#1
Hi all,

To make a long story short: I am searching for a good backup for my tubemeister 36 in case it ever decides to quit on me during gigs (especially the paying ones). I think that I would prefer a solid state/hybrid type of head that I could simply place in my current setup. I would consider some sort of pedal or another tube amp.

Because of the array of time-based effects en loopers I use in my band, an effects loop is an absolute must. Some sort of direct out would also be most welcome, but is not an absolute must (my sound guy finds the redbox DI on my H&K quite convenient, and it really helps keeping the stage volume at acceptable levels).

I am in the Netherlands, and I play a mix of 70's/80's classic rock, with some modern touches. Budget.. Let's say about EUR 300,00. I would prefer used.

I have been looking at a used Marshall Valvestate head, or at the Blackstar HT5. I used to own the HT5, which I quite liked, and I believe this is some sort of hybrid?

Any suggestions?
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#2
How about a used jet city JCA22H?

You can get both that and the fifthy watt version dirt cheap off thomann though.
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#3
Up for the JCA22H, though being all tube.

For the reliability and convenience, the orange micro terror.
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#4
My backup rig is a Zoom G7.1UT Di'd into PA if possible, if not I use an EHX Magnum into my cab.
That's because my rig is just too big already to carry another amp head around.
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#5
+1 to the Jet City JCA22h, great head. It will probably replace the Tubemeister for your main amp though.
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#6
A Pod HD floorboard model could be an option as well. Run it straight into the PA when needed and you can get a use out of it wether you need it as a backup or not.
#7
My backup amp is a JCM900.


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#8
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A Pod HD floorboard model could be an option as well. Run it straight into the PA when needed and you can get a use out of it wether you need it as a backup or not.


+1. More reliable, easier to setup, also protects you in the case your cab goes for some reason.
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#9
My backup is a Krank 1980 Jr, works great.
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#10
Quote by Offworld92
+1. More reliable, easier to setup, also protects you in the case your cab goes for some reason.


And if you get it all set up in patches etc, it can even triple as a pedal-backup.
#11
Thanks for the suggestions. I tried the Jet City, didn't really care for it. Micro terror is not an option, since I would like to keep running my pedalrig, which requires an effects loop. I have looked at the EHX option, but this still seems like to be just a partial solution.

Pod is something to consider, haven't looked into that.

I have the option to pick up a Blackstar HT-5H for about EUR 140,00. I know I like the sound of this, any options on this as a backup (in combination with an Orange PCC212, which is my primary gigging cab)?
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#12
Jet City > Blackstar in every way

If you like the TM, why not look at the 18 watt version?
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#13
+1 on the POD... heck, u can even snag up an HD500 for €200-€300 these days.
I like the HD500 :P

/whispers "I prefer the blackstar series one over jet city "
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#14
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/whispers "I prefer the blackstar series one over jet city "

He is talking about the HT series, so was I. And the HT series sucks
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He is talking about the HT series, so was I. And the HT series sucks


ah, didn't know that. lol... sorry
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#17
my dual terror. fits in the little gig bag, set it a where and throw it under a blanked the whole gig and it stays concealed in my car.
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#18
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+1 44 mag I use it for back up

I like this idea as well, Or a Crate Power Block. You said you liked the Blackstar HT-5? Get the blackstar dual preamp pedal. Or as others have said, use a POD with it. This gives you an effects loop and a very portable backup amp. You said you wanted SS for reliability, well this is perfect.
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/whispers "I prefer the blackstar series one over jet city "


Really you like $2000 amps over $400 amps? How surprising...

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#20
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Really you like $2000 amps over $400 amps? How surprising...


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