Taking the leap to non tube

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  1. carpenter

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    I had such a good experience offloading the boat-anchor Norlin, I plan to stop by the consignor about my black deeluxe.
    That will leave me w/ a 2x12 PV hybrid ss/6L6 (on casters) and a teeny 8" combo hybrid 6V6/ss and the bass combo - still more than I need.
    If I can lose the actual vintage stuff and find there's no meaningful ego damage, the rest of the de-cluttering may be easier.
    Peace - Deeve
     
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    2x10. Like I said it may be worth a look.
     
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    Best of luck on your choice. Report back when you try it out.
     
  6. Tim S

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    Congrats on taking the leap!

    We live in a great time for solid state amps — They have never been better.

    The Tone Masters are great as are Quilters & Roland Blues Cubes. There are plenty of choices available to you. Happy New Amp Day!! (in advance)
     
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    My three favorite amps at my local Long and McQuade are the Marshall Origin 20, the Vox AC15C1 and a Tone Master Deluxe - I find it lacking nothing compared to the other two. And I think it the most expensive of the three!

    Bigger and supposedly better amps I’ve tried don’t seem to measure up.

    I have an 18 watt H&K tube head with a couple of BassBreaker cabs at home that’s not going anywhere, but I also have a Tech 21 FlyRig, some of those Joyo amp pedals, an Orange Terror Stamp hybrid amp and a 30+ year old Bandit. I use and enjoy whatever fits the occasion.
     
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    if i ever play a gig again and there's a PA, i'm just bringing my iridium and going DI into FOH. feels and sounds like a real amp to me.

    i think i'm not quite sure about the tonemaster stuff cause i don't need that neodymium speaker and giant enclosure. if they made a desktop version i'd be into it.

    i think rock venues gotta get on the techno tip. you can go to some hellhole DIY techno gig in a basement and there will be a giant PA with subs, but average rock bar is still a crapshoot.
     
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    I was thinking of a Eurorack but a desktop would do ;)
     
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    i think if they made it eurorack they would stick 24mm pots on it and make it something absurd like 72hp and i'd still avoid it, hahaha.
     
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    Tonemaster my friends.
     
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    So many great options out there. What is the budget? The pedal based IR loaders are really good. Pair them with an 'amp in the box' pedal and you can get some impressive sounds.
    There are many out there, here is a demo of the Mooer pedal:
     
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    I love tube amps and I love solid state amps.

    These days my main amp is a 5e3 clone (blankenship fat boy) but it is because I share the amp with another guitarist in my band and he wants tubes.

    If you ask me, I'll always grab my roland blues cube hot. It doesn't sound as organic as my 5e3. I cannot say it sounds worse though. It's different but it's great.

    I always keep this in mind:

    1. Nobody in the audience cares about my amp. My sound must be descent though.
    2. I really doubt my amps can make any difference in a live mix as far as they sound ok.
    3. If it is cheap, light and does what it is supposed to, don't hesitate.

    My ss amps: roland cube 30, blues cube hot
    My tube amps: fender blues jr 1, 5e3 clone
     
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    I obtained a Tone Master DR last fall, and have been gigging it almost exclusively since. Previously I used a 1970 DR set up with 2x10 JBLs. There IS a difference in the sound of the two, but it's so slight I can bring them in line with each other with very minor tweaking of the tone stack, and the weight factor of 1/2 for the TMDR is a godsend to my 70 year old back. Tubes are great, but they're not and endall beall. YMMV
     
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