Who’s Into Small Amps?

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  1. D'tar

    D'tar Senior Member

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    The trio. This has to be the worst cell phone camera Ive ever owned!!!!

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  2. Splattle101

    Splattle101 V.I.P. Member

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    Good lord man, how much can you fit in that little chassis??!! :-o

    I see what looks like an impedance selector, but what's the little PCB that power lead's hooked into?
     
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  3. Soul Tramp

    Soul Tramp Speaker Snob V.I.P. Member

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    :rofl::rofl: The 5F1 is definitely a "ship in a bottle" amp, but mine isn't as bad as it looks. The PCB you're referring to is just a terminal strip for the power cord & transformer connections.

    I do use a multi-ohm OT to provide more flexibility with speaker options, and I don't use a 5F1 OT. I use something different, my secret weapon! Provides more bandwidth and I feel better harmonics, yet retains the raw tweed tone.
     
  4. charlie chitlins

    charlie chitlins Senior Member

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    Ankle-biters.
    2 different takes on the 8" combo.
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  5. Marshall & Moonshine

    Marshall & Moonshine Senior Member

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    I started a thread Backstage saying Gibson should start building their amps again.
    I think they’d sell, in Fender’s 68 Custom market, maybe even their Blackface Reissue market.
    The GA-5, done right, would do well, I think.
     
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  6. Apache Crumb

    Apache Crumb Junior Member

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    I am addicted to 1 X 12 combo's both vintage & modern. I have had Marshall half stacks and 100 watt monsters but have sold them off over the years. Now I have been going after high quality 1 X 12 combo's. There's something special in the small cabinet tones that I love. Compression I quess? Eye balling a few Friedman combo's now. Can not rule out Mesa either. Here's a super clean 1964 Blackface Champ I own, production run #1 [November 1964].
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    Minty 65 Vox Student.

    Clark Beaufort Ins.1.JPG Clark Beaufort Ins.2.JPG

    Hand Wired Clark Beaufort [ Tweed Deluxe Clone] Outstanding tone & build quality.

    Here is the Chassis... Clark Chassis & Spkr.JPG

    Many more , don't want to hijack the thread.
    I'm running out of space in my small guitar room.
     
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  7. scozz

    scozz Senior Member

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    To answer your questions...I am! :D

    I haven’t gigged in many years so I sold all the large amps I had, I’m strictly a play at home musician now, so small low watt amps fits the bill for me.

    The first small amp I tried, after the band, was a Marshall MG15! OMG!!! Just an awful amp. This was when they first came out, must be close to 20 years ago, maybe they’re better now I don’t know.

    Then in 2000 I found a used Marshall AVT20 at a GC. Sounds great, I’ve still got it. Others that have come and gone...1980 Fender 30 all valve...Vox ac4h... Blackheart Little Giant.

    I did keep one amp from back in the day, but I can’t use it... waaaay too loud. I’ll probably sell it this summer...a 1966 Blackface Bandmaster head

    So right now I’m playing thru the 2000 Marshall AVT20 and a Bugera G5 infinium head and a 1-1/12 spk. cab.
     
  8. scozz

    scozz Senior Member

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    azzapeel Senior Member

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    I got a vox vt100, & a vox ac15c1..... but its my vox ac4tv that i am using most at the moment. Even looking at vox ac4c1 12 or possibly vox ac4hw1...
    ( tempting)
     
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  10. cherrysunburst00

    cherrysunburst00 Senior Member

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    That AVT20 is a sweet Classic Rock machine all week long.
     
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  11. scozz

    scozz Senior Member

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    Thanks @cherrysunburst00!! It really is! These AVTs don’t get a lot of love because they’re hybrids, but man they rock.

    I’ve had this amp for almost 18 years now and it sounds great! I put a 5751 tube in replacing the stock 12AX7...to tame the gain a bit, but there’s still loads of gain on tap. I also replaced the stock speaker with a Celestion G10 Vintage, (10” version of the Vintage 30)

    This thing is a tone machine! Made in th UK too!
     
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  12. Dilver

    Dilver Senior Member

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    No, no, no... you can’t leave us hanging. You wouldn’t be hijacking the thread. We WANT to see all your cool small amps. That’s how GAS works.
     
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  13. Meatwad

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    What do I win?:D
     
  14. cherrysunburst00

    cherrysunburst00 Senior Member

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    OH GREAT, throw fuel on ALL of our GAS :run:

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    Epiphone Valve Jr Head 5W
    Epiphone Valve Standard 15W
    Mustang II V2 40W Modeling
     
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  16. bulletproof

    bulletproof aka tarddoggy Premium Member V.I.P. Member

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    2C28EC03-D04E-4429-B1CF-DC8111FED618.jpeg Somebody say something about small amps?? :laugh2:
     
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  17. scozz

    scozz Senior Member

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    Oh man that Champ bring back some great memories! I had a 65 Vibro Champ back in 1969...it was my first ‘real’ amp. Man do I wish I kept that one! :(
     
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  18. scozz

    scozz Senior Member

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    I found an old pic of the small amps I mentioned in a previous post.

    Vox AC4 head...Blackheart Little Giant head...1980 Fender 30, all tube 30 watt 1-12 combo. They only made these for two years, 80 and 81. Two channels with reverb and push pull pots on gain, volume, treble, middle and bass.

    I still have the Marshall and the Blackheart cabinet in the pic.

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    The Ballzz Senior Member

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    Currently gravitating between a Marshall Class 5 head into a 4X10 1965 cab, a modified Marshall DSL5C with a 12" GreenBack and my BIG amp is a Tweed Deluxe clone that needs an attenuator! The real BIG GUN is a Marshall JTM 30 into either a 4X12 or 4X10, but stays in it's case, except to turn it on a couple times a year to keep the caps happy! Next up is likely a 5F1 build, though it would be nice if Soul Tramp would share his OT secret, or at least sell me one! :naughty:

    Small Watts = Big Tones!
    Gene
     
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  20. cherrysunburst00

    cherrysunburst00 Senior Member

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    Oh my geebus, I just love seeing an aural arsenal of tube amps :applause:
     
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