#1
Been looking around a getting an amp for a bit now. Ideally a tube amp would be great BUT it will be used mostly for bedroom practice. I also want the option of being able to gig with it as well.

At the moment leading towards a SS Orange 35 watt crush pix. Being SS I can still get sounds at low volume and 35 watts is loud enough to rehearse with.

Before I go and spend money - just wanted the see if there are any tube amp options out there ?

Requirements for a tube amp would be:
*15-20 watts (dont need more power and, seems that more power = more weight)
*Prefer combo to head/cab (flexible on this. Just dont want too much gear to carry)
*Play classic to modern rock (ie Rolling Stones to Foo Fighters)
*Would prefer to have clean headroom and use pedals for overdrive
*Two channels would be great
*Effects loop would be great
*Current Gear - Gibson Les Paul, Keeley Compressor, Analogueman Maxon OD9, thinking of either a Analogueman KOT or JHS Sweet Tea pedal
*Cost - seriously I can spend anything up to $3000 USD (money is not the issue)
*Location - Houston, USA

So, anyone with any suggestions before I go and get an Orange Crush Pix 35 ?


Cheers,Tiger
#2
You know, you can just turn down a tube amp, they still sound good at bedroom volumes.

Are you saying that pedals are going to be your main overdrive tone? Or do you want a good Overdrive tone from the amp as well?
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#3
Blackstar HT (combo) series,
Orange Tiny Terror (combo) series,
Laney Cub (combo) series

All will be good for your genres of music
#4
You could buy two amps, a 5 watt tube for your bedroom and a 30-50 watt tube for gigging.
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If that's your budget just get a used Mesa Road King combo.
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Quote by OldRocker
You could buy two amps, a 5 watt tube for your bedroom and a 30-50 watt tube for gigging.

+1

How about a Super Champ XD for now (15 watts, tube pre and power with some modeling goodies, sounds great for the price) and continue your search for the amp.

Also keep in mind; you can turn an amp down. There's no reason you couldn't play a 100 watt amp in your bedroom. I have had two 100 watters and both were quiet enough for apartments... Not the greatest tone at low levels, but decent.
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Quote by SimplyBen
You know, you can just turn down a tube amp, they still sound good at bedroom volumes.

Are you saying that pedals are going to be your main overdrive tone? Or do you want a good Overdrive tone from the amp as well?


Would be good to have a nice overdrive from the amp but I am more than happy to use pedals to get overdriven sounds.
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Quote by OldRocker
You could buy two amps, a 5 watt tube for your bedroom and a 30-50 watt tube for gigging.


Quote by tubetime86
+1

How about a Super Champ XD for now (15 watts, tube pre and power with some modeling goodies, sounds great for the price) and continue your search for the amp.

Also keep in mind; you can turn an amp down. There's no reason you couldn't play a 100 watt amp in your bedroom. I have had two 100 watters and both were quiet enough for apartments... Not the greatest tone at low levels, but decent.


OK - thanks fro the input - yes I guess a 5 watt now and a larger amp later could work.
I guess the advantage about two amp option is that it would give me time to look around and find the right larger watt amp when needed.

I think I might need to head on down to a local music store and actually try a few tube amps (5-30 watts) at volumes I think I need to be at in my apartment and see what I think from there.

Will try and find a shop when I can try things like the Blackstar HT5, Marshall Haze 15, Orange Tiny Terror, Fender XD Champ., etc....
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Mesa Roadking.

then use the volume.

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#10
you'll probably want 100 watts at least.
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I'm getting a Blackstar HT-5 for this purpose, because I'm not sure if I'm gonna be renting out a house or living in an apartment but either way, better to be safe than sorry.
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#14
Don't get the Orange Crush.

Orange Rocker 30 or Rockerverb 50 maybe

You 'may' need more watts than you think. Where will you be gigging? Using PA/Mics?


with your budget get something that will sound good out of the gate - forget about dirt pedals.

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fuck dude.....there is tons of stuff to look at in your area.....down economy = good deals. Make some appointments and go play some amps.

There are also 5150s, Bogner Ubershall, Line 6 Vetta, etc.

Otherwise, get a Vypyr 60 for now and upgrade your amp later when you get a better handle on what types of tones you like most.
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#17
Blackstar HT-20 or HT-40

both are great amps....

if you want to go even lower...get the HT-5, its a good amp too


EDIT: WOAH...i didnt see your budget was 3000USD...

Ya, buy 2 amps...one thats a lower wattage and another thats higher wattage (like a Mesa Dual Recto w/ a Blackstar HT-5 or somethin of that nature)

when money isnt a problem, aquiring good gear isnt a problem...
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Quote by OldRocker
You could buy two amps, a 5 watt tube for your bedroom and a 30-50 watt tube for gigging.


Interesting idea. Glad I did that.
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Buy a Blackstar series one 200/100 it has DPR
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#20
for $3000?

Have a custom amp built. There are plenty of reputable builders that would build a b00teek head to meet your needs for that cash.

as far as building a "lightweight" one, not so sure. good amps have good iron, and good iron isn't lightweight.

maybe a blackstar artisan would be light? i think it's 20 watts? i never tried to pick one up though.

a soldano astroverb would probably work too, but it's only one channel.

also, (echo) why do you want 2 channels if you are using pedals for dirt?
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Quote by gregs1020
for $3000?

as far as building a "lightweight" one, not so sure. good amps have good iron, and good iron isn't lightweight.

maybe a blackstar artisan would be light? i think it's 20 watts? i never tried to pick one up though.

also, (echo) why do you want 2 channels if you are using pedals for dirt?


Yep - Blackstar Artisan is HIGH on my list of amps to try - thinks its 5-15 watts along with Orange AD30/Tiny Terror and Marshall JVM/Haze. Might even try to track down a Mesa Boogie Transatlantic to try as well.

For now I might just get something like a 15 watt Vox Pathfinder (so I have an amp - just moved here from overseas) and take some time to find the right tube amp - which I think is important if I am prepared to spend a few grand on something.

As for 2 channels - I guess I just like the flexibility of it - but yeah one decent clean channel and I am happy to use overdrive/distortion pedals from there.

And I was thinking about the weight of tube amps - there is no reason why I cant get a hand trolley to haul it around.
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Quote by Tiger17

And I was thinking about the weight of tube amps - there is no reason why I cant get a hand trolley to haul it around.

yep - those furniture dollys work great too - with the 4 casters. Or you can always (usually) have casters installed on your combo. Good luck with everything.