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What 12" valve combo to buy?

Discussion in 'Amp Input - Normal or Bright' started by SachaPlusDeluxe, Aug 9, 2018.

  1. SachaPlusDeluxe

    SachaPlusDeluxe Strat-Talker

    So I recently sold my Marshall MA100H (great head just never gonna use it) and have a craving for a valve combo. I shouldn't really as I already have 10 other amps but, well, you know...... GAS! lol oh and I don't presently have a full valve combo ;)

    So what to buy :confused: (or at least drool after :D)

    I've never been a fan of 12" combos as I prefer 2x12" to gig with BUT this isn't for gigging its for grabbing when I go to practice and for sh*ts n giggles :) It also has to be minimum 15 watt and relatively cheap.

    So current list Im considering (mainly the top two):

    Blues Junior (second hand)
    Laney Cub 12R
    Egnater Tweaker 112
    Marshall DSL20C

    Any I've missed and any thoughts on the above?

    Cheers :)
  2. carver

    carver The East Coast Strangler Strat-Talk Supporter

    Mesa studio 22 plus - Killer amp. Great tones. fat clean, nice reverb, Classic drive.

    Mesa DC 3 - Solid amp with a huge variation in tone.

    these two are awesome 1X12 combos. they wont break the bank.. Usually I see both for around 500 Cdn on the used market. In my opinion these offer much more than a Blues Jr for pretty much the same price on the used market

    The laney Cubs are also pretty cool, but I just dont really trust their reliability..

    I trust the boogies to perform.
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  3. ido1957

    ido1957 Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 13, 2014
    I played through my new DSL20CR last night at a jam session in a bar.
    It wasn't mic'd and I was up against a Fender Twin or something and was annihilated.
    Although so were the vocal monitors, so instruments were too loud for the monitors (except mine lol).
    I used it at another much bigger bar where they mic'd it and sent it to the monitors.

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  4. mw13068

    mw13068 Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jul 29, 2009
    Ithaca, NY
  5. AxemanVR

    AxemanVR I appreciate, therefore I am... Strat-Talk Supporter

    Feb 8, 2014
    Minnesota USA
    Here in the US a used Blues Junior seems to be around $350-$450 while a used Studio 22 or DC-3 seem to be more like $550-$650.

    That said, I agree with @carver about the Mesa Boogies being great sounding amps that are far more versatile than a Blues Jr and, if I were you, I would go for one of those over the other choices if you can afford them.

    P.S. My next choice on your list would probably be the Blues Junior...

    Good Luck!

    Last edited: Aug 9, 2018
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  6. The-Kid

    The-Kid Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Feb 15, 2014
    Vox AC15 otherwise get the Marshall.

    The Blues Jr is soso meh and the egnator is alright.

    Marshalldsl20 or Ac15
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  7. MetalPedal

    MetalPedal Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 22, 2016
    Auto-Wah, Canada
    I just picked up a Blues Junior III and I absolutely love it. You have a master so you can dial in the clean and distorted sounds you like at any volume.
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  8. The-Kid

    The-Kid Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Feb 15, 2014
    Why get a valve amp when you can just get a KAtana that will relace aany ttube amp......

  9. johnnymg

    johnnymg Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Sep 5, 2015
    Central Coast Ca
    You should at least check out the Bug V22 combo.
  10. s5tuart

    s5tuart My Dad used to say.... Strat-Talk Supporter

    Mesa Studio 22+
    Can't go wrong! :D

    22 of the loudest watts you'll ever hear, and tones that are pure Mesa. Use at home, use at pub gigs, mic up for the big venues!.

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  11. guitarface

    guitarface Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 11, 2012
    New York
  12. Keep on Truckin

    Keep on Truckin New Member!

    Sep 14, 2014
    Terre Haute,Indiana
    Find a Used Crate V16 Palomino , Made in St. Louis,USA ,- All Tube , 3 EQ, Gain, Master, Reverb, 16 Watts probably . closer to 20 Watts w/ 12" Speaker - VERY nice! $2-$300
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  13. joe_cpwe

    joe_cpwe Senior Stratmaster

    Jul 21, 2015
    You have the Laney Cub 12R on your list. I think it's been widely spread around the inter-webs that the very inexpensive 15 watt Monoprice StageRight is the same amp as the Laney Cub 12R.

    I have the Monoprice, it sounds ok for kicking around the house. It's very portable amp. It may keep up with a band, I've not tried. It can get to a decent volume. It's not in the class of some of the other amps mentioned (i.e Mesa), but it's not a bad amp. I won't regurgitate everything you can read about them. They are cheap. At half the price of the Laney it's a pretty low cost proposition to try one out or to spend a little extra cash (or use what you may have laying around) on tube & speaker swaps.

    I'm not recommending you buy one. Lots of great amp options out there. I just pointing out that if you're looking at the Laney you can save some cash buy just getting the Monoprice.
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2018
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  14. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 27, 2018
    North Central NC
    I would have mentioned the Monoprice Joe, but it seems MP doesn't have much distribution in Europe. They sell through Amazon over there, but all I could find on their site was a relatively expensive Monoprice 5w amp.
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  15. heltershelton

    heltershelton ASKED TO LEAVE THE STAGE Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 5, 2013
    Not Florida
    if it was me, i would find a used ac15. those things cover a lot of territory, and are definitely loud enough for almost any situation. and with a master volume, can be good for home use as well.
  16. AxemanVR

    AxemanVR I appreciate, therefore I am... Strat-Talk Supporter

    Feb 8, 2014
    Minnesota USA
    I haven't had the pleasure of trying a Bassbreaker 15, but I am very intrigued by them...

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  17. 93-Strat

    93-Strat Strat-Talker

    Aug 29, 2016
    Jeffersonville, OH
    You could build a 5E3 Deluxe kit.
  18. Class A Knob

    Class A Knob Strat-O-Master

    Nov 25, 2017
    There's always one....
  19. heltershelton

    heltershelton ASKED TO LEAVE THE STAGE Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 5, 2013
    Not Florida
    hes somethin else, aint he?
  20. Mr C

    Mr C Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 17, 2016
    New Zealand
    Another vote for the AC15... or even a 12” AC4 if it’s primarily for home use...

    My main practice amp is an AC4 with an old greenback in it and it sounds glorious for home volume stuff. Still to loud fo the missus though!!
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