From: Barry Schaede <;barr~onvx1.ccit.arizona.edu>;
Date: Sat, 18 Nov 1995 09:29:44 -0700 (MST)
Subject: Champ

All this paralelled Champ talk got me to wondering. I went down to a
local music store and spent 45 minutes in a room alone with several
examples of Fender Champ amplifiers. I used a Green Bullet straight in
the front no effects no nothing. If I were just starting to play
amplified and needed an amp this is the one I'd buy. Great sound with
excellent touch and sustain. The amp distorts nicely and you can still
be in the room with it. I was in a smallish room and feedback wasn't a
problem. Bottom line, I'm impressed. I tried a couple of Silverface
models. All right around $100 used in a store. They'd be less private
party. they're light and easy to carry. Re-tubeing an entire Champ
would cost less than just the outputs on my larger amps. Even the
speakers are cheap to repair and replace. Champs are ubiquitous. Every
guitar player on the face of the earth has had one at one time or
another. If you absolutely had to have a Blackface example you wouldn't
have to mortgage your home to pay for it. I also tried a Vibro-Champ
which I didn't especially like but it was hurt somehow. Either the
speaker was going or the supply voltage was weak or an output was gone.
It broke up way to easily and the distortion was nasty. The vibrato was
very wide and very deep. Not the usual opto coupled resistor circuit
that Fender used from the early 60's on in the larger amplifiers. I
think I may have buy one of these amps. Thanks Hugh for the tip and Mike
C for his constant harping on the merits of the Champ. Good amplifiers
at an excellent price. Plus you don't need any effects to sound good.
Budget music at its best. fjm


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