#1
I'm going to college next year and want a smaller tube amp that would be convenient for a dormroom, 5 watts or less. I currently use a Blues Junior. Im a big fan of fender and vox amps.
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Quote by ledzepplin6914
I'm going to college next year and want a smaller tube amp that would be convenient for a dormroom, 5 watts or less. I currently use a Blues Junior. Im a big fan of fender and vox amps.

The difference between your BJr's ability to play quietly and a 5 watter's is going to be negligible. Just keep the BJr. I play mine at clock radio volume sometimes, it sounds OK. An OD in front helps get a thicker tone more quietly. Maybe grab something like a POD so you can play with headphones sometimes?

Tube amps are loud. At one point I had a 100 watt tube amp and a 5 watt tube amp and the 100 watt was better for playing quietly... Go figure.
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#4
Get something like a POD HD500 and a good set of headphones. If you have to have an amp, get one with headphone out on it. Unfortunately most amps like this are SS amps.

The Marshall Class 5(last model) has a headphone out.
Blackstar HT5 had one

You might get away with a Vox AC4 combo it has a switch to take it to 1/4 watt

I still say the pod and phones is the best solution for what your needing
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#5
If you're just looking for something to practice with that wont disturb others, a portable digital modeling device is the way to go:

Boss Micro-BR 4 track
http://www.guitarcenter.com/-i1169092.gc

Boss Micro-BR 80
http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/BR80/

Pocket POD
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Line-6-Pocket-POD-Guitar-Multi-Effects-Processor-104391875-i1173933.gc

Tascam GT-R1
http://www.guitarcenter.com/TASCAM-GT-R1-Portable-Guitar-Bass-Recorder-105125306-i1401677.gc
http://www.guitarcenter.com/TASCAM-DR-1-GT-R1-Accessory-Kit-105020473-i1402140.gc

Korg Pandora Mini
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Korg-Pandora-Mini-PXMINI-Guitar-Multi-Effects-Processor-H70754-i1746466.gc

Korg Px4
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Korg-Pandora-PX4D-Guitar-Multi-Effects-Processor-103381554-i1124641.gc

Korg Pandora Stomp
http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/PandoraSTOr/

Korg Px5
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Korg-Pandora-PX5D-Guitar-Multi-Effects-Processor-104821715-i1387080.gc

Here is a visual comparison of (left to right) Tascam, my PX-5 and one of my Px4s to my old Aiwa cassette player:



Only the Tascam has decent acoustic recording capacity. All DO have features like tuners, metronomes, drum synthesizers, and digital amp & pedal modeling.

So with decent headphones, you can rock out like you were playing Texas Stadium. And yes, they are all about the size of an old Walkman.

The ones I own: the Tascam has the external mics, a phrase trainer (loop & slow down stuff for practicing), and takes SD cards. Both it and the PX5 can connect directly to your computer via a USB port. The PX4 is discontinued, but it can still be easily found. It is less powerful than the PX5, but, oddly, the PX5 does not have a belt/strap hook.

The ones I don't own: The Line6 PocketPOD is, I believe, the most popular device like this; the Boss might be the most powerful (and priciest); the Pandora Mini is the smallest (its about the size of a stack of business cards), cheapest, and least powerful.
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#6
The Pocket Pod is pretty damn cool for the price. On a business trip I had one for a few weeks, and plugged it into some cheap computer speakers as well as headphones. It was an awesome set up for quiet practicing.
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#7
i like the ac4, but i would personally be more drawn to the vox lil night train.
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for to answer your need, i would look into something with a headphone jack for sure. i have been eye-ing those new yamahas. dont know if they are any good, but they a slightly pricey, seem to be everywhere, read some decent things. if they do what tehy so they do, then its exactly what you need.
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#8
I'd keep your BJ and get a POD, as stated.

I'm in college and have tube amps from 15 watts up through 100 watts in my apartment, and all are perfectly usable.
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#9
I've always had an issue with the Blues Junior at bedroom levels

I have a line 6 ux2 at the moment, which is perfect for jamming with headphones, but I still need a tube amp sound from time to time.
#10
Sounds like you just don't jive with the amp. The AC4 was a good suggestion.
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#11
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Tube amps are loud. At one point I had a 100 watt tube amp and a 5 watt tube amp and the 100 watt was better for playing quietly... Go figure.


Yeah.

I mean wattage is just like... potential output. Headroom.

Somehow people got it into their heads that more wattage = worse low volume tones. And that's a frustrating concept to deal with, because of how untrue it is, and just how little sense it makes.

I think that a lot of people *think* they want power amp breakup. When really they should be searching for amps that have preamp tone they like.

I doubt most people have ever actually heard power amp breakup IRL. Most of the time, it is not a very pleasant sound.
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