#1
Hi, I want to buy a little, but interresting, amp to play in my appartement. I don't know what
Is best between - Line 6 Spider IV 30W, Roland Cube 30X, Vox Valvetronix ad30 and a
Fender Frontman 25R. Any opinion?
Last edited by bizzybujo at Feb 28, 2014,
#2
I would probably avoid the Line 6. generally way too digital sounding. The Vox actually has a tube, so if you want modeling, get that. Are you using your own effects? Probably the Fender. Don't have experience with the Roland, but people seem to like them. What kind of music, primarily?
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#3
I like how the Valvetronix sounded when I tried it...didn't play it very loud though. I've heard good things about the Cube but, never tried one out. I owned a Spider 4 half stack and I liked it at quieter volumes. At loud volumes though, it sounded very digital, like ryanbwags said.

Other people will recommend a Peavey Vyper. They seem to have a good reputation...

Edit- My buddy had a Frontman it sounded very good. Great for pedals. The distortion/gain sounded pretty good for a Fender.
Last edited by Dimarzio45 at Feb 28, 2014,
#4
I play Indy, folk, rock (I really like the British sound..)
Like I said, it's only an appartement amp that I'm looking for.
Something that allowed me to have a lot of fun. I don't have any
effect yet. Usually, I play acoustic but the electric sound miss me
Thank's for the comments !
#5
Quote by bizzybujo
I play Indy, folk, rock (I really like the British sound..)
Like I said, it's only an appartement amp that I'm looking for.
Something that allowed me to have a lot of fun. I don't have any
effect yet. Usually, I play acoustic but the electric sound miss me
Thank's for the comments !


Get the Vox, then. Mic it up if you decide to play shows later.
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Alvarez: F-200
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Dean: Metalman Z Bass (Betty)
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Pearl: Maximum
ESP/LTD: EXP-300
Custom: Harley Quinn Bass
Custom: TK-421 Explorer
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#6
Quote by ryanbwags
Get the Vox, then. Mic it up if you decide to play shows later.

Agreed. Plus, there are lots of effects that will be available to you.
#7
Thank's guys! I already had a crush for the Vox because of the lamp, but I was confused by the other amp because they all have effects (exept the Fender) and I've found them at the same price (exept the Fender is cheaper)
#8
Define the music you play first, then choose the right tool for the job. My brief impressions:

Metal- Blackstar, Vypyr

Classic rock/jazz/surf- Fender Super Champ XD, Cube 30, Vox Valvetronix in that order

Amps that hurt my ears: Spider, Fender Frontman
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Last edited by Cajundaddy at Feb 28, 2014,
#9
I usually recommend the Vypyr for this application, but the Vox would suit a bit better I think, a Fender Mustang would also be great.

The tube in the Vox is really just a gimmick though, just saying. Most "hybrid" amps nowadays are. Not really a positive or negative statement here, just FYI
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#10
Ive tried all of those amps and even own(ed) a couple and imo the vox definitely sticks out from the rest. I could see, if you wanna use pedals, taking the frontman over the vox but as far as plug and play the vt series has great tone for your $. Sure the tube is a gimmick, but it still sounds better than most similar amps imo.

Also check out the lil Yamaha THR amps.
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#11
probably the vox, yeah
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#12
Really like the Vox, wish I had one for small quiet times when I'm not blasting my other amps. Like at 3 in the morning so I don't need to play my valves.
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#13
Quote by Dimarzio45
Edit- My buddy had a Frontman it sounded very good. Great for pedals. The distortion/gain sounded pretty good for a Fender.


My experience with the Frontman (15R) was the exact opposite; the gain channel had horrible bass feedback and it wasn't good for anything but cleans. I use it as a drum monitor now.

My favorite small amp that takes pedals well is the Valve Jr (even though I've moved on to an Orange Tiny Terror combo) but of the ones you listed, I like stuff from Vox and Roland. Depends on what kind of music you're playing, I'd say.
#14
I had a Vox Vt30 for a while and it's a surprisingly good amp for a modeler. I say go for it, it should serve you well for quite some time
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My experience with the Frontman (15R) was the exact opposite; the gain channel had horrible bass feedback and it wasn't good for anything but cleans. I use it as a drum monitor now.

My favorite small amp that takes pedals well is the Valve Jr (even though I've moved on to an Orange Tiny Terror combo) but of the ones you listed, I like stuff from Vox and Roland. Depends on what kind of music you're playing, I'd say.

Yeah, I said it sounded good as far as Fender distortions go. Because most of us know Fender never had a lot of noteworthy distortions. It was always about those cleans, baby!
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Yeah, I said it sounded good as far as Fender distortions go. Because most of us know Fender never had a lot of noteworthy distortions. It was always about those cleans, baby!

What? You think a Frontman is the highlight of distortion from Fender, or even makes the list? Take any of your favorite tube Fenders and crank them... That's Fender 'distortion.' Many noteworthy distorted sounds were recorded with Fenders.
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