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What low wattage tube combo?

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by jgmouton, Jan 11, 2013.

  1. jgmouton

    jgmouton Tele-Meister

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    Hi,

    I play stereo and I'm now looking for 2 similar tube amps that are a good pedal platform and have the following specs:

    - light weight (less than 15 kg)
    - one channel with clean headroom
    - 5W or 10W max
    - master volume
    - less than $500

    I currently have 2 Vox AC15s that sound really good but are now too heavy for my back and take up too much space...

    Thank you for your ideas...
     
  2. rokdog49

    rokdog49 Friend of Leo's

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    Let me know when you find one.
     
  3. T Prior

    T Prior Poster Extraordinaire

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    Let me know when you find one as well ! I'll take 2 !

    It's kinda like this business statement..

    you can have any two of the following, but never all three at the same time...

    Best Service
    Best Quality
    Best Price


    now substitute...

    Headroom
    Weight
    Price
     
  4. Togman

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    If you hadn't specified 'Tube' I would have suggested something from the Roland Cube range.
     
  5. fenson

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    IMO get 2 pro JRs
     
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    send a PM to tdpri member muchxs, he can build just what you need at an affordable price...
     
  7. hooch1

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    Check out the Ibanez TSA line. They are clean all the way up but sound more Fender than Vox.
     
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  8. jgmouton

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    Thank you for the above comments.

    After hours on the Web, I've found the Blackstar HT5C (although it has 2 channels that I don't really need), the Vox AC4C1 or the Marshall Class 5 (but without master volume) could be interesting... but I could not find any satisfying all my specs :(

    Of those 3 I wonder what's the one that sounds less boxy?
     
  9. BobbyZ

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    Very good idea PMs don't cost a darn thing see what he says.
     
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    The Vox AC4c1 might be a good option for you. However, see a thread I recently started regarding some things I'm trying to work out with my own ac4.
     
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    There are some Laney amps that may be suitable, Laney CUB12, Laney LC15, and Laney VC15.
    Out of these, the VC15 is heaviest (15 kg), but probably sounds most like the AC15.
    The CUB has less of a vintage sound and is light (approx 10 kg).

    Klas
     
  12. hongaku

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    You really, really should check out the Vox AC4C1, imho. I love mine (I have the British Racing Green one), it does what you're looking for - though you may want to put some 12ay7 or 12at7 pre-amp tubes in it to give you more clean headroom as it gets crunchy pretty quick with 12ax7's. I have mine set up with NOS Mullard 12ax7's and a JJ el84, with the gain set at 9 o'clock and the master vol around noon or 1 o'clock, I can get a very nice clean sound that gets into edge of break up if I dig in and transitions beautifully into overdrive and beyond with your choice of dirt pedals. It takes all effects I've thrown at it very well and sounds great mic'd for stage and studio use. It also sounds tremendous through a 4x12 cab with good speakers - insanely tremendous in fact. I used mine last night at band rehearsal through a 4x12 Marshall cab with Celestion V30's (not my cab unfortunately, but I get to use it whenever I need it provided it's owner doesn't need it at the time), running a tube screamer, a little tremolo effect, and a couple delays (one with a longer delay time and modulation), and a neck position vintage 70's wide range humbucker - it blew me away with the depth of sound I was getting. Just a fantastic little tube amp, just under 20lbs (about 9 kg), 4 watts, gain, bass, treble, master volume controls, 10" internal speaker and an extension jack (16ohm on both the internal speaker and the extension - though I've heard it may be possible to run it with an 8ohm speaker/cab and increase it's loudness). I can't say that it replaces my Mesa Blue Angel or my Hot Rod Dlx III, but it is a great grab and go amp for rehearsals (at home and with band) and recording studio application, as well as small to average sized gigs (or larger depending on your monitoring/extension cab situation). Plus, it really does have a Vox sound, and since you're used to the AC15, the AC4C1 would likely be an easier transition for you tonally than say a Fender Pro Jr or a Marshall Class 5...YMMV. Good luck in your search.
     
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    Clean headroom and 5-10 watts don't usually go together.
     
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    True Dat!:D
     
  16. tele12

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    When you say Stereo, are they spread apart on the stage?

    Less than 15kg each , or for the pair?

    Less than $500 each , or for the pair?
     
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    posted here before... this is my vox/fender stereo mini stack! (the fender is the gretsch equivilant with a weber 8" sig) i plan on a 10" greenback for the vox, and opening the cabinet a bit


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    I know you said tube, but do yourself a favor and If you really like the stereo ac15 thing...then go cheap, reliable and light and get exactly what might just fit the bill for around 200 bucks for the pair..

    2 pathfinders
     
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    The pathfinders have THAT Vox sound, especially given the 8" speaker?!
     
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    Not many small tube amps have a master volume (or much clean haed room).

    However the Allen Chihuahua does have a master I believe now.
    Killer 10 watt amp with some nice cleans up til 5 or 6.

    Little over 500 budget as well. Reachin for the stars here...
     
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