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  1. I’ve never been nostalgic for all of those awful jobber squash matches on weekly tv during the territory days.
  2. The New Daniel Bryan, the Planet’s Champion, has been my favorite heel champion run since the Attitude Era. He’s absolutely been killing it on the mic and he still can bring it in the ring. His promos since Elimination Chamber have been so $$$.
  3. California made $345 million, not predicted $1 billion, on legal cannabis in 2018
  4. I've mentioned that I've never been a huge fan of Marshalls, but the newly announced small watt versions of the JCM 800 and JMP 1959SLP sound very intriguing. https://guitar.com/news/gear-news/namm-2019-marshall-introduces-new-studio-series-amps/
  5. I’ve heard nice things, but that’s much too loud and much too far out of my budget.
  6. The other wrinkle to all of this is that I'm having so much fun with my repaired/restored Mesa Boogie Studio 22+, that I might just add some pedals to that, ditch the new amp idea and roll the insurance money into the Strat I want. Then the question becomes, what Strat? Other than wanting a maple fretboard and three single coils, I'm really starting from scratch with Stratocasters. In terms of Strat sounds I like, David Gilmour, 70s Clapton, later Beatles and solo George Harrison, etc. If it's a new one, I might enlarge my budget to about $1500 and go for something in the American Professional series. Any other suggestions?
  7. Well, my insurance money goes up to $800, so I'd like to keep it around there or maybe up to $1,000. I've done a little research on the Kempers and the technology looks amazing, but it's beyond my budget and I've never had the patience to really delve into all of the nuances of the good modelers. I have a cheaper Line 6 that my girlfriend bought me a few years ago that I like, but I'm pretty much a preset flipper and not an endless tweaker on the modeling amps. I had a cool pedal setup in high school, but grew tired of it and ditched it for the early generation modelers (oof, mistake) and then just the straight guitar into amp setup w/no effects. I think I'm ready to delve back into the pedal scene... that kind of tweaking is a bit more tactile and easier for me to grasp than all of the endless digital stuff on the good modelers. In re reverb, I didn't think I ever considered myself a fan until I didn't have the option for it. Then I missed it all of a sudden. I'm guessing you might not miss it as much because you're usually playing with others? That might be something more for playing in isolation, maybe?
  8. I went to my local Guitar Center over the weekend to try out some small tube amps. Specifically, I tried the Orange OR15, Marshall DSL5CR, and the Blackstar HT5R (all combos). I played through an Epiphone Les Paul which was the closest thing within reaching distance to the Les Paul Studio I have at home. All of the amps had pros and cons to them... I liked the simplicity on the Orange controls... it wasn't hard to dial up some decent sounds and the headroom/bedroom settings allowed you to push the tubes without the volume from being overpowering. But the tone was only pretty good to me... the cleans didn't blow me away and I found myself wishing the gain was a big tighter - not necessarily more saturated, but just not as flabby (I can't describe it any other way, but I've always felt Orange amps to be like this going back to my preconceptions from the 90s). And, I found myself missing the reverb which means I'd have to go out and buy a pedal... that's another big negative since it's already a couple hundred bucks more than the others. I was pleasantly surprised by the Marshall... the clean channel was OK (I had very minimal expectations) and the gain channel was also much better than I expected. The 5 watts were nice to really open up the tubes, but the gain still felt a bit tinny. I'm guessing that's the price you pay for only 5 watts. I loved the gain channel on the Blackstar more than the other two... a range of 4 general distortion sounds to pan from and they all worked well for higher distortion sounds, but I'm skeptical I can get a really good bluesy overdriven tone (maybe I can, but I didn't get to spend enough time with it). The clean sounds were OK, but the lack of EQ for the cleans was a big turnoff for me. If I ended up buying one, I'd likely invest in an EQ pedal... So, given that I'd likely be looking to supplement all of these amps with pedals, I started thinking maybe I should just get a small tube amp known for really good clean tones and investing in some high quality pedals to really shape the sound the way I want it... I didn't want to have to do down that road, but I'm starting to think this might be more fun and would allow me more options, particularly if I'm going to play with both a Les Paul and Strat. So with that being said, I think I'm now going to consider the Fender Blues Jr., the Fender Pro Jr., and the Vox AC15. Anything else I should think about for small combo tube amps with good clean channels to use with pedals?
  9. Thanks. I also appreciate these suggestions. Even though 70s-80s rock is my preference, I’ve never been much of a fan of Marshalls... at least the JCM 800 and 900s, particularly for the volumes you needed to drive them at (hence my preference for the older Boogies). These sound like good options though to explore. When I stopped playing regularly, I always wondered why there weren’t amp makers out there making lower wattage tube amps for home players. It seemed like such a massive void in the market. It’s nice to see so many great offerings become available in the last decade.
  10. At home. I have zero interest or time to play live. Also, I’m a total hack... I mainly enjoy just learning old songs and playing riffs. My Mesa Boogie 22 is already way more than sufficient (and loud) for me.
  11. I’m looking at some of the video demos online and I love the option to cut the wattage for home use. Really nice sound and straightforward controls. I might give this some serious consideration.
  12. The guy that fixed my old Mesa Boogie asked if I was interested in purchasing a used 20 watt Egnator Tweaker combo. (I still have insurance money to burn on gear.) My gear knowledge is essentially frozen in time from 1998, so I’m pretty unfamiliar with these other than what I’m seeing on YouTube. They seem like decent tweaker amps, but it’s tough to get a sense on the actual sound quality with amps like this. Does anyone have any experience or thoughts on these. Both good and bad opinions are welcome... ETA: I play through an old Les Paul Studio that I’ve had since the early 90s. I might be getting a Strat in the near future though. Most of the stuff I play is classic rock and some clean and lightly overdriven bluesy noodling.
  13. Thanks... checking this one out now. Some pretty cool stuff on there.