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Alright guys, my first post on the site and i need some advice please!

I play in a classic rock covers band with some metal thrown in. We play songs from bands such as Black Sabbath, Free, Metallica, UFO, Poison etc etc.

It has come to the stage where we are on the verge of going out gigging round local pubs and WMC's and it is time to buy an amp that is capable of gigging these type of places.

I use my current small amp at the practice room - but if i needed to turn this up it would distort big time because it hasn't got enough power/wattage.

I have been thinking that 100W will be the maximum i need for gigs or maybe 60/70W if its a tube amp - but then it depends on cost which max will be £300-£350. But it doesn't mean i have to spend all that!

So guys what are seen as the 'best' amps in this price and wattage range for the type of music i play and the size of the venues? Also, it will be a combo not a cab and head.

Thanks in advance
Last edited by JamesWakefield at Feb 5, 2009,
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You need more money.
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#3
your not gonna get a brand-new 100watt cab setup for less than 450USD
(i dont know the conversion)
look on ebay, thats my suggestion
#5
not even 50. i'd go with more like 30 watts
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Carvin x100b head (6l6 version from the 80's) Ebay around $350US. Saweet for the price.
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#8
Either
THIS
THIS
or
THIS

In that price range they're not gonna be terrific, but pretty good.
Also you do not need 100W
Solid State = 50W-75W
Tube = 20W-30W
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http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/en/74130
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http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/en/dbm-bad/13051


probably the best you can do with such a small budget, you're being incredibly optimistic thinking you won't spend all your money Oh, and the stuff above is pretty decent too.

hunt around for used deals though, I've seen a Marshall JCM900 with 1960a cab go for £300, and people are getting rid of stuff due to the current financial climate.
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#10
your gonna want more headroom than 20-30w tube...
i would go to 50w
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#11

No he isn't - ever heard of something called "picking dynamics"?
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#12
actually no. what is that?
and im just saying this cuz he plays a lot of music with cleans, or so it seems, and to me playing on a 20w tube at gig volume messes with the clean tone, it starts to break up.
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#13
Tube amps are really responsive, if you pick softer the sound cleans up enormously...that's how they used to do it when everybody had single channel 100w monsters.
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#14
true
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Quote by steven seagull
Tube amps are really responsive, if you pick softer the sound cleans up enormously...that's how they used to do it when everybody had single channel 100w monsters.

it is also a lot less loud.
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#16
I'd say a Valveking 112 is your best bet, though a Laney LV-series combo would be good as well.

If those aren't enough, go used. Peavey and Carvin are your best bets there, but there's really no telling what you can find. A friend of mine got a Trace-Elliot AH400SMX, a matching ported 210, and a MIA Jazz Bass, all for $600.
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#17
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You need more money.


Enough said. Set a higher budget, save up for a while, but in the mean time go try as many tube amps in your new price range as possible.

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not even 50. i'd go with more like 30 watts


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