#1
I'm looking into getting a new amp, single channel. I'm not looking for something with tons of gain, though I do play metal, I prefer lower gain boosted or clean with a pedal. Yes I know, pedals are the devil and I should own a Marshall/Mesa/Peavey. NOT looking for a bunch of effects.

I AM looking for something cheap as I already have an amp and this will be a practice amp. Tube or solid state. I have nothing against solid state. Between 30-6o watts.

I've been looking at VOX but other than their valvetronix series, they're damn expensive.

Ideas?
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#2
Pedals are the devil? No one here thinks that way except CasinoEpiphone and he's long gone.

Budget? You might look into the VHT Special 6.
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Look at a Plexi clone like a Ceriatone or a used JCM800 2204 (that's the 50W single channel one)
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Look at a Plexi clone like a Ceriatone or a used JCM800 2204 (that's the 50W single channel one)
That's ironic.

A Peavey Windsor fits the bill perfectly. Around $200 for the head, the output transformer is legit, and you should have extra cash for new tubes and an overdrive.

Just saw one play last night even. It freaking slayed.
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#5
It may seem backwards, but usually single channel amps are a lot more expensive, while cheap amps tend to be loaded with features.

It really depends on what your budget is, since "cheap" can be really subjective.
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#6
I think "cheap" for him is less than an AC30, but more then a Valvetronix.

The Windsor is single channel.

I love that damned amp.
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#7
The Windsor really comes alive if you turn the fourth gain stage into a cathode follower and stick a 100k grid stopper on the cathodyne...just sayin'.

Ceriatones rock, but are kind of expensive shipped. Have you considered a Weber kit? They're pretty good. Kits in general would be my recommendation, given the price difference from an assembled amp.

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#8
I agree, the Windsor is a really good amp for what it costs. Pretty damn close to a JCM800, for so much less.

I believe it can actually be modded to either JCM800 or Plexi specs (forgot which) for pretty cheap.
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#9
There's not a lot of difference between a Plexi and an 800. They just took the tube used for the second input and connected it in series for more gain and removed the second inputs. It isn't hard to turn a Plexi into an 800 or vice versa.
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Quote by Offworld92
I believe it can actually be modded to either JCM800 or Plexi specs (forgot which) for pretty cheap.

Either. Both.
The JCM800 mod is easier. The Windsor is basically a JCM800 with a bunch of unnecessary components, except for V2b (it's a cathode follower in the JCM800 and a clipping stage in the Windsor) and the phase inverter (it's an LTP in the JCM and a cathodyne in the Windsor). The only hard part is converting the phase inverter, but there's nothing wrong with a cathodyne if you stick a grid stopper on it.
I sort of half-assed a plexi mod--I did the JCM conversion, leaving the cathodyne, then bypassed V1b. Sounds like a harder, cleaner version of the 50w Plexi's bright channel. It cost me about $2.

EDIT: As usual, Cathbard has already covered part of this. Grumble grumble.
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I think "cheap" for him is less than an AC30, but more then a Valvetronix.

The Windsor is single channel.

I love that damned amp.


LOL that covers a lot ground

Considering that the AC30 cost around $1800 American

While a VT40+ cost $250 American.

You can always go with the Soldano on the cheap brand Jet City

The JCA20H is no gimmicks no BS single channel amp for $350 American

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#12
^If you are paying 1800 for a new ac30, it better be the handwired. New ac30s are like 1000.

I agree with the Windsor suggestions but would also like to throw out the Laney GH50 or 100 depending on your needs. More expensive than the windsor but they are great amps. If it will only be used for practice, I would just go with the windsor. But if you have the extra money and would like a good rugged backup amp just in case, then the Laney would be worth the look.
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^The Laney GH are probably the most popular doom metal amp on the planet.

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