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Re: Whats your progression of amplifiers up to now??

Postby Trey on Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:13 pm

Damn, Ben. How do you even remember all those amps?
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Re: Whats your progression of amplifiers up to now??

Postby bdm on Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:17 pm

Trey wrote:Damn, Ben. How do you even remember all those amps?


Not sure. It did involve a bottle of scotch and some deep introspection however.
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Re: Whats your progression of amplifiers up to now??

Postby tallchris on Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:44 pm

Thank you FM bdm for making me feel better about my own various amp buy/sell/re-buy/re-sell cycles!
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Re: Whats your progression of amplifiers up to now??

Postby Pigeon on Sat Jan 06, 2018 1:13 am

Peavey Bandit
Crate 1x10" combo
Carvin XV112EV
Yamaha Soldano T100
Soldano Decatone
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Re: Whats your progression of amplifiers up to now??

Postby ImDADA on Sat Jan 06, 2018 7:11 am

I currently have a YGM-3 and a Mark 3 L100 as well as a little 1 watt Marshall toy for not annoying everyone.

I've owned a couple of Laney Heads, don't know the models but one was solid state and was pretty good. The rest is total shit.
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Re: Whats your progression of amplifiers up to now??

Postby bdm on Sat Jan 06, 2018 12:18 pm

tallchris wrote:Thank you FM bdm for making me feel better about my own various amp buy/sell/re-buy/re-sell cycles!


Always happy to help.
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Re: Whats your progression of amplifiers up to now??

Postby PEPPER! on Sat Jan 06, 2018 6:41 pm

had
Peavey Pacer
Peavey Classic 30
Sunn Beta Lead
Plush P1000S
Roland DB500
Traynor YGM3
Fender Vibrolux

have
GK 400RB (2 of em)
Traynor YGL3A
Fender 59 Bassman copy
Traynor YBA1A

seems like there were more but I can't think of any
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Re: Whats your progression of amplifiers up to now??

Postby garthplinko on Sat Jan 06, 2018 8:52 pm

Guitar amps:
Samick SM-10
Crate GX-1200H
Epiphone Pacemaker
Fender Champ (blackface)
Peavey Deuce (needs fixed)
Ampeg V-4 (Magnavox era Master Volume)
Ampeg VT-22 (Magnavox era Master Volume [one is dead])
Sunn Beta Lead (2x12 Combo)
MusicMan HD-130
Carvin X100B (90's-era)
Gibson 1x12 combo something or another (mostly dead)
Silvertone Twin-Twelve 1484
Danelectro DM-10
Peavey Windsor (dead)
Vox

Bass Amps
Ampeg SVT (Magnavox era)
GK 800RB
GK 2000RB (something f'd up on this)
Hartke 2000 crap (dead)
Traynor Monoblock
Traynor TS-60B (I think, it's been loaned out for years)
Traynor YBA-3
Traynor YBA-3A
Sunn Concert Bass (silver face)
Sunn Concert Bass (red face)

Somewhere in the middle amps
Traynor YBA-1
Fender Bassman (silverface)
Acoustic Control Corp 260 (I think this one's fuggled too)
Ampeg Gemini VI

Seems like all of my amps have some issue or another that needs addressing.
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Re: Whats your progression of amplifiers up to now??

Postby Anthony Flack on Sat Jan 06, 2018 10:53 pm

Come to think of it I've pretty much always run two amps into two cabinets for bass:

Teenage: 2x Peavey MKVI into 4x10 and 1x15
20s: Trace Elliot 1x15 combo + Bassman 100 into 1x15
Now: Rusty box into Crown stereo power amp into 4x10 and 1x15

The teenage setup was the loudest thing I could afford, the 20s because the Bassman isn't enough on its own, the now setup is rugged and reliable (and I don't always need to bring the 15).
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Re: Whats your progression of amplifiers up to now??

