#1
Well, I was in the process of looking for a new amp (was hoping tube), when I was offered a deal: One of the employees was selling a old used Marshall AVT50, and if I wanted it, I could have it for $200. (its a steal) Now, I was allowed to bring it home to make sure I liked it before I bought it (family friend runs store) and now I've come down to this.

I like the amp (it's an improvement over my 30W Spider III) it has better tonal qualities and I think its probably a bit louder. My question is should I buy it and run the risk of it not being what I hoped (it took me about a month to realize how much I really hated my Spider) or wait and maybe get an all tube combo (Peavey Valveking, Fender Hot Rod)?

This is more of a "might this last as a long term amp?" than a "is it good or not", because right now I like it, but I'm hoping it'll stay that way for a while. In the event that I start to lose my liking for it, is there anything I could do to prolong my use of it in the event that I do get it? (pedals like an EQ or OD/Dist)
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#3
as with anything, whether it's a musical instrument or piece of equipment or what, there's always a way to prolong its use and your liking it. since you say you like it now, i would say for $200 buy it.
#4
no dont buy it.

its a complete crap amp compared to others for the same price.


my friend has one, and although it dosent sound digital, i rather have my digital sounding micro cube.

i practice with some guy so play them both for practice and the micro cube is definately better.

so i say look into the roland cube series much better, or the vypyrs wich are really great as well.
#5
they'r really iffy, even though i dont hate the tone as much as some do. for 200 just get a vypyr 30 and be done with it (assuming you play higher gain styles)
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#6
^even then its still a much better amp.

the cleans are blah, and the distortion sounds terrible unless you scoop it, and then it sounds slighty less shrill and tons darker.

just get a vypyr.
Last edited by THEKID546 at Mar 13, 2009,
#7
I'd only consider buying a new amp if its all tube. I already have a modelling amp (I've compared it to the microcube and the microcube sounds much muddier) So pretty much its a no go? I'd rather get an all-tube amp (even if the OD sucks) and just run a distortion pedal through it rather than buy another modelling amp...
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#8
Just save up more money and get a good tube amp and overdrive pedal. You will eventually get tired of that amp whether it takes a month or a a year and then the next good improvement will make you mad you got the amp.
#9
my major turn off for the AVT series was the acoustic simulator. it's like a modelling amp without the fun stuff. you'd be better off with a valve king, classic 30, or hot rod deluxe, although the gain on the latter isn't too great.
#10
This is an older one with no added channels or effects (save reverb). But it still sounds too similar to my Spider I think to warrant buying it. I'll try and look at some VKs tomorrow, but I tried the HRD (I can probably get it for about $450) and thought that the distorion sounded okay. I'm sure hoping I'll find something...
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Last edited by Quinlan at Mar 14, 2009,