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Old 10-05-2012, 02:31 PM   #1
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Which Low Wattage Tube Amp Should I Go With?

Which amp would be best for Hendrix, RHCP, Radiohead, Bloc Party, etc.
(so quite a warm crunchy sound, able to get great distinct cleans without breaking up when needed)

I don't have much to spend.

It's between

Vox AC4TV Combo
Bugera V5
Ibanez TSA5
Laney Cub 8
Belcat Tube 10
Blackstar HT1

Or any others around that price range, I'm ideally looking for an 8"/10" speaker

Also, would the VOX VT20+ be alright with a Zoom G3 multi fx pedal.
How would it compare to similar priced tube amps?
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Old 10-05-2012, 02:33 PM   #2
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How loud do you play? Because none of those amps will stay very clean if you're trying to play with a drummer.
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Old 10-05-2012, 02:34 PM   #3
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maybe a vht special 6 or special 6 ultra?

i've tried a fair few of the low wattage tube amps... but none of the ones you've listed

the blackstar isn't all-tube, by the way.

EDIT: ^ that too.
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Old 10-05-2012, 02:39 PM   #4
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I'm not a tube snob so being 'all tube' doesnt really matter to me yet
And no, I won't be playing with a drummer, it's only for me practicing alone.
VHT special 6 costs too much
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Old 10-05-2012, 02:41 PM   #5
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Old 10-05-2012, 02:45 PM   #6
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woa holy shit. everywhere else i've looked, they are like 250
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Old 10-05-2012, 02:52 PM   #7
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are you sure you weren't looking at a different model? they're a bit dearer in the UK (dawsons is the dealer, i think), but i don't think they were anywhere near 250, either.

that being said, kevin's clean headroom point is important.
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Old 10-05-2012, 03:15 PM   #8
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I have an AC4 head & cab and I'm happy with it, can't comment much on the others though.

To answer your question about the Vox VT20+ and Zoom multifx, it's an OK modeller, but a tube amp will beat it every time. Also, it's designed to work with it's own built in effects so it doesn't work particularly well with a separate unit.

If you're looking at getting a multifx unit, go with one of the tube amps, ideally one with an effects loop although that isn't mandatory.
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:44 PM   #9
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just a quick question as im looking at getting a little home amp soon too.

Does the vht special 6 ultras line out work as a headphone socket too?
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just a quick question as im looking at getting a little home amp soon too.

Does the vht special 6 ultras line out work as a headphone socket too?


Probably, but I'd bet its a mono jack, meaning you'll only get sound in one ear phone. You could replace the jack with a stereo jack, but it won't sound very good. Without the power section or the speaker to flavor the tone most amps sound pretty bland.
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ok cheers kevin. sorry to hijack... continue.
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:50 PM   #12
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Tubemeister 5 hands down, I freaking love mine and challenge anyone to bring me a more versatile 5 watt amp, in its class its a freaking ninja beast. I only have the head but I run it through my Marshall 1x12 and it sounds great, the redbox out on it sounds flipping amazing (it emulates a H&K 4x12 and plugs into anything that accepts line level XLR) Master and Gain to setup a tasty clean, then a boost button that can push you into the crunchy zone just like that. Yes I am horribly in love with it!!!
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Old 10-05-2012, 07:02 PM   #13
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ok cheers kevin. sorry to hijack... continue.


It's cool, we're all here to help eachother
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