Question about Fender Champion 20 practice amplifier

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  1. DanB

    DanB Member

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    Good morning everyone (or good evening to our friends on the other side of the world), I am currently in the market for a new practice amplifier (the old one is almost 40 years old, about a Roland Cube 20, starting to show its age!). I am looking at the Fender Champion 20 as a possibility, because of its cost (under $ 100.00) and because it has a number of built-in effects. Many of the written reviews about the amplifier have been positive and I have viewed some reviews on Youtube which say nice things about the amp, plus it appears to sound good on these videos. Is there anyone on the SG Forum who owns or owned one of these amps or knows someone who does? And if so, what is the good or not so good quality of the amp? Is the Fender Champion 20 worth purchasing or is there another comparable practice amp in this price range with the same features that is as good or better? Thanks ahead of time for your input!
     
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    My opinion: Skip the Champion 20. Go for the Blackstar ID:Core 10 V2. I know because I played both pretty extensively.

    It's about ten bucks more, but it's ultra-portable, dead simple to use, weighs practically nothing, sounds huge, and doubles as a surprisingly decent stereo.

    You mentioned effects as a selling point, so if that's what you're into, the Blackstar is the way to go. All the effects are studio-quality, in stereo, and you can select one each of four reverbs, delays, and modulations (and toggle and tweak each individually). You can tweak and save a patch on each of the amp models, or just switch on "manual mode" and use it like a traditional amp.

    I can replicate the sound of my modded Marshall DSL40 with surprising accuracy. That's the best compliment I think I can give it.

    Plus, it's currently available in a sexy black tweed pattern... And everything is better in tweed. :rofl:

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    If you don't mind buying used, the Vox Vavetronix series is also very good. Can't tell you about the Champ20 though except that it probably has the same effects as on my Super Champ, and they're all good.
     
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    Thanks vox is another good brand that I have looked intp. (I really would like a stack of Marshalls but don't think the neighbors would be happy with the noise of my wife with the price!)
     
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    Nice thing with the Valvetronix is the attenuator knob in the back. You set the wattage as you like, from 0.01W to the max the amp can give and the tone stays pretty much the same.
     
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    I second the Blackstar ID:Core line for a practice amp at this price. It's super easy to use and has impressed a lot of my pals who have played through mine.
     
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