I can't imagine why they are discontinuing the VT16. Maybe for guitarist shopping at that price point, the Vintage 16 112 combo makes more sense. I bought my first 2 combos with that reason. My first was a used Music Man 65 212 combo. Amp and speakers all in one package; and at a low price. I bought my Carvin VX212 combo for the same reason: it was cheaper than buying a separate cabinet and head.
However, I now would note two things about buying a head separate from a cabinet: first,when they are separate they are easier to haul around; I've always been my own roadie and for awhile I played with a group that had a basement practice space with lots of stairs to go up and down; secondly, you are not without your complete rig if part of it needs to be repaired.
There are plenty of amps out there with the same basic blueprint: 2 12AX7s: 2 EL84s. 15-20 watts.
From Peavey: Peavey 6505MH 6505 Mini Head
Peavey CLASSIC20MH Classic 20 Mini Head
Peavey ValveKing II Micro-head
From Joyo: BEALE STREET (6V6s)
From Panama Guitars: Loco 15
From EVH: EVH 5150 III LBX - 15W Tube Head
From Orange:Orange Micro Terror 20-Watt
And many more to list, for sure.
And from more boutique like makers we can find:
Mesa:Mini Rectifier® 25
Mark Five: 25™
Dr. Z:Carmen Ghia
Studio Pro (35 watts)
So, there are lots of similar amps both at low price point and a higher price. Maybe Carvin will move into the higher price point with their amps the same way they did with their VX Baltic Birch cabinets. Or they might replace the Vintage series with a hand wound series of amplifiers (that would be really Vintage
). They could charge more for them then.
I like the features on my VT-16: the line out; the two parallel speaker output jacks; being able to switch from 5 watts to 16 watts . Sometimes I think I would like an effects loop but I don't know.
Its still a great amp that works for me