#1
hey guys!
i want to know if a really need a tube amp im in a band but we are not going to be famous:P or something like that! we play a few gigs a week but thats all
i currently own a 65 w crate amp
and a fender stratocaster!
#2
Well depends how many people you are playing to. A 30W tube amp will sound a billion times better (and louder) than your 65W solid state. Plus they sound better. If you have the money and you play a lot, then yes a tube amp is desirable.
#3
What music do you play and what is your budget?


You don't have to do anything, but it's always nice to have better tone .
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#4
rock! indie!, interpol , strokes , kings of leon!
and my budget its less than 100
but i heard something about installing a tube to the amps?
can someone explain me this?
Last edited by Ep_riviera at Oct 8, 2007,
#5
Ummmm.

You're probably not gonna get anything nice in that price range?
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^I'd let a pro look at it. Once you get into the technicalities of screws...well, it's just a place you don't want to be, friend.
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rock! indie!, interpol , strokes , kings of leon!
and my budget its less than 100


You wont be buying any amp for under 100 let alone a tube amp.
#8
yeah but what about installing a tube to my amp?
its that cheaper!
and my budget its like 120$
#9
Quote by Ep_riviera
yeah but what about installing a tube to my amp?
its that cheaper!
and my budget its like 120$


That's not *quite* how it works.

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^I'd let a pro look at it. Once you get into the technicalities of screws...well, it's just a place you don't want to be, friend.
#10
1. i dont think thats possible, but don't quote me

2. aren't the cheapest tube amps like $300-400?
#11
Best Budget Is Peavey Valve King 112 is around $430

and it sounds quite well even for metal, only thing is you have to understand exactly how it works, and hair adjustments can make it off or perfect

but I find it better quality construction than B-52 AT 112 ($559)

other than that you'll never get a tube amp
#12
one word>>> ebay. if you want new, start at round 600$ for a budget
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one word>>> ebay. if you want new, start at round 600$ for a budget


meh he doesn't need a huge half stack to sound good some low price range amps sound good and last long depending on the brand, but he could get a 5150 combo for around 650 ebay, but he doesn't really need that, you can have the best amp and still sound bad if you duno guitar
#14
The Epi VJ would suit his music perfectly. Too bad it isn't enough watts to gig.
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The Epi VJ would suit his music perfectly. Too bad it isn't enough watts to gig.

It isn't enough if you're running stock, want clean, and don't have a good efficient cab. Otherwise...
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It isn't enough if you're running stock, want clean, and don't have a good efficient cab. Otherwise...

It's fine stock IMO, just not enough headroom.
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#17
well first of all he needs a bigger budget. even the VJ head is $130 now.
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Well depends how many people you are playing to. A 30W tube amp will sound a billion times better (and louder) than your 65W solid state. Plus they sound better. If you have the money and you play a lot, then yes a tube amp is desirable.


Given that that 65watt solid state isn't a Flextone II that is!

Depending on how much money you are willing to spend on an amp would be a better way of deciding on what to buy. Just switching from solid state to tube doesn't do you much good if you buy a really bland tube amp.

If you're into metal and such, a used 5150 wouldn't be a bad choice at all. If you're less into metal but more blues, clean, a bit of OD at most, a Fender Hotrod or Peavey Classic would be a good idea.
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It's fine stock IMO, just not enough headroom.

Ah, but if headroom isn't your objective...
I just meant that you can get more loudness out of a VJ with some modification and a boost or OD, if a lack of loudness is the issue at hand.