#1
Hey guys, I'll be buying my next set of gear in about a month here, and I've narrowed it down to 2 amps. Before anyone suggests bigger amps, or more watts, I will only be playing in my room. I want a great tone, but I don't want to make my ears bleed when I start overdriving it. I play mostly classic rock, blues, and alt. So I think the two amps I have narrowed it down to are pretty good choices.

The first option, and the second option.

I don't like the fact that I will be buying a more expensive guitar than my amp, but I can't really think of anything else I could do about that, considering I will only need, or even want, 5 watts through a tube. What do you guys think? Is the extra drive and tone controls on the palomino worth it? Or would it be better to go with the Valve junior and throw a pedal in front of it?

Any comments would be much appreciated.
#2
They're both capable of the styles you want. I personally would take the VJ because of the 12" speaker in the cab. Putting an overdrive in front of that would sound great - I used to have one (albeit the combo version).
#3
I own a VJ head, and I bought my son a Palomino V16. I've played with the V8 in the store quite a bit.

IMHO, the V8 is a nicer amp than the VJ. It has a smoother sound. The tone and master volume controls are very useful. A lot of people are jumping all over that little VJ cab, but frankly I'm a little leery of it. I bought the VJ head because I already had a great cab. The V8 has a decent 10" speaker in it, not like the 8" speaker in the VJ combo (or 6" speaker in the Fender Champ).

All in all, I think the V8 is the best amp out there in it's class.
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#4
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I own a VJ head, and I bought my son a Palomino V16. I've played with the V8 in the store quite a bit.

IMHO, the V8 is a nicer amp than the VJ. It has a smoother sound. The tone and master volume controls are very useful. A lot of people are jumping all over that little VJ cab, but frankly I'm a little leery of it. I bought the VJ head because I already had a great cab. The V8 has a decent 10" speaker in it, not like the 8" speaker in the VJ combo (or 6" speaker in the Fender Champ).

All in all, I think the V8 is the best amp out there in it's class.

I only wish they were available in the UK :\

Luckily, the VJ is readily available and cheap everywhere, and the big plus-point of this amp is it's easy as dirt to mod if you're experienced with electronics.
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#5
^That's what sold me on the VJ over the V8, which I played and liked very much. The VJ is a fun little box to tinker with, and sounds great with a good cab like Slats said, but the V8 is probably a better if you don't have a good cab to pair it with already.
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I bought the VJ head because I already had a great cab.


that's my opinion too- the VJ is great if you already have a cab, and some pedals. it quickly gets expensive if you don't, as you could just afford a better amp out of the box...

haven't tried the palomino... i'm guessing the peavey valveking royal 8 is worth a shot too, though the palomino might be nicer. it looks cooler at any rate (which doesn't matter of course).
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