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Title: What kind of amp would you recommend?
Post by: Davy Vanthuyne on January 30, 2017, 12:12:50 AM
What kind of amp would you recommend to play blues, folk, on our electric Larrivées?
It would be used as a practice amp at home only.
Brand doesn't matter, every brand/model can be cloned.
Are the 'real deal' amps for example Fender twin, bassman, princeton from the 50's-60's so much better than a point to point wired amp from a little builder who's using the best parts he believes in?
So what kind of amp ( circuits) do you prefer to pay blues (slideguitar)?
Right now I'm still playin thru my Marschall as80 r acoustic soloist, it allso has an input for electric guitar, made in 1993.




Title: Re: What kind of amp would you recommend?
Post by: ducktrapper on January 30, 2017, 12:27:26 AM
There's no shortage of great amps out there. For home use, this is what I use. It's fabulous. My RS-4 likes it a lot and so do I.

http://www.premierguitar.com/articles/Mack_Amps_Gem_2G_Amp_Review


Title: Re: What kind of amp would you recommend?
Post by: eded on January 30, 2017, 12:35:05 AM
Is there something your current amp doesn't do that you wish it would?  

I'm an absolute heathen, but I've always prefered old Peavey solid state amps, esp. Studio Pro 40's.

Ed


Title: Re: What kind of amp would you recommend?
Post by: George on January 30, 2017, 12:35:54 AM
David Fisher builds fabulous point to point wired handmade tube amplifiers that are the real deal.  Not cheap by any means but they are very well made.  He is also a Larrivee buff...


Title: Re: What kind of amp would you recommend?
Post by: Barefoot Rob on January 30, 2017, 01:53:27 AM
Peavey Classic 30,I owned one from 1994 sold it to my playing partner about 5 years ago and its still rockin.A client of mine wanted to buy a tube amp he order a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe and hated it borrow my old amp and now he's the happy owner of a Classic 30.For low volumn and great tone find a 70's Fender Princeton Reverb.


Title: Re: What kind of amp would you recommend?
Post by: ducktrapper on January 30, 2017, 02:00:11 AM
For low volumn and great tone find a 70's Fender Princeton Reverb.

Sure. I'd love one myself but how much will that cost, assuming you can find one? Is how much you're willing to pay a determining factor? If the sky's the limit, there are lots of fine amps out there. Vintage Marshall and Fender. Fisher. Dumble.    


Title: Re: What kind of amp would you recommend?
Post by: Barefoot Rob on January 30, 2017, 04:01:14 AM
Between $1000 and $1500.Worth it based on the going price for so BS BOOBOOtique thing that doesn't sound all that great.Classic 30 run around new for $6-700,used about $450 $500.


Title: Re: What kind of amp would you recommend?
Post by: Davy Vanthuyne on January 30, 2017, 06:32:38 AM
Is there something your current amp doesn't do that you wish it would?  

I'm an absolute heathen, but I've always prefered old Peavey solid state amps, esp. Studio Pro 40's.

Ed

The marshall as80r is a solidstate amp. It works pretty well for me, when I'm home alone. It was the first amp I've bought a long time ago when I didn't realized that 80watts is very loud.


Title: Re: What kind of amp would you recommend?
Post by: L07 Shooting Star on January 30, 2017, 07:19:10 AM
Check into the Fender Super Champ X2 combo or head.


Title: Re: What kind of amp would you recommend?
Post by: ducktrapper on January 30, 2017, 01:59:48 PM
Here's my amps. I use a Mackamp 1x10 speaker cab for both. The pic of the Gem 2.0 is not far from actual size. The Heatseeker is an 18 watt hand wired tube amp that I bought after much research. I was looking at getting a Marshall 1974x but was convinced the Heatseeker would do the same job for a third the price. They are made in Toronto. An old friend of mine and a fine guitarist, Richard Smythe, does the sound clips for them and highly recommended one so I got two. Mackamp's slogan basically is boutique quality for less. 

