I've been looking at small amps recently; I was very impressed with the Carr Mercury, the Blues Junior also sounded very good for the money, and there are others such as the Fender '57 Champ to try. A Maz Jr would be too big for what I need in this amp, but how about the Mini? I haven't been able to try that or a Monza, though I'm thinking of getting a Ghia head in preference to a Monza at some point in the future. So, although it doesn't have reverb, does a Mini compare, if at all, to these other amps, particularly the Mercury?
The Ghia & "especially" the Monza, are going to be louder than the Mini. I had a Blues Jr. NOS a few yrs. ago. It was okay... Wish I could tell you how they compare, but I have yet to find a "mini" in a store that I can try out... The Monza is VERY LOUD though... Ghia & Blues Jr. being more in the same vein (volume wise) - Cheers - tom
The Ghia is much louder than the Mini... but with a brake lite and a lower efficiency speaker the Ghia can be tamed. The Mini has a great overdriven tone but not a lot of clean headroom. Never tried a Mercury or a Blues Jr so I can't help there but I do prefer the gain sounds of the saturated sound of the Mini to that of my Blues Deluxe. Of course the two are completely different amps though.
Hope all that rambling helped a little.
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Post by Pete aka shouldb on Jan 9, 2011 12:38:06 GMT -7
I'm looking at a MiniZ as a home practice amp right now (English John has "my" blonde 1x10 combo in stock right now, even though he doesn't know it! Unfortunately, my bank account does NOT have the required spondulicks to allow acquisition ).
I have a selection of amps here, but all the really low wattage stuff sounds flat, and my Z amps are just too loud, even with a BL (Z28 and Ghia). From what I can see, the MiniZ is 5W, with a built in BL taking it down to 1W. The Z28, Ghia and Monza are all 18-22W, so even with a BL, they are going to be much louder than the MiniZ.
Those in the know, correct me if I'm wrong?
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You are correct. The mini is good for overdrive tones and crunch. Not much clean but the breakup is nice with humbuckers. Really a tight sounding focused little amp that snarls, not very airy sounding IMO. I like mine and am building something ampwise in 16 ohm here soon for my hi-fi clean and blues tones. The mini does dirty blues good but is kind of fizzy sounding and more voiced for classic rock to my ears. It sounds real good through a red fang alnico, don't like it at all on the V-30 ceramic.
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