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professor
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Aug 7th, 2019 08:56 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have a PRRI and it’s too much for a condo, IMO, thus my suggestion for a Fender Champ (or Vibro Champ).

Charlie Macon
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Aug 7th, 2019 09:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

Echoing Gene's comment above, I bought my youngest son a Blackstar Fly 3 with the added speaker extension for apartment use about 18 months ago. I liked it so much, I bought one for myself at home. I believe with the added extension speaker, it was $99. Tiny tiny, and portable, and great sound that will not rattle the walls and windows.

littleuch
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Florida

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Aug 7th, 2019 10:17 AM   Edit   Profile  

^Yes, but can you also gig with it and does it have reverb and vibrato?

;-)

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Aug 7th, 2019 10:40 AM   Edit   Profile  

It would be a micro-gig.

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Aug 7th, 2019 02:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

I love the small amps. 12 or so years ago their was a blow out on the Electar tube 10 at around $50.00, I bought three, then did a simple modification. One of these I traded for a Silver Face Vibro Champ, it needed a good bit of work but it was worth it. About a year ago I sold one to my Mando player the other I gave to my brother.

I have a bunch of small amps, including battery powered, the most recent was the Phil Jones DOUBLE FOUR (BG-75). I have the Vox mentioned above, two Pignose, one in Tweed, a home made amp with the Pignose circuit board and a custom Weber speaker. Roland Microcube, A Gretsch G5222 (modified). FENDER Frontman 10g Which actually surprised me, it came with a mini Strat I purchased. A few others that aren’t worth mentioning, more curiosities than viable. The Fender Rumble 15 sounds pretty good with the Yamaha Parlor.

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Aug 7th, 2019 02:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

If you want to really commit (by spending some $$) and get Reverb and Tremolo, check out the Carr Rambler. It comes in either a 1x12 or 2x10 version. Always some used ones for sale online.

I had a 2x10,and wish I still had it - it would really be the only amp I need (except for the desire to have it at church for Sunday morning, and something else at home for practice).

It switches from 14 to 28 watts, so you can cover home or gigs easily. Beyond the usual Princeton/Deluxe Reverb controls, it also gives you a Midrange tone control, so it's a basic, yet full-featured one channel amp (the Reverb and Trem are both footswitchable, if I remember correctly...).

Dolemite

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Aug 13th, 2019 07:50 AM   Edit   Profile  

Did anybody mention a used Super Champ XD?

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Itchy finger on the outrage trigger
Aug 13th, 2019 08:22 AM   Edit   Profile  

I had the Super Champ XD when it first came out. I probably didn't give it enough time, but found it under powered for the basement jam I had going at the time. Tried the Ragin Cajun, as I recall didn't care for that speaker.

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GospelBilly!
Aug 14th, 2019 05:05 AM   Edit   Profile  

Carr Mercury - I belive it's 8 watts and the power can be adjusted down to 1.5 watts.

Boo-teeky, but actually super nice (a friend of mine has one).

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Aug 14th, 2019 01:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

How about a VOX AP2AC amPlug 2 AC30 Guitar/Bass Headphone Amplifier? You will disturb nobody in your condo and yet, have all the great guitar sounds you need.

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Aug 14th, 2019 01:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

The Carr is just way too spensive, yikes. I already have a Vox miniplug but it doesn't have effects like the AP2AC indicates. Could be a nifty addition when the wife is on a conference call.

I think I'm likely heading toward a PRRI, a 70's PR or a Vintage Sound 15. I know all those can make a big noise but I got pedals and other options when it comes to keeping it down.

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GospelBilly!
Aug 14th, 2019 02:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

Is the condo made of stone-A? (;oD

I have one of those Vox 4-watt tube combos (AC4C1-BL) which could be your ticket. They're cheap used. This particular model has a gain control and has blue tolex.

(This message was last edited by 5Strats at 04:59 PM, Aug 14th, 2019)

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Aug 14th, 2019 03:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

A Marshall Major would be pretty sporty.

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Aug 17th, 2019 02:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

I think the Prince is loud while stationery at Malmstrom AFB. I ha my 75 SF Prince in the basement. Fuzz face fuzz. Messing around with Bridge of Sighes. My wife was coming in the Bach gate 2 miles away and could hear me. I still wonder why the MPs didn't show up.

(This message was last edited by rfrakes331K at 07:43 PM, Oct 1st, 2019)

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If irritation occurs

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Aug 21st, 2019 08:11 AM   Edit   Profile  

If you're leaning hard toward PR territory, a good alternative is the Allen Sweet Spot. If Leo had continued with Fender, I believe this is the amp the PR would've become.

Check 'em out because bought second hand they're sometimes less costly than a used PR, and the build quality (if built by Allen) is extremely good.

I mention that because these are also sold as kits, and a home-built can be "lakka boxa chocolates," if you know what I'm saying.

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Aug 21st, 2019 10:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yes. His amps are built extremely well. Lots of attention to detail, really clean work, very reliable.

Oh, yeah...and they sound fabulous, too.

(This message was last edited by stratcowboy at 12:26 PM, Aug 21st, 2019)

Gaukdawg

Ohio

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Aug 21st, 2019 12:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

I don't know if anybody has suggested this yet but I think you should go for a Marshall JCM 100-watt full stack. Turn it up to 11 and see who comes knocking on your door.

You could have some real fun with that! :-)

zenland

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avise la fin
Aug 22nd, 2019 12:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'll throw this out even though you're looking at a PR.

Roland JC-40 Combo is a very nice amp. My brother came into town recently and brought his with him. I've got a lot of amps he could have played thru but, he really likes this amp.
It's got reverb, chorus and vibrato and takes pedals well.

If I ever lived in a condo I would build or buy an isolation cab for my amps.
I should probably do that anyway. lol

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Sep 6th, 2019 09:57 AM   Edit   Profile  

How about the PRRI and this attenuator?

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Twangmeister

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Sep 6th, 2019 02:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

My main Philly condo amp is a 1 watt Blackstar with an 8" speaker . Even that can be too loud for the neighbors. So I use headphones.

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