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-4ISTShfd-wA/U-wxVeJcQDI/AAAAAAAAAHU/vmTMQWLJKKc/s1600/gem_2g_front_750__34568.1405462430.1280.1280.jpg) 

(http://www.woodytone.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/MackAmps_Heatseeker36_MackAmps.jpg)

(http://cdn2.bigcommerce.com/server5800/8e3ddu/products/130/images/274/1x10cb_600__11162.1374277937.1280.1280.jpg?c=2)



Title: Re: What kind of amp would you recommend?
Post by: Davy Vanthuyne on January 30, 2017, 08:24:15 PM
Thanks for all the replys. I've checked them all and have seen interesting amps, with different pricings.
I've found something by a local young ampbuilder who just started his business. I like people who wants to create something so I think I will help him to get his first amp sold. It's a Fender Champ clone with highquality parts in it, point to point handwired, solid pine cabinet, cotton tweed, JJ tubes, Hammond transformer, ...


Title: Re: What kind of amp would you recommend?
Post by: Davy Vanthuyne on January 30, 2017, 08:28:03 PM
https://m.soundcloud.com/farfield-amplifiers/farfield-5f1-champ-sound-check

If interested how it sounds and looks, a little soundcheck😀


Title: Re: What kind of amp would you recommend?
Post by: ducktrapper on January 30, 2017, 08:29:30 PM
Thanks for all the replys. I've checked them all and have seen interesting amps, with different pricings.
I've found something by a local young ampbuilder who just started his business. I like people who wants to create something so I think I will help him to get his first amp sold. It's a Fender Champ clone with highquality parts in it, point to point handwired, solid pine cabinet, cotton tweed, JJ tubes, Hammond transformer, ...

That sounds like ought to work. Tell us how it does. 


Title: Re: What kind of amp would you recommend?
Post by: Mikeymac on January 31, 2017, 04:20:43 AM

Here's my amps. I use a Mackamp 1x10 speaker cab for both. The pic of the Gem 2.0 is not far from actual size. The Heatseeker is an 18 watt hand wired tube amp that I bought after much research. I was looking at getting a Marshall 1974x but was convinced the Heatseeker would do the same job for a third the price. They are made in Toronto. An old friend of mine and a fine guitarist, Richard Smythe, does the sound clips for them and highly recommended one so I got two. Mackamp's slogan basically is boutique quality for less. 


Tom, care to tell us what your outlay was for each head and the cab?

Also, Dave, your amp choice will also be driven (no pun intended) by whether you want the amp to create your overdrive tones (at house volume) or whether you're going to use pedals...



Title: Re: What kind of amp would you recommend?
Post by: ducktrapper on January 31, 2017, 02:07:07 PM
Tom, care to tell us what your outlay was for each head and the cab?


I don't remember exactly. Prices have gone up a little bit. I believe I paid around $1700.00 Canadian for the whole shebang including taxes (around $250.00) and shipping. I got a nice hat and two t-shirts thrown in. I sold my Fender Blues Deluxe to partially pay for it and I wish I still had that. Anyway, I'm going to say the Gem was under $400.00, the Heatseeker around $600.00 and the cab around $350.00    

Hmmm. The Gem doesn't show up on the website now, actually so maybe they've stopped making it. That's too bad. Everyone who's tried mine loves that little thing. The Heatseeker is great too. I believe Andrew Joyce has one, as well. Also looks like they've moved west to B.C.  

http://www.mackamps.com/guitar-amps-faq.html

http://www.mackamps.com/sounds.html  


Title: Re: What kind of amp would you recommend?
Post by: ducktrapper on January 31, 2017, 02:19:53 PM
Actually, the Gem comes up when Googled but not under amps available. Not sure what that means.

http://www.mackamps.com/pages/products/gem-2g-4-0-4w-1xel84.html


Title: Re: What kind of amp would you recommend?
Post by: Davy Vanthuyne on January 31, 2017, 02:56:52 PM
That's right mikeymac, that's one of the reasons why I've choosen for the Farfield with 5 watts, nice tube overdrive at a decent volumelevel.
I'm not much of an effectguy, like the guitar straight in the amp.

