Tone King Gremlin or 57 Champ reissue

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  1. DrPepper

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    Which would you get?
     
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    Since MB is no longer building the Tone Kings, that is kinda giving the Champ a lead.
     
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    I'd get the Gremlin for its versatility. Tweed and Blackface in one box plus more clean headroom if you need it. 12 inch speaker and I personally like the idea of a tone knob as well. The built in attenuater will allow for breakup at lower volumes and they come in more colors than tweed.
     
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    No contest for me....the Gremlin’s versatility beats the Champ, imho. I have no trouble with the build of the TK amps, and it is still a M. Bartel design. The Ironman II attenuator makes it a no brainer for me.
     
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    Thanks Wally, I value your opinion.
     
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    I have a '57 but only because I received it in a positive trade. (I have less than half cost in) I like it but If I was in a position to spend the full 1K I would probably look at some other things, Gremlin amongst them.
     
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    I recently purchased a Gremlin and after a bit of tube swapping experimentation, it suits me and my style to a "T". I love it!!
     
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    Fwiw, a Tone King Imperial MKII will do what you want and also give you more versatility and the possibility of using the amp to play with others...meaning a drummer.
     
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    I think I will go for a Gremlin, and save up for one of Mark's new amps... probably a Sugarland.
     
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    Amps are going to have to wait.GAS for a Martin has been rekindled...
     
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