Hey guys -
First, I decided to downsize a bit on my amplifier cab. I sold the Mesa 4x12 with V30's and I'm buying an Avatar 2x12 with V30's this afternoon. The pricing of each gives me a little cash in my pocket and more room in my office because my Ironheart 60H and the Avatar are coming up off the floor.
Anyway, I have the Peavey Classic 50 I play all the time for cleans, plinking around with blues., etc., and I love the thing, but I've been gassing for a smaller amp and considering a Blues Jr. There are a ton of them around in excellent condition and the price is usually around $400.
It would not be a replacement for the Peavey, it would be an addition to the family. Also, I'd like to have an FX loop.
I'm a couple weeks from pulling the trigger on anything, so I thought I'd ask:
What do you think of the Blues Jr? Is there a better option?
There's a Peavey Delta Blues in the area, but I thought I'd like something "different." The Hot Rod Deluxe and Deville are both too large - I don't see an advantage there over my Peavey.
I think Blues Jr.s are good if you want *any* amp to do that Fender thing, but I don't think they're very good if you have *any* other option. I've found them to be very brittle sounding, with a weird breakup structure (and I'm lumping the Hot Rod series in with this). I'm a much bigger fan of Fenders tiny tweed combos (I don't remember model names, maybe it was some sort of Champ?).
If you want a good little amp to add to the roster but is different from that style, you might check out those little marshalls. I'm not sure what the used market is like for them. Another option would be to look for the older (tweed, not black) Crate V series. They were very good little tube amps that you can sometimes find for cheap.