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You didn't say how much horsepower you needed, nor whether you were looking for output tube distortion for your crunch, or rely on pedals. You also didn't mention what you consider to be "bluesy tone." BB King "bluesy" or Gary Moore "bluesy?" Quite different tones there, and totally different amps used to produce them.

 

Also, define "without breaking the bank." Does the bank have thousands or tens of thousands of available reserve dollars, hundreds, or no reserves whatsoever?

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Ok then, I consider BB KING to be bluesy, or at least that is the sound I am looking for. I don't need an enorrmous HP as I play mostly with friends. A small Tube AMP would be ample. Tube distortion is plenty good enough...$400-$600 is tops for me...

I have a chance to buy a Fender HOt Rod Deville for $400.00 but not sure the sound is what I am looking for or if I want to deal with a 50 lb. AMP ?????????

 

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I don't know about the rest of yous guys but I find I can plug a hollow or semi into just about anything an they just seem to sound great. Something magical about them pizza paddles that work with anything....tubes, SS, Hybrid or whatever else they come up with. Or at least I think so.

 

Any ways. Lord...so many amps out there. If you feel the Deville is to heavy and want to stick with kind of in the same line with also tubes and fender check out a Blues Jr or a Hot Rod/Blues Deluxe. Pretty handy little amps IMO. Check out some used Champs or Princetons also if you want smaller....yeah, I'm a fender amp guy.

 

IMO it's not so much just which amp to choose as far what you want to do with now, but to also keep in mind that we all change our needs in time....that didn't come out right.

 

I guess what I mean, and for myself, is I need versatility out of my amp so blackface fender types is what works for me. I get the head room and clean sound I like out of the amp and the rest I rely on pedals. LOL, a lot cheaper for me to buy, or swap, pedals than amps.

 

Pretty much have to do the amp gauntlet thing I'm afraid.

 

FWIW....I'm an old fart and still haul around a 410 Deville or my Twin. Do have a little Princeton too for those non Viagra nights though.

 

Between the two definitely prefer the Deville as far as weight though. LOL, guess need to carry a Twin around to maybe appreciate how little a Deville weighs. Anyhow might not be as bad as you think tractman....of course if you already tried it than never mind.

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Fender, all tube: HR or Blues Deluxe (40 loud watts)! Blues Junior (15 watts), as well. A good used (but not abused) Deluxe Reverb

(22 watts), would be awesome, as well. The HR Deville (4X10 or 2X12) is an excellent amp, at 60 watts, and the price you mentioned,

is in your ballpark. I'd say, if you can handle the size/weight, and volume...go for it!

 

The others have mentioned good/great amps, as well. Might look at the new Marshall "Haze" (40 watt, 1X12) amp, as well, although

it's at about $699 (GC & MF), so a bit beyond your stated dollar limit. Good hunting!

 

CB

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Just my opinion - The perfect amp for my Sheraton II (93' samick - seymour duncan alnico pro IIs) is a Mesa Studio 22+. Clean to dirty, great verb - Just had mine restored. They aren't that expensive and they have all parts available. Totally awesome tone for medium output humbuckers.

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Second the Orange Tiny Terror.

 

If you're really tight on cash' date=' Orange's 'Crush' line of solid-state practice amps are very good too.[/quote']

 

I saw a review of the Tiny Terror on YouTube while looking for clips of the Egnator Rebel. I would go with the Egnator. The Orange is pretty one dimensional.

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