Postby JohnnySomersett on Mon Jan 08, 2018 5:17 pm

There's no way in hell I'm gonna remember all the amps I've owned in the last 20+ years of making music (hell, I doubt I could name all the ones in the house/garage/attic currently!). I can, however, trace what ones I've had as my 'main' gigging ones and home practice:

Guitar (gigs):

Peavey Bandit
1975/76 Fender Twin Reverb (with beloved JBLs)
1975 Orange OR120
TS50-B (briefly, then back to the OR120)
Sovtek MIG50 (briefly, then back to the OR120)

Guitar (home):

Marshall 15w SS combo thing from a pawn shop
Fender Princeton Reverb (unknown year)
Teisco combo (1960s class-A, approx 5w thing)
TS-25
Ampeg GVT5 combo

Bass:

1970s 'Circle Sounds' SS thing (can't remember much about it)
Ampeg SVT
Peavey Bass 400
Peavey Mace head
Peavey Century 200 Bass Mk 1
(weirdly I never used my TS-50B for Bass outside of home)
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Re: Whats your progression of amplifiers up to now??

Postby Anthony Flack on Mon Jan 08, 2018 5:41 pm

There's no way in hell I'm gonna remember all the amps I've owned in the last 20+ years of making music


This thread makes me realise I've actually owned very few amps or instruments in thirty years of playing, compared to most people. Two basses. Two electric guitars. Two guitar amps (currently none). The aforementioned bass rigs. Just about the only time I've replaced anything was when the old one was stolen, broken or destroyed.

I'm pretty happy to just have one thing that works. Tone is all in the hands, yeah?

Well, sort of. Both of the guitar amps were shit.
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Re: Whats your progression of amplifiers up to now??

Postby TylerSavage on Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:33 pm

I wish I spent half the time I did looking at used gear and the resultant total-time acquiring/selling it and instead learned more songs / improved playing.

But I've loved getting to know the subtleties of each amp, and It's nice feeling comfortable with a surprise setup, different EQ topologies etc.

You also get to end up with a collection of tubes you just don't want to throw out because even if they're 'bad', they still light up and you love them.
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Re: Whats your progression of amplifiers up to now??

Postby Riff Magnum on Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:41 am

I think it's a progression that goes hand in hand. The longer you play, the closer you get to your niche and refine your playing. That unique style, those quirks, those idiosyncracies ultimately have an ideal tonal path that allow your particular thing to be fully expressed. It goes back and forth forever, but at some point it SHOULD slow down, if not almost stop completely. If it doesn't, maybe you're more of a tone lawyer than you wanna admit. Although I don't think there's really anything wrong with that(unless you can't pay your real bills), especially if you're accumulating a wide variety of tones for recording.

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Laney Head and 4x12 cab. No idea what model
Mesa Dual Rec (fuck off) Orange 4x12 cab
Orange AD120 or 140? ( i think)
Verellen Loucks
Music Man HD 65 (still have)
2 TL806 cabs, with different speakers(not sure what),made by FM Milford. My main cabs. Don't see a need to ever use anything else live.
2 Randall Switchmasters (still have). My main amp. My favorite of all of them and $125 for both!!
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Re: Whats your progression of amplifiers up to now??

Postby DvdWr on Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:58 pm

Had

Some freebie practice amp
Laney LC15 - I remember this sounding great, but it was incredibly unreliable
Epiphone Electar 30 - have never seen one since
Traynor Mark III - loved it but only turned up past 2 about a dozen times
Blackstar HT1

Have

No amp - I moved country, sold all my gear, and now practice through a boxidizer into a blubox IR cab sim into headphones.

Basically, I got gradually louder and then gradually quieter and now make no sound at all.
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Re: Whats your progression of amplifiers up to now??

