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best amps for motorcycle travel

PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 8:39 pm
by bottleneck
i do most of my electric shows by carrying a fender pro junior on my bike. i am finding the pro junior to be less reliable than i'd like.i know the wear and tear of motorcycle travel is hard on an amp,but so is the back of a pickup truck.

i tried solid state,and that seemed reliable,but they too eventually broke down.

what do people think of as a highly reliable amp,no bigger than a 1x12 combo. tweed deluxe? needs to be at least 15 watts

anything bigger would be hard to carry on my motorcycle.(1970 BMW R75/5)

thanks

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Re: best amps for motorcycle travel

PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 11:47 pm
by allanlummox
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http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/Exp525-112/

I might think "Mesa Boogie Express 5 25". At 45 pounds it's about the same as a Deluxe.

Re: best amps for motorcycle travel

PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 11:55 pm
by allanlummox
Of course if it was really me, I'd probably wind up with a Roland cube 1x10

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/Cube40XL/

I had one of the old ones for years in the States - then got one in Britain which is, I'm told, still going strong.

Re: best amps for motorcycle travel

PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 12:14 am
by Buffalo_Bill
Amazing, didn't know anybody did that.

What are the usual break downs?
I only ask because maybe you can pack it better, or you can be ready to repair it when it does break down.

I think regular gigging will wear down equipment regardless.

As a professional wedding photographer, I was trained to ALWAYS BRING TWO COMPLETE OUTFITS.

With a car, you have room for double backup equipment.

Re: best amps for motorcycle travel

PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 4:49 am
by bottleneck
some good ideas there .

i don't have a car and neither does my guitar player.he rides a pan.i ride my airhead.

the printed circuit board is scary for home repair.the only repair i've done myself on the PCB was to solder a traditional input jack on instead of the stupid plastic fender one.

usually i take this amp to a tech.it has needed repair frequently since i bought it.

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Re: best amps for motorcycle travel

PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 4:53 am
by bottleneck
i've been thinking of a tweed deluxe,a traynor guitar mate,a gibson hawk,etc. you know 50's or 60's amps that are hand wired .

solid state is not out of the question though.

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Re: best amps for motorcycle travel

PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 11:33 am
by Buffalo_Bill
The only small solid state amp I got is a 15 watt Vox Pathfinder.
Yes, I can say I like it alot, only $120 new, $90. used.
It has spring reverb, tremolo and overdrive boost, with a Cellestion 8" speaker.
Line out, speaker out, headphone out, and foot switch for overdrive.
It's said to be rugged, and it's smaller than a Blues Jr.

Re: best amps for motorcycle travel

PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 5:09 am
by goldbrick
solder joints and tubes don't like a bumpy ride. I would stay with solid state-I would try the biggest Peavey e series two channel acoustic amp and an overdrive pedal
We have a sometimes bass player who has a Ural with a side hack and he has a head and a 2 twelves cabinet he drags around

Re: best amps for motorcycle travel

PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2012 5:35 am
by bottleneck
that would be fun to put an amp in a sidecar,haha

i have found solid state to break down as much as tube.


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Re: best amps for motorcycle travel

PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 3:09 pm
by JakeFirebirdV
I got me a 2007 Sportster with a solo seat and a rack.
Whenever I have the urge (which is quite often), I check the batteries and throw my PigNose onto the rack - secure it with bungee cords, put my SG in it's road bag, throw it over my shoulder and away we go.
This of course, happens frequently where I live between the months of November and April as the rest of the year is too fu---ng HOT. 8)