#1
okay guys, I'll try to keep this simple...

I'm looking to purchase a new amp for small gigs and jamming and I'd like to hear what others would recommend.

-I'm going to need an amp, fairly large... looking at around 100 watts or higher.
-Price range would probably be anywhere under $800, the lower the better.
-The type of music we play would probably be tagged as alternative to a hardrock kind of sound...
-Pretty much I would like a good quality clean sound but wouldn't mind a bit of distortion when necessary although it does not have to be excruciatingly heavy.

Also, when it comes down to it... Tube Amp vs. Digital...? Pros and Cons...?

Excited to hear what you guys can come up with.

Thanks,
Ev

For good measure..
#3
well first, why do you NEED a 100 watt amp? 100 tube watts is hella loud. and are you willing to go used? you can get a lot more bang for your buck used.

my first instinct is to say for 800 (USD?) you should be getting a tube amp, unless you specifically need tons of clean headroom.
#4
Why do you need a 100w amp?

Try the Blackstar HT-5 or HT 20 Those should do fine.
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#6
not sure why you need 100 watts especially since 100 watts tube is louder than youd ever need EVER
#7
Thank you all, I'll look into each one...

Can anyone explain the pros and cons in a Tube Amp and a Digital Amp?
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you don't need 100 watts

grab a jet city 20 half stack.



Is this a tube amp?
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Is this a tube amp?

Yes.
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Thank you all, I'll look into each one...

Can anyone explain the pros and cons in a Tube Amp and a Digital Amp?


Tube pros:

- Sound quality (most people prefer how tube amps sound)
- Loud as balls (can be a downside as well)
- More simplistic than digital amps for the most part. That said, some tube amps still require alot of tweaking to get their best sound.
- Easier technology for any amp technician to work on; digital amps are proprietary and must be worked on by the company that produced them.
- Can be modded by an amp tech.

Cons:

- Changing tubes costs money. Has to be done once every so often.
- Loud as balls. Need to be loud as balls to get GLORIOUS sound. Doesn't mean a tube amp can't sound good at low volumes, though.
- Typically more expensive than digital amps.
- No presets.
- Not as versatile as digital technology.

Digital pros:

- Presets.
- Often greater ability to tweak presets/models to your precise desires.
- Built-in effects.
- More compact than tube amps.
- Can get its best sounds regardless of volume.

Digital cons:

- Some digital amps do not function well with external effects pedals. However, this widely varies depending on the amp's quality and make (the Peavey Vypyr and Line 6 Vetta and Flextone take pedals well; the Line 6 Spider, however, does not)
- Sensitive internal components, but no sensitive outward components.
- Cheap digital amps can sound buzzy and awful (again, Line 6 Spider)
- Sometimes lacks the 'warmth' and 'dynamics' of a good tube amp, but this can be mitigated by running a digital preamp into a tube power amp, such as the Vypyr Tube 60 or the Axe-FX coupled with a VHT power amp.
- Requires lots of tweaking to get the best sound.
- More complex than one might desire.
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