#1
I'm kind of in the process of figuring out what kind of amp setup i like the best. I have tried a POD HD500 direct to powered PA speaker which sounded good but found myself fiddling more than playing. Owned a handful of tube amps (original peavey valveking, H&K tubemeister 18, Bugera 6260, Peavey 6505+). The valveking and tubemeister just didn't have quite what i was looking for and the other two i sold at the time cause i was in University and needed the money. I play lots of heavier rock and i like that thick bottom end but I just don't have the money or the space for a 212 or 412 cabinet. I need to be able to use headphones so that really limits my tube amp selection. I also have a baby on the way (my first) so playing out loud will probably be minimized in December.

My current solution was I recently bought an Orange crush (which i currently would like to sell) that has an emulated 412 cab line out that i can connect direct to the powered pa speaker i have which gets me good low end but i am just missing that warmth tubes give you. And drive pedals i have (OCD/TIMMY clone, Wampler Triple Wreck Clone) do not sound too special through an SS amp. I have house reno's going on and don't have room in the budget to shell out for another amp.

So basically my specific needs in my amp are an effects loop, the ability to use with headphones, and to a lesser extent an xlr or 1/4" line out that can be plugged directly into my powered PA speaker. The latter may not be necessary if i can find an amp that has a satisfactory low end for what i like. For now i feel my two options are to find a nice sounding tube combo (i don't have a cab for use with a head) with an effects loop and headphone out, or to sell my amp/pedals etc and find another solution like the pod. My main gripe with the pod is the complexity of all the parameters that can be adjusted. If i had to choose a multi effects unit i would prefer something like the Boss ME-80 that is knob based or at least a bit easier to dial in a nice tone. Some amps i considered checking out are the blackstar HT series or a Traynor YCV20. Both amps have the options i require. The traynor is closer to $800 new and the Blackstar HT-5 is $600.

Any suggestions or help would be greatly appreciated!
Current GEAR:
2014 LTD EC401
1991 Gibson Explorer
Digitech Whammy V
OCD/Timmy Clone
Wampler Triple Wreck Clone
Fuzzhugger AB-synth
Orange Crush 20RT
TC Alter Ego x4
#2
Tubes with a headphone out and good bottom-end

EVH 5150 III 2x12

The POD HD and a powered wedge will probably be of better use to you though since space is a concern.

You can look at the Peavey Vypyr tube 60 it is a 1x12 combo, but I'm not sure about the headphone thing

The new Mesa rectoverb25 1x12 is worth a look for you, but it is $1200ish new
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Morley Bad Horsie 2
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#3
I think the Mesa and EVH are well out of my pricerange.

I've owned a Pod and didn't like tweaking parameters so much. I know the amplifi Firehawk or fx100 are a bit dated technology but editing with an ipad may be better for me than using the small screen or a computer which isn't near my gear. For an amp i would like to keep the cost as low as possible. Preferably below 6 or $700
Current GEAR:
2014 LTD EC401
1991 Gibson Explorer
Digitech Whammy V
OCD/Timmy Clone
Wampler Triple Wreck Clone
Fuzzhugger AB-synth
Orange Crush 20RT
TC Alter Ego x4
Last edited by tomsy49 at May 26, 2015,
#4
I think the 6505 mini head has the options you are looking for, and you're already familiar with the peavey tone. So, that might be something worth checking out.
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#5
Quote by ThunderPunk
I think the 6505 mini head has the options you are looking for, and you're already familiar with the peavey tone. So, that might be something worth checking out.


Are they out yet? I would assume they would be near that $700 range
Current GEAR:
2014 LTD EC401
1991 Gibson Explorer
Digitech Whammy V
OCD/Timmy Clone
Wampler Triple Wreck Clone
Fuzzhugger AB-synth
Orange Crush 20RT
TC Alter Ego x4
#6
Yeah the 6505+ mini might be what your after. But it might be just over $700 with a cab.
The peavey bundle w/ 1x12 cab runs $750, the head is $500
http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/6505PM112Bn
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Krank 1980 Jr 20watt
Krank Rev 4x12 (eminence V12)
GFS Greenie/Digitech Bad Monkey
Morley Bad Horsie 2
MXR Smart Gate
#8
Quote by Robbgnarly
Tubes with a headphone out and good bottom-end

EVH 5150 III 2x12


The POD HD and a powered wedge will probably be of better use to you though since space is a concern.

You can look at the Peavey Vypyr tube 60 it is a 1x12 combo, but I'm not sure about the headphone thing

The new Mesa rectoverb25 1x12 is worth a look for you, but it is $1200ish new


That would be a good way to go. I don't have any idea what they go for used though.
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#9
Go with Traynor. I'm not familar with the one you mentioned, but the YCS100H1 (preferably), or the H2 have all that. I had the H1 for a while, the headphone-out didn't sound spectacular, but the XLR-out sounded amazing. If the YCV20 has a similar set-up you'll be fine, especially if you're using pedals anyway.
#10
I think the ycv20 would be a good choice, but try before you buy. Also maybe try out the ycv40 too. The gain channels pretty decent on both of them.

If you do go for it, check out used. There's a few near me for 400-450
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#11
What about going with amp sims on the computer here? Need quiet - use headphones. Want sound - line out into PA setup.

I use Peavey ReValver and feel it does a great job for what I use it for. You could get the full blown package and a pair of Audio-Technica ATH-M50x headphones for under $300. Or use free amp sims.

I have 2 amps with headphones out (Randall RG and Peavey Vypyr) and think they both sound like crap.

Maybe something like the Mesa Mark V:25 with the cab clone will sound better but they're $$$

And you need a speaker load on a head when using headphones for the most part.
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Last edited by metalmingee at May 26, 2015,