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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-12-2008, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
 
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Small Tube Combo for Travel

Hey guys, I have been thinking about getting a small combo to take to friends houses and maybe use for college....but I am not sure what to get!

Lately I have been having trouble trying to get a good blues sound out of my boss gt-pro with my yamaha A100a power amp and my Mesa cab, I am getting closer to a nice SRV sound but I am not sure if I can get it exactly how I want it (give me tips too, maybe I am just stupid lol). So I was thinking maybe getting a Fender combo so I can get that blues sound I want and to have a combo for the reasons listed above.

I live on the 3rd story of an apt complex so I was also thinking a 1x10 or 1x12 max, I've carried 2x12s up and down here so I can do it pretty well its just a hassle.
I like the Fender Super-Sonic but I don't know if I want to spend that much money, it depends on if my Boss and the Super-Sonic can also sound like Vai and PG, like my mesa cab does.

Sorry if I sound retarded, I have another migraine. Soon I have to go to a specialist to help with my constant migraines >_<
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Re: Small Tube Combo for Travel

How about a used Peavey Classic 20 (1x10) or Classic 30 (1x12) They are great blues / classic rock amps.

If you've got a bigger budget, check out the Rivera Clubster 25 (1x10) or (1x12).
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Re: Small Tube Combo for Travel

the Peavey Classic sounds pretty good from the youtube vids I can find and its in a pretty good price range.
I will probably try and get one on the bay used so I can get one for even cheaper

anyone think you can top it? Feel free to list ones out of my price range too just so I can get a feel for the different amps out there
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Re: Small Tube Combo for Travel

Peavey Classic amps sound great, and would recommend them. It can get loud enough to gig with too, so it would make a nice backup or different amp for different sound/s.
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Re: Small Tube Combo for Travel

Another option is the Mini Colossal, I really like the light-medium gain that it has and it has a huge sound for how tiny it is. Although, if you are mainly going for a bluesy tone I do agree the Classics are a better choice, but I was definitely impressed with the Mini Colossal.
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Another option is the Mini Colossal, I really like the light-medium gain that it has and it has a huge sound for how tiny it is. Although, if you are mainly going for a bluesy tone I do agree the Classics are a better choice, but I was definitely impressed with the Mini Colossal.
Yeah I like the mini but I really want a more bluesy sound for this amp
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Re: Small Tube Combo for Travel

If you want a blues sound in a small box I would definitely recommend a 70s Fender Champ or a Vibrochamp (a Silver face)

You can find them real cheap on internet and they sound pretty nice specially with a Tubescreamer.
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post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-22-2008, 01:22 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Small Tube Combo for Travel

If I was to go crazy (with money I don't have haha) what would you guys think about me using my mesa 1x12 cab and getting a mesa lonestar head. I would get the combo but why do that when I could save a little money and then I could take my rig up and down stairs and everywhere in pieces.
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post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-22-2008, 03:06 AM
 
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Re: Small Tube Combo for Travel

I'm not a big Crate fan, but they do make the V5, a 5 watt all tube combo amp, very portable, and from what I hear, they sound good too, oh, and you can also get em for under $200.
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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-22-2008, 04:52 AM
 
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The little Crate V series aren't bad at ALL.
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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-22-2008, 09:51 AM
 
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Re: Small Tube Combo for Travel

I used to own a little Marshall JCM601 1x12 combo........I had to sell it to fund my SLO purchase, but I intend to get another soon. It was 60 watts (2 EL34's, 4 12ax7's) and was a GREAT sounding amp. It could get loud enough to jam with a drummer, yet still sounded awesome at lower volumes, and recorded great using the DI out. I truly miss mine for playing around the house, etc. Oh, and it had the most luscious reverb unit. I used to put a Boss SD-1 in front of it for a tiny extra boost over the overdrive channel for leads, and it was just dripping with tone. I should also mention that the clean channel was just like that on the jcm2000's,,,,nice and clean and warm. Nothing can touch my Soldano for gigging or loud band rehearsals, but the JCM601 was irreplaceable for playing and recording around the house.
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Re: Small Tube Combo for Travel

Also check out the Laney LC15R 1x10", 2xEL84, 3x12AX7, 15W lightweight, durable and I love how it sounds. I have one of the early ones and is still intact after much carrying around.
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post #13 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-22-2008, 03:01 PM Thread Starter
 
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Also check out the Laney LC15R 1x10", 2xEL84, 3x12AX7, 15W lightweight, durable and I love how it sounds. I have one of the early ones and is still intact after much carrying around.
I've been looking up soundclips and videos of all these amps and I found this kid playing SRV through that amp and he plays pretty well and the amp gets a great sound.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6-wOCLGT38
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