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#1
Okay I have been playing guitar for 5 years. I absolutely love it and never want to stop.

the thing is, I have to move into a apartment soon. which means I cannot play loud anymore, which means no tube amps. I DO NOT want to go back to solid state, it will take all the enjoyment I have playing away from me.

If I can't play a tube amp I will have no enjoyment playing anymore. What the hell do I do?
#3
Buy a cheapish interface and Peavey Re-Valver. Its got good quality amp sims, and it shouldn't set you back too much.
The Digidesign Eleven Rack would be great too, you can get them new for about $700 if you look, and they're one of the best hardware modellers you can get, after the AxeFX. That price includes a bunch of Digidesign software too, including ProTools, for recording. The 11R works as an interface as well, if you want to mic up a real amp later on for recording.
Last edited by littlephil at Jun 26, 2011,
#6
My 5 watt tube is still loud as f*ck so I wouldn't recommend that if you have to be quiet.
I just bought a Line 6 UX2 and so far it does what it should do and I am pretty happy with it. It requires a bit of tweaking but after that you can get decent tones out of it.
And as others said you might want to look at the Eleven rack if you have an higher budget.
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#7
Quote by littlephil
Buy a cheapish interface and Peavey Re-Valver. Its got good quality amp sims, and it shouldn't set you back too much.


Boo-ya. +1... one of the cheaper suggestions.


Quote by littlephil
The Digidesign Eleven Rack would be great too, you can get them new for about $700 if you look, and they're one of the best hardware modellers you can get, after the AxeFX. That price includes a bunch of Digidesign software too, including ProTools, for recording. The 11R works as an interface as well, if you want to mic up a real amp later on for recording.


These are all very good suggestions.
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#8
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#9
Get a Blackstar HT-1. It's a one-watt tube combo with a headphone out and cabinet modeling. Or if you want something complicated buy a studio preamp unit, a cab sim unit, and plug that right into a set of monitors. I mean, who doesn't want a Mesa Triaxis?
#10
whatever you do , dont buy a low wattage amp just because you want to play at low volumes, even with a 5w tube you cant get powertube distortion at low enough volume levels so theres NO need at all

also if a amp has a volume knob you can use whatever you want, like ppl seem to not understand ^^ ive used 50w and 100w and 150w tube amps in my apartment with no problem at all, a good tube amp is still way better than solid states even at low volumes
but with a bad tube amp (which most of the low wattage ones are) youd be better of with an axe fx
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#11
Quote by Jaekae
whatever you do , dont buy a low wattage amp just because you want to play at low volumes, even with a 5w tube you cant get powertube distortion at low enough volume levels so theres NO need at all

also if a amp has a volume knob you can use whatever you want, like ppl seem to not understand ^^ ive used 50w and 100w and 150w tube amps in my apartment with no problem at all, a good tube amp is still way better than solid states even at low volumes
but with a bad tube amp (which most of the low wattage ones are) youd be better of with an axe fx


This this this, 1,000% this.

I play a 50w amp in my apartment, and granted, we've got good sound proofing, but I somehow manage. You can too.

Just keep things low.
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Quote by Jaekae
whatever you do , dont buy a low wattage amp just because you want to play at low volumes, even with a 5w tube you cant get powertube distortion at low enough volume levels so theres NO need at all

also if a amp has a volume knob you can use whatever you want, like ppl seem to not understand ^^ ive used 50w and 100w and 150w tube amps in my apartment with no problem at all, a good tube amp is still way better than solid states even at low volumes
but with a bad tube amp (which most of the low wattage ones are) youd be better of with an axe fx


This post nails it. Volume knob. It's there for a reason. I live in a 2 bedroom apartment, and I play on my 120W tube half stack almost every day.
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#14
Seriously I used a peavey 5150 and my mesa rectoverb in an apt.
I found it more satisfying to play them at low volumes than a ss or modeler.
I still use my mesa at low volumes even at night when my 2 year old son is sleeping.
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#15
Quote by hoosierxhoosier
What do you guys mean volume knob? Tubes sound bad at bedroom levels

They sound better than most ss or modelers imo
What amp do you own now??
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#16
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They sound better than most ss or modelers imo
What amp do you own now??


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#21
They don't sound that bad at bedroom levels. Just get an attenuator
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If I can't play a tube amp I will have no enjoyment playing anymore. What the hell do I do?
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Play unplugged. It'll help your technique.

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#25
Just get a low wattage tube (like 1 watt or something) such as:

- Blackstar HT-1 (1W)
- ZVex Nano (0.5W)
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#27
This thread.. the whole reason amps have dirty channels is for people like you, in apartments
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#28
Iso-cab? Run line out from the cab to whatever audio interface you like and monitor it through headphones. Can crank that tube amp without blowing the windows out then.
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#29
If you're into recording, get the elven rack and when you have the ability to crank a tube amp, reamp your recordings through that.
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#31
+1 for an isolation cab with either headphones or monitors.

Or just turn the volume down. You can easily play a 100 watt amp at apartment volumes so long as it's got a master volume. Yeah it won't sound as good as when it's cranked. But it's still going to sound better than nearly any other option apart from something like the AxeFX.

Alternately, you can also use a plexiglass shield in front of your amp to absorb some of the volume. You can also work wonders with foam or egg cartons.
#33
Get a keyboard that does all kinds of different instruments. That way you can just press the keys and get a guitar sound! WOW THAT IS AMAZING!!!
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Get a keyboard that does all kinds of different instruments. That way you can just press the keys and get a guitar sound! WOW THAT IS AMAZING!!!

Ha, I have a keyboard that does that. It sounds nothing like a real guitar.
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#35
Helpful advice: invest in a Bugera V5(or any other small amp with a power attenuator) so you can turn the wattage down to get a cranked tone at bedroom levels. I recommend the bugera, even though it is around $30 more expensive than its competitors because it has a headphone out. Most small, cheap tube amps dont.
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#37
Quote by hoosierxhoosier
If I can't play a tube amp I will have no enjoyment playing anymore. What the hell do I do?


Ignorance!

You don't need tubes to sound good, and you also don't need tubes to be loud to sound good. I live in an apartment, and I have an Egnater Renegade halfstack. Guess what I do when I play at home?

Turn the volume down.

And if you are determined to play loud, and want something High Quality, check out the Axe FX, and play with headphones.
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#38
tbh i didn't read the whole thread, but iso cab mic'd ran into an interface and listen with studio moniters/headphones?

just a thought. i think jet city makes a relatively cheap iso cab.
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#39
Quote by littlephil
Buy a cheapish interface and Peavey Re-Valver. Its got good quality amp sims, and it shouldn't set you back too much.
The Digidesign Eleven Rack would be great too, you can get them new for about $700 if you look, and they're one of the best hardware modellers you can get, after the AxeFX. That price includes a bunch of Digidesign software too, including ProTools, for recording. The 11R works as an interface as well, if you want to mic up a real amp later on for recording.

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