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Amps: the bit the music comes out of

Post by soft revolution » Fri Oct 12, 2007 13:58

Yes, we need an amps thread.

I like amps. I love it when you see a band who like amps too so I can geek one off. I've finally got round to buying a 1970s Fender Twin to make everything sound nice!

Seriously though, there are some genuinely good prices for vintage music equipment on e-bay, now that no-one uses it. I'm currently using a Selmer Treble & Bass head which I got off ebay as an absolute bargin as well AND it works really well with a bass as well as a normal guitar.

Amps.
And by me, I mean, Flexo.

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Post by round bits of plastic » Fri Oct 12, 2007 14:09

I'm thinking about selling my amp. it's probably not even worth selling htough. it's valve but no brand. basically it's just OLD.

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Post by bocken » Fri Oct 12, 2007 14:15

I'm sulking cos I just sold a 1978 Marshall JMP 100W head on ebay for £340, and now the guy who bought it is trying to sell it already (a week later!) for £550. No bids yet, mind.

70s Twins are beautiful, aren't they. I remember Selmers and the like having a big popularity increase around 10 years ago, (sort of Britpop era), when everyone was being all OCS and wanting authentic 60s dust on the valves and whatnot. I guess with advances in digital modelling people are less arsed about such things, or maybe they've just tried lifting a Twin ;)

I'm looking out for another HH bass head, ebay was full of them this time last year, but it's only the heavy-ass combos that are turning up at the moment.

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Post by kingofpartick » Sat Oct 13, 2007 00:24

I have an old H&H bass combo which i inherited, and it sounds absolutely class. I'd love to get some other H&H stuff.
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Post by Outcognito » Wed Nov 07, 2007 23:35

We're cheap and cheerful when it comes to playing live - a Fender Automatic, hot-rodded solid state amp is a mainstay together with an 80s Sessionette. We did use an 80s Ohm 75 for that disgusting solid state sound, until it ceased working, when the Sessionette took over. For recording, we're more fussy and in the main, use a '70s silverface Fender Twin and a Fender Hot Rod Deville.
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Post by Outcognito » Wed Nov 07, 2007 23:35

The bass amp is a Trace Elliot Commando 15.....
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Post by bocken » Mon Jan 14, 2008 15:15

kingofpartick wrote:I have an old H&H bass combo which i inherited, and it sounds absolutely class. I'd love to get some other H&H stuff.
I still haven't found another bass head, but in the space of a week three H|H IC200 2x12 guitar combos appeared on eBay. The first one sold for 80-odd quid, the last one over a hundred. The one in the middle? £17. This is the greatest thing that's ever happened to me, pretty much.

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Post by let it ride » Mon Sep 08, 2008 22:26

I'm going to buy a fairly small Orange amp soon, and I am so excited! I have been playing through a big bass amp for three years.
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Post by James_B » Wed Sep 10, 2008 23:26

I've got an orange tiny terror, i run it through an epiphone cab and it's ace for the price. clean sounds are average on it, and it can't do metal distortion, but for anything between slight crunch and ac/dc kind of distortion it's the shit.

i'm still tempted by a fender of some description though, it probably does what i want better.

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Post by postalblue » Thu Sep 11, 2008 01:04

Why do you say that nobody uses ebay anymore? Is that a fact. I mean, I haven't used it myself in a while.

Speaking of amps, I have been using a Crate Vintage Club 20 watter amp for years. I replaced its factory tubes with fancy NOS ones. Sounds quite good. It doesn't like my Strat though. It loves my Ricks and Teles.
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Post by will » Thu Sep 11, 2008 02:04

my main amp is a Peavey Special 112, which i don't really like. i just googled it, and apparently it's 160w, which i didn't know (bought it secondhand). that probably explains why it sounds so... blah at low volumes. plus i think it was designed for someone who wants a heavier tone than i do, and the "supersat" (gain) control rarely gets turned past about three. i think i'd like a fender twin, but i lack the necessary moneys to acquire one.