Postby free meat on Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:43 am

Some solid state Fender combo that wasn't great and went crazy loud anywhere past 1 on the volume
Traynor YBA1
Traynor TS-60b
Traynor TS-15
Traynor TS-50
Traynor TS-100
Traynor YGL3
Marshall Lead 12
Quilter Tone Block 200

Only have the YBA1, Lead 12 and Tone Block now, and love them all. YBA1 is my main amp, although I wish it was a wee bit louder. Sold all the TS amps after I got a rusty box and boxidizer, kinda wish I'd maybe kept the TS-50. YGL3 was the heaviest amp known to man. Our practice room is up several flights of stairs and I quickly realised this was a problem. Great amp but I prefer not being a cripple.
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Re: Whats your progression of amplifiers up to now??

Postby Seby on Thu Jan 11, 2018 4:02 pm

1987: Onyx 3.5w practice amp with 5" speaker (slashed with a knife for breakup - I read about Link Wray around that time in a book called Heavy Metal Thunder). Given to friend.
1991: Jade "Entertainer" 120w solid state head into 4 x 12. Sold to friend.
1993: Blackface Fender Super Twin, aka "The Widowmaker". Sold to stranger.
1994: Tweed Bassman RI (1990 model with blue Eminence speakers). Still own.
2014: Pignose 7100 RI. Still own.
2015: Vintage 47 Ric Style Supreme. 12-15w all octal valve with 12" Weber. Still own.

I have the V47 tone module that clips on to the speaker wires and allows one to run a cable from the speaker wires into the input of a second slave amp. I have been meaning to run it into the bassman but live in an apartment where firing that up would be funny, but I do like my neighbours.

I regret selling the supertwin, but I sold it when I was moving mainly to ensure that I did not have to lift it ever again, and as funny as it would be to use it now and then, not having to move it anywhere is very nice also. For those if you who don't know, the ST is is a 180w all valve combo with speaker magnets the size of encyclopaedias. A friend had one and after a gig the end of the power cable got stuck in a cab door. The cab drove off down the road dragging the ST along with it. The amp was fine, but it did dig a piece of asphalt out of the road itself. I shit you not.
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Re: Whats your progression of amplifiers up to now??

Postby biscuitdough on Sat Jan 13, 2018 6:03 pm

What was up with Fender's 100lb combo amps in the 70s? Not just the Super Twin, but the Super Six and Quadreverb, too. I guess their customer base had a high proportion of bar venues that had to provide a backline to touring country bands, and never had to move these behemoths off the stage?
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Re: Whats your progression of amplifiers up to now??

Postby llllllllllllllllllllllll on Sat Jan 13, 2018 8:09 pm

Larry Cragg likes to put those Super Twins in their own head cabinet and use them as bass amps. I believe Billy Talbot used them a lot.

I had a Fender Concert Bass from the same era that was pretty cool - closed back 1x15 combo with an EV speaker. The sound suffered a little since the dimensions weren’t quite right, but if that thing would have been built to TL606 dimensions it would have been unmanageable.
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Re: Whats your progression of amplifiers up to now??

Postby Facundo on Sat Feb 10, 2018 1:16 pm

Peavey Blazer 158 (in pieces)
Roland Jazz Chorus 120B (current)
Sinmarc B60 (sold)
Sovtek MIG 60 (sold)
Vox AC4TV8 (sold)
Sovtek MIG 50 (current)
Orange Micro Dark (since two days, awesome device)
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Re: Whats your progression of amplifiers up to now??

Postby dokazaado on Sun Feb 18, 2018 6:27 pm

I'll probably forget a few, but yeah.

solid state Crate with two 8" speakers.
Peavey Delta Blues
180 watt Electric "power unit"
66' Vibrolux Reverb
Magic Vibro Prince x 2
Retro King 18-watt Marshall thing
Peavey VTM-120
Ampeg V-4
Vintage Sound Super Reverb copy
Dr. Z Carmen Ghia

still have the Electric head (rules), the Super Reverb, and the Dr. Z, although that one is going soon.
gonna pick up something else soon as well - I think it's about Hiwatt time.
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