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Which would you buy?

Discussion in 'Amp Input - Normal or Bright' started by Scottz, Nov 7, 2017.

  1. Scottz

    Scottz Strat-Talk Member

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    Oct 27, 2017
    Littleton, Colorado
    I currently have a Vox AD15VT which I really don't like. Tomorrow I'm selling of a ukulele to pay for a different small amp, all tube this time. Looking at the local Craigslist ads, I have the following choices, all about the same price.

    Fender Champion 600 $200
    EPI Valve Jr Head and cab $200
    VHT Special 6 combo $180
    Blackheart HT-1 $180

    I play mostly country and classic rock.
     

  2. Ed Storer

    Ed Storer Strat-Talker Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Sep 5, 2016
    Seattle
    I'd go with the VHT, simply because it's handwired. Much easier to mod or repair that any PCB amp.
     
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  3. Scottz

    Scottz Strat-Talk Member

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    Oct 27, 2017
    Littleton, Colorado
    That' what I've been thinking.
     

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    The Strat Dude Duderino Strat-Talk Supporter


  5. Scottz

    Scottz Strat-Talk Member

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    Oct 27, 2017
    Littleton, Colorado
    There's also an ad for a Panama Conquered 5w head and cabinet for $275. I dnt know much about them. Supposed to be hand wired with an attenuator. My concern is it uses an odd Chinese rectifier tube.
     

  6. jaybones

    jaybones Most Honored Senior Member

    VHT, for what Ed mentioned.
     

  7. Scottz

    Scottz Strat-Talk Member

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    Littleton, Colorado
    I'm starting to detect a pattern here......
     

  8. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh needs you to go ahead and come in on Sunday, too. Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jan 10, 2014
    Initech, Inc.
    I’m gonna buck the trend here and vote VHT.
     
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  9. Mr C

    Mr C Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    Feb 17, 2016
    New Zealand
    If I had 200 bucks to spend on an amp i'd get a used Yamaha th10 or a fender mustang...
     

  10. Scottz

    Scottz Strat-Talk Member

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    Littleton, Colorado
    No more SS, hybrid or modeling amps for me. I'd rather have a cheap tube amp.
     
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  11. heltershelton

    heltershelton ROCKIN FOREVER Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 5, 2013
    Not Florida
    VHT fer sure (out of those choices)
     
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  12. steben

    steben Senior Stratmaster

    Aug 9, 2012
    Zulte, Belgium
    VHT is good. Blackstar has more pushpull distortion. Depends on what you want: Class A single end or more compressed pushpull sound.

    VHT is actually close to the Valve Junior.
     
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  13. Stratoskater

    Stratoskater Senior Stratmaster

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    Feb 8, 2011
    Raleigh NC
    VHT and it is not a cheap tube amp. It is a well made, great sounding inexpensive tube amp.

    I’ve owned all but the blackstar and only liked the VHT. Of course I like 6v6 way more than el84’s.
     
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  14. Ebidis

    Ebidis Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Nov 14, 2013
    Alabama
    I own a Valve JR head and cab, and I can say that while I think it is a great amp for classic rock, it's not very versatile, and does not have much clean headroom at all. But when it's cranked, it can sound really nice.

    I have no experience with the other amps.
     
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  15. Scottz

    Scottz Strat-Talk Member

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    Oct 27, 2017
    Littleton, Colorado
    Thanks for all the advice, of course I decided not to follow it!

    Picked up this Panama Conquerer 5w head and 112 cabinet locally for $250. Hand wired with attenuator in both cabinet and head. It' supposed to be closely based on the 5f1 circuit but I haven't gotten the schematics to see.

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  16. nigelr

    nigelr Strat-O-Master

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    Aug 28, 2014
    Switzerland
    Well it certainly looks unique!! Enjoy your new amp.
     
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  17. nuculer terrist

    nuculer terrist Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 12, 2014
    center of the mind
    Those panamas sure look nice! Never played one though
     

  18. Uncle Jimmy

    Uncle Jimmy Senior Stratmaster

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    Aug 22, 2011
    Connecticut
    My only thought is that it must have been quite a ukulele...
     
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