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Hi

I have a Blackstar HT 5 but it's too loud for my bedroom without annoying the neighbours.

Can you recommend me a decent practice amp?

Is it even possible to have good tone at low volume?

please help
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hmm

having thought about it i guess i'm looking for something which takes pedals well and is versatile?

would the micro cube be my best bet? what about the ac4tv?

i've thought about getting an attenuator... it really does have to be quiet though
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Quote by tukk04
Set the amp low and get a dirt pedal.

it seems to jump from nothing to too loud with nothing in between
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Quote by So-Cal
it seems to jump from nothing to too loud with nothing in between

Then, if you're handy with a soldering iron, you may want to put in a different taper volume pot. The fender hot rod series amps are known for having the same 0-60 problem too.
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Quote by tukk04
Then, if you're handy with a soldering iron, you may want to put in a different taper volume pot. The fender hot rod series amps are known for having the same 0-60 problem too.

That's a good suggestion and I would probably manage that just fine, but I'm actually kind of fed up with the Blackstar anyway, as well as the fact that the vibrations can be heard through the floor. My house might as well be made out of paper. So really the only option I can see is to get a small practice amp and place it on a desk or table. I just want the best possible tone i can get out of a set up like that.
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Quote by So-Cal
That's a good suggestion and I would probably manage that just fine, but I'm actually kind of fed up with the Blackstar anyway, as well as the fact that the vibrations can be heard through the floor. My house might as well be made out of paper. So really the only option I can see is to get a small practice amp and place it on a desk or table. I just want the best possible tone i can get out of a set up like that.

Well, then what you really need is a new amp. for reals

It's rare for someone to advise a future owner how loud a 5 watt tuber is before buying one, I knew about it before I got my epi jr and I still get told it's too loud when I have it at about 8:00. My family just doesn't understand how tubes work apparently.
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Well, then what you really need is a new amp. for reals

It's rare for someone to advise a future owner how loud a 5 watt tuber is before buying one, I knew about it before I got my epi jr and I still get told it's too loud when I have it at about 8:00. My family just doesn't understand how tubes work apparently.

I was young and dumb when i bought it. 5 watts can't be that loud right??
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I was young and dumb when i bought it. 5 watts can't be that loud right??


You needs a POD and headphones...

Anything will be too loud for you.
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If the HT 5 is too loud, then the only thing you can do is get something like a Peavey Vypyr and just turn the volume down. I play mine in my apartment all the time at low volume. Tone is meh, but you can't expect much with the volume constraints we have. I'd recommend just getting a comfortable pair of headphones and go the POD HD or Eleven Rack route. Great tones to be had with those, better than anything else at apartment level volumes imo.
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If you don't like headphones run it into some studio monitors or something.
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Quote by losing battle
If you don't like headphones run it into some studio monitors or something.



This, you can get some good sounds if you take the time to set it up right.

They are a great job for riffing/doing "proper" practice/transcribing/learnig - I dont really like jamming to something with this set up though.
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Quote by losing battle
If you don't like headphones run it into some studio monitors or something.

I think this might be my best option.

So a multi fx through an interface through a pair of monitors?

I suppose my next question then will be which multi fx? I'd want something that is easy to use has good quality effects and can give me good stonerdoom-esque distortion as well as a nice bluesy crunch tone. Any suggestions?
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Pod HD and a powered foldback wedge (or powered studio monitors if you never leave the house).
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That's a little bit pricey tbh.

What are your opinions on the Vox tonelab?
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That would work

What about a used Line 6 POD XT/X3 live?
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