#1
Im really interested in this amp. I was wondering if this is a good amp for playing inside the house. I mean it only is 40 watt tube amp so I would think it would be good but just want more advice. Also could I hook up my 100 watt Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier Head to those two speakers? Thanks.
#2
Yes. It sounds ok at low volumes for a tube amp/line 6.

and i'm not sure about the dual rec. I don't think the speakers will be able to handle it and have the same output ratings.
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#3
You probably will get some really biased answers here because its line 6 and its technically a spider, but i love the spider Valve series. People will tell you its a hybrid amp, well its not, its definatly a real tube amp, just line6'ified. Very versatile and good sounding.

As far as home practice goes im sure it would be fine, if it was the head thatd be a different story, the amps volume is very manageable via the controls which is nice.

And idk about the cab thing.
#4
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People will tell you its a hybrid amp, well its not, its definatly a real tube amp, just line6'ified.

I've actually really been impressed with the Spider Valves I've played through, but this statement is nothing but false. The Spider Valves ARE hybrid amps, they have a solid state (digital) preamp, with a tube power amp, the preamp tubes in it are used as a buffer for the preamp and the phase inverter for the power amp.

The 2x12 combo has 2 Celestion Vintage 30s in it, so yes, if you can hook it up to your Recto, it will handle the power and not blow the speakers.
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#5
do it! a lot of people on here don't like the spider valves, but it's fun to mess around with and can handle small gigs well.

edit:
i meant most people don't like line6 amps in general, especially the spiders...
#6
It's a good amp but IMO you can do better for the money if you don't need the versatility the Spider has.
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#7
i own one and i have to say it kicks so much ass. it sounds so good and is very loud. i got mine for 600 bucks so i got lucky. i only use the metal setting cause it sounds amazinggggggggggggggggggg
#8
personally i love line 6's higher quality amps. the higher powered heads are great. i own an hd150 and i couldn't be happier with it actually, even though 99% of people would bash it, i love it. versatile, loud enough for unmiced small gigs, pretty goo overall quality. not a bad amp... but back on topic haha, yes go for the valve. they are pretty loud, and again, very versatile, and although you can do better (minus the versatility) it's a great amp to settle with.
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#9
My mate has that amp,

but its broken twice in the time hes had it.

So hes returning it and buying something more reliable.

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#10
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My mate has that amp,

but its broken twice in the time hes had it.

So hes returning it and buying something more reliable.


that's something i can agree with on the whole spider hate group's list. you have to treat them like gold or they will break. i've blown a 30watt spider before... which was a friends... 200 dollars left my wallet that day...
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#11
He only kept it in his room and played it like practising, no gigging or anything, and it just brok twice.

It was a nice amp though, shame he never let me play around with it.

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#12
Why in the world would you ever even think about buying a spider if you have a Recto?

But hey s**t happens. 40 tubey watts is too loud for home practice in exactly the same way that a recto is too big for home practice. In fact you will find out that 100w and 40w arent that far between their volumes at all. id be surprised if there was 10db in it.

Id rather spend my money on an attenuator for the mesa and just use that.
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#13
If you're looking for versatility and a decent practice amp, then get a Pod and a small tube amp like a VJ, Blackheart, or the like. The SV isn't a horrible amp, but it's loud as hell, and is certainly not a practice amp.
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#14
i say get a flextone 2x12.
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#15
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Why in the world would you ever even think about buying a spider if you have a Recto?

I'd buy one if I had the money laying around

They're pretty cool amps, I'd choose an HD147 or Vetta over it though, but they're also quite a bit more expensive
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#17
Definately go try one in person. Some people love them, some hate them. I think they are pretty good.
#18
just confirming that you can use your spider valve as speakers for your dual recto...

actually if you search 'spider valve mesa' on youtube you can find a guy who has a couple videos where he has this very set up.
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#19
I purchased the Line 6 Spider Valve 212 40 watt amp recently. I got it used with the FBV shortboard for $700. Typically, this package cost over $1200 with taxes.

The nice thing about the amp is being able to adjust settings for great sounds at low volumes for home practice. It has an XLR out that can be sent to the computer for recording.

It has two 12" Celestion V30 speakers and is all tube with the spider iii effects before the tubes. The tubes are 2 - 12AX7 and 2 - 6L6GC. It is on removable castors, making moving it around easier.

The sounds simililar to Marshall IMO are found on the crunch and metal amp models. The tweaking is part of the fun to find the sound that you want to hear!? It has a built in noise gate, volume boost, and tuner!

And if nothing else, the amp can also find use as an external speaker cabinet with 2 12" Celestions V30. The effects can be bypassed to access the tube section. Also, the effects can be sent to another amp and used as a pod in a different amp. Talk about a variety of options, as well as the built in presets that can be tweaked.

I like it personally for home practice. I'm picking up a Fender Pro Reverb 1x12 Jenson 50 watts tomorrow that I will use as my main playing amp. And to think, I already have an external 212 speaker cab!?!
#20
I personally really like the Spider Valve. I do a lot of 80's metal type stuff and I can really nail the hair metal tones with it. Strangely enough, one of the presets I use is the Slipknot preset and it does a great Skid Row type tone in standard tuning.
#21
i have the spider valve 212. It sounds pretty good all around. I mostly use the metal and insane channels, but the only thing is that the got tons of feedback. The amp supposedly has a built in noise gat but i don't know how to turn it on. But besides that, great amp. Got it on sale for 580 bucks cause my local music store had a 50% of sale for all amps. Definately glad i got it. I play it in my basement, and it sounds ok quiet but it sounds way better when its cranked. Always play and compare an amp ALOT before you buy it.
#22
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i have the spider valve 212. It sounds pretty good all around. I mostly use the metal and insane channels, but the only thing is that the got tons of feedback. The amp supposedly has a built in noise gat but i don't know how to turn it on. But besides that, great amp. Got it on sale for 580 bucks cause my local music store had a 50% of sale for all amps. Definately glad i got it. I play it in my basement, and it sounds ok quiet but it sounds way better when its cranked. Always play and compare an amp ALOT before you buy it.

the feedback messed my friend up too, but the solution was pretty easy. if the gain knob on your amp is past 12 o'clock, the "gain boost" is on. turn it down and it'll work fine. i think you turn on the noise gate by holding the tap tempo button and turning the delay knob past 12 o'clock.
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#23
its not bad but unless you really love modelling amps, you can do better for the money.

And yes, it would be able to handle your 100w mesa because 2 v30s have 120w handling
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#24
o thanks that helps get rid of some of the feedback. But yea i think i just gotta experiment around with the gate, gain, and boost until i find the right balance.
#25
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o thanks that helps get rid of some of the feedback. But yea i think i just gotta experiment around with the gate, gain, and boost until i find the right balance.

If you can find a cheap FBV shortboard it makes all those extra features easily accessable
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