What REALLY is the best 30W amp?

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  1. Seymour Duncans

    Seymour Duncans Senior Member

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    Hi, i'd really like to know your opinions :wave:
     
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    What do you need it for...gigs, recording, general jamming? Do you want the flexibility/versatility of a digital or the true tone of a tube amp?

    What style of music do you play?

    Price range?
     
  3. Seymour Duncans

    Seymour Duncans Senior Member

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    I don't really want to buy a new one, I just want to know peoples opinions on what you think is the best 30W amp.
     
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    For a good combination of unreal tone, versatility, quality etc, I was extremely impressed with the Genz-Benz Black Pearl 30. I played one at one of my local stores and was blown away by everything about it. There are a lot of demos on the main website. Of course there are better amps out there, but only if you have mega bucks to work with. Make no mistake, this amp isn't cheap. just over $1100. buck awsome none the less. This one gets my vote. My second place vote for quality/sound/best value would be probably the Peavey Classic 30.
     
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    Vox AC30, early 60s, cherry panel without top boost. Had one once, should never have sold it. If you see one lying about buy it.
     
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    I really liked playing through a Peavey Classic 30, but I have yet to become a real amp aficionado, so I have limited opinions.
     
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    Epiphone Blues Custom 30!
     
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    There is a Mesa 30, but they are pretty expensive
     
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    I played through a Peavey Classic 30 once. I would definitely buy this amp if I didn't already have a Marshall halfstack.
     
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    ...get a '68 Super Lead...:)
     
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    gotcha. Ok then get the one that suits your needs and pocketbook the best. Youll come out a winner!!!
     
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    I've heard vintage vox amps run really hot and are prone to failure. I've also heard the new AC30's sound just like the old ones.
     
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    Divided By 13 EDT 13/29 1-12 combo with dual KT66's. It's like having a Balck Face Pro and an early Marshall JTM 45, plus 13 watts class A, 29 watts class AB, boost on the vloume knob, plus killer tube driven spring reverb.
     
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    Not if they're properly set up. Do you think an amp could define a whole generation of music if it was unreliable. I've had 2 '60s AC30s, and once they were correctly biased with good quality output tubes they were 100% reliable.

    There have been a lot of different models of AC30 over the years, and several circuit designs. AFAIK the cherry panel non top boost AC30/6 has never been reissued. They are a great sounding amp.

    I'll go along with some of the reissues with celestion blue speakers sounding quite good, but since all the amps they are a copy of varied a bit, it's hard to say they sound just like the old ones. Certainly don't sound the same as my last AC30TB.
     
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    I see you have the vox I have one like it and that thing has alot of flexability,just take some time to mess with the settings. I got awesome sound out of mine.
     
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    This question cannot be answered. What does "best" mean in this context? You probably should ask, "which 30 watt amp do you guys prefer"? I'm not trying to be anal, but these "which is best" questions drive me nuts! Sorry, I just had to get this out, carry on.
     
  17. El Toro

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    Peavey Classic 30 is great... biggest bang for the buck.
    Vox AC30 is awesome for that particular tone.
    Laney AOR30 if you like RATT.
    There's a Marshall 30 combo, forget the name, but kills.
    Lots of choices... I bought a Krank Rev Jr. with a 1-12" cab.
     
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    i have the new AD30VT by vox and it sounds damn good....i really like the tone when it's cranked up....
     
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    yeah if you mess with the wattage adjustment you can get those good tones at low volumes on the advt30
     
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    I absolutely LOVE my Gibson GA-30RV Super Goldtone Combo! They're discontinued now, but you'll find one on Ebay fairly often at about the $1,000 price range, and IMO I can't imagine anything better in that price range. Check out the Harmony-Central reviews of all the Super Goldtone line.......that's what convinced me to buy one, and I couldn't be any happier that I did!
     

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