Did someone listened to the soundcheck? Thoughts?

I couldn't find the Gem either maybe those are out of production.


Title: Re: What kind of amp would you recommend?
Post by: cc407 on January 31, 2017, 04:21:08 PM
That's right mikeymac, that's one of the reasons why I've choosen for the Farfield with 5 watts, nice tube overdrive at a decent volumelevel.
I'm not much of an effectguy, like the guitar straight in the amp.

Did someone listened to the soundcheck? Thoughts?


I like it


Title: Re: What kind of amp would you recommend?
Post by: ducktrapper on January 31, 2017, 04:46:14 PM
That's right mikeymac, that's one of the reasons why I've choosen for the Farfield with 5 watts, nice tube overdrive at a decent volumelevel.
I'm not much of an effectguy, like the guitar straight in the amp.

Did someone listened to the soundcheck? Thoughts?

I couldn't find the Gem either maybe those are out of production.

Seems like they are. Too bad. At the 0.4 watt setting you can turn the little thing up to ten and get the sweetest natural distortion without hurting your or anyone's ears. The 4.0 watt setting miked could easily be used on stage.  To tell the truth, I rarely if ever use the 18 watter unless I'm using my pedal board.


Title: Re: What kind of amp would you recommend?
Post by: Mikeymac on February 01, 2017, 04:23:14 PM
Seems like they are. Too bad. At the 0.4 watt setting you can turn the little thing up to ten and get the sweetest natural distortion without hurting your or anyone's ears. The 4.0 watt setting miked could easily be used on stage.  To tell the truth, I rarely if ever use the 18 watter unless I'm using my pedal board.

On this page the Gem is still listed (with prices for Canada and US), while on the right side of the page, a more powerful Heatseeker and Skyraider are listed as discontinued...Hmmm...

http://www.mackamps.com/products-Mack-Amps


Title: Re: What kind of amp would you recommend?
Post by: ducktrapper on February 01, 2017, 05:17:20 PM
On this page the Gem is still listed (with prices for Canada and US), while on the right side of the page, a more powerful Heatseeker and Skyraider are listed as discontinued...Hmmm...

http://www.mackamps.com/products-Mack-Amps


However, when you click on the Gem you get "page not found".


Title: Re: What kind of amp would you recommend?
Post by: Mikeymac on February 01, 2017, 09:47:10 PM
However, when you click on the Gem you get "page not found".

I've e-mailed Don at Mack Amps to find out whether the Gem is still available, and if the price on the website ($408.59 USD) is correct. I'll let you know if I hear anything back.



Title: Re: What kind of amp would you recommend?
Post by: ducktrapper on February 01, 2017, 10:30:37 PM
I've e-mailed Don at Mack Amps to find out whether the Gem is still available, and if the price on the website ($408.59 USD) is correct. I'll let you know if I hear anything back.



I'd phone him. I talked to him several times when I ordered mine and he was very helpful. Nice guy. He might be able to throw one together for you. When I discovered that he was only offering head and cab models and I hesitated, he offered to put together a combo amp for me. When I decided to buy both the Gem and Heatseeker, the head and cab combination made more sense. You never know what kind of parts are hanging around the shop, however.  


Title: Re: What kind of amp would you recommend?
Post by: Mikeymac on February 02, 2017, 12:19:46 AM
Tried to call and got his answering machine, so I e-mailed. He got back to me (via e-mail) within an hour - they're no longer making the Gem.  :donut :coffee


Title: Re: What kind of amp would you recommend?
Post by: ducktrapper on February 02, 2017, 12:50:37 AM
Tried to call and got his answering machine, so I e-mailed. He got back to me (via e-mail) within an hour - they're no longer making the Gem.  :donut :coffee

C'est domage. I'm glad I got one when I did. I'd still phone him and talk to him about it if interested. Who knows? He might be able to point you at someone who has an extra one. 


