What are your favorite small/medium solid state amps?

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What are your favorite small/medium solid state amps?

Post by skink » Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:39 pm

I'm kind of missing my old JC-60, but I could use something a little smaller nowadays. What do you like?
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Re: What's your favorite small/medium solid state amps?

Post by Gavanti » Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:47 pm

Pathfinder 15r or SMR are solid. I briefly had a Quilter 101 Reverb that I liked a lot.

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Re: What are your favorite small/medium solid state amps?

Post by dinosaurkale-> » Tue Apr 17, 2018 3:44 am

vox pathfinder head into 1x12 cab
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Post by Unicorn Warrior » Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:59 pm

I see a lot of people raving about the JC-40

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Re: What are your favorite small/medium solid state amps?

Post by mackerelmint » Tue Apr 17, 2018 2:25 pm

Pathfinder 15, on its own or into a 112 cabinet.

Crate(!) power block, as a power amp after a preamp pedal. Solid. The onboard pre is adequate, but it's really best as clean power.

Peavey Bandits.

Those Quilter amps have been turning my head lately, too.
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Re: What are your favorite small/medium solid state amps?

Post by sessylU » Tue Apr 17, 2018 2:25 pm

Not a sexy answer, but Roland Cube. Maybe not brilliant, but far better than you deserve for the money etc.

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Post by Arthon » Wed Apr 18, 2018 5:44 am

The best ones are the ones in the trash bin.

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Re: What are your favorite small/medium solid state amps?

Post by shoule79 » Wed Apr 18, 2018 2:21 pm

I consider my JC77 to be a medium sized amp. ;)

I have a soft spot for Peavey Bandits, after spending a lot of time playing one in an old rehearsal space in my formative years.

The Boss Katanas seem good.

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Re: What are your favorite small/medium solid state amps?

Post by Igorilla » Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:42 pm

I have Quilter 101 Mini head (version without reverb) since 3 years. I like that little amp a lot. It produces great combo amp tone when paired with open back cabs. With a proper choice of speaker it can deliver great big amp sound with a closed back cab.

I have Quilter Micropro Mach 2 head too, but prefer the cheap 101 Mini head.

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Post by Filipe » Fri Apr 20, 2018 12:58 am

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Re: What are your favorite small/medium solid state amps?

Post by marqueemoon » Fri Apr 20, 2018 5:26 am

Those DV Mark jazz combos are pretty neat. Weigh practically nothing too.

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Re: What are your favorite small/medium solid state amps?

Post by Trout » Fri Apr 20, 2018 5:31 am

I had a Vox Pathfinder 15 EXR that I really regret selling. I have JC-20 and a JC-55 now that are pretty cool :)
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Re: What are your favorite small/medium solid state amps?

Post by UlricvonCatalyst » Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:12 am

If you can find an original one, a Roland Cube with chorus and reverb should sound pleasingly familiar.

I always thought the Fender Frontman range sounded great for the money too. Personally, I gravitate towards older (1970s/early '80s) transistor combos with a tremolo circuit (and reverb too if you're lucky).

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Re: What are your favorite small/medium solid state amps?

Post by JazzBlaster » Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:05 am

sessylU wrote:
Tue Apr 17, 2018 2:25 pm
Not a sexy answer, but Roland Cube. Maybe not brilliant, but far better than you deserve for the money etc.
+1

I bought one when I was really poor because it was cheap. I still have it 10 years later, I have a 60 and an 80. The tweed and blackface sounds are awesome. It's my grab and go jam amp when I don't feel like packing everything up.

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