#1
Hi,

I just recently got what I need to record music onto my computer: MXL 990 mic and an M-audio Fast Track Pro.

I'm only missing one thing now: a decent recording amp.

I play rock, blues, jazz, some hard rock.
Since it's solely for recording, I'm guessing a 5-10 watt tube amp will be perfect.
I'm looking for something versatile, and that is pedal-friendly
My budget goes up to 400$; I'll be buying used.

I'm hesitating between 2 choices right now: Fender Vibrochamp XD or an Epiphone Valve Junior combo, which I will mod to my liking.

Which one do you think I should pick?
Or do you have another suggestion?

Thanks
#2
+1 on the Vibro Champ. I have a Super Champ XD and an Epi Vjr head/cab. There is no comparison, the SCXD is far superior to the Vjr. Far as in light years, around the universe, and back again.
#4
Vibrochamp, simply because you can run it direct if you have to for recording....AND epiphone is discontinuing the bulk of their amp line, and unless you're using a lot of pedals/effects there's not much to go on. Without any other setup, you've got 16 amp "voicings" and 16 effects built into the Vibrochamp, so it's the clear winner.
Gear:
- Schecter C-1 Hellraiser
- B.C. Rich Platinum Beast
- Godin LG EMG
- Peavey 6505+ Combo
- "Mastortion" Pedal 1/6
- Hagstrom HC-15 (1967)

2011 gear:
- Schecter 35th anniversary C-1
- Schecter RAF spitfire solo 6
#5
My friend and I played the Superchamp XD and the Epiphone Valve Junior half stack, and I preferred the Epiphone, although the Vibrochamp XD isn't the Superchamp, so I don't know about the comparison between the two.

I liked the sound of the Epi Valve, so I would suggest that one.
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#6
Quote by LezPaulEpiphone
My friend and I played the Superchamp XD and the Epiphone Valve Junior half stack, and I preferred the Epiphone, although the Vibrochamp XD isn't the Superchamp, so I don't know about the comparison between the two.

I liked the sound of the Epi Valve, so I would suggest that one.


Superchamp = 15 watts vs 5 watts and a bigger speaker, but and has 2 power tubes vs the one in the vibrochamp. same preamp layout though.
Gear:
- Schecter C-1 Hellraiser
- B.C. Rich Platinum Beast
- Godin LG EMG
- Peavey 6505+ Combo
- "Mastortion" Pedal 1/6
- Hagstrom HC-15 (1967)

2011 gear:
- Schecter 35th anniversary C-1
- Schecter RAF spitfire solo 6
Last edited by Demon_dave at Aug 25, 2009,
#7
Quote by Demon_dave
Superchamp = 15 watts vs 5 watts and a bigger speaker, but and has 2 power tubes vs the one in the vibrochamp. same preamp layout though.


Ahh, thanks.

Sorry TS, I haven't played the other one, I can't tell you which one would be better.
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Roger Waters - 12th May!
#8
Quote by ARguitars
Even a modded Valve Jr?
Who can say. I wouldn't take a modded Vjr over a SCXD. No matter what you do to it, there is no way you are going to get the range of tones that the SCXD has.

I preferred the Epiphone, although the Vibrochamp XD...
You're comparing an 8" speaker against a 12" cabinet. A 8" speaker might be for recording, but won't hold it's own against a 1x12 cab. Also there is no way that the Vjr is going to cover the same range of tones as the VCXD without adding pedals. In addition, it takes a bit of testing to get a grip on how to dial in the best tones from the 16 voices on the XD.