" speaker

     
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  4. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    Polytone went out of business when the owner died.

    Henriksen carries the mantle of the "modern Polytone": https://www.henriksenamplifiers.com/
     
  5. JRapp

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    Uhhh, yes. I had one for many years. Sounded pretty good with single coils and pedal steel. You're saying this is a tube amp? As was the case with all the Lab Series amps, it most certainly is not.
     
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  6. hutchdoug

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    No, I know this one is not a tube amp.

    I posted earlier that I thought Norlin had made the LAB Series Amps in both SS and Tube, but someone corrected me. Next to the Tech 21, I thought the L7 came as close to a tube sound as any modern SS I have heard.
     
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  7. hutchdoug

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    I played my pedal steel through the L7-15 as well until I traded it for the Peavey Session 500.
     
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  8. JRapp

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    They also sound very good with an archtop for a nice legit jazz tone. I wish I still had it, but I left it at a rehearsal space and it was stolen.
     
  9. brookdalebill

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    I just got a used DV Mark Frank Gambale 120.
    I’m impressed!
    I haven’t gigged with it yet, but it does my “loud/clean” thing beautifully.
    I’m not near it, but I’ll post a pic when I can.
    Or not.
    It’s just yer basic two-tone B&W thing.
     
  10. bryanburnett

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    I have a hybrid amp that I love. It's a Peavey "Classic" series from I think '74. 6L6 power section, and a solid state preamp. 4x10 combo. Great rich clean sounds, nice reverb and trem. what's not to love?
     
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  11. srblue5

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    I will say that I'm finding my ZT Lunchbox to be very versatile. It can be very clean and loud, jazzy with the right guitar, but also a good pedal platform -- I can get some pretty raunchy blues/rock sounds too.
     
  12. Maguchi

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    Yeah, I agree. The Roland JCs are great for Rhodes pianos as well as guitar.
    Rhodes 73.jpg Roland JC-77.jpg
     
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  13. Chiogtr4x

    Chiogtr4x Poster Extraordinaire

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    Is it maybe a Peavey " Vintage" amp and not a Classic?

    Just asking as a guy who lived in the apartment just down from ours (in the '80's) had a similar 4X10 Tweed hybrid Peavey I thought was called a Vintage- but maybe I'm getting the name wrong, or 2 different amps?

    Edit- looks like Peavey made both!
     
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  14. Ron C

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    Same here! EVERY gig since late 2013.
     
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    ASATKat Friend of Leo's

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    Ain't No Sunshine, sweet tone. Thanks for sharing, hearing these amps makes it all so much more complete.
     
  16. ASATKat

    ASATKat Friend of Leo's

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    Dave Simpson shares his 3 favorite solid state amps.

    Dave has lots of experience with solid state amps, his thoughts here are very informative,

     
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    It's a Classic, but not the Classic 50 series which is all tube. and mine is black tolex, not tweed.
     
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  18. ASATKat

    ASATKat Friend of Leo's

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    Post a soundclip,
     
  19. harpdog

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    Tone Master Deluxe Reverb Blonde just showed up...so far VERY nice.
    Reserving further comment till after I gig with it this weekend.
     
  20. ladewd

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    I played keys & doubled on guitar. For smaller gigs, I’d use the Lab series L5. It got me a decent guitar tone and was clean enough to play Rhodes through. I attempted to buy a Pathfinder 15, but the store was out & only had the 10w version w/o the reverb & a smaller speaker. I bought it & it actually sounded good.

    My Line6 original Flextone was OK but it didn’t float my boat. Last year I bought a Kantana 100 with some GC gift cards my family gave me. I haven’t plugged into any of my amps, tube or solid state since getting it. I don’t gig anymore & it’s ideal for practicing.
     
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