#1
Hello, so I have decided that it's time to upgrade my transistor 8inch speaker amp to a tube. I am not planning to play gigs and will be using this at home so I don't need loud one. It should be below 10 watts, or be able to switch to less than 10 watts, it should be combo with 1x12 speaker or head and cab, want to play blues rock(joe bonamassa style) to hard rock/punk(rise against,papa roach,linkin park). My budget is 400€. I'm currently looking at laney cub 12 combo which I can get for 300€ or should I save money for laney IRT15h + cab which will cost me about 550€? I was hoping you can help me decide or recommend something in that price range which will be good for me. THanks
#2
i will say the irt15h can cover a LOT of ground. i had one and it's a great unit. very versatile little tube head for sure.
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#3
Jet city 22h and a Harley Benton 2x12/1x12 Vintage from thomann.
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#4
I like both the Laney amps, also play thru a Tiny Terror. Orange has a very unmistakable Brit sound but it is a good sound and very useable at lower volumes.
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#5
jet city looks nice, but I am afraid 22 watts will be too much for me. I am playing in apartment and if I crank it up too much neighbors would go crazy Thats why I like Laney - they have 1 watt input jacks
#6
orange tiny terror looks nice, but has only 1 band EQ so I guess I would need EQ pedal with it and that would just be way too much above my budget
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Quote by ondruskaj
jet city looks nice, but I am afraid 22 watts will be too much for me. I am playing in apartment and if I crank it up too much neighbors would go crazy Thats why I like Laney - they have 1 watt input jacks
With tube amps, not very many modern amps are made anymore where you have to crank the volume to get distortion and fullness. Modern amps have preamp and master controls, allowing you to dial in dirt with preamp and adjust volume with the master. So 22w is fine as long as you keep the master volume low for your apartment. c:
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orange tiny terror looks nice, but has only 1 band EQ so I guess I would need EQ pedal with it and that would just be way too much above my budget
Tiny Terrors would be great for punk/hard rock without an EQ pedal, maybe an overdrive though. For the JB sound I think it would work.
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Quote by ondruskaj
orange tiny terror looks nice, but has only 1 band EQ so I guess I would need EQ pedal with it and that would just be way too much above my budget


Not necessarily, you can set it up bright and control with guitar treble control. It is an interesting amp and responds to dynamics. Depending on your pickups and amount of distortion you need it might be ok just to go guitar->amp. Try it in a store if you can.

Listen to my Egregore link - "High Speed Fracture" is all recorded with a TT.
#9
I have a laney irt60h and its a good head.

I'd really recommend an eq pedal to run through the fx loop though. Makes the amp sound SO much better

I'd recommend it

Edit: just saw you said head + cab + pedal is out of your budget. Still recommend

Quote by ondruskaj
jet city looks nice, but I am afraid 22 watts will be too much for me. I am playing in apartment and if I crank it up too much neighbors would go crazy Thats why I like Laney - they have 1 watt input jacks


They don't have one watt input Jacks (at least mine doesn't) but they do have a built in wattage control which is super useful
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Last edited by chookiecookie at May 30, 2015,
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Quote by ondruskaj
orange tiny terror looks nice, but has only 1 band EQ so I guess I would need EQ pedal with it and that would just be way too much above my budget


The TT is a classic less-is-more approach. It is a very good sounding amp that delivers a lot of tonal variation from 3 knobs. Many newbies think more knobs are better but the TT proves this is not true. Pros often choose it in the recording studio for this reason. A TT is not for everyone but it is a very viable choice for the music you listed. Worth a test drive.
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Guthrie on tone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmohdG9lLqY
#11
I'll certainly think about tiny terror. It is however quite expensive sitting at 450€ at my local store and since I don't have cab, I would need that also ... looks like I'm gonna have to save more money.
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They don't have one watt input Jacks (at least mine doesn't) but they do have a built in wattage control which is super useful

IRT15H does have 1watt input + it has mp3 in which is really cool feature on my current amp, I love playing song on background and jamming to it and no other tube amp in this price range has this feature
#13
A little more could get you a used Traynor YCV20 or Peavey Classic. Awesome amps. Very versatile.
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#14
just bear in mind 1 watt cranked up will still likely be too loud for your apartment. and those lower wattage settings often don't sound as good as the amp on the full power setting (i haven't tried the ironheart).
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#15
i have the dual terror (big brother to the tiny teror) and i love the damn things.

the single knob EQ is all you would ever need. it works great and i don't feel more need for anything on that amp.

it is great quiet as well.
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#16
There's also a Tiny Terror combo, that was the one I was suggesting. Traynor is also another great option, but I don't think they have them in Poland (that's where you live, right?).
Laney VC15 might be worth looking into as well.