#1
Are tubes amps (40watts or 50watts or even higher) practical at all for using at home? I dont play at a whisper volume and to have a normal conversation when im playing you'd have to raise your voice a little but not shouting so its not that quite or that loud. Would it be practical to get a tube amp for playing metal in the home?

Only reason i am asking is cos when ever i look at peoples suggestions for metal amps they all seem to be at least 50watts and upward. The amps all sound great (Peavey, Krank, Engl) but are they recommended only for gigging and general loud playing?
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#2
You can always turn a 100-watt or 50-watt tube amp down. It won't have that legendary tube tone at the lowest volumes, but it will sound fine and you'll be able to hear yourself over it. Now if you get something like a Marshall SLP or Blackstar Artisan that has no master volume knob, then you would have a problem without a power attenuator.
#3
Playing metal your fine because it's all preamp gain, you don't want the amp cranked. Some amps might need the master up a little bit, but you should be absolutely fine.
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You can always turn a 100-watt or 50-watt tube amp down. It won't have that legendary tube tone at the lowest volumes, but it will sound fine and you'll be able to hear yourself over it. Now if you get something like a Marshall SLP or Blackstar Artisan that has no master volume knob, then you would have a problem without a power attenuator.


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Yea, you could always turn a 100watt down, but that is useless.
Personally, I use a 50watt tube amp thru a 4x12 cabinet and I do just fine on the volume issue. I am not a loud player at home. It sounds like what you want on sound level should be a 50watt or lower situation.
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I think it should be perfectly fine.
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sweet, now to start saving haha.

and finally has anyone got any recommendations? for bands like Metallica, BFMV, A7X? I know Matt uses a 6505, would that be better than the 5150? I dont really care too much about cleans, as long as they're acceptable. Or should i look in another direction from Peavey?
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#9
Get a power attenuator. Alternatively, you could look at Amplitube or Guitar Rig for home practice.
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#10
I just got a 40w 212 Spider Valve (tubed) and it's pretty loud in my room... but its tone is great
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#13
if you're playing metal, it'll probably be fine. Most of that tone is in the preamp, anyway, and as you said, most metal amps are fairly high wattage. Something like an engl dialled back to 1 will likely sound more metal than a vintage-voiced, lower wattage amp cranked up very slightly more. just make sure the metal amp you buy sounds good at lower volumes, as some sound better dialled back than others.
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#14
If you buy a head + cab, you can always put an attenuator between them.
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