Need Amp Suggestions

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  1. guycalleddave

    guycalleddave Senior Member

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    Type of Music: Classic Rock, 90s Alternative, Blues, Pop Punk, Surf Rock

    My friend is looking for a channel switching amp that is built like a vintage amp in regards to durability of parts and connections. On board spring reverb would be nice, but not necessary. More marshall flavor than fender. Somewhere are 30 or 40 watts.

    Reliability is key. Your suggestions are appreciated.
     
  2. hbucker

    hbucker Senior Member

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    Peavey Classic 30 or Classic 50.
     
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  3. guycalleddave

    guycalleddave Senior Member

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    I'm going to say that the Classic 30 isn't a reliable amp. I owned one that I modded, it was sweet, but the tubes kept slipping out of their sockets because the parts the use are sub par. This has to be able to hold up to gigging.
     
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    Assault Bacon Gold Supporter

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    Peavey Classic 50 is a solid amp and very versatile. I owned an early 2x12.

    Might also try a Mesa 5:50 or a Lonestar combo.
     
  5. Guitaraxe

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    Weird. Did you buy it new? It should have had tube retainers on there.
     
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    I'll bite, its a heavly bias opinon
    Marshall jcm 800 50w 2205

    Vintage- check
    Durable- check
    Channel switching- check
    Spring reverb- check
    Marshall flavor- check
    Reliable- well its been crankin for
    27 or so years for me and it survived recording and @ least one tour of the original owner - I say this because the roadcase i
    Got with it has scars from a very caring highlow driver stuffing
    Gear onto a cargo jett
     
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    mmd Senior Member

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    Rivera R55-12. Built like a tank, killer "fender" clean channel with a boost to drive into a vintage style grit, and a drive channel that will go from low gain to 90s alternative. It also has onboard, footswitchable reverb and an effects loop. It will EASILY do all you listed and is mega quality. They are only on the used market, but you can get a boutique caliber (90s era) amp for under $750. I have seen some well under that price on Reverb. It is only a combo, though.
     
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    Oh, there is also a 30 watt version of that Rivera, the R30-12. VERY hard to find, but it is probably the best amp Rivera made during that time period (92-96).
     
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    lung plunger Senior Member

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    There's a few guys out there that will build exactly what you want, even using old hammond transformers and chassis. Frugal Amps and Organdonor are just a few.

    I went with Frugal Amps. Mark built me a Matchless Spitfire clone on a hammond AO44 chassis. It's flat out badass.
     
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    Gigged a classic 50 head for the better part of 10 years, never had an issue with tubes slipping out. Great amp.
     
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  11. Soul Tramp

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    Soul Tramp Serenity. Hand-wired turret board construction, tube spring reverb, tube buffered parallel/serial FX loop, foot switch controlled channel switching. All the details are on the website and I can provide more as needed.





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    Frenzel Amp.
     
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    cybermgk Singin' the body lectric Premium Member V.I.P. Member

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    Frigendorf 50
     
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    Well, on this forum, it's like asking "what church should I go to." Not that it's a bad thing, you just get LOTS of opinions...
    So I'll jump in--Vox AC30, or AC15 if you like your neighbors...
     
  16. The_Nuge

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    I'll second the JCM 800 - the 4210 model would be a prime choice :)
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    Well built, lots of good sounds and not too heavy!

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    I brought mine to the last few gigs we played, and the other band of the evening used it too - he put his own amp back in the car when he heard it :)
     
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    Oh, if money was no object, I'd get one of Don's SoulTramps :yesway::)
     
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    Soul Tramp or Phaez if I was a lottery winner...

    or Mesa

    "aww man my mesa keeps breaking down" - said no one ever
     
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    Your list of music, especially with surf thrown into the mix really has me thinking more Fender than Marshall. What sort of budget is he shopping? Your note about "built like a vintage amp in regards to durability of parts and connections" makes me think he's looking to avoid cheaper '90s-current stuff with PCBs and those half-plastic jacks that always get knocked inside the chassis. With a need for channel switching, plus point-to-point wiring, you're probably gonna be shopping modern boutique builders and there's a ton of them. Many of them are more focused on strict vintage clones, though. If your friend is just looking for a reasonably reliable, fairly new jack-of-all-trades amp, I might steer him towards a Blues/Hot Rod DeVille.
     

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