I am heading out to the US in the summer and i am thinking of purchasing a pretty decent tube amp while im out there, and i just wanted to know if any of you guys had any suggestions as to a decent tube amp that i could get on the cheap, second hand or New.It doesn't matter if its a combo or a head, cos i can nick a speaker cab from someone, but it must be decently loud.Also, its gotta have a decent crunch channel, or just good overdrive in it.
I found a marshal jcm 2000 to be the best there is.And its cheapish at £650 for the head.
if yer in the US try Crate or Carvin amps or combos cos apparently they're dirt cheap over there new and second hand and have solid reputations. i tried out several carvins, they were very very nice indeed, crate make the blue voodoo and it rocks also.
if yer wanting more tube for your quid, try laney on mailorder from any of those places advertised in magazines, they are very well priced valve heads especially.
Watch out for the tax. As I discovered.
I got hit for a bill for £135 inport tax on bringing stuff here from the US.
do they add tax n stuff on things even if you mailorder them from england?
Things from inside the EU are fine... it's only things from outside there that they will bend you over on.
i THINK ANOTHER CONCERN MAY BE THE POWER CONSUMPTION OF YOUR AMP, don't the plugs in the US give out only half of what they do this side of the Ocean...?
If there is no multi choice opperation selection thingy on the amp you get, you could end up forking out a lump o' cash to get ity to work in this country, another thing, won't this power supply difference mean that what may sound like a cracking amp in the USA may sound like watery turd running down a greasy branch over here...
yep...the US uses 110AC as opposed to our 220/240 AC.
But that's so basic I'd have thought any fool'd know it. Edited by: Eamonn P Keyes at: 4/22/02 2:17:21 pm
I think that ya can get some electrical type guy to fix the voltage on it.
I would suggest the Peavey Prowler, or Peavey Delta Blues30.
They are both great amps with lots of great tones.
If you are lookin for a head then get the THD Univalve, you can change tubes and dont need to rebias, you have a range of overdrives at your command!
After Saturday, Sukimonster's JCM2000 has to be seriously considered as a very good amp.
Marshalls are OK.
The thing I dont like about them is that the gain is too commonly found on many records, plus the voicings on the amp arent as effective as those found on the Peavey Wiggy or something like a VHT Pitbull or Mesa Boogie.
However, the music shops in Belshaft carry no stock that I would even consider buying, I get all my stock from the UK.
This is a major bummer when buying guitars, amps or pedals cos I always try before I buy....
[quote:0ba88cd57e="Alan Unirem"]get a matamp 1224[/quote:0ba88cd57e]
Good point. Well made. Five years late.