|Playing two Fender Twin Reverbs stereo in 1985. Those days are over!|
But the Mambo 10 I just purchased is a lot smaller even and almost half the weight of the Polytone. You can see that in the picture. This is the one I will be using for rehearsals, jazz jams and low(er) volume gigs when headroom is less an issue and portability is. Which is often the case with me. For, I simply do not like schlepping amps around. I told you that earlier. The Mambo 10 is extremely portable but loud enough to handle most jazz situations without sounding boxy. 180 watts at just 8 kilos. Size only 30 x 30 x 25 cm. The size/weight/sound ratio is unequalled. Is it a compromise? Yes. Usually, bigger amps sound better than smaller amps. So any really small amp is a compromise. But the Mambo is tiny and still sounds good and pretty mature. And the truth is I just will not carry big amps around anymore, no matter how good they sound. Amp size DOES matter to me. A lot.
So I think my jazz amp story kind of ends here. At least for the coming years. Good enough is good enough.