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  1. #1
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    Amps Amp help need

    Hi, I want a second amp (small, portable and solid state) I have an old, good and reliable Laney VC 15 1x10" Jensen spk tube amp but I need something small and not fragile for my duo gigs

    my current options are

    used CUBE 60 /80 / 40xl? ($$)

    New DV mark micro jazz with a 12¨cabinet ($$$)

    Ibanez Promethean 3110 (I know it s a bass amp)

    Pros/cons

    I already had a cube 60 (1st gen) and I sold it (stupidity) I love it but I dont like the amp simulations
    the DV it´s very expensive here but I would try to import here
    I tried the promethean 20 and it sounds good but I dont know the 3110 (the eq´s are not the same)

    Please help!

    Thanks in advance

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    The only amp on your list that I have played through is the DV Mark Little Jazz. I like mine a lot. It's small, light, and sounds as good as any amp I've ever heard. It's not expensive, comparatively speaking, but I don't know what it might cost wherever you are.

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    The Cubes have a clean channel that is along the lines of the old orange Cubes and the JC amp series. You don't have to use the sims. That said, I use the Tweed sim on my Cube 60 very happily for jazz. The trick to a clean tone is to keep the gain down and raise the master volume. I find it warmer than the clean channel. IMHO the Cubes are very flexible, very reliable and a good option that is often overlooked. No longer made, the used market is your best bet. US prices are around $200 used in excellent condition for a Cube 60; I have no idea at all about costs out of the US.
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    I just got the DV Little Jazz.

    I'm very happy with it.

    I don't think it's the best amp I ever heard, but it's very good, only 15 lbs, small, and less expensive than some alternatives.

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    I am another that would recommend the DV Mark Little Jazz. While I have no experience with the other amps, I have owned the LJ for over a year. At home or in medium sized venue it excels. I only paid $300 after a 25% off GC coupon for mine and it was a bargain.
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    I'm surprised you think your Laney is fragile and too big.
    "Bent my ear to hear the tune and closed my eyes to see."

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    Thanks for the replies!
    No, the Laney it's great It had problems with the preamp section and the Reverb has died (I fix those problems with my amp tech) but I want something more workhorse and more cheap mainteinance.
    The DV LJ costs 1200 dollars here and a used Cube about 500 dollars

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    GC sells the Little Jazz in the US for about $350.

    Just curious, why is it so much more expensive for you?

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    Here we have the highest taxes and the smartest businessmen, dangerous cocktail

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arnesto View Post
    Here we have the highest taxes and the smartest businessmen, dangerous cocktail
    May I ask, which country?

    And, what would happen if you called Guitar Center and ordered one? How does the tax enter into the transaction?

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    Argentina, If I order one from GC I will have to pay fifty percent import duties plus shipping

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    Are Orange amplifiers available in Argentina? I have been looking at reviews for the 20RT (8" spkr) and 35RT (10"spkr) What I have heard of the clean tones so far sounds very good.

  13. #13
    Quote Originally Posted by Arnesto View Post
    Argentina, If I order one from GC I will have to pay fifty percent import duties plus shipping
    Looks like that would put a Little Jazz at about $800 US for you, more or less. And,that's if it arrives in perfect condition. Too much money, too big a gamble, I think.

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    From Argentina, I would think you would be better ordering direct from DV Mark, but I doubt it would make a huge difference in the price, because of the high import tax. You might have to try to find whatever is available there, used.

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    Vacation in the US, some Guitar Center tourism, and bring an extra empty suitcase?
    "Bent my ear to hear the tune and closed my eyes to see."

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    If it is easier/affordable to have an external cab purchased or built in Argentina, consider buying a head only amp: the forum has liked DV Mark, Gallien Krueger MB200, Carvin BX250 etc. It may decrease damage probability and save money off customs and shipping and help your local techs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pauln View Post
    Vacation in the US, some Guitar Center tourism, and bring an extra empty suitcase?
    Ha ha ha thats a great idea! And a spare Guitar tío

    @medblues i thought in that idea, maybe a bass head like trace elliot Elf, ibanez promethean, etc what do you Think ?

  18. #18
    Quote Originally Posted by Arnesto View Post
    Ha ha ha thats a great idea! And a spare Guitar tío

    @medblues i thought in that idea, maybe a bass head like trace elliot Elf, ibanez promethean, etc what do you Think ?
    I have two bass heads GK MB200 and Carvin BX250 and I like them. If you want reverb on board, bass heads usually lack that. Then your best bet is the DV Mark series , Quilter heads, Hotone Floor amps, BluAmp AMP1 (expensive !), or Yamaha THR100 (expensive!).
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    "The instrument keeps me humble. Sometimes I pick it up and it seems to say, "No, you can't play today." I keep at it anyway, though." Jim Hall

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