#1
I'm looking for a portable and relatively affordable practice amp to take to uni/college but I'm well aware that most practice amps are aimed at beginners and have, lets say, utter shite for tone.

So, on a budget of £200-ish, are there any practice amps/small combos/small head + cabs that I should look for to get a more professional tone?

(I'm willing to buy second hand but there isn't much choice out there.)
Last edited by Spaz91 at Jun 11, 2011,
#2
What type of music do you play?

Low wattage tube amps sounds like what you want.
How about a Fender Blues Junior or Blackstar HT5?
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Quote by barnesybaby
What type of music do you play?

Low wattage tube amps sounds like what you want.
How about a Fender Blues Junior or Blackstar HT5?

Wrong forum bro.

Why don't you try Behringer? For that much money, you can buy a 810 fridge and 500W tube head.

Nah but on the serious, can you try the mini Ampeg rig? Not sure you can get it new but if you can find it used, together it's about $600. I heard it sounded alright and it's a nice looking portable amp.
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Forget I asked.

Seriously though, I looked at the Ampeg Micro Thingy and is £500, so a lil' over budget but the Ashdown Mini Rig is. However, can't find any decent videos/soundclips.
Last edited by Spaz91 at Jun 12, 2011,
#7
Maybe give Kustom a look if they're readily available over there?
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The Five Fifteens are great, I recommend them.
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The mini Hartke's are as good in the practice amp range as the big ones are in the stack range, I've found. Plus Tech uses them in most of their rooms (apart from the god awful Marshall room)

The A35 is pretty good, for £160ish. I think the most important thing from a practice amp is to have at least a 10" speaker. I've found smaller than that doesn't really cut it, you don't get the right sound.
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Do they still do the Roland bass cubes? They aren't terrible.
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The mini Hartke's are as good in the practice amp range as the big ones are in the stack range, I've found. Plus Tech uses them in most of their rooms (apart from the god awful Marshall room.) The A35 is pretty good, for £160ish. I think the most important thing from a practice amp is to have at least a 10" speaker. I've found smaller than that doesn't really cut it, you don't get the right sound.

There's an ex-demo A35 going for £120, I'm considering snapping that up but I'd much rather have sold my current amps before I buy anymore.

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Do they still do the Roland bass cubes? They aren't terrible.

I can't help but think the money they spend on the digital effects means they might be skimping on the other parts. :/ Same as Line6.
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I can't help but think the money they spend on the digital effects means they might be skimping on the other parts. :/ Same as Line6.


Agreed. My CB30 isn't the best of amps...
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#17
That EBS certainly looks nice. More wattage then the usual practice amp, a DI-out, a tweeter, and its a tiltback. Whats not to love?
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#18
Id have to go ahead and say yes. Everything EBS i have tried has been top notch. I cant imagine this being anything less.

Have you thought maybe about just a headphone amp or a usb/firewire interface that you can use for both practise and recording. Youll just need a good pair of headphones then.
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I came into this thread with the intention of linking the EBS Classic 60, from the sound of a few reviews I've read they are definitely worth every cent. If I ever need to downgrade my rig at all, the Classic 60 is on top of my list.

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#20
Considering I'm trying to sell my Ashdown (which would have been £470 new) for £200, I'll be paying £40 more than what I'm getting. This is going to be a tough decision.