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EPI Valve Standard Amp

Postby bluezguy » Thu Dec 15, 2005 3:26 pm

[updated:LAST EDITED ON Dec-15-05 AT 10:39 AM (EST)]I just got one of these for my son from a GC 1400 miles away...paid $379 + shipping. I gotta unload it 'cause the kid's uncle got him something else twice as expensive & powerful. Oh well. It's on that 4 letter word place that starts with an 'E'.
Merry Christmas
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RE: EPI Valve Standard Amp

Postby bosco » Thu Dec 15, 2005 5:31 pm

Yep. that's a common scenario...the kid tells everyone in the family he wants an amp, and without the necessary vast amount of network communication required, he ends up with several.

I've seen that play out with my grandson over and over- multiple copies of the same movie, toy or video game.

Oh well, a nice problem to have if you're the kid!

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RE: EPI Valve Standard Amp

Postby savage » Thu Dec 15, 2005 7:32 pm

Its the thought that counts! Im sure he'll enjoy it. Its a nice amp.
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Postby grady » Fri Dec 16, 2005 1:49 am

I love my Epi Valve Standard.

It's a great amp.
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Postby bluezguy » Sat Dec 17, 2005 1:00 am

Thanks You Folks.... and BTW... Merry Christmas!!! :)

It's true... the kid's uncle got him a Fender Deluxe Reverb... I woulda killed at 13 to get that thing but oh NOOOOoooooo, I had to borrow my friends' amps like Slivertones and stuff. Wasn't until I was 17 when I bought my first Hi-Watt stack and that took a lot of risk to raise the cash. What the heck - Woodstock was happening that weekend...

I heard this little b--ch of an amp a few weekends ago at a Tampa GC... it was a demo in pretty rough shape but nevertheless, I fell in love with it and had them search the nation for one. They found this one in Illinois. I figured when the kid wasn't home, I'd use it...didn't work out that way. I can't afford to keep it...ain't giggin' over Christmas for 3 weeks so I gotta pay the credit card company back.
On the Fender, Unc hadn't gotten the kid a gift for the past 2 birthdays and a Christmas so he figured he'd make up for it! Funny thing though... it comes with a disclaimer that in the event of wanting to sell it for something else, it can only be sold to family members (me & unc).

Grady, I listened to some of your work...big thumbs UP!!
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Postby grady » Sat Dec 17, 2005 1:14 am

Thanks man !!!

I'd be tempted to keep that amp for myself if I were you....LOL !!
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Postby trguitar » Sat Dec 17, 2005 5:29 am

Thats a nice uncle!!! Wish I had one.
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Postby trguitar » Sat Dec 17, 2005 5:31 am

Oh .. I second the thumbs up on Grady's work.
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Postby grady » Sat Dec 17, 2005 11:33 pm

Thanks TR !!!
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Postby zaiata » Tue Dec 20, 2005 8:39 pm

Bluezguy, you have at home the two amps
I have been debating about which one to get.

I am using a very old Fender The Twin. It can
sounds nice but way too much power, it is
from the days I was playing with a big group.
I got not idea how to sell that beast on Ebay
(Too heavy, it cost too much to pack and ship),

I am considering to get the Fender Deluxe Reverb or
the Epi Valve Standard. Did you tried both of those amps
all ready. Can you comment on it? Differences pros and cons
choosing one or the other.
Thank you.

Like Grady said, I'd be tempted to keep that amp for myself if I were you.
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RE: EPI Valve Standard Amp

Postby straightblues » Wed Dec 21, 2005 8:49 pm

Guitar Center has a very good return policy. I would see if you can return the amp.
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Postby roy bluesboy » Fri Dec 23, 2005 11:19 pm

Hey Zaita, I played through the epi v. jr, special (5watter) and the standard. I was truly shocked by the sound quality of the standard amp itself & was REAL shocked by the quality of the reverb. I have always been a tube purist so I was ready to heap disdain upon the dsp effects. Alas, I cannot. The tone was fantastic with enough volume for small venues to be sure. I like the deluxe reverb ok, but to me it sounds "sterile" next to the valve standard (& a hell of a lot more exspensive to boot). I have seen Standards go for about 250 on mf clearance center. Good luck finding the right one for you. Roy
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Postby zaiata » Sat Dec 24, 2005 2:19 pm

Thank you Roy.

I will pay a visit to the store to try the Epi Valves.
The thing is, I am used to 6L6 amps. I think the Epis are EL84 (No sure).
I learned from this forum not to judge a piece of equipment or instrument
based on price or specs. But it's hard to understand how the
Epi Valve Junior with an 8" speaker will sound really good, but you played
through it, I haven't try . The Valve Standard with 12" Speaker make more
theoretical sense to me. But I know I can be wrong.
I most definitely will try the Valves.

I have been considering several ways to go:
The cleans on the Fender Deluxe Reverb are nice, but i tried it for a very short
moment at the store. Then I read about those new reissues been very unreliable.

Perhaps i should try The Fender juniors line?, I heard that the Junior is very
limited on clean head room.

I was considering going the KIT way and put together an amp myself.
Still researching about that option. Tough decision: Hard work and
many possibilities of something going wrong.

The one i tried that blow me away was the Bogner Shiva 6L6, What a sound!.
But It is very high priced, Too much power, Too boutique-High level
kind of amp for what i do. And hey! I am liking this cheap equipment image,
It goes better with me, and my pocket :).

In the mean time I am here with The Twin, almost in 0, with not chance to
express it self.
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Postby zaiata » Sat Dec 24, 2005 2:44 pm

[updated:LAST EDITED ON Dec-24-05 AT 09:51 AM (EST)]Oh!, Talking about cheap equipment. I recently
go a cheap retro looking kind of guitar for about $125 from
a fellow local musician. It is an Ibanez JTK1 or Jet King. MF is selling those
new for about $200. Woooo, this thing can sing The Blues. Dual humbucker with rocker switch, You can switch to single coil (coil taps) for each pickup.
Again this cheap thing took me by surprise.
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Postby trguitar » Mon Dec 26, 2005 11:58 pm

I have to admit, those peak my interest greatly. I think they have great classic rock potential as well.
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