#1
So my Marshall MG15CDR is driving me mad nowadays with it's tone (it either sounds muffled or like a can of bees with distortion to me), so I plan on going amp shopping soon. But I don't really know what type of amp to get- a 15W or a 30W. I'm the cliche guitar playing college student, so I obviously can't really go too much larger than these. I'm just wondering if the tone varies between sizes. I ask because I've heard things like that the Peavy Vypyr 30W sounds better than the 15W model- is this true? I'm not really too concerned with any onboard effects or the built-in overdrive/distortion since I already have some dedicated pedals for those type of things, so I'm not really too concerned if there's differences in that area.

Thanks for any help you guys can give!
#2
If you aren't planning on getting very big with your amps, go with the Vypyr, or nab yourself a Vox.
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If you're staying in dorms... you could also consider the Pod series... esp the Pod XT3 live... hook headphones up to it and you're good to jam till 5 in the morning.
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If you aren't planning on getting very big with your amps, go with the Vypyr, or nab yourself a Vox.


Well, that's what my question's about: I'm looking at amps like the Vypyr and other amps like that, but I want to know if there's a significant tone difference between the 15W and the 30W models.
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If you play more modern rock/metal-type music, something like the Roland Cube series could also work.
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#7
He's not asking which amp to get, he's asking about wattage. I'd go with the 30 watt amp, that way you can do small gigs if you need to, and you're not limited by volume in case you want to do something more than practice in your room. You can always dial it down when practicing, but having the extra juice is a bonus IMO (I'm a university student too, I wish I had more than my Microcube).
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Well, that's what my question's about: I'm looking at amps like the Vypyr and other amps like that, but I want to know if there's a significant tone difference between the 15W and the 30W models.


There's not a massive difference... you get get moar bells and whistles.

Oh yes between the Vypyr 15 and 30... you get an additional 4" to your speaker... which gives you better presence and bass response.
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#9
well 15W amps are fine for home playing, and so are 30W. i personally haven't noticed much tonal difference between the same amps of different powers at low volumes;however, at higher volumes, there usually is a difference. As a rule of thumb,15W amps sound perfectly fine till about 60% of their volume, while 30W can go up till 70% before sounding crappy. most practice amps/combo amps have this problem, so your choice basically boils down to how loud you really want to play. if you're just sitting in a dorm and don't plan to turn the volume up, get a 15W. they're cheaper and smaller,hence easier to store. whatever you do, don't get a Kustom. the peavey vypyr is a good choice, but my younger cousin uses a crate flexwave, which i feel is awesome considering it's only like $120.
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#10
If you have a bunch of effects pedal for overdrive and such, if they are good pedals then you don't need a modelling amp, better to get like a 5 watt tube amp like a peavey royal 8 or fender champiobn 600 or something.
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#11
vox pathfinder 15r

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#12
+1 for the Superchamp.

The Vyper 30 has more effects and more bass response than the 15.

If you have dedicated pedals I'd go for a Superchamp XD. Has great amp models, takes pedals well and is partially tube. It's also pretty cheap. Check it out.

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#13
The Superchamp is a great choice. The Pathfinder isn't as versatile but if your into the Vox sound i find it does a great version of that.
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#14
i had the cube 30 and now have the vox vt30..the vox is MUCH more versatile and has WAYYY better sound. it also has an attenuator to keep the sound low.