#1
I used to be in a band (had an excellent Super Reverb that I loved dearly, but sold) then after the band broke up, I moved into an apartment. I'm trying to find the best amp for a bedroom/apartment setting. I love the fender type sound. I was looking into the Fender Blues Jr. (with Bill M mods) and the PRRI. The cost of the PRRI is quite a bit more than a Blues Jr. with mods. What's people's advice on this topic? I think the DRRI is gonna be too much for the apartment. I don't play live or with a band. Just rocking the bedroom.

I should explain some more things of interest to me.

1) Volume wise, I'm not looking to get much louder than when you turn your TV up, if that helps. (Again, apt. living)

2) I love the sound of tubes but I'm not even sure they make a product with tubes at such a low volume.

3) I don't love the modeling amps. I have a POD xt for that.

3) A headphone jack with be a bonus as the Mrs. likes me to turn it down from time to time.

4) I should say that I lean towards the clean Fender sound mostly.

5) I do record from time to time. Usually just throw a SM58 in front, into the m-box, into garage band.

Any other tips would be great. Got Christmas around the corner and I need to tell the Mrs. what I'm interested in.
#2
Crate v18 + bad monkey overdrive
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#3
Or maybe a BlackHeart Killer Ant or Little Giant. Both are low-watt tube amps with British voicing. The KA (1 W) would be perfect for an apartment...the LG (3W/5W) *might* be a little too loud...all depends on your definition of loud.

The cleans are very good on both of these amps and you can get a decent classic rock tone once they start to break up...but you'd definitely need a pedal to do high-gain stuff. No headphone jack on either one, though...but the KA sounds great at low volumes (I almost bought one a few weeks ago)...great little amp.
#5
My POD XT Live is perfect with the Valve Junior for bedroom practice. Low volume and great tone.
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#6
You could buy a nicer amp and get a THD Hot plate to lower the noise.
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#8
Quote by Cagney1990
You could buy a nicer amp and get a THD Hot plate to lower the noise.

this, or a weber minimass could do the job.

@guy above: Somehow i don't think the TT has a very clean fender-ish sound...
I like analogue Solid State amps that make no effort to be "tube-like", and I'm proud of it...

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#9
the engl screamer 50 is the best bedroom amp ive ever heard, its very versatile also, but ive not played any good fender amps yet, so dont know how it could handle that

and for this amp you dont need a attenuator
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#10
One of those zano heads or whatever they are called, they are only like 1 watt, but I have heard good things, also pretty expensive.
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One of those zano heads or whatever they are called, they are only like 1 watt, but I have heard good things, also pretty expensive.



they are 500$ **** i want one now though

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Yeh the SICK! bit sounds a bit stupid.

#12
the kind of amp your looking for probably wont have headphone jack, thats why you have your POD.
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#13
I tried both the Vox DA-5 and DA-10 today. Preferred the DA-5. 10 was cool too but, I didn't think it was worth the extra $75. Both are cool amps though, especially for the price. Tried the Champion 600 as well. Cool amp but not for me.

I was talking to my buddy that runs a studio in Hollywood, CA and he says that I should look into the Vibro Champ. His personal preference was the vintage model. Opinions?
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YES!

It is the best, or an Egnater Rebel 20.

Why are people posting the Crate V18? He asked for the best bedroom amp, not the cheapest small tube amp with a mediocre sound. And if the TS wants a cheaper amp, an Epi Valve Jr, Blackheart Killer Ant, Little Giant are much better choices for the volume he wants to play at.

And putting a digital effects pedal infront of an already mediocre amp, talk about no tone, esp since the TS doesn't like modeling amps, and all an effects processor is digitize and sterilize the signal
#17
I use the Fender Champion 600. It has nice cleans. On the lo-gain input, it doesn't break up until it is fully cranked, and even then it's not that loud. On the hi-gain it does break up into a nice dirty-bluesy sound.

Oh, and it's a tube Fender, so there's your Fender sound right there.
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#18
Sorry for jacking of the thread, but im looking into super reverbs. What are they like compared to twin reverbs? Could you ever get the SRV esque tone out of it?
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#19
Super Reverb + attenuator.
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#21
Super Champ XD or Vibro champ. Search craigslist if you can, the old Super Champs show up from time to time.
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#22
I just picked up a vintage silverface vibro champ and i love it! Really great cleans, when you crank it, well after 5 really, it gets a nice bluesy tone. would probably need an OD for Zepesque things but still...great little amp
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#23
If you liked the Super Reverb, you might like the Tweed Blues Junior. It's pretty small, but can be cranked to get a decent volume. It has great cleans and takes pedals really well too. It doesn't have a headphones jack, but I think this is the amp that would fit you best.
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Quote by TommyChung71
I used to be in a band (had an excellent Super Reverb that I loved dearly, but sold) then after the band broke up, I moved into an apartment. I'm trying to find the best amp for a bedroom/apartment setting. I love the fender type sound. I was looking into the Fender Blues Jr. (with Bill M mods) and the PRRI. The cost of the PRRI is quite a bit more than a Blues Jr. with mods. What's people's advice on this topic? I think the DRRI is gonna be too much for the apartment. I don't play live or with a band. Just rocking the bedroom.

I should explain some more things of interest to me.

1) Volume wise, I'm not looking to get much louder than when you turn your TV up, if that helps. (Again, apt. living)

2) I love the sound of tubes but I'm not even sure they make a product with tubes at such a low volume.

3) I don't love the modeling amps. I have a POD xt for that.

3) A headphone jack with be a bonus as the Mrs. likes me to turn it down from time to time.

4) I should say that I lean towards the clean Fender sound mostly.

5) I do record from time to time. Usually just throw a SM58 in front, into the m-box, into garage band.

Any other tips would be great. Got Christmas around the corner and I need to tell the Mrs. what I'm interested in.


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#25
Vox Pathfinder 15R - its like a mini AC30 in a light, cheap, easy to carry shape And its pretty cheap too. Just don't think they make em anymore, so might need to look 2nd hand. Sounds TONS better than the AD series.
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#26
i'd say Epiphone VJ, seeing as though it sounds like you like blues/ cleans and don't want anything with to many effects the VJ combo sounds good for you
Plus its either 5w or 15W, i can't rememer, cause i know the head is 5w
#27
^ it's 5 watts
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#30
low watt tube amps(1-5) is NOT the best bedroom amp! They dont get good overdrive at bedroom volumes, they need distortion pedals to get higher gain on low volumes,

whats needed is a good amp with a master and channel volume knob, that sound good at low volumes
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#31
Quote by Guitartist
Super Reverb + attenuator.

Or if you wanna really do the opposite of what he asked for, a Super Six with an attenuator.

(but it would sound delicious)
#32
Quote by Jaekae
low watt tube amps(1-5) is NOT the best bedroom amp! They dont get good overdrive at bedroom volumes, they need distortion pedals to get higher gain on low volumes,

whats needed is a good amp with a master and channel volume knob, that sound good at low volumes


That's the worst advice I've heard so far
WHY would an amp sound better at low volumes than an amp cranked, unless talking modern pregain metal stuff, which were not. Where do you get to the conclusion that small wattage amps need a pedal for good distortion? I will agree that 5 watts are a bit too loud for bedroom level playing after 10pm cranked, but you can get 5 watt amps with master and preamp vol too that will surely sound better at say half vol. than say a 50 watt amp at 0.5 vol or so


The whole reason they make low wattage amp is to provide good saturation and natural OD at low managable volumes
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