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Yes, I know that I've started a thread about Tube amps before but now I need some more specific advice.

I did mention before that preferably I wanted an Orange Tube amp because I'm a sucker for that 'British' tone. But then it became obvious that you have to spend a crapload to get a good Orange IMO. Yes, the micro terror looked ok but it's hybrid and a decent sized cab seemed to cost more than a good combo anyway.

I then was reccomended the Laney VC15/30 and I found that I can get a 30 used in my budget. But what about the LC30? I can't find much on it and how does it compare to the VC30. I haven't read a bad review on the VC but the gist I'm getting from the LC is that it's 'alright' but nothing special.

To be perfectly honest, I don't even want a new amp. I want a Tele. But I'm no idiot and I know there is no point in using a nice guitar on a SS amp in the long run so buying the amp first gives me more options later on. I'll also only be able to use a tube amp on weekends as my mum won't allow it but at my Dad's, my room is in the attic so he doesn't mind how loud I play it.


Budget- Under £300 unfortunately. Maybe a little higher but I'm hoping it wouldn't need to be as I don't care about buying new. Used only.

Genres- I play a lot of Indie rock such as AM, Pixies etc but I also do loads of RHCP (which my current gear may reflect that isn't all in the desc.)
However, I play in a psychedelic band which is obviously effects based, therefore it needs to take effects well- ideally an FX loop.

Home or Gig- For now, just at home but I hope to gig in the next few years.

Area- UK but since I'm buying used, local stores shouldn't be important.

Current Gear- Orange 35LDX. As a practice amp it kicks ass but I am repeatedly told to go tube so...

Also a load of effects stuff mainly on my Zoom and a couple of different guitars but like I said- I want to get a Tele.

The amp should ideally have/be able to:
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Take effects well.

Have decent cleans (I have dirty covered with dist pedals etc.)

Have minimal gimmicks (No onboard effects etc. as I never use them and usually destroys another feature of the amp)

Work well at lower volumes/ be versatile on the volume front.

Not to bothered about a FS but may be useful.


Thanks and I hope I can get some advice.
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The VC30 is more like an AC30. The LC30 is richer, thicker and has more balls.
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^ I'd have said the vc30 was warmer-sounding. the lc30 is almost fendery on the clean channel and has a more modern-sounding od channel. it's like a more modern-style amp. the vc30 sounds more vintage, and the two channels sound more like differing levels of gain than two different amps. i'd have said the vc30 sounded more british.
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There is also the Cub 12R of course....

I'm still really stuck on which exact on to get.
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^ I'd have said the vc30 was warmer-sounding. the lc30 is almost fendery on the clean channel and has a more modern-sounding od channel. it's like a more modern-style amp. the vc30 sounds more vintage, and the two channels sound more like differing levels of gain than two different amps. i'd have said the vc30 sounded more british.


This is my impression as well.
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^ I'd have said the vc30 was warmer-sounding. the lc30 is almost fendery on the clean channel and has a more modern-sounding od channel. it's like a more modern-style amp. the vc30 sounds more vintage, and the two channels sound more like differing levels of gain than two different amps. i'd have said the vc30 sounded more british.

Completely agree.
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sweet, i'm not misremembering then. it's ages since i've tried them

EDIT: I haven't tried the cub so I can't help with that one.
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Vc30 has one of the nicest cleans out there, have one myself.

They are not only warm, but not many amps react so dynamically well as this clean channel. Can be played at relatively low volumes.

Overdrive channel sounds considerably better when played loud, but it has very little gain. Think 70's rock bands gain.

Also it's quite a one trick pony amp. Plug it in with EQ equally dialed, and you should like that sound. If not get something else, the EQ is not really a shaping one, rather more to be used to adjust for imbalances

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