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I'm looking for an I amp that can play smaller gigs with a band, and doesn't break the piggy bank. I would be using this to play in a praise band. I don't want anything too fancy, just want the basic functions. I'm guessing that I should get some sort of tube amp. How many watts? How much should I expect to pay for something that is not total crap... Like my Mustang 1.
#2
I don't think you should go under 15 watt although it is possible that a Marshall Class 5 which is a very loud 5 watter might do. I imagine you guys probably have a PA (most worship places do so they can amplify the service) so you could also mic it if it is a bit underwhelming. Not sure what you'd need in an amp. Some of these are single channel with no fx loop, I'd imagine for this type of gig you can run all the fx in front of the amp, so that is why I am suggesting some like the Tiny Terror, Class 5...

Look at: Peavey Classic 30, Peavey Windsor. Crate Palomino 30 watt (these are all knockoffs of the Vox AC30/Vox AC15 which you should also check out). Carvin have a tweed series which is also awesome.

Laney VC15 or LC15 (15 watters), Orange Tiny Terror (15 watt combo) or Dual Terror, Fender Blues Jr or any of the other tube Fenders. Marshall DSL40C or the big DSL head if you look at used.
Egnater Tweaker 40 watt is also awesome for getting any sound and can change volume levels.
If you can push up in budget Mesa 5:25 or 5:50, or any of the other Mesa combos like the Roadking are also fantastic.

And last but not least - the Randall Satan
#3
what type(s) of music, and do you need totally clean cleans?
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#5
ok, thanks

i don't gig but i'd have thought you'd want 30 watts for that, minimum. much less and you don't normally have too much headroom (even though they still get really loud).
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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#7
You can get a used L6 Flextone II/III for <$150 at www.guitarcenter.com/usedgear
It will cope with most anything you want to do and is a 1x12 combo, so it can carry its own weight without being mic'd if you really need it to
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#8
nah dont get caught up on watts. dont go to low though. i would go over 25 for sure. need an FX loop? that may be a good factor.

budget? egnater would be good. a tweaker 40 is great, rebel 30. both would do. carvin v3m is versatile on all fronts.

tubemeister is very clean / bluesey. its got that solid state boost, but i dont consider than a legitimate channel if you ask me. without the boost, its a blues amp.

these are all in the 600ish range. too much? do you need a combo or a head / cab?
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#9
Praise band? What style of music? Traditional gospel, Jazz and Soul, contemporary Christian, heavy Christian Metal? In our church all styles are represented but stage volume must be kept painfully low. All amps are mic'd off stage with a feed to the IEMs. With this setup a very small amp is plenty or even no amp at all. Just a Pod or Tonelab DME run direct to the board.

Over the last 10 years I have used a Tonelab direct, Mesa F-30, Tiny Terror, Fender Princeton Reverb II, Fender HR Deluxe, all to good effect. Never needed more power.
"Your sound is in your hands as much as anything. It's the way you pick, and the way you hold the guitar, more than it is the amp or the guitar you use." -- Stevie Ray Vaughan

"Anybody can play. The note is only 20 percent. The attitude of the motherfucker who plays it is 80 percent." -- Miles Davis

Guthrie on tone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmohdG9lLqY
#10
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#11
very hard to bead a blues deluxe if you only need some bluesey / mild rock tones. plus pedals
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Carvin V3M, Avatar 2x12 WGS Reaper, vet 30
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