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  1. When purchasing I was looking for good valve tone at a civilised volume that could be used at home. This fits the bill, and I can also use it at church and mike it up. What I like most is that it gets that saturated tone without the volume, although I intend to get better quality valves to improve clean headroom. Compared to it's nearest rival the Fender Champion this represents by far better bang for the buck. Here downunder in NZ the fender retails for (an astounding) $US450 equivalent, while the Valve Junior with matching cab is closer to $US500 equivalent (shocking I know), but even at this price I still want it. I wouldn't say the same for the Fender Champion. I consider the price in US justifies buying better valves to improve tone, but here in NZ I'll thrash the ones it comes with first.
  2. I have been playing for 25 years and have owned many guitars and amps and a well developed ear. I have been looking for an amp with great tone at acceptable volumes, and have tried both the Fender Champ and it's biggest rival the Epiphone Valve Junior. Tone for buck I am of the oppinion the Valve Junior head and 12" speaker cabinet at a very similar price (approx $US equivalent) represent far better value. It sounds better, has a decent speaker, the overdrive is much smother and has a fuller sound. I will be purchasinf one of those. Disapointed with fender.
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