#1
Hi There

I'm looking for some guidance in relation to my search for a new amp.

I'm a decidedly average player, mostly playing at home for my own pleasure, sometimes with a few friends. I'm unlikely to playing gigs any decade soon and I need to be able to keep the volume pretty low and will often listen through headphones. Music wise I would say my interests lean more towards the classic rock / blues type of vibe and whilst I occasionally play cleaner and funkier tunes I'm not likely to need metal tones.

I currently have a Vox VT40 which has been a perfectly fine. It's got a stack of different amp models, in built effects, the line in is really handy, the headphone out is extremely useful and the fact that there is a power attenuator is also a bonus. That said I feel I'm increasingly looking for something else in the sound. I'm not really into adding lots of effects and processing so that richness and life that I seem to get whenever I play through a proper tube amp is the missing link!

There are stacks of low wattage tube amps around now which is great. It would be great to find something with a headphone out or a speaker emulator, something that I can get a decent sound out of at a low volume ( I appreciate that with any tube amp cranking it will really bring it to life) so ideally some form of power attenuation to give some flexibility on break up / volume. In a perfect world it would have an in built reverb but that's not essential. An effects loop would be really handy.

I've ruled out the Blackstar amps (which don't seem to be a full valve amp) on the basis of their sound, I was really keen on the Egnater Rebel 30 - great sounds from the amp, perfect features but 30 watts is always going to be too loud. The speaker emulated line out suggested it would be usable through headphones but I'd never get the volume past 1 with the speaker activated (unless anyone out there can tell me I'm wrong on that one?)

I've been looking at the VHT special 6 Ultra. Simple Eq controls but the tones seem well suited to my style. It doesn't have a reverb but the effects loop means I can add one in when needed. It has a line out and I'm wondering if I could use this as a means of listening through headphones through my DAW / soundcard? I have Amplitube which I could use to add a simulated speaker to the line out. Would this work? My concern is that line out's lose the life in the sound that is my main reason for buying a new amp.

Other amps I've looked at include, Vox night train series, Hughes & Kettner tubemiesters, Hayden Mofo series, Orange micro terror.

Any advice on the line out query gratefully received, similarly any thoughts on the Egnater. Any other suggestions in terms of amp would be welcome.

Felstead159
#2
Any thoughts - in particular I'd be very grateful for comments on the line out issue and whether running that through a speaker emulation in a DAW is a good idea of not?

Thanks

Felstead159
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Quote by felstead159
I was really keen on the Egnater Rebel 30 - great sounds from the amp, perfect features but 30 watts is always going to be too loud.

...VHT special 6...

Other amps I've looked at include, Vox night train series, Hughes & Kettner tubemiesters, Hayden Mofo series, Orange micro terror.

Any advice on the line out query gratefully received, similarly any thoughts on the Egnater. Any other suggestions in terms of amp would be welcome.

Felstead159


these are all good options tbh. i wouldn't discount the Rebel 30 either. 30 watts is not really that much louder than 15 watts, and really a 1 watt amp can 'get too loud' so discount it just cuz "it is always going to be too loud" is not really accurate. besides, the amp has power scaling down to 1 watt anyway right?

most of these amps are not going to come with a headphone out on them, that is usually reserved for practice amps.

you can use an amp's line out to go to your computer and then monitor it with headphones. it looks like the egnator and H&K tubemeister are best suited for silent recording situations.
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you want a Laney IRT Studio.

you can use headphones and no cab if you want. you can run an audio signal through it and play over that, reamp it, whatever.

it's 15 watts if plugged into a cab, or 1 watt depending on the input you use.

i like mine, it does everything i need.

it's all tube from what i've read about it. i'm not smart enough to read a schematic and tell which squiggly line makes it not tube, but i do trust laney on that part.
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Last edited by gregs1020 at Dec 16, 2013,
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Quote by gregs1020
you want a Laney IRT Studio.

you can use headphones and no cab if you want. you can run an audio signal through it and play over that, reamp it, whatever.

it's 15 watts if plugged into a cab, or 1 watt depending on the input you use.

i like mine, it does everything i need.

it's all tube from what i've read about it. i'm not smart enough to read a schematic and tell which squiggly line makes it not tube, but i do trust laney on that part.



Big plus 1. first thing that came to mind was the IRT studio.
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#6
What kind of a budget are you looking at? For your situation it sounds like a modeling platform would be the best bet, such as an Pod HD500 or one of the variants/updates. Modelers have come a loooong way from the original Pod's and can sound surprisingly similar to their tube counterparts
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