Tube amp got to have one again

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  1. carpenter

    carpenter Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    37 years ago sold all my tube amps .I was told they were on their way out. Ok young and stupid.I now have 3 solid state.I need that tube sound. Ok thinking about Supro, blues king, pros cons other options .Remember have not owned one in 37 years. I know nothing about them.
    tell me what you know.thank you.
     
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    Went on seek & destroy mission for amps last 2 years...very happy...learned a lot...way worth the time & money spent. Think i have the basic line up covered of must haves in my recording world. No wrong answers..just a great journey to take in life
     
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    Fender Blues Junior.

    Gigged with a guy who always played thru one, and it was rock-solid.

    It'll be my next tube amp, probably.
    :)
     
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    I've always had digital. Recently, I acquired a Super Champ head mounted in a custom cab with a 12" speaker. Watch out, world. I have re-discovered my electric guitars. IMG_7946.JPG
     
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    What is "that tube sound"?
     
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    Well, tube amps haven't really changed that much in 37 years.

    Exactly what kind of sound are you looking for? Fender-ish cleans? Marshall crunch? Something else? Max budget? How much volume can you get away with?
     
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    If I was going to buy a tube amp, I’d get either a Vox AC30 or SF Super.
     
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    I'm happy with my Blackstars and Hughes and Kettner
     
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    What's changed in the past 37 years is almost all venues have large PA systems with lots of mics and channels so your amp doesn't need to be high powered to fill the room. Soundmen usually prefers to keep the level down on stage and let the PA fill the room. Many people are using 18 watt amps tilted back to aim at their head and mic'ing them thru PA.
     
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    Way old Mesa SOB. Cheap, cheerful, and loud enough to peel paint. Nice soft tones as well.

    Mesa SOBsmall.jpg
     
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    main guitars 73 telecaster 2019 les paul 60s clean and blues with high gain reverb 650.00 max
     
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    When I was living in Germany, I picked up a rack-mount Hughes & kettner preamp that had "that tube sound" from a music store near the Air Force base where I lived. That thing had tube amp sound for days - warm singing sustain, rich harmonics. One day I opened it up to see what kind of tubes were inside of it, and all I saw was a circuit board and a small transformer...
     
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    I have four tube amps and I agree with you, you need to have one. The Supro sounds like an interesting choice. We could all talk till we are blue in the face, and we still wouldn't be as helpful as a few YouTube amp reviews.

    If you haven't settled on a brand or particular sound, this isn't a bad place to start.
    https://reverb.com/news/fender-vs-vox-vs-marshall-amps-whats-the-difference

    Each of these will likely have a "bedroom level" counterpart somewhere in their line. I'm a Fender guy, and I can't imagine not having a 5F1 Champ plugged in next to the couch in the living room. But YMMV.
     
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    Two great guitars and a decent amp budget.

    Are you playing exclusively at home or gigging?

    For home I like:
    Fender Pro Junior IV
    Vox AC 10
    Supro Blues King 12
    Fender Bassbreaker 15

    Good luck!
     
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    What kind of tube amps did you used to have...and did you like them?

    If I could only have one single tube amp...'65 Princeton Reverb Reissue. It's not too heavy, it's not too loud, takes pedals well...and sounds what you expect a Fender tube amp to sound like.
    Unless you're playing live or have gone deaf, 15 watts and lower should be enough to cover your needs.
     
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    Going to GC tomorrow and test some out thanks
     
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    earth2000 I think it was a fender clone no plush cover on it .Wicked loud pretty sure 100 or 150 watt
     
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    The Fender Pro Jr is tone monster. It loves Strats, Teles, Lesters and pedals. Small footprint and huge volume.[​IMG]

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    How big do you want? New for $650 you're up against it getting tube reverb and/or overdrive.

    For home use only 5-10 watts is plenty. Vox AC10 is a great sounding amp but digital verb and Topboost rather than overdrive.

    Secondhand it opens up a fair bit.


     
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