Another Classic "Recommend me an amp" Thread


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Jan 18, 2017
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So due to some recent life changes (good life changes), I had to temporarily downsize my amp collection. I just moved into a small town house in the suburbs with much more space than my previous apartment. Some of my amps and cabs had to go since I needed the money in order to make the move possible. Slightly disappointing, but what's more important is that I now have my own loft dedicated to toys!

It should only be a month or so until I'm financially ready to buy again. I'm looking for a 1x12 or 1x8 combo, low watt valve amp with built-in spring reverb. I prefer a combo but will consider a head. I want some sweet cleans and an amp that can take pedals well. Built-in attenuation is a plus. USA built is also a plus but not necessary. I have 3 amps on my list:

Supro 1605R - This looks pretty sweet, although I don't know much about Supro. It's a 1x8, 5 watt combo. The reverb in the videos sounds awesome. I'm just an at home player so I think the small size will be good enough for me. If anyone has experience with this amp, please feel free to chime in :D

Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb Limited Edition with Weber Alnico - I recently purchased a new USA Hand-Wired DRRI but was slightly disappointed with it and I ended up returning it. I feel this option is the safe choice since I had another DRRI a few years back that I really liked. 22 watts is a bit loud for what I'm going to use it for, but I've made it work before. This model comes with an upgraded Weber speaker and shouldn't disappoint.

Carr Mercury V - This is my dark horse choice. The price tag is high, but this amp seems worth it after listening to sound clips. Comes with built-in attenuation and built-in spring reverb. My only concern is how the cleans will sound on this amp compared to the other 2. If this can do clean as well as it does dirty, then I might dish out the extra $ to give it a try.
My best recommendation would be to buy the one you like the sound of, opinions mean nothing if you don't like the sound!


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Aug 22, 2013
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Well how many tube amps with 8" speakers have decent spring reverb? The reverb tank takes up some room.

If price isn't a problem I'd recommend Swart or Tone King. The Carr is probably great, but I have no experience with it.

Received the Tone King yesterday and played for about 2-3 hours. So far my first impressions are very positive. This amp is incredibly versatile and takes pedals like a champ. Cleans and reverb sound great, which is what I expected. The Tweed voiced drive/lead channel is what surprised me the most. I’ve never even been that much of a fan of that particular tone, but this amp has turned me into one. Very Hendrix like. Great recommendation :D

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