Fender VibroChamp Eric Clapton, has anyone tried one? Opinions?

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Has anyone tried one of these? Or the reissue 50's tweed Champ? Opinions?
 

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I tried a friend's a few years ago. As I recall, it was a good sounding amp, but so are most Vibro-Champs. I think there are more reasonable options out there depending on what you want. (Unless what you want is something with an EC badge).
 

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I have one and I like it. But I only use it at home... And I quickly removed the EC badge...

But that price is ridiculous...The speaker is not original but replaced with a Warehouse speaker! (which is probably fine but it's not original anylonger and who knows what else was changed.)

And I paid half the price in Germany when new in 2012!

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I believe the price of this one is too high. I believe they were about $1000. new? The fifties tweed Custom Shop point to point wired amps are available new for about 1000.
I had a few 60s and 70s Champs and VibroChamps. Never a tweed 50s. I'm not prepared to buy at the moment, but would like a vintage type amp when I upgrade my Super Champ X2. Something for home use.
 

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I have one and I like it. But I only use it at home... And I quickly removed the EC badge...

But that price is rediculous...The speaker is replaced with a Warehouse speaker! And I paid half the price in Germany when new in 2012!

Ralf
I was writing when you answered. And you provided info I was thinking about! Thank you...lol.
 

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I find that I am shying away from newer board mounted units. The Princeton series are very nice, but the point to point vintage series are $$$$. Maybe I am being too critical of modern stuff. Just seems sub par to me.
 

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I believe they were about $1000 new?
Spot on. MSRP in the press release was $1,399 and MAP was given as $999. I think to remember the store I got my one from advertised it as "display model", that way undercutting the MAP.

Here's the board in my one:

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The ec badge is simply added with two nails, so easy to remove:

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Original Weber speaker:

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Ralf
 

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There used to be a dedicated website for this little amp that posted pictures of my ‘66 Vibro Champ, but it seems to have disappeared some time ago.
 

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I have one and I like it. But I only use it at home... And I quickly removed the EC badge...

Ralf
Why did you "quickly remove" the EC badge? Personally, I'm not a big EC fan, but was it more about the "look"?

walrus
 

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I had a few 60s and 70s Champs and VibroChamps. Never a tweed 50s. I'm not prepared to buy at the moment, but would like a vintage type amp when I upgrade my Super Champ X2. Something for home use.
FWIW - I have a late 50's Gibson GA-1 which has a very similar circuit to the tweed Champ, I much prefer the sound I get from my SF Champ, Princeton or Deluxe. To me, the early 70's Fenders are the sweet spot between price and sound.
 

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FWIW - I have a late 50's Gibson GA-1 which has a very similar circuit to the tweed Champ, I much prefer the sound I get from my SF Champ, Princeton or Deluxe. To me, the early 70's Fenders are the sweet spot between price and sound.
What is SF?
 

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So, you get a power attenuator.
Nice if used in an appartment. The output is cut to approximately 1/4 power.

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Why did you "quickly remove" the EC badge? Personally, I'm not a big EC fan, but was it more about the "look"?
Purely look. I like EC but it "ruined" a classic look to me. The size was too big for the little amp in my opinion. I like it better without such EC logo. (right is a normal Custom Champ)

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There is a new small 5W one which came out only this year, the '68 Vibro Champ Reverb with a 10" (G10R-30) Celestron speaker, but it has digital reverb.

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Ralf
 
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On the list on considerations is a Rob Robinette Micro Champ. Runs off a paralleled 12AU7 for 1 watt
 

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I love my champ clone head made by coastie99 (on top, middle my custom kind of dumble clone, bottom custom power amp based on an old soundcity power amp , both built by dieter lender here in hamburg)
 
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