I’ve been researching good quality tube amps for about six months, so I can give you some feedback. There’s an amp to serve every purpose, so you need decide what you’re going to use it for. If you ever plan on gigging with it you need more power than if it’s going to stay home it’s entire life. You also need to make a list of features you want and only consider amps that have those features, otherwise your head will never stop spinning because there’s so many amps to choose from.
Power should be a main deciding factor. I regularly play at two open mic nights and both supply the amps. At one, I use a Vox AC30, and have it totally cranked because the band tends to play very loud. At the other I use a small tweed Fender, I’m not sure of the model, but it keeps up just fine because the band tends to play more jazzy stuff. My current amp is a Vox AD60VTX. It always has plenty of power, so I’m looking for amps in the 50w – 65w range.
I want an effects loop, direct line out and adjustable power switch. I’ve been surprised at how many good quality amps don’t have an effects loop. I’m probably going to go with a head and separate speaker cabinet to make loading easier.
I’ve decided to get an Egnater. It has a feature you might be interested in. It has both 6L6 and EL34 power tubes and an adjustable dial that lets you pick the blend of these tubes. The 6L6 will give you more of a Fender clean sound, the EL34’s will give you more of the Vox crunch. Here’s a link to the amp I’m thinking about, though I’m also considering the next model up. I hope this all helps some.http://www.egnateramps.com/EgnaterProdu ... de112.html
Thank you very much for this, both for the info and also because this perfectly illustrates *exactly* what I’m saying. For the same or less money, these egnater amps (like super kid bought one option) and many many others like blackstar, marshall, etc. have sooooooo many features like ability to mix tubes, turn down the wattage, clean and overdrive channels on board, etc etc etc etc etc….whereas by comparison the Fender DRRI, Princeton, and Twin have basically ZERO features other than “the legendary Fender tone,” yet DRRI is still a huge seller, right? I’m not saying it should be otherwise; I’m trying to learn.
I’ve been to many many small club type gigs (as a member of the audience) and I have seen DRRI about 739 times but I’ve never noticed a blackstar or egnater amp on stage. Not once.
So despite all these features, does the Egnater’s tone not measure up to the Fender DRRI, which can still be crunchy with pedals?
Egnater with all these features vs. DRRI…similar price..... even if one wanted high gain stuff….I still see people using the DRRI.