Hi All. I am a new member here. I read forum topics ALL the time and I find everybody's experience and insight to be invaluable.
I need help. I just got rid of my problematic Fender Twin Amp - AKA "The Evil Twin" - it was problematic for years but I LOVED the tone. This amp had the most wonderful buttery-smooth drive channel ever. It could do classic rock and blues crunch without any pedals. It was truly a turn on and play amplifier for me for years. The problems I had were overheating, tube issues, noise issues, hissing, buzzing, and reverb problems. I finally just had enough and sold "As is" smelling like smoke with all it's inherent problems.
My quandary is that I have not bought an amp for YEARS. I had this Twin for 20 years and the previous amp for 20 years.
I really want an amp that is a 2x12 - 100 watts may be overkill but if the amp can sound good at low volumes like the Evil Twin did then I can get a 100 watts. 50 watts seems more reasonable however.
My search has narrowed down the current considerations to:
Marshall JVM 205c - combo 2X12 - 50 watts
Peavey Classic 50 - 2x12 - 50 watts
Jet City - JCA5212R - 50 watts
Soldano - Astroverb 2x12 - 20 watts
Egnater - Renegade 212 - 65 watts (currently at home from GC - but may go back due to the compressed sound coloring both channels- great sound but a little too dominant in my thinking)
Right now I do most playing at home in a LARGE room that is about 25x25. I need the clarity and dynamic range of a 2x12 and I really want great cleans as well as the ability with THE AMP to achieve my Fender Twin-like smooth drive up to a hard rock drive WITHOUT any pedals. I know all the above amps can do that - but I want some input from people - I play a JS1200, Fender Strat, Gibson Les Paul Standard and i play everything from hard rock to blues to cleaner jazzy stuff. I was able to get the PERFECT tone from the Twin Amp and just dial back the volume on the guitar to reduce the drive and it cleaned up beautifully.
Thanks in advance for any input you all might provide.