#1
Hi there,
after more than 2 years I started playing again and I'm looking for a small practice amp to use at home or in a small rehearsal space.

I would prefer something not as small as a Roland Micro Cube. I was about to buy a Blackstar ID:Core 20 that on paper has everything I want and more, but doing some research I found out that a LOT of those amps (even the Core 10s and 40s) have serious hissing problems even with nothing plugged in and with volume and levels at 0. The Blackstar forum is plagued with threads and the company still hasn't given a clear answer. Furthermore, there are several cases of ID Core amps dead after a firmware upgrade.

Also, I'd prefer to avoid Fender Mustang I and II. I had my experience with a Fender Mustang III that I recently sold. It was awesome in a lot of ways but I'd like something a bit more straightforward and less fake on crunches and high gain stuff.

Any advice? The price should be around 150$. Thanks!
Ekam Sat
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Where are you located and what type of stuff do you want to play?
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peavey vypyr or vox valvetronix would be the other common alternatives.
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Where are you located and what type of stuff do you want to play?


Ops I did'nt see this message. I live in Italy, I mostly play rock/hard rock but I like a bit of occasional blues and metal too.


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peavey vypyr or vox valvetronix would be the other common alternatives.


I checked out the Vypyr Vip 2 for it has very nice features, but it's WAY too big. It's as big as the Mustang III, I want something smaller. The Vox VT 20+ also is a bit too big. I even considered the Blackstar ID 15 TVP, an amp with stellar reviews and comments, but that too it's too big and cumbersome.

The biggest amp I could live with is the Fender Superchamp X2, which I like A LOT, but that's way beyond my budget. That's why I was eyeing the Blackstar ID Core 20: it's small, has just the right features and it costs less than 200$. Too bad it has all those deal-breaking problems.

Now I'm seriously considering an Orange Crush 20RT, a way more straightforward amp (it's a pure SS without any emulation). The only doubt I have with that is some people say it sounds bad in high gain tones. From what I can hear on various Youtube videos that doesn't seem to be the case, but I still have some doubts.
Ekam Sat
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I checked out the Vypyr Vip 2 for it has very nice features, but it's WAY too big. It's as big as the Mustang III, I want something smaller. The Vox VT 20+ also is a bit too big. I even considered the Blackstar ID 15 TVP, an amp with stellar reviews and comments, but that too it's too big and cumbersome....[ ]......
I'm pretty sure they were thinking in terms of the Vypyr I, which is an 8" 20 watt version. It still has bass amp models and acoustic inputs. You can even expand it with a Peavey (Proprietary), multi-effects / volume / wah'wah pedal, which can be used all the way up the Vypyr line.
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#6
Anything with a 12 inch speaker
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#7
If you can find a used Yamaha THR10 (C or X if you want to specialise) for $150, you're a winner.
The above post is in terms of 'YMMV' and 'IMO', etc...

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