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Dec 31, 1969 11:00 PM GMT
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I've got one and i love it. Good amp for harp. Feedback threshold depends on what kind of mic you are using. Using a lo-z 545 Ultimate (through a transformer) with the volume control of the mic at 9 o'clock (11 o'clock is wide open) to reduce the output gain of the mic, you can turn the amp up to 8 or 9. Can't turn the amp up that far if you are using a hotter mic or if you open the 545 Ultimate up to max volume. But i happen to like the way the 545 sounds into that amp with the mic volume at 9 o'clock.
It's not my primary gigging amp, so I've never used it on a large stage or with a loud, hard rocking band where you might have have to mic it, but it's very loud for it's size. Very nice tube amp for harp. Great tone.
I've played through an silverface Princeton Reverb recently. It sounded great. The volume before feedback is about what you might expect for a 15 watt amp. About as loud as a Pro Jr, not as loud as a Harpgear Double Trouble. You can pick up a used reissue for a reasonable price off ebay or craigslist.
If the people you are playing with are really loud, you'll need to mic it. If you mic it, put it on a stand and aim it at your head. I think you'll be able to can hear it.
Paul Routledge (aka Kingley) picked one up recently. Maybe he'll provide his opinion. Otherwise, a trip to Guitar Center sounds like a good idea.
For purposes of comparison, the PRRI is as loud as a Blues Jr., and will get louder before feedback than a BJ because it is a lower gain amp. I know this becuase i had a BJ that i sold to buy a PRRI when they came out. No regrets.
Both the BJ and the PRRI are rated at 15 watts but sound louder than that. Not as powerful or as feedback resistant as a Harpgear DT, though. (I've never owned a DT but I've played through one 2 or 3 times.)
Btw, I put a set of 14" Fender tilt back legs on my PRRI and I really like how tilting it back opens up the sound. Makes a very positive difference, and you won't have to carry a separate amp stand. An essentqail mod, IMHO.
The PRRI is a killer harp amp! Great tone, just the right amount of rip. It's not as loud as a Double Trouble but is more than loud enough. I put a 12AY7 in V1 on mine and have the volume on four, using a JT30 with CM element. I then mic it up into the PA for front of house when playing with a loud band.
In this video I'm using the PRRI and the 2 guitarists are using 4X10 amps (Deville and a Peavey Classic), then of course there are bass, drums and piano as well. These guys play loud!! The PRRI cuts through easily and I had no problem hearing myself on stage.
I would say if you can get ANY Princeton at a good price then buy it damn quick!!
On this guys channel I'm using the PRRI in most of the videos he has posted this week (about 5 I think).
I should also mention the amp was on the floor behind me about 4-6 feet. If you look closely you can see it (well it's jewel light at least) behind me in the videos.
You sound great man!
I would leave it as a 1X10. It has an extension speaker socket if you wanted to try more or different speaker configurations.
I just got one? Where is it? :-D
Must be! It wasn't me.
these arnt reissue but here...
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Yeah the Princeton Reverb is a really cool amp. Big Walter Horton used one quite often and David Barrett has stated that it's his favourite amp. As far as classic harp amps go the Princeton (in all it's versions) is up there with the '59 Bassman. The 65 Blackface Princeton Reverb (Original) is the most sought after version. But the Reissue is every bit as good to my ear.
In those clips that Jon posted Doug Jay and Gerde Gorke sound great through them. But like any amp you have to have your chops together to make it sound good.
Kingley When you mic up thro the P.A. from your tube amp how do you set channel on the P.A obviously set the volume to be heard thro the house speakers but what about the tone mid bass etc on the pa . any comments welcome. Kind Regards Tombo
I set the channel EQ all flat on the PA and then take the volume to the same level as the main vocal mic. Sometimes I'll nudge the bass up one notch on the PA channel if necessary. I don't use any of the PA effects on the harp either.
Also when I mic it up I use a mic on a stand and place it near the edge of the amps speaker cone. I never dangle a mic over the front of the amp as I find it just doesn't pick up as well. I use a 545SD wired to Low-Z for micing up and I always put my amp on the floor (never on a chair or beer crate).
Hope that helps.
Thanks Paul Buy setting the EQ all flat do you mean the controls on that channel are dialled to the off pos ie no bass mid treb atc or not ?PS Having trouble uploading profile pic any help you guys
Yes exactly. All the tone controls on the PA channel are set to zero. Then if the room requires it I'll boost the bass one notch (usually the one O'clock position on most PA systems).
Just send Brady an email about the profile pic. he'll sort it out for you.
I was reading a thread on a guitar forum about the relatively new Champ reissue, and there were many comments about how terrific the Princeton reissue is.