#1
I've been looking for a Solid State amp to keep at home, preferably a pretty large size. I came across the Valvetronix VT100 2x12 and was wondering if UG knows much about it. I don't have any experience with Vox. Any help would be great.
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#2
The valvetronix is pretty decent, but only as a starter amp. I'm sure there are better SS amps. out there.
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#3
Brilliant amp. nowhere near as heavy as other 100 watters and amazingly versatile. DO IT!
#5
What's your budget and what do you play? A lot of hard rock or metal I take it from the looks of your other gear.
#6
I don't really have a budget. I'd prefer to spend less than 1000. I don't want a stack, and I'd like it to be Solid State. I play everything from acoustics to black metal.
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#7
Why solid state?
Nothing wrong with em.. just usually people upgrade to tube.
My mate has a Vox 100w stack... says it's good but can get muddy tones with too much distortion. But i think they're pretty versatile from what I've heard.
#8
The only problem I've heard about the vox is that modeling amps dont accept pedals too good, but if you're happy with the sounds on it you're good to go. Any particular reason it has to be solid state? For that price you could get a small wattage tube amp like a blackstar ht-5 or something.
#9
I want a big amp to leave at home without spending too much money. That's the main reason I want a solid state.
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#10
Will you be playing very loud at home? There are cheap low wattage tube amps that you can crank up at your house without making your ears bleed.
#11
Why do you want a big amp if you are just leaving it at home?
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#12
I agree, a 100w amp, even solid state, seems a waste in a home where 30w is more than enough.
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#13
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Why do you want a big amp if you are just leaving it at home?

My thoughts exactly
#14
Flextone. It's not 100watts and it's not $1000, but 1 of the better SS amps in my opinion.
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#15
my buddy has the 30W version of that
he said he likes it but he doesn't use distortion pedals on it cause he said it makes the tone all muddy(he has a EHX metal muff and borrowed my SD lava box to try too)
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#16
i have the 15w version and I love it for a practice amp, and im not in a gigging band so its fine for me right now. I used it at a school orchestra concert thing (im also a cellist, but there was a guitar part in the song that we were playing) and it easily filled up a medium sized auditorium. In fact some people thought that it was too loud lol, and there was a drummer in that song too.. i really dont think you would need a 100w for home practice tbh
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#17
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I've been looking for a Solid State amp to keep at home, preferably a pretty large size. I came across the Valvetronix VT100 2x12 and was wondering if UG knows much about it. I don't have any experience with Vox. Any help would be great.


I think the new valvetronix series sound great. I'm actually probably gonna go pick up the 15 watter today at GC. Unless I find something cooler on craigslist

I don't see any reason why you need a VT100 for home use. I've played the VT30 and that **** gets loud!

Lots of different amp models for different tones and effects that you can edit a bit.

If you're not gigging with it, and just want a practice amp for home, go for the VT30. The 10" speaker handles more low end than the VT15. The VT100 would be overkill
#18
The 120 is far superior in tone. It's actually quite different from the rest of the series. I have one. It sounds and looks awesome. I love the blue grille.

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#19
FWIW, I think the Valvetronix amps sound great for a practice amp. My little brother has one and if I wasn't in a band (and didn't have a lot of pedals) I would probably get one over a blues amp just for the versatility. It's definitely ideal for heavier stuff.
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#20
Vetta. IMO the best solid state amp.
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#21
To all asking why I need one that big: I'll be using it at home but in large rooms and outdoors that needs to drown out drums while not pushing the amp.

Otherwise: My only problem with it judging from your comments and some reviews is how well it handles effects. I don't use stompboxes because I use a Boss GT-10. Will that destroy the amp's tone?
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#22
There are some tube amps in that price range that can be heard over drums and unlike most solid state amps sound better at this volume anyway. Some good amps are the peavey valveking (maybe, i've heard mixed reviews,but if you're gonna use the gt-10 for distortions too it'd be alright), the randall rg50tc or any of the bugera line. They have their reliability issues worked out now I guess.
#23
Why do people bitch about these amps supposedly not taking pedals? The built in effects are more than competent for a stay at home practice amp. OP excepted since you have a GT10. But all the other goobers with a metal zone pedal. Just use the freaking distortion amp models. Don't worry about your $40 pedal!
#24
Hey, the new VTs to me and the band I'm in are fantastic. We use a 15w and a 30w for live and practice right now and these amplifiers just sound and react almost like real tube amps. The only drawback is the footswitch can be hard to find and is 60 dollars, but it's well worth it for its uses live. Great amps!

Edit: And yeah, I wouldn't worry about pedals with this amp, I think the clean and dirty channels sound good enough where you might not need one (unless you prefer the sound of a specific pedal) and the effects aren't adjustable in numerical parameters but you can get many good sounds using the knob and the tap tempo button.
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#25
Hey TS, if you can you should try it out to see if it has the tone(s) you're looking for. I know that guitar center carries them even if you don't plan to buy it there, you can still try it.
#26
I have the Vox VT30 and it's a good amp for the price. I use it for practice in my bedroom and rarely have it at more than half power or volume.

You're talking about solid state amps though, the Vox amps are hybrids.
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