#1
Hello, other users! I'm wondering what amp fits this description the most:

  • Is a combo
  • Has tubes
  • Within $450 price range
  • Doesn't sound way processed or have that "modern" (aka crappy nu-metal) distortion
  • Decent for playing live and in the apartment


I like playing pop-punk, ska, new wave, pop-rock, and sometimes dabble with classic rock. I'm trying to avoid all those built-in effects that don't sound that good and probably won't ever be used. However, I would take built-in distortion with a footswitch if it doesn't sound like crap.

Can anyone out there point me in the right direction?

Thanks!
#3
Laney AOR 50w.
Sovtek MIG50.
Peavey Classic 30.
Peavey VTM 120.
Peavey Ultra 60.
Line 6 Vetta.
#4
why do you want tubes? don't get them just because other people say "dem t00bz are da b0m8!1!!" for $450 you'll struggle to get any good tubes at power that'll suit you live.

Your options at 450 are really a peavey valveking, which is probably a bit high-gained for you (i personally dislike the overdrive on it) or some small 5w jobby like an ht-5 or epi valve junior, which won't do live really unless you properly mic it.

either save up more or be willing to not get a good sound with tubes or get a decent non-modelling solid state.

EDIT: i misestimated the conversion rate of £ to $ (i'm about a year ouut of date it seems it's no longer $450 = £250) i also forgot how much cheaper the US is.

a peavey classic would suit you quite nice
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Last edited by doive at Jul 3, 2009,
#5
^ XD do you know how loud a 30 watt tube amp is? Theres plenty of 20-50 watt tube amps in his price range that kick ass at rock.

Edit: Saw your edit >_> Didn't mean to be an ass..
#6
At that price you will have to go used if you want a good amp, try trolling your local clist for good deals
#7
no worries it was me that was the idiot

5w doesn't really roll it live i find :p
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#8
Quote by Sguit
At that price you will have to go used if you want a good amp, try trolling your local clist for good deals


Yeah I've been searching on it... A bunch of crap so far. Haha
#9
I don't worry too much about the live volume, because I can always mic the amp. I just want to be heard over drums without sound distorted from cranking the volume past what it can handle. And I am hoping to buy used as well!
#10
I would give Blackheart a try, specifically the 15W model.

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Blackheart-BH15-112-Handsome-Devil-Series-15W-1x12-Tube-Guitar-Combo-Amp-483097-i1400400.gc

Not so much power you can't crank it up indoors and I think it just might be what you are looking for tonally. I have limited experience at this point and others are probably a better source of information, but I can say I was impressed by the one I played on at a local store.
#11
Quote by AJDrac
I would give Blackheart a try, specifically the 15W model.

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Blackheart-BH15-112-Handsome-Devil-Series-15W-1x12-Tube-Guitar-Combo-Amp-483097-i1400400.gc

Not so much power you can't crank it up indoors and I think it just might be what you are looking for tonally. I have limited experience at this point and others are probably a better source of information, but I can say I was impressed by the one I played on at a local store.


I'll have to check that out! I didn't see one at the Guitar Center in my city though.
Thanks!
#12
Quote by WhatIfThis
I'll have to check that out! I didn't see one at the Guitar Center in my city though.
Thanks!


GC doesn't care them in stores, you may have to try a different shop at least to play on them. On the bright side, it's right at your price range. There is also a mini-stack version if you are interested, but as you specifically mentioned combo is a prereq I would assume not.

Good luck with whatever you end up with!