#1
Hopefully, I will buy an amp soon to replace my Valveking Royal 8.
However, I need some good ideas about what amps to look at.
My basic requirements are:
- All tube
- Giggable (30 watts or higher)
- 2 (or more) footswitchable channels
- Effects loop
- Independent EQ for each channel is preferable, but not necessary
- Some kind of boost function would be nice, but again, not necessary

I mainly play metal (metallica, maiden, etc) but sometimes also heavier bands such as Children of Bodom, so I need a good distortion sound.
I also play some blues and usually mess around on the clean channel, so I need a pretty good clean sound.

I will use an Ibanez RG350DX with DiMarzio pickups and an ESP Eclipse with EMGs. I have a TS9 and an MXR 10 band EQ to boost the sound if needed.

My budget is around 1100 Euros for a head, I am willing to stretch to 1400 for a combo.

I live in Italy, so the prices are different than in the US
http://www.thomann.de/it/index.html has pretty much the same prices for which amps sell here.


Thanks

Forza Juve


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#3
brunettis are bound to be worth a look, they're made in italy too. I've only tried the xlr-evo (which was awesome, but may be slightly over your budget), but the others are bound to be worth a try, too.
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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#4
^I havent seen Brunettis in a long time, didnt even think they were still around haha!

You could pick up a Mesa/Boogie Rectoverb 50 combo under your budget. Can blast out the metal sounds no bother and it can do blues/hard rock exellent too!
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brunettis are bound to be worth a look, they're made in italy too. I've only tried the xlr-evo (which was awesome, but may be slightly over your budget), but the others are bound to be worth a try, too.


I'll definetely check them out

Can someone suggest some relatively cheap, good quality 2x12 cabs?

And to the Rectoverb suggestion, I doubt I'll be able to find one here in Italy under my budjet, I might try eBay, but unless it's a ridiculously low price, I probably won't buy it.

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^I havent seen Brunettis in a long time, didnt even think they were still around haha!


haven't seen you around for a long time, either

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Can someone suggest some relatively cheap, good quality 2x12 cabs?


the framus one has the rep of being decent and cheap, but i haven't tried it myself. most 2x12s are around the £300 mark anyway, so there's not that much in it...

EDIT: in addition to brunetti, for the amp, you should also check out the other european brands- engl, diezel (probably over budget, though), framus (haven't tried), koch, laney, etc.
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EDIT: in addition to brunetti, for the amp, you should also check out the other european brands- engl, diezel (probably over budget, though), framus (haven't tried), koch, laney, etc.


The problem with engl is that I don't really like their lower end (screamer, thunder, fireball, etc) amps, and the ones I do like are way over my budjet.
The cheapest Diezel is the the Einstein which is still pretty expensive.

A local shop has a Blackstar Series One 100 head for 1000 Euros, would that be good for me? I haven't had a chance to try it out yet.

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#8
i haven't tried it yet either, but if your local shop has one you might as well try it.

Fair point about the engls, I'm the same. Well, I quite like the screamer, but yeah, the more expensive ones are noticeably better.

Yeah, i was hoping the einstein might be around your budget, but even it's probably a bit more.

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#9
Someone at a gig I played recently had a Brunetti Pirate 141 (I think it was that model), but it had a really nice metal and had a nice lead tone. I can't comment on it too much because I only heard about 10 minutes of it.
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#10
Thanks a lot to everyone, I got me some amp testing to do in the next couple of weeks

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The problem with engl is that I don't really like their lower end (screamer, thunder, fireball, etc) amps, and the ones I do like are way over my budjet.
The cheapest Diezel is the the Einstein which is still pretty expensive.

A local shop has a Blackstar Series One 100 head for 1000 Euros, would that be good for me? I haven't had a chance to try it out yet.

the blackstar is supposed to sound similar to a marshall
#12
^Yh, I think the owners of Blackstar used to work with Marshall or something like that anyway.
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^Yh, I think the owners of Blackstar used to work with Marshall or something like that anyway.

they were supposed to be ex marshall engineers that left disgruntled, probably laid off so they set up blackstar and now make marshall clones that are very similar to the real thing