#1
I’m almost sold on the B-52 AT112, but I have a few questions. These relate to my wanting the B-52 not as a cheap rectifier, but because I want a relatively inexpensive amp to use at home that has an effects loop and doesn’t have a shitload of digital effects I probably won’t use.

•*Is there any point to owning this thing if I’ll only be playing it in an apartment for the forseeable future? If I have to blast it to make it sound really good there isn’t really much point.
• Will the tubes start to die after a year of daily play? I’m wondering what I’ll be spending on tubes. If I’m going to end up replacing all the tubes every year it’s getting cost-prohibitive.
#2
It's true tubes sound better louder, but they can still sound pretty decent at lower volumes. I have a 100W all tube Peavey Valve King and I never turn the volume knob past 2 and I still get a good amount of Tube overdrive. As for tubes I think they only need replacing once every 5 years or so. They are built to last for a while. As for cost it depends on how many tubes you're changing and which ones you are. If you're doing a complete retubing it will cost upwards of a couple hundred. Just the power tubes I think won't be too expensive, but then again I"m pretty new to the whole tube thing as well.
#3
Tubes can fail at any time, but it's pretty unlikely that they will.

You should replace power tubes once every 1.5 years, and preamp tubes every 3 years except the phase inverter, which should be replaced every time you replace power tubes.
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#4
Tubes will not cost a couple hundred.

Depedning on how many tubes, if it has say 4 power tubes and 4 preamp, thats about 130ish. You only need to replace them like maybe once every two years for power tubes.
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