Best boutique amp with effects loop? (4 cable method)

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eoinzyeoinzy Frets: 68
edited July 18 in Amps
Howdy!

"Boutique", urgh. I wish I could think of a better word but you know what I mean :)

I've been using an amp modeller with monitors for the past year and am pretty happy with it.

However, I'd like to invest in a really good valve amp. A for lifer hopefully..

I really like the Morgan AC20 and the range of Carr amps, but I've noticed none have an effects loop.

I'd like an effects loop to use the flexibility of the modeller for just it's effects, and have the pre-amp, power-amp and speaker cab coming from the physical amp set up. Hence the 4 cable method.

I'd lean towards Vox AC sounds, hence my preference towards the Morgan but open to others. An built-in attenuator is also a must.

Budget circa £1.5-2.5K.

Any good recommendations?

Cheers
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  • WazmeisterWazmeister Frets: 7150
    Matchless.

    My Nighthawk has an fx loop, and may be up for sale soon :)
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  • eoinzyeoinzy Frets: 68
    I'll keep an eye out for it. No attenuator though right?
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  • djspecialistdjspecialist Frets: 669
    Bad Cat? My Cub III has an effects loop, and the very effective "K-master" volume. AFAIK so do many (all?) of the recent models.
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  • WazmeisterWazmeister Frets: 7150
    eoinzy said:
    I'll keep an eye out for it. No attenuator though right?
    No attenuator; it doesn't need one as the Master Volume is superb.
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  • merlinmerlin Frets: 4159
    Hamstead Artist . Job done. Either the 20+RT or the 60+RT. There's a 60+RT here...no affiliation, just that it's in sales and needs bumping and of course buying. 
    My 20 is amazing. 60 will give you more headroom, should you need it. 

    https://www.thefretboard.co.uk/discussion/207868/fs-hamstead-60-rt-combo-in-cream#latest


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  • octatonicoctatonic Frets: 30352
    eoinzy said:

    However, I'd like to invest in a really good valve amp. A for lifer hopefully..

    Famous last words. :)

    My suggestion is to remove the 'built in attenuator' requirement.
    Not many amps have them and something with a good master volume is potentially just as good.

    I second the Matchless suggestion.

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  • garfygarfy Frets: 126
    Matchless, and @Wazmeister ; Nighthawk is a beauty 
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  • NerineNerine Frets: 1245
    A used Two Rock. 
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  • RaymondLinRaymondLin Frets: 8007
    edited July 19
    The Bogner Atma has a FX loop and attenuator. 18, 5 and 1w settings.  

    More Marshall than Vox though.




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  • russpmrusspm Frets: 345
    Matchless.

    My Nighthawk has an fx loop, and may be up for sale soon :)
    Surely not Waz!!!!
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  • HoraceBHoraceB Frets: 263
    edited July 19
    Going to chip in with Matchless, I have a Lightning, it has the FX loop and the Master volume on it is really good. Mine won't be up for sale soon .

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  • Benm39Benm39 Frets: 107
    Dunno if Mesa Boogie falls into the boutique niche, suspect not, but the Mark V:25 or 35s cover a lot of ground,  sound great and have decent master volume,  power scaling, fx loop and headphone with reasonable cab sim...
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  • chris45chris45 Frets: 152
    HoraceB said:
    Going to chip in with Matchless, I have a Lightning, it has the FX loop and the Master volume on it is really good. Mine won't be up for sale soon .

    @HoraceB is the FX Loop on the Lightning a custom order?  It doesn’t seem to be an option on the ones you can order from the UK
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  • HoraceBHoraceB Frets: 263
    chris45 said:
    HoraceB said:
    Going to chip in with Matchless, I have a Lightning, it has the FX loop and the Master volume on it is really good. Mine won't be up for sale soon .

    @HoraceB is the FX Loop on the Lightning a custom order?  It doesn’t seem to be an option on the ones you can order from the UK
    tbh I don't know, I got mine from a UK seller on Reverb last year, I think you may be right there.
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  • paulmapp8306paulmapp8306 Frets: 717
    edited July 19
    I'm looking for something with a similar profile, and I'm using my afx still.

    Currently either a message boogie fillmore, or a suhr pt15 are my thoughts, though the suhr is above your budget.

    Maz 18 is always a great option, but I'm liking the fillmore more for the tones I like at present.

    Not actually sure if any have a loop mind.  Don't think the maz will have certainly.

    *edit*  fillmore has a loop.   That's one I'd be looking at for definate.
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  • spirit7spirit7 Frets: 249
    Matchless.  I got a Clubman for £1200 (!) and it is remarkable.  And has a great loop.
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  • timmypixtimmypix Frets: 1030
    Victory Copper? Hasn't been mentioned yet.
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  • hotpickupshotpickups Frets: 1628
    RDA Dualist. You’re lucky because there’s one for sale in the classifieds. No affiliation by the way just a very happy RDA owner myself 
    Link to my trading feedback:  http://www.thefretboard.co.uk/discussion/59452/
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  • firepaulmusicfirepaulmusic Frets: 312
    PM’d
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  • WazmeisterWazmeister Frets: 7150
    spirit7 said:
    Matchless.  I got a Clubman for £1200 (!) and it is remarkable.  And has a great loop.
    Man, you stole that !!!
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