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    Tube amps under 25 lbs

    I'm not in a rush here--I have some other stuff I will probably get first, but I have been slowly stepping up my search for a light tube amp--for a variety of reasons that you may not care about, if I get any new amps I would prefer them to be lighter ones (Under 25 pounds)
    I haven't seen a lot of options when I'm out in stores or friends' amps, etc.
    And some websites list their amp weights, but many don't.
    It could be a head under 25 & a cab under 25 or a combo--I'd prefer a combo.
    This wouldn't be used for gigging, but for playing at home for fun, and recording for fun.

    As well, most of the ones I've seen that are lighter that I like are more expensive than I would like to spend, but I haven't decided on a definite budget yet, but certainly under $1000 would be best-but probably less, unless I come across some extra cash.
    Used amp are at the top of my list for cost reasons.

    I have some ideas what I'd like, and have been on the look out for used ones at local stores & online, etc.
    Any suggestions, comments, etc would be welcome.
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    My 1watt Black star is very light. Not giggable though. There is a 20 watt black star that may work for you.
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    My first thought was a used Fender PRRI. It fits your budget, but I just looked at the weight, and it's 34 lb.
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    I really like my little Ampeg Jets (late 50's/ early 60's)

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    Thanks guys--if I find a good deal on a used one, I am likely to go that route--more bang for my buck.
    And I'm not gigging with it--so that's not a concern.
    But I have more possibilities to add to my list--thanks again--and anyone else--feel free to join in--at least until you see a New Amp Day thread from me...
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    In the 70s there were lots of "stencil" amps, the ones made by companies like Garnet for smaller companies, or even for stores like Sears.
    Some of them were tube. I seem to remember the brand "Pine". 15 years ago, these little things would sell for $30 in the local pawn shops. Now they are on ebay for $300 when they show up.
    Anyway, they were pretty light and they had tubes. I honestly cannot remember how great they sounded, but they might be worth looking for.
    I bought a relic'd guitar because I liked the way it sounded. Then I refinished it because I didn't like the way it looked.

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    I have a couple of Garnet Stencils--my first two amps actually--one is solid state and the other is tube.
    The tube one is huge, heavy & awkward.
    In my experience the lighter Garnet stencils are solidstate--but who knows if there aren't tube ones.
    I don't see them for sale very often, but I would consider a tube one if I could find one.
    As I've said before, it is possible I'll wind up getting the first one I can find for a decent price when I have the money for it.
    (Or if someone is willing to trade for one of my amps.)

    I am considering selling my Garnet stencils though as people like these amps, and they do sound good.
    If I do sell it, the proceeds would go towards more gear...
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    This is something like the Pine amp I had. It had tubes and couldn't have weighed much, as I was carrying it around to my friends' houses as a kid. Like I said, I saw a few of these in pawn shops in the late 90s for $30 or so.
    And here is a 2011 ad for one at $300:
    A Vintage Canadian Made 'Pine' Tube Amp! Crunch Extraordinaire!
    I bought a relic'd guitar because I liked the way it sounded. Then I refinished it because I didn't like the way it looked.

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    Here is a thread at a forum that looks interesting about a Pine amp with a Paul logo.
    Vintage Pine Electronics Amp with My Name On It!

    And I quote:
    "I guestimate this little guy to be about 5-8 watts, 3 tubes, 3 inputs and two knobs (volume and tone). It's light as a feather (easily half the weight of the Blues Junior, but about the same size) and the strange cabinet decor has a really distinctive look."
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    How powerful are you looking for?

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