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    My Crate GFX65T is dying a slow and painful death...

    I'm looking for a comparable replacement and trying to stay under $300

    I went to the BIG (not really) music store in town. They have a lot of Crates. The current 65 watt model is selling for $400 (on sale!) . They had a 60 watt Roland for $350 - looked interesting but the guy told me that sometimes it can't punch through when a whole band is playing - in other words it's a big practice amp.

    Okay so I went to a small corner music store near my house... they don't have much of a selection - but they had two amps that interested me.

    1. Marshall MG30DFX - I really liked the sound - but it's only 30 watts! And I've been plugging my Crate into a 12" Celestion extension speaker - the Marshall doesn't have an extension speaker jack. So as much as I like the sound, it just doesn't seem practical.

    2. Kustom Quad 65 DFX - Seems to have all the features that I want - but I couldn't seem to dial in a sound that I liked. I downloaded the user manual with suggested EQ settings and such. I'll go back tomorrow and give it another try.

    The thing is, I don't know anything about Kustom. Are they any good? What kind of reputation do they have?

    Any thoughts on either of these two amps?

    My backup plan is to drive into Reno (30 miles - not a big deal really) and check out one of the music stores there. I would like to give this guy here my business (he's kind of a friend) but not so much that my music suffers.

    I've got two gigs this weekend - I'm praying that either the Crate survives or I find a good deal somewhere.

    Thanks for any advice you can give me,
    Rick
    Rick
    (the original Rick James!)

    Sing unto Him a new song; play skillfully with a LOUD noise. Psalm 33:3
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  • #2
    Re: Your thoughts on 2 amps

    Marshall MGs are the worst solidstate amps you can buy, period.

    ...well maybe not the worst but they're really expensive for what they are...
    D-EJ915
    Stretchologist
    Last edited by D-EJ915; 09-30-2005, 08:36 PM.

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    • #3
      Re: Your thoughts on 2 amps

      Originally posted by D-EJ915
      Marshall MGs are the worst solidstate amps you can buy, period.

      ...well maybe not the worst but they're really expensive for what they are...
      Thanks... I appreciate your candor

      anyone else?
      Rick
      (the original Rick James!)

      Sing unto Him a new song; play skillfully with a LOUD noise. Psalm 33:3
      Lincoln Brewster Kutless Newsboys Third Day David Crowder U2

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      • #4
        Re: Your thoughts on 2 amps

        Usually I don't pimp stuff that I'm going to be buying...at closeout, but my friend said this amp is great and so I'm gonna take his word for it: Randall RG75G2 Camo $240 bucks

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        • #5
          Re: Your thoughts on 2 amps

          Those two that you just listed are probably two of the worst SS amps out there. Look on ebay, I used to have a GFX65 brand new and the most I could get for it on ebay is $130. I'm sure you'll find something there.
          Xeromus
          Tone Ninja
          Last edited by Xeromus; 10-01-2005, 08:57 AM.

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          • #6
            Re: Your thoughts on 2 amps

            Originally posted by Xeromus
            Those two that you are listed are probably two of the worst SS amps out there. Look on ebay, I used to have a GFX65 brand new and the most I could get for it on ebay is $130. I'm sure you'll find something there.
            Okay... I kind of suspected this about the Kustom... kind of surprised about the Marshall... but oh well...

            I guess I better plan a trip into Reno...

            Oh, about that Randall... Actually, I kind of like it - but I'm kind of warped that way... some day I'll post a picture of my green-stained speaker cab that I built.

            Thanks everyone, for all your input

            Rick
            Rick
            (the original Rick James!)

            Sing unto Him a new song; play skillfully with a LOUD noise. Psalm 33:3
            Lincoln Brewster Kutless Newsboys Third Day David Crowder U2

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            • #7
              Re: Your thoughts on 2 amps

              I should get some black and yellow tape and "stryperize" it haha, anyway, hope you find something that suits you!!

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              • #8
                Re: Your thoughts on 2 amps

                Originally posted by D-EJ915
                I should get some black and yellow tape and "stryperize" it haha,
                I was thinking of things along those lines, yeah... the camo would be fun for a while - but I could see it getting kind of old someday. I wonder if it could be painted? but I guess you could just cover the cabinet with another material of some kind... for that price and all, you wouldn't feel bad about taking a chance with it. But I would definitely do something fun.

                Unfortunately, I can't take the time to wait for something to be shipped - otherwise I would seriously consider this amp.

                I'll try out the store (or stores) in Reno. If I can't find anything, then I'll conder the Randall

                Thanks again,
                Rick
                Rick
                (the original Rick James!)

                Sing unto Him a new song; play skillfully with a LOUD noise. Psalm 33:3
                Lincoln Brewster Kutless Newsboys Third Day David Crowder U2

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                • #9
                  Re: Your thoughts on OTHER amps?

                  Going through the internet looking for possible amps in my pwer range (50-100 watts) and my price range (under $300) this is a sampling of what I found:

                  Line 6 Spider II 112

                  Peavey Studio Pro II 112

                  Fender FM65R

                  Fender FM210R

                  Fender FM212R

                  B-52 LG7512

                  Hughes & Kettner Edition Blue 60R


                  and a couple of 65 watt Crates

                  Other than the Crates I don't have any specially knowledge or experience with any of these. If anyone has thoughts - yea or nay - about any of these... I'll be online checking here until I leave in a few hours. I would appreciate any wisdom you may want to share

                  Thanks,
                  Rick
                  Rick
                  (the original Rick James!)

                  Sing unto Him a new song; play skillfully with a LOUD noise. Psalm 33:3
                  Lincoln Brewster Kutless Newsboys Third Day David Crowder U2

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                  • #10
                    Re: Your thoughts on 2 amps

                    Originally posted by D-EJ915
                    Marshall MGs are the worst solidstate amps you can buy, period.

                    ...well maybe not the worst but they're really expensive for what they are...
                    A+
                    " Rock and Roll IS a contact sport!"

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                    • #11
                      Re: Your thoughts on 2 amps

                      For that price, you need to really hunt for a good deal. And it's going to have to be used. Look at pawn shops, especially in a bigger town where there are more places. Be sure to keep an eye out for any used amps in all the music stores you go to. Look here in the trading post, look on eBay, etc. Ask the guys at the music shops if they know of any used amps that are in your price range. You may be able to snag a used tube combo or head for that price, and you say you've got an extension cab, right? Use that! If you're hellbent on solid state, go modeling. To me, those are the best sounding SS amps. Good luck.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Your thoughts on 2 amps

                        Here's what I would recommend:

                        Carvin MTS (tube) go on ebay often for $300

                        So do Line 6 Duoverbs which are also very good (modeling)

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                        • #13
                          Re: Your thoughts on 2 amps

                          Was the 60watt roland they had a Roland cube?sounds right anyway.I haven't played the 60watt version but the 15watt version was one of the best SS amps ive played!Might be worth at least trying it anyway.
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                          • #14
                            Re: Your thoughts on 2 amps

                            Try finding a laney Pro Tuber AOR30 or 60 combo they usualy go around the 300 mark and are kickass amps

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                            • #15
                              Re: Your thoughts on 2 amps

                              Laney also has a new 'Hardcore' solidstate series...they might be worth looking into, they definetely look badass. "MXD" series.

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