#1
I'm looking to get a new amp to go with my new Epiphone Explorer. Preferably 50 watt or thereabouts, combo amp. My budget is £200/250ish (not sure what that is in dollars). Unfortunately, I simply do not have the cash to afford a really good tube amp which is obviously the number one option, (at least in my book), apart from maybe a used Marshall dsl combo or something like that. But I've discovered things such as the Vox Vt series and the Marshall AVT series, which are valvestate. So how does valvestate compare to true valve?

Are they so far apart that I should just bankrupt myself anyway and put another £100 into my budget? Or are they decently close so I should just wait and buy a really good tube amp in a couple of years and valvestate will get me by?

Let's do this... If some crappy solid state amp tone is 0 and a Marshall stack tone is 10, where would Valvestate be?
#2
I'd say 5-6. The Vox VT is a decent sounding amp IMO.
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#3
5 sounds about right. They don't sound that great stock. I've heard, though, that if you change the speaker they sound pretty good.
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#5
Don't bother with the marshall avts..
Maybe look into some used peavey stuff aswell. You might get a classic 20 or 30 for the price if your lucky. Some of there old school tube amps go for really cheap too
#6
I play from classic rock to metal, and when I clean it up I like to do bit of acoustic-type stuff too. I do play in a band but Im not sure how much longer that will be going to be honest...

Oh right, okay hybrids then. But modeling amps like the VT series are good? But Im pretty sure the VT IS a hybrid. It's definitely got a big-ass glowing tube in it and for 220 quid it's not all tube... Or is that different alltogether? Sorry. I'm new to this.
#7
Get a used tube combo
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#8
Tube for the win. Save up for the real deal or go for the cheapest amp for the tone and then save up for a real tube. They are fantastic, i've just upgrade from a Vox VT30 to an Orange Dual Terror - best decision i've ever made!

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#9
Take a look on your local gumtree for a used tube combo or ebay seriously. You could probably get a valve king 112 well under budget etc.
#10
what type of tones are you after, and is "bankrupt" hyperbole or the actual truth?
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#11
I getting the vibe that I should go tube. And bankrupcy is hyperbole, I'm 16, I have parents to scrounge off (Y) :L

Okay, so. Tube combos... Name a few in my budget.
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I getting the vibe that I should go tube. And bankrupcy is hyperbole, I'm 16, I have parents to scrounge off (Y) :L

Okay, so. Tube combos... Name a few in my budget.
The VOX AC4TV is a pretty sweet tube amp. The Epiphone Valve Junior is also within your price range, and cheaper than the AC4TV as well. Sorry, you won't get a high wattage and cheap tube amp.
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#13
Blowing through a tissue wrapped around a comb sounds better than a Valvestate.
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#14
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can you save a little more? something like a jet city 20 watt combo (haven't tried it but hear good things) might work.
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#15
So hang on - What's the difference between a hybrid and the Vox VT series?