#1
1st post woooo!

Hi guys, for a while now i've been sick of playing with my Spider III, and I decided that I need a new amp. I'm looking for an amp that's pretty versatile. I wanna be able to get tones all the way from classic to modern rock, and stuff like early-80s metal to thrash metal to T3H BR00T4LZ. My budget is about $500, but i'm willing to stretch it a bit more if I have to, and yes i'm willing to go used. My main purposes for the amp are practicing at home (possibly be able to do some band practices too) and MAYBE a few school shows, even though we have our own amps at the school. I live in New York City (Brooklyn) for all of you craigslist trolls .

Now, here's my problem; I live in an apartment with my family , so i'm not sure if i can get a tube amp to work very nicely here.

My main considerations are:

Blackstar HT-5 Ministack: Very good reviews from what i hear, I heard a few demos and such and the tone this thing produces is awesome! I know it's a tube amp but it's only 5 watts and if it's still too loud i can always use the headphones output on it. Chances are i'll buy an OD with it to boost it into BR00T4LZ territory. Problem is that I never got a chance to play one, but i'm pretty sure that my local Guitarcenters have some. If it's not loud enough for my school shows I can probably ask to have my amp mic'd to our PA.

Peavey Vypyr 75: I've played this amp before and honestly it was great! It sounded leagues better than my Spider and it's a solid state so it'll still be good at low volumes. Plus I'll buy the Sanpera II footswitch as well if i get it and i'll have total access to everything.

I'm open to any other amp suggestions as well.
#2
cool story bro

but in all seriousness. dont get another SS.
My Rig
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Schecter Damien 6 (mod with 81/85 emg)
Ibanez Xiphos
Peavey Vypyr Tube 120 <3
Digitech RP250 (for Sale)
Last edited by Shpunt at Aug 19, 2009,
#3
check out some flextones as well
I traded in my Real Books for Robbins and Cotran Pathology Textbooks
#5
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The Pit is ---> bro.

Anyways, I would vouch for the Line 6 flextone.


He's my RL friend, posted that as a joke to spite me.

I've played a Flextone before. My local Sam Ash had one (not sure if they still have it, need to check). I wasn't able to get a really great metal sound of it, but then again i didnt really have much time to play it and it was a busy day in the store. If anything i'll check out some demos online and see if they still have the amp in the store.
#6
spend some time with it. Its a better modeler than the vyper.

also At 500usd, you might be lucky enough, key word might be, lucky enough to find a used vetta. In case some is desperate for crack money just keep checking CL for one
I traded in my Real Books for Robbins and Cotran Pathology Textbooks
#7
I'd call Vettas out of the question at 500, but thts just my CL experience
Vypers & flextones sound about right for you though
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#8
Quote by ShredGod George
I'd call Vettas out of the question at 500, but thts just my CL experience
Vypers & flextones sound about right for you though

Hence my maybe. But no loss comes from just scouring CL's
I traded in my Real Books for Robbins and Cotran Pathology Textbooks
#9
I've found 2 Vettas for under $500 in last few weeks, so it's definitley possible.
#10
If you could find a Vetta, jump on it like a homeless man on a cheap hooker. If not, go for the Blackstar. Great little amp.
#11
If you want a rough overview on how the blackstar can sound, i have a rough clip 8-9 min clip of it in my profile covering a wide variety of tones.
I traded in my Real Books for Robbins and Cotran Pathology Textbooks
#12
See if you can locate an Orange dealer nearby and check out their Tiny Terror model. It's pretty basic as far as features go: tone, volume, and gain is all the control you have over the amp. However, it gives you a VERY good tone, and isn't too pricey. As an added bonus, you can select between running at 15 or 7 watts, so you can turn it to 7 for studio recording or practicing, and then switch it to 15 when you want to play a gig.


A brand new Tiny Terror Head and a 1x12 Orange Cabinet will run you about $750 new. Orange has also released the Tiny Terror as a combo, which you can get for around $725 -$850. Grab a nice distortion/overdrive effects box and you should be set to play just about anything.
"Notes are expensive, spend them wisely." - B.B. King
#14
Quote by Xeron Brigs
See if you can locate an Orange dealer nearby and check out their Tiny Terror model. It's pretty basic as far as features go: tone, volume, and gain is all the control you have over the amp. However, it gives you a VERY good tone, and isn't too pricey. As an added bonus, you can select between running at 15 or 7 watts, so you can turn it to 7 for studio recording or practicing, and then switch it to 15 when you want to play a gig.


A brand new Tiny Terror Head and a 1x12 Orange Cabinet will run you about $750 new. Orange has also released the Tiny Terror as a combo, which you can get for around $725 -$850. Grab a nice distortion/overdrive effects box and you should be set to play just about anything.

http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/msg/1320548113.html

it's in his area. he could probably talk down to $350 and get an avatar cab. that'd be right around $500.
#15
Thanks for the help guys. I really appreciate it. I still didn't make my decision yet, but I wonder what are everyone's thoughts on the Blackstar anyways? Right now for me it seems like it's a tie between the Flextone and the Blackstar.


I'm trying to possibly find a Vetta too .
Last edited by DGor at Aug 20, 2009,
#16
Quote by DGor
Thanks for the help guys. I really appreciate it. I still didn't make my decision yet, but I wonder what are everyone's thoughts on the Blackstar anyways? Right now for me it seems like it's a tie between the Flextone and the Blackstar.


I'm trying to possibly find a Vetta too .


Uh i'd go with the Flextone
Gear
Guitars
- Ibanez GRX20
- Austin SG
- Alveraz Artist Acoustic Electric
Amps
- Kustom 15W
- Peavey Vypyr 75W
- Monitor speaker!
Effects
- Behringer V-Amp Multi-effects
- Dunlop Cry Baby Wah
- Tubescreamer
- Sampera I