Ok boys and girls I'm resurrecting this thread. I got a Champion 600 for Fathers Day. I think it's a great little practice amp if you like a clean warm sound at household volume. I swapped the power tube for a JJ and the preamp tube for a Phillips. It actually sounded great with the original cheap tubes but since I had these already I made the swap. It is a great compliment to a Telecaster and very quiet, of course I'm using Kinman pickups. Haven't tried a larger speaker yet though. For what I use it for I won't need one. I had a Micro Cube before this and although the micro cube was a neat little amp; the Champion 600 is much more to my liking.
Got one used for $160 from a guy on another forum. I knew in advance that there is a little hum. Mine's quite acceptable. It's dead on fun to play and of course easy to transport. Didn't "need" to have it, but the retro look and design simplicity appeal to me. Any small amp sounds huge when connected to a larger cab and that definitely applies to this one. Some people swap tubes and speaker, but I'm happy to leave mine alone.
I finally got to try one of these the other day, and it was just okay. I expected it to sound a bit more like a tweed champ, I guess. I love the way it looks, but the sound..I like the pro junior a lot better. It just seems way more useful and it isn't a lot more expensive.
there are lots of amps better than this- a pro junior is of course better for example- however it excells in only one way- and that is its low volume. its an affordable low volume tube amp for those that need a low volume yet affordable tube amp. everyone else will be disappointed. id love to just practice and record in my apartment with an ac30- but even a pro junior can be heard a block away lol
most can achieve more satisfactory results with pedals and/or attenuators. i prefer a more organic sound and setup - so im all for the little buggers
edit- mine cost 225$ in ontario about a month ago or so
hi cocotone- great great sound there- and your a damn fine player
is that clip straight up amp and speaker, no distortion pedal?
and what tubes are you using in it?
if anyone has trouble finding the clip from cocotones link- try this one http://www.soundclick.com/bands/pagemusic.cfm?bandID=700599
In the waiting for it to be available in Trois-Rivieres, I got a Peavey ValveKing 112. Sounds good, versatile and easy to carry. For sure we can't really compare these two amps but all in all I'm very satisfied with the VK... so far
Thanks for the kind words guys! I used an MJM London fuzz, with the guita volume rolled off a bit, and a Bad Monkey to kick it up a bit about three quarters of the way in, with just a little echo. Towards the end I kicked in the vibe side on an old CE-1. I think the speaker is the key. Pre tube is a Groove 12AX7M Mullard copy( very very good sounding for new production tube to my ears), and a JJ's power tube.
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