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Post by postalblue » Thu Sep 11, 2008 04:08

will wrote:my main amp is a Peavey Special 112, which i don't really like. i just googled it, and apparently it's 160w, which i didn't know (bought it secondhand). that probably explains why it sounds so... blah at low volumes. plus i think it was designed for someone who wants a heavier tone than i do, and the "supersat" (gain) control rarely gets turned past about three. i think i'd like a fender twin, but i lack the necessary moneys to acquire one.
The Special 112 is awful. I've played it before plenty of times. It sucks at both low and high volumes. Peavey has a few good tube amps, like the Peavey Classic. It's actually a pretty good amp. And cheap.

I'd like to get a Vox AC30 myself. Way too expensive, though.
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Post by soft revolution » Thu Sep 11, 2008 10:09

postalblue wrote:Why do you say that nobody uses ebay anymore? Is that a fact. I mean, I haven't used it myself in a while.
It's probably not a fact, but people talk about it less and things I look for seem to sell for much cheaper because of less bidders.

My current set up is the Selmer T&B head on a Carlsbro 50 Top, and also two Selmer Columns either side. It's 10 speakers loud and sounds a treat.
And by me, I mean, Flexo.

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Post by postalblue » Thu Sep 11, 2008 11:22

I stopped using fleabay mostly because I was tired of getting ripped off.
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Post by will » Thu Sep 11, 2008 21:17

postalblue wrote:The Special 112 is awful. I've played it before plenty of times. It sucks at both low and high volumes.
I'm glad it's not just me then... or am I? If no-one likes it I won't be able to sell it, and I think I should probably sell it and buy something better. Bleh.

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Post by postalblue » Fri Sep 12, 2008 00:04

will wrote:
postalblue wrote:The Special 112 is awful. I've played it before plenty of times. It sucks at both low and high volumes.
I'm glad it's not just me then... or am I? If no-one likes it I won't be able to sell it, and I think I should probably sell it and buy something better. Bleh.
Nah, some sucker will certainly take it.

Did I just call you a sucker indirectly? :) That's not what I meant, though.

Some metalhead will certainly be able to appreciate its suckiness. Get yourself a good and cheap small tube amp, like a Crate Vintage Club, a Peavey Classic, a Laney VC15 or a Fender Junior.

If you don't care for tubes, you can get a good solid state amp too for less money. See if you can test one of those simulation amps, like the Vox AD or the Spider something.
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Post by Jangloid Mark » Fri Sep 12, 2008 00:08

BAH!!! It looks like mine (a Kenwood KR-V 5090) has packed in... :(
THere was a power cut here last night...the whole street was off for about half an hour. Since then, it's stuck in 'Protect Mode' (a sort of standby thing).

I've checked/unplugged the speakers, but, no joy.

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Post by postalblue » Fri Sep 12, 2008 00:38

Jangloid Mark wrote:BAH!!! It looks like mine (a Kenwood KR-V 5090) has packed in... :(
THere was a power cut here last night...the whole street was off for about half an hour. Since then, it's stuck in 'Protect Mode' (a sort of standby thing).

I've checked/unplugged the speakers, but, no joy.

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Blown fuse, maybe? Or just the power suply.
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Post by pj player » Fri Sep 12, 2008 00:44

James_B wrote:I've got an orange tiny terror, i run it through an epiphone cab and it's ace for the price. clean sounds are average on it, and it can't do metal distortion, but for anything between slight crunch and ac/dc kind of distortion it's the shit.

i'm still tempted by a fender of some description though, it probably does what i want better.
i have a tiny terror and an amusingly out of proportion 4 x 12 cab. i think the thing with the amp is that it only has two sounds (filthy clean or filthy dirty), but if you happen to like them both it's the best thing ever. the sound depends a lot on the speakers though, i find it sounds a bit weird going through anything but the vintage 30s in my cab. my ambition is to get another one, plug them both into the cab and then line switch between the two different sounds with a line selector.
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Post by postalblue » Fri Sep 12, 2008 00:51

I've been telling myself that having only one amp is extremely limiting. If you're recording, you've got to have a least a couple of amps, unless you want a record that sounds the same all over. The only way to avoid this is to fiddle with it incessantly, which is a pain.
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