Title: Re: What kind of amp would you recommend?
Post by: JOYCEfromNS on February 02, 2017, 01:17:12 AM
C'est domage. I'm glad I got one when I did. I'd still phone him and talk to him about it if interested. Who knows? He might be able to point you at someone who has an extra one. 
Not getting mine  :blush:



Title: Re: What kind of amp would you recommend?
Post by: ducktrapper on February 02, 2017, 01:23:07 AM
Not getting mine  :blush:



I thought I remembered correctly that you had Macks, Andrew.  Looks a lot like my house.  :thumb

Still happy with them?


Title: Re: What kind of amp would you recommend?
Post by: JOYCEfromNS on February 02, 2017, 06:21:22 PM
I thought I remembered correctly that you had Macks, Andrew.  Looks a lot like my house.  :thumb

Still happy with them?
Very much so. Top shelf IMO, for far from top shelf pricing. Something like our guitars  :smile:


Title: Re:
Post by: Crocefan4life on February 03, 2017, 11:42:50 PM
I use a Fender Blues Jr. 15W when I play small gigs. Its a mid 1990's model. I love tube amps and this one isn't too heavy. It's 25 lbs. I play a PRS S2 Mira at my gigs.

I recently bought a Yamaha THR5a Acoustic Amp. A lunchbox amp and weighs 4.5 lbs. Has microphone modeling feature that's very unique.  I use it at home and in Church with my Larrivee D-09.

The acoustic modeling is reviewed in this video. I like how the amp blends the electronic signal from the pickup and the modeled mic sound. Gives a unique sound.
https://youtu.be/i56OQ8-fXG8


Title: Re:
Post by: Mikeymac on February 05, 2017, 12:15:43 AM

I recently bought a Yamaha THR5a Acoustic Amp. A lunchbox amp and weighs 4.5 lbs. Has microphone modeling feature that's very unique.  I use it at home and in Church with my Larrivee D-09.

The acoustic modeling is reviewed in this video. I like how the amp blends the electronic signal from the pickup and the modeled mic sound. Gives a unique sound.

https://youtu.be/i56OQ8-fXG8


That probably deserves its own thread in the main forum...


Title: Re: What kind of amp would you recommend?
Post by: dlsteel on April 07, 2017, 12:42:03 AM
fender princeton reverb


Title: Re: What kind of amp would you recommend?
Post by: headsup on April 07, 2017, 10:34:11 PM
play every amp you're interested in, and then some.
 buy the one that class to YOU.

advice from others on matters like these (strings, pick=ups as well) is a waste of time.

try them all, close your eyes, and listen,
 then listen to your gut.
 buy that one.

simple.


Title: Re: What kind of amp would you recommend?
Post by: eded on April 08, 2017, 03:40:35 AM
play every amp you're interested in, and then some.
 buy the one that class to YOU.

advice from others on matters like these (strings, pick=ups as well) is a waste of time.

try them all, close your eyes, and listen,
 then listen to your gut.
 buy that one.

simple.


Yeah, this.


Title: Re: Yamaha THR5A
Post by: ST on April 08, 2017, 10:59:35 AM
Hi Crocefan4life,

Yamaha THR5A (http://www.larriveeforum.com/smf/index.php?topic=49505.0)


I use a Fender Blues Jr. 15W when I play small gigs. Its a mid 1990's model. I love tube amps and this one isn't too heavy. It's 25 lbs. I play a PRS S2 Mira at my gigs.

I recently bought a Yamaha THR5a Acoustic Amp. A lunchbox amp and weighs 4.5 lbs. Has microphone modeling feature that's very unique.  I use it at home and in Church with my Larrivee D-09.

The acoustic modeling is reviewed in this video. I like how the amp blends the electronic signal from the pickup and the modeled mic sound. Gives a unique sound.
https://youtu.be/i56OQ8-fXG8