Any solid state amp users?

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  1. pedecamp

    pedecamp Active Member

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    I've only been playing tube amps less than 10 years but previously played a Crate G120 ss for 20 years and before that learned guitar on a Peavey Backstage that I played for at least 7 years, I still have the Peavey and played it yesterday matter of fact. I was in a band situation a few years ago and rather than drag my heavy tube amps out to practice every week I used the 100 watt Peavey that lived in the rehearsal room where we practiced, surprisingly I was able to dial in some pretty good tones plus I had my pedal board so I was able to keep the functionality familiar.
     
  2. satchmodog

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    I stayed at my girlfriends house this weekend and brought my Orange Crush 20 with me. At home I generally play in my office, which is a 10x11 room with an 8' ceiling. Mrs Robinson has a rather large living room with a ceiling about 18', so I wasn't really expecting much in the way of sound. Travel is the reason I bought this amp in the first place, but to be honest it never really had that Orange tone at home. I played a bit Saturday night and wow, that Orange tone was all there. The clean channel was amazing and last night I took the dirty out for a high volume run and it was fabulous. I was not expecting anything at all given the 22x16x18 dimensions of the room, but I was damn impressed.
     
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  3. jml77

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    I've owned some really 'orrible SS amps. For many years that's all I could afford. The worst was a catalogue amp from the mid 70s, a FAL C-40-T, so dull sound could barely escape from it.
    But in the mid 90s I bought a Park G10R practice amp. I've had to change the speaker because the celestion super 8 that it originally came with bit the dust. So I put in a spare 8 inch Bass practice amp speaker I had lying about, and it sounds pretty good.
    Having said that I don't use it much, now I have a VHT Special 6 Ultra, but did modify it so that I could use the reverb section as a powered spring reverb in the VHT s6u fx loop.
    I'm quite tempted to look for a used Peavey Envoy, I always thought the transtube series amps from Peavey sounded good.
     
  4. shardy53

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    [QUOTE="Raiyn
    The nose candy I can't help you with.[/QUOTE]

    Thank God those days have been over for at least 20 years. "Ice tea and cornbread took the place of Pills and 90 proof"
     
  5. cerebral gasket

    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    Could not stop laughing after reading that.

    I usually order unsweet tea without the long island.

    "...cornbread tastes real good when you're hurtin' ...couldn't even find a box of instant!"
     
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  6. Raiyn

    Raiyn Well-Known Member

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    Tried it, didn't like it. Stuff works backwards on me.

    I'll take an Arnold Palmer with my Cornbread thanks.
     
  7. chilipeppermaniac

    chilipeppermaniac Well-Known Member

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    YYYYUMMMMM I love me some corn bread. Ham, Greens, Cornbread and a tall glass of milk and I am in heaven.

    Oh yeah, Ashdown Mag 300H Solid State bass head.
    Fender Princeton Chorus guitar amp.

    In case no one knows, I also put a pair of Weber 10 inch Vintage series Speakers in my amp. Really nice speakers although now my once very light amp is now heading toward a Twin in the anchor territory.
     
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    Raiyn Well-Known Member

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    Oh and I just added a Katana 50 to the stable. There's a thread.
     
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    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    Raiyn Well-Known Member

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    I wonder which of ours would be that cool if I brought one of those home........
     
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  11. Wildeman

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    I play all sorts of amps, prolly the best SS amps I've had were Rolands and i still have an '80s Cube 60 chorus. I also love tube amps but i sure dont just dismiss an amp cause its SS, i just got a Marshall Valvestate 65 yesterday and it rocks. Most amps have at least one good sound available, if you know how to get it out.
     
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    Raiyn Well-Known Member

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    If you like Rolands, you should check out the Boss Katana series.
     
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    +1

    Quality tones in these amps, for not a lot off scratch.
     
  14. PeteR

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    One of the Best 'none tube' amps, IMO

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  15. DCCable

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    I have a couple of SS amps that I like, a Marshall 2098 from 1975 which is a great 100 watt all discrete transistor amp and a Crate GS-150 which is mid 80s 150 watt and came with a 4 ohm EV speaker (and is loud as hell)



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    If you have the chance to get your hands on either one of these do it. But the Marshall needs a footswitch to turn on a couple of the extra gain blocks. So if you find one without a footswitch pickup a cheap contact closure two button switch. You'll be glad you did.
     
  16. MetalSG

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    I just bought a Peavey 6505 Piranha. It's a hybrid amp (solid state power section, one 12AX7 tube in the pre amp section). I don't know if it qualifies for the thread.
     
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    Not really...... Cool amp, but a tube is a tube.
     
  18. Scootermuppet

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    If a conversation I had today pans out, there could be a Boss Katana 50 in my future! :D :fingersx:
     
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