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    Default Looking for new combo amp that rocks and still has nice clean ch

    Ive been waiting for a combo amp that is:
    1) Around 40-55lbs weight.
    2) One good clean channel and one JmC800 crunchy dirty channel.
    3) 20-50 watts but capable of tight yet buttery crunch tones.
    4) Has a good loop option
    5) No fx or digital hocus pocus.
    6) Can lower watt output for home studio use.

    To this date I have one candidate:
    Friedman Runt 20 or Runt 50.

    Was looking at VictorySheriff 22 and 44 but it has only one eq section which wont cut it.
    Any other brands you guys can advise.

    Mesaboogie in general sound great but i prefer the mids and lows coloring gain of Marshall amps.
    Smooth modern gain: tight balanced saturation with note definition.
    Just like the insects take their time and collect their food, I can surely save and buy myself any amp (with time).

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    Howz about something like the Rivera Venus 5? Specs: http://www.rivera.com/product/combos/venus-5/

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    Thanks John. Finally got some me time to watch the video.
    Sounds a little bit trebly.
    Smooth modern gain: tight balanced saturation with note definition.
    Just like the insects take their time and collect their food, I can surely save and buy myself any amp (with time).

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    I used to own one of those Chinese Hiwatts that actually sounded great.

    However, when it broke down I took it to the store to get fixed. Got it back broken, took it to the store again and asked for my money back. Tone great, reliability and customer service.. Meh.
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    Egnater Tweaker... the 40w 2channel combo one. Not the mini head...
    That one is on my list to try when I see one real life.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFyEqvUQoNc
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    Ooh those are pretty nice I hear! I was in a studio with the most insane collection of vintage gear and the Egnater, along with some Dr Z and a well hidden Kemper, were basically the only new amps there.
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    Njlo yep seems to be a good one under the radar is what I thought.

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    Ben it does sound good and it seems great, but there seem to be lots of user complains regarding its reliability.
    One dude got about 4 lemons in a row. Seems not a good choice for me. I need a reliable amp. So far my Marshalls are workhorses and the tones still inspire me.
    I just wanted to find other options after 11 yrs of not buying another amp.
    I just want a tube combo amp that rocks. So far the.Friedman Runt is wining.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rologibson View Post
    Ben it does sound good and it seems great, but there seem to be lots of user complains regarding its reliability.
    One dude got about 4 lemons in a row. Seems not a good choice for me. I need a reliable amp. So far my Marshalls are workhorses and the tones still inspire me.
    I just wanted to find other options after 11 yrs of not buying another amp.
    I just want a tube combo amp that rocks. So far the.Friedman Runt is wining.
    What kind of Marshalls do you have actually? Are you just looking for a smaller, more compact version of what you already have? Maybe it makes sense to check out if there's something out there with a slightly different flavour.. Just a thought.
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    The Runt 20 is El 84 powered and the 50 uses EL 34's. One would think the 50 would have more of the Marshally punch.

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