#1
Im looking to buy a small tube amp to practice with inside. Which is best tone wise?

Im looking to spend up to 250.
#2
well, best one I've tried yet is the HT-5 but I'm pretty sure that is over your budget, only things I can think of are the AC4TV, which is pretty good, maybe the Blackhearts are in that price range? and the Valve Jr, which I despise.
#3
do youy want any kind of versatility?
or are you going to only be playing one genre?
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#4
I play blues influenced, ill be playing slide on it, I like progressive like The Mars Volta, I could always put a pedal but I basically want some nice raw tube saturation for the room
#6
The HT-5 sounds perfect for you. I'd save up for it if I were you. I think it's $400 but I'm not sure.
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#7
vox ac 4. i think gc has a special one that goes to like 1-16th of a watt. i saw it in a magazine of theres but im not sure. look it up
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#8
Yeah the Blackstar HT-5 is a sweet little amp, same goes for the Vox AC4TV and the Blackheart Little Giant. I have always liked the Fender Champ 600 though
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#9
5 watts tube is pretty loud for the bedroom.

I have a Blackheart 5w and it sounds great - very bluesy. I mean, it's on 3watt mode all of the time so that my house doesn't fall over.

If you want that really tube-y roar at low volumes there's the Little Giant. I think it's 1/2 or 1/4 watt. I almost bought one instead of my 5 watt, but I was out of town when I played it played it and figured that the Blackheart guy at home would have it. He didn't.
#11
I really don't like the crate unless it is modded in some way. the Ht-5 will definitely beat it.
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#12
Its a matter of money though.. im gettin 180 for a SS amp I have

I could spend more and get something but I could get the crate v5 and have money for a fulltone ocd or something
#13
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Its a matter of money though.. im gettin 180 for a SS amp I have

I could spend more and get something but I could get the crate v5 and have money for a fulltone ocd or something



If you do that, don't get an OCD its the most overrated, overhyped pedal ever. There are a million better boutique OD's out there for around the same price. (If you do get an OCD, get a used V3 it is much better than the V4)
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#15
I'd have to say one of these-

Vox AC4
Blackheart 5w
Blackstar HT5

But really, go to your nearest guitar store, and test these three amps, then make a decision based on what you hear.

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#17
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5 watts tube is pretty loud for the bedroom.

I have a Blackheart 5w and it sounds great - very bluesy. I mean, it's on 3watt mode all of the time so that my house doesn't fall over.

If you want that really tube-y roar at low volumes there's the Little Giant. I think it's 1/2 or 1/4 watt. I almost bought one instead of my 5 watt, but I was out of town when I played it played it and figured that the Blackheart guy at home would have it. He didn't.

I think you're talking about the Killer Ant because the amp you have is the Little Giant
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#18
I really like my HT-5 and I'm sure you could find one used that would be within your budget.

Mind you, for blues I've found it's better to stick a good OD pedal in front of the amp; rather than trying to get a good blues tone out of the HT-5's gain channel.
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#19
If you need gain, go with the Blackstar HT-5, it's the only low wattage amp I've ever seen that has any kind of gain to it.

Otherwise, I played a Bugera V5 the other day and I loved it. It's switchable between 5, 1, and .01 watts, so you can get cranked tones at very very low volumes. It's $150.
#20
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If you need gain, go with the Blackstar HT-5, it's the only low wattage amp I've ever seen that has any kind of gain to it.

Otherwise, I played a Bugera V5 the other day and I loved it. It's switchable between 5, 1, and .01 watts, so you can get cranked tones at very very low volumes. It's $150.
.1, not .01
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#21
The new bugera v5 looks interesting
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#22
Check out the Fender Vibro Champ XD when comparing. You won't even need pedals with it.
#23
If you are a Dead Meadow fan I'd save for a Tiny Terror. Their sound is very typical Orange. Same with Mars Volta.
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#24
For what you want a Vox AC4 will suit you perfectly. I'm not sure of the price in $ but as it's cheaper than most of the other suggestions you'd be able to get a nice OD to pair it with. It also can be switched down to 1 watt or 1/4 watt for lower volume as 4/5 watt is still bloody loud. I play a lot of blues on mine and it really is great.

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If you need gain, go with the Blackstar HT-5, it's the only low wattage amp I've ever seen that has any kind of gain to it.

Otherwise, I played a Bugera V5 the other day and I loved it. It's switchable between 5, 1, and .01 watts, so you can get cranked tones at very very low volumes. It's $150.

Cranked I can get plenty gain out of my Vox, more than I'd usually need. Granted I wouldn't want to play metal on it but it would handle the TS' genres well.
Last edited by aaronni at Aug 24, 2009,
#25
Vox AC4 - classic rock, cleaner stuff
Blackstar HT5 - heavier stuff

i noticed you mentioned that you'd be playing stuff like the Mars Volta. i'm pretty sure Omar uses AC30s, and i find that the AC4 is a great way to get the AC30 OD tone without the headache.
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#26
What aaroni said.
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