So which amp is your favorite?

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Post by riffpowers » Wed Jan 31, 2007 4:22 am

I've had a few matamps. I've owned a 1224, I now own a GTL, a king street and a minimat.

I'm interested to hear what you make of the g12-65's. I'm a bit bored of my hot100's, and the g12-65's would be right fro my 2x12 power wise.

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Post by Guitargoblin » Wed Jan 31, 2007 6:17 am

G12 65s sound great in my Matamp cab, but I'm not sure how much that's down to the cab construction, and how much it's down to the speakers. I chose the 65s for 2 reasons: 1) they were the stock speakers in Marshall cabs from the late 70s & early 80s, in other words the 2203/2204 MV era so I reckoned they'd be a good match for my Sovtek Mig100H which is very 2203 2) they have a sensitivity level of 97dB, which makes them noticeably less loud than Vintage 30s or G12Hs which are frankly too loud with an amp like the Sovtek.
To give you an idea, I have an oversized late 60s (ie well-built) Marshall 2x12 cab that 's got a Vintage 30 paired with a G12H30 anniversary. It's the cab I use for my Mig50 & it's LOUDER than the Matamp 4x12 with the 65s which I use for My Mig100 (though it doesn't help that the Mig50 doesn't have a MV).
The 65s are like greenbacks but with less breakup, a tad more volume & more note definition OR like G12Hs but with less volume, darker mids & a bit more "sponginess" or compression when driven hard.
I should add that mine aren't fully broken in yet.
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Post by riffpowers » Wed Jan 31, 2007 7:22 am

In that case I think I'll like em.Shame they're so expensive!!

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Post by Guitargoblin » Wed Jan 31, 2007 7:46 am

riffpowers wrote:In that case I think I'll like em.Shame they're so expensive!!
Yeah, there is that. In my case, Matamp didn't mark up the price much. They gave me a hell of a deal, but I guess they get a special dispensation from Celestion. I like the fact that the Heritage spks are still made in the UK, though. As much as I understand the need for a company to remain competitive, I can't glibly overlook the fact that the PRC is still a brutal dictatorship & that most of their manufacturing industry is in the hands and pockets of leading party members.
But that's for another forum I guess
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Post by riffpowers » Wed Jan 31, 2007 7:57 am

Guitargoblin wrote:
riffpowers wrote:In that case I think I'll like em.Shame they're so expensive!!
Yeah, there is that. In my case, Matamp didn't mark up the price much. They gave me a hell of a deal, but I guess they get a special dispensation from Celestion. I like the fact that the Heritage spks are still made in the UK, though. As much as I understand the need for a company to remain competitive, I can't glibly overlook the fact that the PRC is still a brutal dictatorship & that most of their manufacturing industry is in the hands and pockets of leading party members.
But that's for another forum I guess
I agree with you, another reason not to buy orange!!
Jeff doesn;t make much profit on speakers, thats why the prices are so low.
Might have to save up for a set.

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Post by Skybone » Wed Jan 31, 2007 10:49 am

Do you know if that one also has the individual bias pot for each valve?
Dunno, riffpowers should be able to answer that one though.

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Post by The Dude » Fri Feb 02, 2007 4:06 pm

villager wrote:tech 21 trademark 30...for a transistor amp its wonderfull...

no fav on valves as yet..
Hi Villager,
What are the candidates for fav valve amp?

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Post by stratman323 » Sat Jun 16, 2007 11:17 am

I still haven't found anything better than my 1993 US Fender Blues Deluxe. Tweed finish, all valve, 2 channel, 40w 1x12. They didn't make them long before replacing them with the Hot Rod series, which sounded awful, to my ears anyway. Lots of gain, but no tone or subtlety. Fender are making the Blues Deluxe again, but in Mexico now, & I'm told they're not as good.

The only other amps that would tempt me would be a Blues Deville, which is the 4x10 version, but that can wait until I get my own personal roadie! The 63 Vibroverb reissues were gorgeous sounding amps, but were only single channel (well they had 2 channels but no master volume), and I think I'd miss the master volume control.

I recently bought a Fender Blues Junior for use at home, but I still prefer the sound and versatlity of the Blues Deluxe, even at living room volumes.

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Post by XLarge » Sat Jun 16, 2007 12:56 pm

For me:
Fender Vibroverb '63 Reissue and Fender Pro Junior.
The best ! :P

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Post by JohnA » Sat Jun 16, 2007 1:25 pm

Orange Tiny Terror!

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Post by togps » Mon Jun 18, 2007 11:02 am

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Post by stratman323 » Mon Jun 18, 2007 11:30 am

Is that an original Vibroverb? Could you tell me more?

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Post by XLarge » Mon Jun 18, 2007 4:11 pm

stratman323 wrote:Is that an original Vibroverb? Could you tell me more?

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Post by tokaigeezer » Mon Jun 18, 2007 5:15 pm

Nice Vibroverb, Gottfried!

Just bought a handbuilt tube amp by Michael Swart called the Atomic Space Tone. Based on Valco and Gibson amps, with reverb and vibrato, 20 watts with a 1X12, it sounds amazing with a Strat. I also sold off the '71 Vibro Champ and bought his 5-watter, the Space Tone to keep handy.

If you google swartamps, you'll find his site. Great stuff, and not astronomically priced, yet. Also, excellent sound clips by a player named Greg V.

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Post by leadguitar_323 » Mon Jun 18, 2007 6:43 pm

Hello all, i have an amp i've had for about 15 years now a fender 650 performer, this would have to be the best allround amp i've ever played through. It isn't my first preference of amp for live playing but the fact that you loose very little tone at low volume makes it a keeper. It is rated at 70 watts but sounds just as good being played on low volume and i love it :P .
so many guitars....so little money...

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