#1
I am thinking of getting a new small amp suitable for home use. There are more and more small valve amps coming onto the market but wonderd if anyone can give an opinion on the Laney?

Particularly if it is too loud for home use?
#2
what's your home situation? apartment? semi-detatched? detatched? that's going to play a big part in whether or not it's too loud.

fwiw it'll be fine (probably) if you're willing to rely on preamp gain, but if you want to crank the thing for power tube distortion you pretty much need to not be sharing any walls with neighbours...
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#3
What Dave said. I'd like to add that it is a nice amp, though I did prefer it's 20w counterparts (the 4x10" combo sounds great). Depends a whole lot on what music you want to play with it as well.
#4
yeah. i thought the 5 watt 112 version was a bit dear considering actual-boutique stuff was only slightly more, but that was before they brought out the 20 watt 112 version for only a little more.
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#5
Thanks for the replies. The house is detached and I don't have too much a of a problem with neighbours. I currently use a Vox AD50VT 212 and a series of pedals with this. I also use a small tubed preamp to boost the input, volume and warm the tone. So, I can play at a level which means that I cannot hear the pick on the strings and my ears ring afterwards!

Interesting what you say about the bigger 20W. I do think that this is an expensive amp but compared to the Marshall Class 5s, Blackstars and Vox 4W amps, I thought that it sounded better - more valves? This is why I am thinking of getting the amp. I like the Vox and what I can do with it but would like the warmth of the valves.

The type of music that I play is a mix of rock (Zeppelin, Cream, Hendrix etc) and blues. No metal, no jazz. But I would say that I probably want something that is more clean than dirty (Marshalls out?).

Guitars are a EJ Strat and Epi Casino. But I did have a LP Class 5 for a few days until I sent it back because of a faulty pickup. So, I am now looking at my options to replace that. One option is a cheaper LP or PRS plus this Laney.

Hope that gives the background.

I suppose that I use the Fender and Vox models on the AD50VT much more than the Marshalls, Mesa models. But then you would if you had a Strat and a Casino!
#6
ah ok, it'd probably be fine then. i think it'd probably work pretty well for those tones too.

Just don't discount higher wattage amps too, in case they do the tones you want as well- sometimes lower wattage amps, while easier to crank, actually sound worse at lower volumes than higher wattage amps.

i wouldn't necessarily say more valves = better tone. it just depends... i'd say the laney is probably just the better amp, or at least you like it more.
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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#7
Yeah, the amp's pretty nice for those tones, pretty warm and dark, too. And the 20w is pretty decent value. The combos are a bit pricey because the speakers they use are expensive (some would say overpriced, even though the speakers are very nice). That can be redeemed by going for the head version and choosing a cab to one's liking, of course.

And like Dave said, don't worry about wattage. A lot of the quality of a tone seems to come from sheer volume, and if you can turn your amp up so much that you can't even hear your picking noises, you can basically get whatever amp you want. Barely any amp needs to be turned up THAT much to sound good.

We can of course recommend other stuff if you'd like us to (though we'd need a bit more info - budget, location, any tones you like especially). But I think the Lionhearts would be worth a try from what you've said so far.

No wonder you like the Fender and Vox models on your amp that much btw, that's easily what it does best.
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#8
That's weird, I thought that I had posted a response........must be my age!

Feel free to offer other suggestions. You now have me thinking about the 20W Laney. It is a real problem that I can't try these amps, however, any advice is great. As I mentioned. I like it to be loud enough to notice the ringing in my ears after some playing.

The fact that I use compressor, distortion, phaser and drive pedals would add some volume to the 5W anyway?

The budget is up to about £600 ($750?).
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#9
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That's weird, I thought that I had posted a response........must be my age!

Feel free to offer other suggestions. You now have now thinking about the 20W Laney. It is a real problem that I can't try these amps, however, any advice is great. As I mentioned. I like it to be loud enough to notice the ringing in my ears after some playing.

The fact that I use compressor, distortion, phaser and drive pedals would add some volume to the 5W anyway?

The budget is up to about £600 ($750?).


It would add volume so long as youre below the amp's clipping point. After that, boosting will just compress the tone more and add to powertube breakup.
#12
OK, decison made. The Laney LT20T 112. Order placed.

Thanks everyone for your help.
#13
nice
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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