Which Amp Don't You "Get"?

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  1. Jakedog

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    Any tube amp under 15 watts with a speaker smaller than 12 inches.
     
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    I put a 12AT7 in mine and the lower output preamp tube gave me more clean headroom.
     
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    Mesa Dual/Triple Rectifier. Gravel down a metal slide. Ick.
    Also the 2x12 Silvertone amp that Jack White used. It’s just too shiddy.
     
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    Yeah, the Carr just sounded wrong for me. There was nothing about it that took me anywhere I wanted to go. I literally turned it off after a few minutes.

    Matchless/BadCat I can work with.
     
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    A list... any Huges & Ketter I tried, VOX amps, Orange terror amps, High gain, Mesa Booguies and...

    Deluxe Reverb... I really cannot understand the hype. I played many but no. I have a Twin Reverb/Bassman, must be said. The Deluxe Reverb souds sterile, weak, closed and has no mids pot to play with
     
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    Hmmm…I’m not picky. Name a brand and they probably make, or have made, an amp I can rock with. I own Peavey and Mesa tube amps, a Quilter SS head and really enjoyed my Mustang III modeler.

    Ooh! Just thought of one: Orange. The specs say I’d like them, but so far, no-go. Their lunchbox heads don’t do anything for me, and the Rocker 32 I demoed sounded bland compared to the EL84 amps I already own. The AD30HTC sounded good, no doubt, but no effects loop and time-based effects didn’t sound good at all once the amp got cooking.

    Other than that, aside from a preference for Princetons over Deluxes, I guess I’m pretty easy to please.
     
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    Vox AC15/30s, no low end headroom. As a guy who was brought up on Marshall JMPs, when I hit that low E, I want to hear a tight, well-defined chunk, not a flabby, soft thing.

    A great deal of the music I like best was recorded with them, but whenever I've played one, the immediate reaction is where's the beef. <g>

    I also had a very early Mesa Boogie MkI, and I could get a good lead tone out of it, but never a solid rhythm sound. Discovered this while struggling to get tones on a record. Switched to a JMP and a Music Man twin and there it was.

    A while ago, I had a chance to buy a Matchless Clubman, w/4x10 cab, for a ridiculously low price. Tried it at a gig, and I switched back to my '67 BF Bassman after the first set - just didn't fit right with what I was looking for.
     
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    Orange and Blackstar. I didn’t get the appeal for Orange amps, they even look awful and as though they’ve been designed by a child. Tonally they leave me cold.

    blackstar. I had a Series one 50 head which I thought looked cool, and later on a HT5RH. Liked the style of both. The Series One was a pig - kept breaking down on me. Sounded, well, meh really (but better than Orange granted) and the HT5 was just terrible.
     
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  9. patriotplayer90

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    The Triple Rec was the dream amp when I was young. I was so disappointed when I heard and played one.
     
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    I bought an AC15 and felt the same. They sound great when other people play them, but any budget generic tube amp better suited me
     
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    I was about to “like” your post, but then I remembered my MarkV:25 Combo can be switched to 10w and has a 10” Creamback. That amp continues to amaze me (as does my Trademark 10, but only when that one is plugged into a bigger cab)
     
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    Yamaha THR series amps, sound tinny, metalic and tiny. Yamaha makes great, electric and acoustic guitars, fantastic pianos, but I have never heard an amp of theirs that I liked.
     
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    I don’t have the knowledge or available amps at my fingertips for an honest decision on this one but don’t we all agree that a friend playing your rig sounds (a lot of times) better than you do?
    I think there’s the “hearing our own voice” effect in play here, we don’t often like it.
    Maybe?
     
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    I had an Express 5:50 which sounded fantastic, however it started smoking on my first jam with a mate, and I don't mean it pulled out a joint.

    You've got me thinking about a 5:25 now..
     
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    I almost never like the sound of a Marshall. I played one in a shop (I think it was a Blues breaker) that was nice but otherwise can't stand them.

    I'm aware some of my favorite songs were recorded through a Marshall but figure a sound engineer is needed to make them sound good. Whenever I see a small band in a bar or hear someone trying one out in the shop it's like nails on a chalkboard for me.
     
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    Vibrolux Reverb....The only money pit I ever owned. I fell for all of the hype about this amp. I could never get a decent, pleasing clean sound out of that amp. I went thru countless tube changes and speaker changes as well. I finally came across a pair of vintage Altecs and put them in. It sounded not too bad, but not real close to what I needed. But, the deal-breaker was those Altecs made that amp almost as heavy as my Twin Reverb amps, which totally defeated the reason for buying it. I was looking for an "old man's amp" for future use, for when someday I would or might struggle to lift or carry my Twin Reverb amps or big Peaveys. It just didn't happen. I grew up on big Fender amps in the 60's and 70's...Fender Showman and Dual Showman and eventually "down-sized" to an early SF Twin Reverb in the 80's. So, yeah, I've always preferred big, clean sounds, straight in to the amp...no distortion whatsoever.
     
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  17. horseman308

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    The most popular amp that I don't "get" is the Deluxe Reverb. Now, I don't particularly care for how any of the black or silver panel Fenders sound when overdriven. But the DR somehow just misses everything I want to hear. Other players make it sound great, but when I play them it sounds terrible.
     
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    I'm not a fan of anything which doesn't have a master volume - I'm playing at home not performing, so neighbour-friendly volume control is key
     
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    Marshall... all of 'em.

    I've owned a few over the years. I WANT to love Marshall, but I always end up frustrated and disappointed with the lack of versatility. They all seem to be one-trick-ponies. I do concur they do their one trick very well, but unless I'm in an AC/DC tribute band I have no use for one.
     
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    I own a DRRI that I purchased used last winter. I replaced the speaker with an Eminence Swamp Thang, put JJ's 6V6 tubes and various other preferred tubes in the pre-amp section, and it works well for me as my only "little" practice amp that I use only at home and specifically for an occasional small radio station gig I do. I run an EQ between the guitar and amp to give it the extra "bump" I feel it needs to come really close to the sound of my Twins.
     
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