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Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by Mike_LA, Oct 9, 2021.
How do you carry? Just bearhug it?
It is my 5-15 minute rig when I plan to play a few minutes. THen, I don't turn on the tube amps. Yeah, if I had to I could bear hug it, it is still very light.
I have the 15SMR408 version. I got it new in 2004 when they were selling for $250. I can't say waht I would ask for it, but I'm looking at the new Tone Master Super Reverb (or the Delaux) as a possible replacement. One of the features of my particular model is the DO jack, which when plugged into my church's PA system, sounds incredible.
Some unwise hip person is going to get hosed.
Nuts. Waiting for the current wave to pass. Then I'll pick up stuff post-equipment-price-crash.
I had one! I wasn't all that impressed. You use to find them all day long for $89.00 new. It's what happens when something becomes a victim of it's own hype.
I'm happy enough with my second-hand Vox Mini Superbeetle, which I got for a fraction of that Pathfinder's price. When I plug in my Epi Casino, I can pretend I'm at Candlestick Park minus the screaming (unless you count my partner yelling out about my mistakes and poor technique ).
I just got one the other day, paid $120 AUD for it. It's one of the original ones, just called "Pathfinder" without the "15" and no reverb.
I don't see what the big deal is. It's a nice sounding SS amp when run clean or just breaking up, but turning the gain control up much or engaging the boost it becomes a fizzy mess. It doesn't like any of my fuzz or boost pedals either. The way some people talk about these amps you'd think it could replace a good tube amp, but definitely not IMO.
But as a good sounding, no nonsense, low to medium volume practice amp it does the trick, and that's all I wanted it for, so I'm happy. Cool. classic looks too.
Anyone spending $500 on a Pathfinder might quickly have the buyer's remorse. If you want a great sounding SS amp for that kind of money get a Nextone Stage.
I'm getting on a plane to Adelaide and straighten all this out. Your findings are impossible. Question? Does it have the BLUE speaker, not the gold? That is what is in mine and mine has no revrb also. What mine does is a great but small Vox clean voice<luv that. Thats is where I run the pedals, not agaisnt the gain/overdrive. just clean. You have this and a Vibro Champ or Twedd 1x8,that is a lot great tone at lower volume. Hope this helps. Some think the Reverbless sounds better thatn the reverb Pathfinder.
Yah, there's one for sale here and the guy will trade for my sunburst CVC, still on the fence about it.
I love my P15r, but I still try to hear it and judge it as it really is. It's about the best amp you'll ever get for $100, an excellent amp for $150, and still a justifiable choice for $200. For $500, you can easily get something considerably better - unless what you really, really want is a Pathfinder 15r and this is the only one available.
Years back when I was shopping for my first house, our realtor showed us a cozy little place on the bank of a lovely river. It was a beautiful property, but at that time in that market the asking price was almost one-and-a-half times its value. Our realtor explained that the place had been on the market for over a year. The seller had had dozens of offers at realistic levels and refused all of them. She was in no hurry whatsoever. The house being "for sale" was purely speculative. If someone came along who was willing to pay her outrageous price, she'd sell. Until that happened, she was happy to keep living there.
I suspect this Reverb listing is the same thing.
Blue speaker. I haven't tried running the volume up all the way with the gain lower, setting the overall volume yet, but I suspect that might be the best way to add gain pedals in front of the amp.
It's a good sounding little amp, the clean and edge of breakup tones are really nice and "tube-like" in feeling and response. I just think it's been over-hyped.
Like I said before, I had one for a little while and didn't think much about it because they were so cheap. However, I bought a Hughes and Kettner Triplex for $200.00 used that just put that VOX to shame. It was SS, 50 watts, 12" Celestion Speaker, still play through it for close to 20 years now, great with pedals. Highly overlooked amps in my opinion.
Long story short, that VOX was history in no time.
Just an FYI for anyone playing a Pathfinder that may be interested:
Except for an adjustment with the amp's tone controls a bit (different guitars), I just do this with my PF15R ( mine has blue 8" from Cambridge 15), with my guitars, with great results at gigs.
(Note: I'm the only electric guitar in my bands, and great drummers too, so my amp is fine on volume)
Gain 11-12 max, Volume 2-3, Boost OFF, Bass 12, Treble 1:00, Reverb cranked!
Tremolo ( when using both knobs at 1, and tweak from there)
This is the loudest, Clean sound I get from the amp, which is not very loud.
So then I use an always ON Blues Driver to basically double the amp's volume, and let's me roll from clean to dirty with my guitar.
So the amp is definitely a slave to or for the pedal, but the amp's tone still comes through.
There are 2 today on reverb for $200 plus shipping. Iowa and Fla
I had one for about 18 years. Great amp for my purpose (practise amp). I remember being really impressed when I bought it and if memory serves, it was very good compared to other solid states back then (at least the ones I tried). Not too long ago I started having trouble with it (all of a sudden no sound - and then shortly after everything was fine - and repeat).
I decided I wasn't going to invest in having it repaired and instead I sold it to a repair man for a decent amount of money after informing about the trouble I had with it. I bought a Fender Mustang amp and honestly I have never ever missed the Pathfinder. It is a great amp, and I have and had no complaints about it. But putting it in a category of its' own when there are so many great amps out there seems a bit too much.
Nobody's mentioned....this may be a "shill" posting. The seller knows good and well he'll never sell at this price, but others will quickly sell theirs for $200-300. By then, the market may have shifted even higher. The seller probably has $100-150 in it, so anything over that he makes money. I own two of them, (re-cabbed with one 12" speaker, the other with four 8" speakers) and I love them.....but would never pay $500 for one. This is all funny to me.
^ This. I wouldn't pay five Benjamins for one, but I've got three that I've had for a decade, so I don't have to. If I suddenly found myself in some hellish/nightmarish situation in which I was deprived of all three of mine, I wouldn't pay that kind of money to replace mine. I'd probably pay $200 or so, but much past that and I'd buy a VOX Mini Superbeetle. The price on the MSB recently jumped up $70, to four bills , but I'd still probably pay that over a used PF15?R with a $500 price tag.
But as things stand now in the real world, it would probably take about $500 to tempt me to part with one of Pathfinders.