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I've started looking at practice amps that I can easily use in the house. I've looked at several of the modeling amps and am wondering what thoughts are on the Blackstar Core ID series? From what I've seen they seem to be an ok practice amp. Problem is that the foot switch costs as much as the amp.
#2
Yeah, they look like 0.k. practice amps.

Now, what's your budget, what gear do you already have, what stuff do you wanna play with the amp, where do you live and are you willing to buy used stuff?
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Most company's with modeling amps are like that have a proprietary foot pedal that is almost the cost of the amp. I bought my first Line 6 14years ago and the Floorboard was $300. Yeah it was a cool versatile amp, but after I paid for the board, I had $800 in a combo (that although very cool at the time) that really was not worth it.
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Yeah, they look like 0.k. practice amps.

Now, what's your budget, what gear do you already have, what stuff do you wanna play with the amp, where do you live and are you willing to buy used stuff?


In the US and just looking for a practice amp to play all kinds of different music. This is one reason the modeling amps look appealing is that they can be adjusted for different kinds of music. Budget is less than a couple hundred bucks.
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My home set up (and I think it would work well for you) is normally a Zoom G3 into a powered speaker. Sure the sound isnt all that but it makes for a superb practice rig. If you'd rather have an amp, there's cheap lil 5w tube amps all over the place. I love my lil epiphone Valve Jr. Great tone, simple as can be (No distractions from practice), easily maintained, easily modded, bout $100 used. There's others though. And I'd personally rather have a multifx and powered speaker than a modeling amp. Both are still useful after upgrading your amp.


Edit: just reread op, nevermind, I think you'd need bout $100 more at least. Vox Valvetronix amps are great for the price
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In my order of preference:

Fender Super Champ
Roland Cube
Vox Valvetronix
Fender Mustang
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In my order of preference:

Fender Super Champ
Roland Cube
Vox Valvetronix
Fender Mustang


For a practice amp the super champ can get very loud and sounds very good.

It has Cheesefries stamp of approval.

I also recommend the Yamaha TH series.
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Roland Cubes are probably a good idea. The 20XL is a nice little one, for less than $200.

You might be best off just scouting your music shops and pawn shops for something used.

Alternatively, you could buy a cheap interface for your PC, and get something like S-Gear 2 and just use that for practicing at home.
Don't need a real amp for home stuff anymore IMO. Some of the stuff in S-Gear 2 and Amplitube 3 is just way too good. Sounds and feels real.

Then you've got the advantage of something like Reaper to record your own rhythm tracks to play over as well.
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i really used to like super champs. i still wonder why they disappeared. they were hot shit for a while.

after that, look into peavey vypyrs (tube 60 is best by far).

either are pretty reasonable.

HOWEVER...

i would get a good effects processor and run it into powered monitors as lucky recommended. that is what i use for my synth, works great, and tried it with an older effects processor (ancient KORG toneworks ax1500g) and it wasn't bad through the monitor (well for a 10 year old modeling technology).

but i just turn my mkiv down, low channel volume and low on the global master. works great for me.
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Vypyr Tube 60 is by far my favorite modeling amp
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I've started looking at practice amps that I can easily use in the house. I've looked at several of the modeling amps and am wondering what thoughts are on the Blackstar Core ID series? From what I've seen they seem to be an ok practice amp. Problem is that the foot switch costs as much as the amp.


Footswitches are rarely necessary in a practice amp.
And often you don't need the BIG footswitch board if a smaller one is available.

For example, I have Pods. The POD HD was, for a while down around $199 (new!) at some stores and can be had cheaper used. The Pod XT (we're talking the kidney bean shaped versions) can be had for much less than $100 these days, and is MORE than viable for almost anything you want to do.

The FBV Shortboard II is $199 new and will control both new and older Pods and will do allow you to control almost everything that a Pod does. The FBV Express is $99 new and has a tuner display, expression pedal, four bank switches, tap tempo and honestly, that's most of what you actually DO with a foot pedal. In a practice situation in particular, there's no real reason to have the Shortboard; you're able to access the Pod directly to change channels or to tweak an effect parameter, etc. In fact, I've found the cheaper Express to be pretty much all the live gigging footboard I need as well.

Honestly, for practice, I rarely use a footboard at all.
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Check out the Peavey Vypyr VIP-II.
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Dude,i would get a peavey vypre vip i have one and it kicks butt with my bad monkey tube overdrive
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I like the sound of a guitar through a ss 10w bass amp as my practice amp.
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