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Big Road Blues Discussion Forums 2006-01-19T03:25:18+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/feed.php?f=7&t=830 2006-01-19T03:25:18+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=830&p=8333#p8333 <![CDATA[RE: Amp Knockdown Switches]]> >
>A lot of good buzz about 'em (not a buzz in the amp, you
>understand)...Little Lanilei tube amps...
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>http://www.songworks.com/pages/1/index.htm
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>I believe the little 1/4 watter is pretty small.

Thanks! those look perfect! I'm going to do some more research when my new guitar gets un-lost.

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2005-12-30T18:46:54+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=830&p=8332#p8332 <![CDATA[RE: Amp Knockdown Switches]]>
A lot of good buzz about 'em (not a buzz in the amp, you understand)...Little Lanilei tube amps...

http://www.songworks.com/pages/1/index.htm

I believe the little 1/4 watter is pretty small.

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2005-12-30T18:13:45+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=830&p=8331#p8331 <![CDATA[RE: Amp Knockdown Switches]]>
"A cheerful heart is good medicine."

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2005-12-30T16:19:30+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=830&p=8330#p8330 <![CDATA[RE: Amp Knockdown Switches]]> >for 30 years, and we still diss their products for the most
>part.

Not much dissing here, I love my [link:www.lonelyfridge.com/gallery/main.php?g2_view=core%3ADownloadItem&g2_itemId=1370|FET based Trace Elliot]. I assume that the Tech 21 products are using FETs too, as they claim 100% analog, and there's not much stuff inside the amp (no pictures, unfortunately), unlike the Trace Elliot above.

>You could build a very compact tube head. It's been done.

Like the ZVex ones?

>If I wanted to backpack, though, I'd buy a Roland Mini-Cube
>and be done with it.

My friend who bought the Epi Valve Junior had a Cube-15 (though I've not tried the smaller mini/micro cube), and it was nice, but not a lot better than the little one (a "MEGA VL-10") I have.

Meh, I know what I want, I'm just not sure it exists! curses.

I will do a DIY amp project at some point regardless.

Apologies to the original poster for thread-highjacking.

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2005-12-30T14:18:37+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=830&p=8329#p8329 <![CDATA[RE: Amp Knockdown Switches]]> >in my travels, but it looks a little simple compared to the
>schematic I've seen for the Epi.

That little mini-amp is going to be in the class of a Honeytone. Nothing's wrong with that, but it is what it is. If you really want to sound like a tube amp, you're going to have to work a little harder. The output transformer of a tube amp is (IMO) a big part of a tube amp's sound, and negative grid tubes when overdriven go into distortion by a different mechanism than junction transistors and op amps. When they're pushed to the max, they both clip about the same, but the transition's going to be very different. You can do that with FETs, but it's going to take a lot of experimentation. The amp makers have all been working on it for 30 years, and we still diss their products for the most part.

You could build a very compact tube head. It's been done.

If I wanted to backpack, though, I'd buy a Roland Mini-Cube and be done with it.

"A cheerful heart is good medicine."

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2005-12-30T05:05:41+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=830&p=8328#p8328 <![CDATA[RE: Amp Knockdown Switches]]> >1949-1953 Fender Champion 600 (pre-"Champ"). I have the
>Silvertone version and I can assure you it doesn't sound
>remotely like crap. 14" tall, 12" wide, 8" deep, weighs
>about as much as a steel bodied resonator guitar. You can
>find 'em on ebay for about $200.

Unfortunately that's pretty much the size of my Tech 21 amp. My backpack can probably fit a 7" x 9" footprint. Looks cool though. Damnit.

Just found a Sansamp GT2 pedal (the guts of the Tech 21 amp) going for a low price on eBay, probably worth a shot.

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2005-12-30T04:48:46+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=830&p=8327#p8327 <![CDATA[RE: Amp Knockdown Switches]]> >something that will fit in my nice load-distributing
>backpack for when I hit the road (via transit bus, Greyhound
>or just walking), that doesn't sound like crap.

I can whole-heartedly recommend the Silvertone 1340:

http://www.harpamps.com/silvertone/1340.jpg

Same thing as the Harmony H-191:

http://www.harpamps.com/silvertone/h-191.jpg

Essentially the same circuit and the same tube layout as the 1949-1953 Fender Champion 600 (pre-"Champ"). I have the Silvertone version and I can assure you it doesn't sound remotely like crap. 14" tall, 12" wide, 8" deep, weighs about as much as a steel bodied resonator guitar. You can find 'em on ebay for about $200.

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2005-12-30T04:40:30+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=830&p=8326#p8326 <![CDATA[RE: Amp Knockdown Switches]]> >>12AX7/EL84 or 12AX7/6L6 (ie, one of each) amp circuit with
>>FETs and sticking it in a very portable but nothing-special
>>practice amp (that's also way too loud) I bought in the
>>fall.
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>That's certainly doable, but you'll have to have the heavy
>and expensive parts of the tube amp (the transformers) if
>you're going to recreate such a tube amp circuit. Might as
>well do it with tubes and be done. Or buy a Valve Junior,
>which has got the single 12AX7 and EL84, and costs around
>$120 US.

The Valve Junior is great (convinced a friend to buy one), but it's too big and heavy for what I want - I want something that will fit in my nice load-distributing backpack for when I hit the road (via transit bus, Greyhound or just walking), that doesn't sound like crap. If my lovely Tech 21 amp was smaller everything would be fine - it's 4" wider, 2" taller and a bit deeper than it needs to be. I suppose I could create a new cabinet for it.

I found [link:www.runoffgroove.com/ruby.html|this schematic] in my travels, but it looks a little simple compared to the schematic I've seen for the Epi.

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2005-12-30T01:59:20+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=830&p=8325#p8325 <![CDATA[RE: Amp Knockdown Switches]]>
"A cheerful heart is good medicine."

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2005-12-30T01:38:30+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=830&p=8324#p8324 <![CDATA[RE: Amp Knockdown Switches]]>
Pat
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http://www.tomatocanmusic.com

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