Best "grab-and-go" PRS combo amp?

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  1. alantig

    alantig SSBMA

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    For lacy table decorations.

    Edit: I'm being told those are doilies. My mistake.

    Please accept this as my apology.

     
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  2. DreamTheaterRules

    DreamTheaterRules New and improved member

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    I've always gone the opposite route and chosen compromise on the acoustic tone with a guitar amp, rather than trying to make an acoustic amp or PA sound like an electric guitar. That all changes now though, with a good modeler. If I need acoustic and electric, the only thing I consider is the Atomic AA3 or 12, and a powered monitor. I'm not sure how flat your Fishman is, but that would be a good route to consider if it's relatively flat.
     
  3. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    I've got an Atomic Amplifire 12 I'll sell you, cheap. You can put it in your backpack.
     
  4. shinksma

    shinksma What? I get a title?

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    Hmm, let me ponder. I still have a guitar due "soon" (ordered last August), and I think I have to get a new mobile phone - the battery keeps dying, and apps don't update due to old OS. It is 4 years old, and been rode hard and put up wet, as it were.
     
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  5. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Hit me up whenever, if you want. Be about 1/3 of what you'd pay for a new phone.
     
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    DreamTheaterRules New and improved member

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    Dang!

    So, does the Kemper sound that much better than the AA12?
     
  7. John

    John https://deathbenotproud.bandcamp.com

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    If the Archon combos weren't offered with G12T-75 speakers, that would've been my vote.
     
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    DreamTheaterRules New and improved member

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    Easy swap, but I agree. First Archon I played was a 25 watt combo, and I was ready to be blown away and wasn’t. Still wish I had bought that amp and swapped a few speakers through it.
     
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  9. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Yeah, it does. At least to my ears. I’m not sure how to describe it. Maybe along the lines of a “modeled” amp versus a “profile” of an actual amp. I know they are both digital, but it’s like one is ALL digital and the other starts organically and is morphed to digital.

    I should also add that for the money, nothing beats the AA-12. The Kemper is certainly more than I'll ever need. I could have been perfectly happy using the AA-12.
     
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    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    Not gonna lie, the Kemper is incredible. It's all a cover band guy like me will ever need. I'm sure the AA-12 would work for me too, but I've never had a chance to A/B it, or a Helix, or Headrush. I bet a BluGuitar AMP1 would be awesome too!
     
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  11. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    It sure is! I haven't taken the time to play around with it, but I am really liking the Stage more than the Toaster I had (I never hooked up the floor board). It is pretty sweet!
     
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  12. John

    John https://deathbenotproud.bandcamp.com

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    I'm still confused why they don't offer the combo with V-30 instead. Sure the swap isn't hard, but that pairs so much better IME.
     
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    DreamTheaterRules New and improved member

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    Agree! Want some flavors? You should hear the Archon with with an Eminence EM12 or Warehouse ET65.
     
  14. InTooDeep

    InTooDeep Out Lobstering...

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    Might be on the heavier side, but I really enjoy my Boogie Mark IV combo... Really versatile amp. I know the middle channel doesn't get much support on the internet world, but i think its because a lot of metal guys use the amp and just don't care for the edge of breakup sort of sound. Channel 2 is extremely touch sensitive and expressive. Plus it has a recording out and a way to silence the speaker built in so you can just run it through the house.
     
  15. shinksma

    shinksma What? I get a title?

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    So not sure if it is a fellow-forumite selling, but I just bought a 25W Archon combo with ET65 off Reverb for a fair price. Your comment pushed me over the edge - normally I prefer to procure things with stock speakers, but in the case of the 25W Archon combo I have heard enough grumbles about the stock speaker being a little underwhelming I thought I'd give it a go.

    I expect it will arrive next week, so we'll see how it compares against the 100W head + 2x12 Archon I already have.

    Since I use pedalboards extensively, lack of reverb was not a deal-breaker.
     
  16. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Sweet!
     
  17. DreamTheaterRules

    DreamTheaterRules New and improved member

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    I think you will approve! Let me know what you think.
     
  18. AP515

    AP515 Mostly Normal

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    I saw a listing on CL last night for a trade. Some guy has a PRS SE50 (EL34's) he wants to trade for a "lighter" amp. 60 Lbs. they are heavy. I offered my 40lb. Hot Rod Deluxe. Going tonight to make the trade. :)
     
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    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    Man, I'd do that trade for sure!
     
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  20. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Sweet trade!
     
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