#1
Hi,

I have a Peavey tube preamp, which I'm currently running through a ss amp in the fx loop. I am now looking to move on. Here's my options:

1. Run the preamp through a tube head. I was looking at running it through the fx loop of a Peavey Windsor. Probably running on a 1x12 speaker.
2. Run it through a solid state power amp - something like a Marshall 8008.
3. I cannot really afford a tube power amp, but it might be an option.

I'm not into playing live. This is only for home use. What's the best route on this?

Thanks.
#2
Save up and get something like a used Mesa 50:50 or the VHT power amp, it's worth it...

Otherwise the Windsor would be an OK option, although I'm not sure just how good its power section is.
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#3
Mesa 50:50 is quite hard to get in the UK. I'll look into VHT. Any other power amp suggestions?


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Save up and get something like a used Mesa 50:50 or the VHT power amp, it's worth it...

Otherwise the Windsor would be an OK option, although I'm not sure just how good its power section is.
#4
You could probably find a used Marshall power amp, since you're in the UK.
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#5
I second Mesa 50/50, best mid price poweramp you can find. I ll bet you you can pick one up for under 400 pounds.
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The carvin dcm poweramps sound really good and are very transparent. Plus theyre pretty cheap
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#7
Thanks folks, much obliged.

One question: why can't I use a tube head instead of a tube power amp? Will there be a big difference in tone?
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Thanks folks, much obliged.

One question: why can't I use a tube head instead of a tube power amp? Will there be a big difference in tone?


If you use a tube head, you're also using said tube head's preamp section, and so that will be effecting the overall tone quite considerably, that's not to say that it'll sound bad, you might like it. But it won't sound like the seperate tube pre-amp on it's own, if that's what you want.

Check eBay, I saw some decent deals on tube power amps a while back.
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#9
Even if I go through the fx loop on a tube head? I mean, basically I want the tube warmth in combination with my Peavey preamp, but wondering if I can keep it cheap by doing the head rather than the power amp, as it were...

Thanks - glad to hear some suggestions on the tube power amps.

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If you use a tube head, you're also using said tube head's preamp section, and so that will be effecting the overall tone quite considerably, that's not to say that it'll sound bad, you might like it. But it won't sound like the seperate tube pre-amp on it's own, if that's what you want.

Check eBay, I saw some decent deals on tube power amps a while back.
#10
I'd go for a Peavey Classic 50/50. They can be had cheap and they sound great.
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