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stratman323
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 24, 2008 5:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bruceboomstick wrote:
Gary Moore is undoudtedly the guitar equivalent to marmite.


You mean he's a good source of B vitamins? I knew that he had to have a use.....
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 24, 2008 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bruceboomstick wrote:
By way of an outside suggestion - Epiphone Valve Junior -?90 and delivers a very good early clapton - it's only 5 watts (albeit a remarkably loud 5 watts). Only real downside is 8 inch speaker, which (arguably) sounds a bit boxy. Almost throwaway money when you consider it's a Class A all valve amp for not much more than a solid state practice amp.


I bought a modded 5w Harley Benton GA5 (same as epi valve jr) from this guy and have never looked back.
http://search.ebay.co.uk/_W0QQsassZandydokken

Was an excellent buy (?200). Mine has stock speaker but still sounds fantastic.
I notice now he is fitting celstion super 8's to them which I expect make them sound even better!
Am yet to try mine out with an extension cab but I bet through a 4x12 it would hold its own in a band practice.

Can't recommend my little amp highly enough.

(if link expires, this one should work http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/andydokken/)
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 12, 2008 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fender Champion 600 tube guitar amp 5 Watt

Just tried one of these in my local guitar shop. Very impressed - I'll probably buy one next week. No tone controls, no effects, no nothing but sounds great.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, picked one up at a pretty good price on ebay. Still very impressed - great little amp.

It's only 5W but it still kicks out a lot of sound. I wish you could get the best sounds a lower volume but even at only 5W it's too loud for home use in the evening!

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 4:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For home practice on an evening I use a JTM-45 and a 4x12 cab
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2008 10:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeh, but your just a cleverdick.

More seriuosly what is it that you are using - a power attenuator?

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2008 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DaveWW wrote:
Yeh, but your just a cleverdick.

More seriuosly what is it that you are using - a power attenuator?

Dave


It's a Marshall Powerbrake attenuator, allows you to drive the output stage of the amp, but keep the volume level reasonable.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2008 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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For home practice on an evening I use a JTM-45 and a 4x12 cab


I thought it was just that everyone else had moved out of Middlesbrough, so there's nobody left to complain.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2008 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



JohnA wrote:
DaveWW wrote:
Yeh, but your just a cleverdick.

More seriuosly what is it that you are using - a power attenuator?

Dave


It's a Marshall Powerbrake attenuator, allows you to drive the output stage of the amp, but keep the volume level reasonable.


I might have to look at something like that but they cost more than my amp!


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2008 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

stratman323 wrote:
JohnA wrote:
For home practice on an evening I use a JTM-45 and a 4x12 cab


I thought it was just that everyone else had moved out of Middlesbrough, so there's nobody left to complain.



I don't have to take this abuse True though
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2008 3:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DaveWW wrote:


JohnA wrote:
DaveWW wrote:
Yeh, but your just a cleverdick.

More seriuosly what is it that you are using - a power attenuator?

Dave


It's a Marshall Powerbrake attenuator, allows you to drive the output stage of the amp, but keep the volume level reasonable.


I might have to look at something like that but they cost more than my amp!

Dave, is this for your Fender champ? If so one of these is what you want:

http://www.cornwallelectronics.co.uk/?page=shop/flypage&product_id=1536&category_id=cf510a3e48d76435911fbb5f3899fcc5

It's pretty much the same as a powerbrake but with less power handing, It will handle the power of the JTM45, for about 30 minutes before it packs-up, people running 18 watt Marshalls swear by them! It definetely sounds every bit as good as the Marshall Powerbrake at a fraction of the price.

If you get one I'll send you details on wiring it up.




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PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2008 11:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks John,
I'll order one later today - (edit) Now Ordered


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe you have already found your amp.

A simple amp that sounds great is the Fender Pro Jr w EL-84s.

Nice cleans, but wonderful bluesy OD when turned up. Even classic rock.

Can be improved with a Weber Blue Pup speaker and JJ tubes.

With the substitutions, the harmonics come thru beautifully and the OD is superb enough to mate with a larger cab and take one to the next level.

Sorry if weber is not world wide.
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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2008 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of the Laney VC series will get you closae to the sound you're after. The VC15 sounds great with the Jensen 10" speaker and 'cos of its low power you can wind it up high to really get the output tubes working. Plenty of volume for a jam night or small pub gigs (I've done loads of gigs with mine and I've never had any trouble being heard) and you can pick one up for a little over ?200, which leaves you enough money to get an 808 Reissue Tubescreamer.
If you need more clean headroom or if you really think 15 Watts ain't enough, you can go for one of the VC30 range. Still well within your budget and an equally great sound....or do what I do and use two VC15s.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2008 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

stratman323 wrote:
bruceboomstick wrote:
I'd suggest a Fender Blues Junior - I put my LS70F through one and it does instant "Still Got the Blues"


Ah, that must be why I've never been very impressed with the sound of my Blues Junior!
So for the newbs, what don't you like about Gary Moores' tone? Let her rip
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