Which New Amp?

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  1. vox Phantom

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    Looking to get a new Amp and on my list are a few a Vox AC30HW2, Top Hat King Rouale
    Tone King Galaxy, DR Z Z Wreck. I can only afford just one I play 60's music Surf British
    Invasion and Folk Rock. So does anyone have any thoughts on which Amp will cover those
    type sounds?
     
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    On that list, I would probably take a Dr. Z above the others, but I don't know if it's known for drippy surf.


    Swart Space Tone though... Mmmmm.
     
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    I would say the Galaxy for more surf, but that is me.
    And it looks the part..lol
     
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    Swart Stereo Master
    Lush reverb and two separate (but equal) tremolo circuits.
    (Not affiliated)
     
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    Texas Tone Studio Reverb.
     
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    Tone King. Does 90% of what you want, moreso than anything else on your list. AC30 is Brit Invasion. Maybe Top Hat, not so familiar.
     
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    Guys it looks like by the end of the month I'll have the money to get the Amp
    there is also a couple of others I forgot to add. One is the Louis Electric Gattone
    & the other is a Magnatone Stereo Twilighter. I had a reissue Fender Deluxe
    Reverb with 6V6 Tubes and the one I had did not sound that good at all. I was
    in a band with that Amp and I had it all the way up and still could not hear it
    and I sat in front of it. It was a Loud Band so do any of you know anything
    about the other two Amps I listed.
     
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    Fender Deluxe. Not a more versatile amp ever made. Not loud enough? Super Reverb or Twin. It WILL be loud enough.
     
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    If you can not hear your Deluxe Reverb playing with your band, get a Twin Reverb and you are all set, great reverb and tremolo, 2 channels, lots of headroom, surf and turf and everything in the middle !!!
     
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    Kontaktmoi you said get a Twin Reverb I know it's a good Amp so does one
    buy a new one or does one buy a Vintage one? I've seen a lot of them used
    for sale.
     
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    Fender-Fender-Fender-Fender, etc...

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    I use one of my Fenders (I think it was the SF 70s PR IIRC) and my - now sold, I should never have done that - Custom Mosrite ventures LH. The reverb is a EH Cathedral, not the one of the amp. Sorry, I have no 6G15 Reverb unit... For the moment ! :twisted:

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    But it's me, OK ? :D

    -tbln
     
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    Go play the Magnatone, hit that vibrato and you'll be convinced!
     
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    Probably the Tone King Galaxy because other than the AC30, it’s the only amp of the bunch that I’ve heard live.

    A ToneKing Galaxy with a Scumback speaker had the best crystal-clear-glassy cleans and Reverb that I’ve ever heard. Next close for those cleans and Reverb would be a vintage Twin Reverb.
     
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    Frankly, get a USED RE-ISSUE . Here are some reasons.

    1/ price
    2/ Speakers burned in
    3/ Chassis " cooked" so unlikely to have " bath-tub" failures
    4/ Fender has 5 years warranty ( check for the UK )
    5/ these amps are ageless.
    6/ the new Fender amp are well made and you don't have to spend a few hundred dollars to change the tubes, caps etc etc.

    PS " Bath-tub failures" is the notion that IF a new amp fails... it will be in the first 20-30 hours of use. That is typical with all electronics.

    Also, I have an original 1963 Twin Reverb .. so I know !!
     
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    gridlock I've only listen to the Tone King Galaxy on You Tube and it sounds great
    yet I have never played thru one. I did play thru the Tone King Imperial had great
    Reverb and Tremolo.

    Kontaktmoi I'm trying to stay away from Amps with PC Boards I just like the Hand
    Wired ones better. Are the new Fender Amps made in Mexico or is the Twin Reverb
    and 59 Bassman LTD made in the USA? I'm not sure massed produce Amps and it
    seems with Fender you are paying for the name. My first real amp was a Fender
    Bassman Head and Cab from 1970. I also have looked at Marsh Amps clones of
    Fender.
     
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    I understand.. that is a different amp you are looking for because of that stipulation. Than I leave you with one suggestion. Look for a two channel with 1 x 12 speaker and Reverb and VIBR as your base. Good luck.
     
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    Kontaktmoi most of the music I play is Clean when I watch YouTube
    I don't just hear Cleans most are Distortion I'm trying to get a Beach
    Boys Beatles and Byrds sound with Paul Revere and the Raiders thrown in.
    For those sounds is an Amp with 6L6 or EL84? I had two Amps with 6V6 and
    I did not like the sound. Think of a Fender Twin Reverb setup Volume Treble
    Middle Bass but not be Fender. I also like Hand Wired over an Amp with a PC
    Board so if I have something that needs to be fixed it's easy to fix.
     
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    I ONLY play clean . I have
    2 x Princeton '65 reverb Re-issue
    2 x Vox AC15
    2 x Swart AST
    1 x Fender Deluxe Reverb Re-issue
    1 x Fender '63 BF Twin

    Talking about CLEAN AMPS?

    I play pedal steel guitar, notoriously demanding CLEAN amps.
    1 x SHo-Bud Christmas Tree Solid State 15 inch
    1 x Evans Solid State 15 inch
    and I also use the Fender Twin Black Face for Steel guitar work.

    So, those are my tools, I found that LESS is MORE!!.
    I just use a clean boost ( I have several), some delay and the on-board Reverb / Tremolo

    Simple and it works.

    Cheers
     
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    Kontaktmoi I do have floor pedals so I would not need Reverb and
    Tremolo in the Amp. Should I get the Tone King it has the Reverb &
    Tremolo in it. Now the Top Hat King Royale is and EL84 Amp and does not
    have Reverb & Tremolo. It's the same with the Vox AC30HW2 or there
    Heritage 50th Anniversary AC30. Maybe I should just get Two Amps
    one EL84 and one 6L6. Then the Guitar also has a lot to do with the
    Amp that I buy.
     
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