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Your Favourite 18watt Combo Amp?
Old 26th August 2007
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Your Favourite 18watt Combo Amp?

my friend is in the market for a new amp..

it's going to have to be a combo.

new or old,

letter rip!
Old 26th August 2007
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oh yes, it should be within the 400 to 700 euro range.

that's about 550 to 950 in u.s. dollars.
Old 26th August 2007
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no one?
Old 26th August 2007
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I'm looking into...
http://www.drzamps.com/maz18.html

There's also a Victoria amp
http://www.victoriaamp.com/visitor/show_model/3

65 London amp in the power range but probably out of your listed price range.
Old 26th August 2007
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Randall RM20b w/ the AC30, Blackface, and 1086 modules.
Old 26th August 2007
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ZAMMM!
out of budget.!

anyone?
Old 27th August 2007
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I think you'd get more answers if you just said combo--not 18watt combo

Its like.....whats your favorite black 50 watt head thats not heavyheh
Old 27th August 2007
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ok..i'll give it a whirl!
Old 27th August 2007
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1964 Fender Deluxe Reverb is my hands down winner. thumbsup It was $350 when I bought it! heh It was designed to be approximately 20 watts.
Old 27th August 2007
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Old 27th August 2007
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A new Fender DRRI (Deluxe Reverb Reissue). Take the Jenses speaker out and drop in a Weber 12f150. 25 watt or 50 watt, your call. DONE! 22 watts of tonal bliss.
Old 27th August 2007
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Your friend should check out the Ceriatone clones if he wants a great hand wired PTP
amp in that budget range.

His Liverpool wreck clone is outstanding.

He might have to have an enclosure built but that's no biggy.
Old 28th August 2007
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Check out 18watt.com for tons of different circuit variations on the 18W theme. My favorite by far is the Lite IIb, a simple one channel version will lots of balls, and with a couple changes cleans up really well too.
Old 28th August 2007
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i absolutely love how many of your suggestions are diy!

i'll ask the guy if he thinks he can pull it off!
Old 28th August 2007
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Unless your friend will be happy with a well made used amp, he's either going to have to save up more money or go for a compromise.

Those Ceriatone heads are a bargain, but he'll have to buy or build an enclosure.

Then he's free to find a suitable speaker enclosure.

If he wants a well made PTP amp, he's pretty much looking at $1500-$2400.00USD+

The other solution is to find a good local amp builder and go that route.
Old 29th August 2007
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What makes you think a local amp builder would be cheaper than any other booteek builder? If he's building custom amps, or one offs, whatever...it's likely to be MORE expensive than any given "name brand" booteek builder.
Old 29th August 2007
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Don't rightly know what the amp building scene is like in Spain.

Probably horrible import duties, taxes etc on anything imported.

I just thought he might look into a few possibilities either having one built
or buying something they've repaired or restored.
Old 29th August 2007
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I know this isn't low end theory, but why spend more than you have to? The Crate Vintage Club 20 combo can be found cheap (usually under 200 dollars US) and has a very reliable track record. I've got two, both are in custom cabinets of my own design (basically Dr Z Maz 18 cabinet spec). I dropped in a Weber 15F150 and I'm in love.

Here's a sample, there are two guitar tracks buried in this mess and both were recorded with my beloved Frankencrate -
YouTube - Broadcast Yourself.
Old 29th August 2007
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You might be able to find a good vintage princeton for near the top of your budget.

I hear they're making a reissue for around $1k. The 65 deluxe reissue is in that range as well, and is quite nice. The newer AC15's are OK as well. A Blues or Pro Junior sounds pretty cool through a decent cab.

The Peavey classic series is good for the low, price point, but they just can't compete with the amps I mentioned above.
Old 29th August 2007
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My favorite is the Top Hat Vibra Trem (no longer made). Might want to check out the Supreme 16, which is a newer Top Hat model.
Old 29th August 2007
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Quote:
Originally Posted by FFTT View Post
Don't rightly know what the amp building scene is like in Spain.

Probably horrible import duties, taxes etc on anything imported.

I just thought he might look into a few possibilities either having one built
or buying something they've repaired or restored.
I suppose importing amps can add to the expense. At the same time, you should know as well as anyone that custom amps, cost a ton.
Old 29th August 2007
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Oh yah think?

I'm hearing some pretty good comments about the new HW Vox AC15, but even that's
over his budget.

The 18 watt Marshall is also over his budget and has reliabilty issues.

The other solution might be a Silver Face Fender, then have it Black Faced as budget
permits.

For something ready to go that sounds GREAT with excellent build quality,
check out the Zinky's http://www.zinky.com/


I would try as many amps as you can get your hands on , but keep saving.

Don't let that money burn a hole in your pocket and settle for less than you
want.

Bands break up and musicians are always upgrading, so there's still plenty of
opportunity to get a great amp at a reasonable price if you're ready to get while the gettin's good.

I still think his best bet with his current budget would be a Ceriatone head and maybe
an Avatar speaker enclosure with an alnico speaker.

The new Ceriatone Liverpool and Express (wreck clone) heads are amazing.

Listen to these clips.

http://members.cox.net/musicfiles/CeriaPoolWreck.mp3
http://members.cox.net/musicfiles/CeriaPoolWreck2.mp3

http://www.thegearpage.net/board/sho...59&postcount=1

He can always buy or build an enclosure for the head as budget allows.
Old 29th August 2007
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I'm a big fan of the 65 Deluxe Reverb reissue from fender, 22 watts if I remember right.....

Also, check out the new Princeton recording amp with the built in tube attenuator. Sweet...................
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