#1
I have been thinking about this for a while, and I have finally saved up around $400 for an amp to replace my Frontman. I had been set on finding a laney vc15 or a classic 30 for a while now, but then I got to thinking.
I'm (presumably) leaving for college in 2010, and because I am planning on using my amp only for practicing/jamming/small gigs? in the near future, I realized that 30w, even 15w, may be too loud for a dorm. Plans change, however, and I want to be prepared. So what should I do? I was thinking that I would get something like an AC4TV, Class 5, or silverface Champ, but I am afraid that they won't be loud enough--but the Peavey may end up being too loud for everyday use.
I play mostly classic rock, but cleans are important too b/c I do a little jazz too. Built-in effects arent necessary b/c I am beginning to assemble my own pedals, but an effects loop would be nice. (Pretty unrealistic, though, in a five-watter). Also, $400 is my absolute limit because my rig is pretty lackluster at the moment.
#3
i dont know man.... i'm a huge fan of my classic 30. great cleans. not quite fender great, but still great. good drive too for classic rock.
volume's never been a problem for me in my bedroom, but i can see how you might want something a little smaller.
#5
Blackstar HT-5 has an FX loop, not the greatest cleans and almost no clean headroom but definitely solid. Very nice OD channel, does classic rock and low gain stuff well with the gain rolled off and the volume up a bit.
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headphones are your friend.

How many decent tube amps have a headphone out?
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#8
Go with the 30w. When you're playing with people, you're always glad you have some extra power
#9
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How many decent tube amps have a headphone out?


If you like it, Blackstar HT-5. If you don't mind modellers (and there ARE good ones), almost all of those. The Marshall Studio 15 would be a good one on the higher end. There are plenty more, I just dunno every amp =P
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#10
5W is ok for practicing by yourself but next to useless for jamming unless you mike it up. You can always turn a 30 down when you need to but you can't turn a 5 up as loud as a drummer.
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If you like it, Blackstar HT-5. If you don't mind modellers (and there ARE good ones), almost all of those. The Marshall Studio 15 would be a good one on the higher end. There are plenty more, I just dunno every amp =P

I'll ask again - what decent tube amp has a headphone out?
Everyone is entitled to an opinion.

Feel free to express yours so I can make an informed judgement about how stupid you are.
#12
The solution imo would be the Classic 30 (although I'd rather the Laney) AND some sort of Pod. Use the pod with headphones when you need to be quiet plus you could use it as an FX unit in front of your Classic 30 when jamming with your buddies.
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Marshall 1960A
Boss GT-100


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#13
If you aren’t going to play metal just get a 30 watt Valvetronix amp. You’ll get great tones for jazz and rock, a headphone out, save yourself from having to keep a couple cables and pedals in your dorm room, and it’s light enough to haul around to jams and gigs. If you really must have a tube amp you could always get the classic 30 and a pocket pod for playing in the dorm.
#14
might be a little budget crunch, but look into the egnater tweaker. 15 watts and amazing cleans as well as amazing dirt.
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