What Would You Say Are The Best Amps Under 30 Watts?

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  1. colchar

    colchar Well-Known Member

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    I am currently considering a Hiwatt (loud to the point of sheer absurdity) and an Orange AD30 which prompted an amp conversation with a couple of friends. During that, we were discussing the best amps, either head or combo, of 30 watts or less for non-gigging players (some of our suggestions did creap up to 40 and 50 watters) and that we would most like to have.

    Some of our discussion drifted into fantasy (ie. the Supro that Page used on Stairway, Duane Allman's 50 watters) but, for the most part, we kept things realistic (AC15, AC30, Deluxe Reverb, Bluesbreaker, etc.). But that got me to wondering what other people think? So what would you say are the best amps available, or that you would most like to have, that are 30 watts or less?

    Unless someone mentions something that completely changes my Hiwatt or Orange plans, I am not looking for suggestions here. I am simply posting the thread for the purposes of discussion.
     

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    if I was looking for something... Marshall SV20

    I'm not up tp date on HiWatt low watt amp's, but, I always like HiWatt. It's one of those British sound amp's. I'm not a fan of Orange. Whenever I think of Jimmy Page's raspy tone, that's his Orange sound. Other than that, they are dark sounding amp's that don't cut too well...
     
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    colchar Well-Known Member

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    The Hiwatt I am looking at isn't a low wattage one, it is a DR-103!
     
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    :D was my first reaction.

    Hiwatt to me ear wise is like premature ejactulation. Just short of a Marshall.
     
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    This. Marshall's studio series has changed the entire ball game.
     
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    Ufoscorpion Well-Known Member

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    EVH lbx ii , does it all imo .
     
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    Pro Junior , Sears 1483, Rivera era Champ II & Super Champ , Tweed Champ & Lead 12
     
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    Are they really that good? I haven't heard one myself, except in a couple of youtube videos but you never know how much editing went on in those.
     
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    For my list it would be the ..

    Marshall SV20
    Fender DRRI
    Orange AD30HTC


    While Orange do have more low mids than most amps, the amount can vary by model.. The R30 for example is beefy as all hell, The original AD30 is less so, and this voicing is replicated in Ch 1 of the AD30HTC... Ch 2 on the AD30HTC however has much less low mids and is a great voicing alternative.

     
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    The AD30HTC is the Orange that I am looking at because the single channel AD30s are so damned hard to find.
     
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    Matchless SC30
     
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    Fender Deluxe.

    The 5e3 is a classic.
     
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    Do you like the LBX II better than the original LBX? And if so, why?
     
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    For a 15 watter, I have a Blues Junior that's a great rehearsal amp.
    For a low wattage practice amp I really like my Bugera G5. Selectable for 5, 1 and 0.1 watts.
     
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    I’ve not tried the original lbx to be honest , the lbx ii has a proper clean channel so is going to be more versatile . The blue channel will go from AC/DC to more gain than any sane person would need . It’s main strength however is 70’s/80’s hard rock and metal , it absolutely nails all of that stuff. Oh , I forgot to mention, it’s crazy loud for 15 watts , attenuator required to use at home properly as the master needs to be above 3 to get over the fizz .
     
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    @Ufoscorpion Thank you very much! I'm just curious as I know a few guys who have or at least tried both and liked the LBX I better than the LBX II. But yes, you've got a clean channel on the II. There's a comparison video from Phil McKnight on Youtube, where he also complains about how loud the amp is and that you need to turn it up to get a good sound. But then it sounds really nice!
     
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    There's a great video on ' Andertons ' YouTube channel called something like evh iii lunchbox ii , more than just brown ........ Something like that . Definitely worth a watch .
     
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    Thanks! I'll watch it!
    However I'm happy with my JVM215Cs (the first I bought after I had a 5150III 1x12 combo, which was very nice, too) and of course with my new Blackstar HT-5R MKII, which is a great low volume amp!
     
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