NeoConMan Posted October 18, 2009 Report Share Posted October 18, 2009 My trusty Fender Hot Rod DeVille 2x12 has been with me for 8 years. It gets 95% of the playing time out of the 5 amps I have. Re-tubed the preamp section once and played the hell out of it all this time. Here's the deal - when the oldest boy was in high school and blazing his own trail with behaviors best left un-mentioned and legal implications too lengthy to fully expand on here, I made him a deal on the amp. He already had a Les Paul Special, nice Alvarez acoustic and a Fender American Deluxe Strat that he picked ordered. Problem is, he was borrowing my amp or playing thru his buddies' junk all the time. After 'leaving' high school for good with the help of the criminal justice system and moving out of the house, I reminded him that it was of the utmost importance that he quickly acquired a General Equivalency Diploma, or GED. To motivate him some way after everything else had failed, I told him the HRD was his when he showed me a GED. Now, 3 years later it appears that he's about to actually pull it off! He has passed 4 of the 5 tests required and his average score is plenty high enough. All that remains is the math portion and we're sure he'll do fine on it. Here's the rub - He's 20 f-ing years old. He's well past high school age and still not gainfully employed. We see him seldom. Sometimes months pass between visits while he's out there in the world doing whatever it is he does. His guitars? They seem to have disappeared last year, something about a pawn shop.... This kid even lost his car. No sh!t. He swears he doesn't know where it went, but it wasn't stolen, so nothing makes sense there. His grandfather bought him the car in hopes that dependable transportation would allow him to find steady work... I had given him a bicycle for transportation - lost it. He has absolutely no possessions in this world. So, what happens to the amp if I give it to him? Is he gonna smoke it or put it in his nose? Get some more tats? I can't go back on my word. A deal is a deal. There were no time constraints imposed, no statute of limitations either stated or implied. He has no guitars, but I told him the amp is his. The thing is, Mrs. Neo had even encouraged him to get in a band while he was young and single. Live the rock n roll lifestyle and get it out of his system. I told her at the time that he would likely be buying, selling, trading, swapping gear anyway so who knows? He could have sold the amp the next day back then so today is no different. Well, do I buy another HRD - this time a 4x10? These amps simply cannot be beat for the money. http://www.fender.com/products//search.php?partno=0213201000 I've always wanted the more pricey but killer Twin, the Evil Twin... http://www.fender.com/products/search.php?partno=0215700000 Maybe a new Vibrolux Reverb? http://www.fender.com/products/search.php?partno=0215100000 I've never played one, but I like the Super-Sonic head. http://www.fender.com/products/search.php?partno=2160100000 Jeez, I dunno. This would be a good time to find a Marshall 2205 to match my 2203 so I have a set. I already have the 1981 JCM 800 100-watter (2203), I really want the 2205, the 50-watt 2 channel head. But that doesn't help me with the Fender cleans I like.... Mesa Boogie? Their stuff has TOO MUCH SH!T on it, I don't need 30 switches on the back of the amp. There's some older Mesa stuff I might find used that was much simpler. Looked at the Matchless amps, always wanted a couple of their small combos - say 30 watts. Dr. Z. Budda Superdrive 2x12 30-watter. Soldano Now the price starts to go insane. What am I gonna replace my daily driver with? THIS IS WHY I DON'T OWN MORE AMPS ALREADY!!! I'm sorry, but $3,000 is too damned much money for a small combo amp. I don't care how cool it is. Any suggestions? Gotta be tubes, I hate modeling circuitry, and at least two speakers in the cabinet. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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