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Old 10-16-2012, 09:27 AM   #1
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What amp?

Im looking at buying a new amp and im after some opinions.

I have around a 250 ($400 or somthing) budget give or take if i can spend less then I will.

Im only looking for a practice amp for my bedroom and play mostly punk, pop punk and some classic rock. Im currently playing an Epiphone Les Paul Plus Top.

So far ive been looking at Fender G-DEC 3 fifteen, Vox VT20+, Orange CR20LCX Crush Pix 20W Combo and Marshall MG15 and are all at the lower end of my budget.

Was also wondering if I buy a 30 watt amp would it still sounds as good as a 15 at lower volumes?

Thanks in advance
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Old 10-16-2012, 09:37 AM   #2
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Under 250, bedroom practice, those styles of music, theres only two options worth considering on the solid state/modelling side of things.

Peavey Vypyr 30 @ 160
VOX VT-40+ @ 160

There are however plenty of tube amps that would fit your budget, but maybe wouldn't be so great for bedroom practice.

Bugera V22 @ 220
Jet City 2112 @ 230
Blackstar HT-1R @ 215

Avoid the Orange Crush (not especially bad, but certainly not the best modeling you can buy). Marshalls MG series are ones to avoid too, not especially bad again, but certainly nowhere near the best you can get for your money.

As for your question about wattage... I don't think you've quite understood how power works in audio amplification... higher wattage amps don't sound "worse" at lower volumes than their lower output counter parts.

As a general (read GENERAL, no flames please ) rule though, tube amps sound better the louder you crank them; solid states the opposite...
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Old 10-16-2012, 10:01 AM   #3
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From what ive seen on youtube im really in to that Peavey Vypyr. Gonna give it a try on friday. Thanks.
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Old 10-16-2012, 11:12 AM   #4
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Ive owned one in the past, best little practice amp I've ever used. For 150, you can't go wrong.

Plus, if you end up liking it so much, you can always buy the Tube version which eats win for breakfast.
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Old 10-16-2012, 11:23 AM   #5
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If you don't need a tube, Peavey Vypyr is an excellent choice. If you do however want a tube amp, I'd recommend a blackstar HT-5.
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Old 10-16-2012, 02:03 PM   #6
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If you don't need a tube, Peavey Vypyr is an excellent choice. If you do however want a tube amp, I'd recommend a blackstar HT-5.


ht5 isn't all-tube

http://www.thomann.de/gb/jet_city_a...uitar_combo.htm

if you do want tube, that's what i'd probably get. maybe upgrade the speaker later to an eminence v12 (around 50).

if not, those modellers would work. vypyr is meant to be pretty good, but i haven't tried it. Ditto the mustang. Vox valvetronixes are good for the lower gain stuff. Roland cubes (buy at least the 30 or 40 watt versions, as they have better features) are good for heavier stuff.
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ht5 isn't all-tube



Oh, sorry, my bad. It's still a good amp.
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No worries. never actually tried one- it might be great for home use, though. Just don't want someone buying it thinking it's all-tube when it isn't.
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Old 10-16-2012, 06:46 PM   #9
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Mustang II, Vypyr, Valvetronix etc....any nice modelling amp will be perfect.
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vypyr tube 60. best low-budget modelling amp out there, and it can go from whisper quiet to really loud.
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