#1
First off apologies if this has been done before, i have had a look around first.

I'm looking for a good quality amp to go with my Gibson LP. the following are my favourites so far:

Peavey Valveking 112 - £280
Laney VC30 112 - £305
Fender Blues Junior - £325

The music i like to play is Sabbath, Nirvana, Iron Maiden, Danzig, Metallica... also a bit of Beatles and maybe the odd bluesy track like early Elvis (missus hates it LOL).

I have listened to the Valveking and thought it sounded very good, not heard the other two but listening to peoples recommendations really.

Any help guys?

Obviously if there is something i've completely missed off the radar in the same price ballpark then please let me know.

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#2
The VC30 could probably do Maiden and Metallica tones with a boost, whereas the Valveking could probably do them without. However, the VC30 is a much nicer amp overall, and so it would be worth getting that and an overdrive pedal rather than getting the Valveking. In my opinion, anyway.
#3
The Laney out of that group, by far - more versatile and generally better than the others for any tones.

Look at the DSL401, maybe secondhand too
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The VC30 could probably do Maiden and Metallica tones with a boost, whereas the Valveking could probably do them without. However, the VC30 is a much nicer amp overall, and so it would be worth getting that and an overdrive pedal rather than getting the Valveking. In my opinion, anyway.



+1 valvekings are the same as a line 6 spider, they sound good until you get them home. Go with the laney get some good pedals and be a happy camper.
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#5
Depends, if you need it for gigging, I would go for the Blues Junior, but it probably won't do Metallica et al without a decent OD to give it a helping hand.

If not, then a Laney VC15 would be great value, rather than the VC30. With something like a Bad Monkey OD the VC15 would probably just get you into that kind of territory.

You might want to have a look around used, too. JCM900 combos go for around £350, and a Peavey Classic 30 would probably go for around the £300ish mark.

And there's also the Peavey Windsor Studio which is supposedly coming out in January time, and will probably be £200-300. Nobody really knows whether it's going to be great or not, but there's a lot of hype about it, it has lots of features and practical bits and bobs, and should sound good too. But as I say, nobody really knows. And I'm not sure whether anyone actually knows the release date, so keep your eyes and ears peeled for news on that one.

I really don't like the Valveking, by the way. Not at all good for £280..
#6
^ I would say that the VC30, for gigging, would be a much better choice than the Blues Jr. It can get some of those tones on its own without having to be pushed, and has much nicer overdrive in my opinion.
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^ I would say that the VC30, for gigging, would be a much better choice than the Blues Jr. It can get some of those tones on its own without having to be pushed, and has much nicer overdrive in my opinion.


Arr which is why I recommended an OD. The clean, blues and light rock tones are better on the BJ, IMO.

Priorities, innit.
#8
The VC30 is the most versatile, and would do all of the bands with a boost (owns a VC30). You can get them for cheaper than £305 online too.
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#9
so the sound difference between a VC30 and a VC15 is minimal?

I have a zoom effects pedal - GFX4 for overdrive etc..
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You can get them for cheaper than £305 online too.


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#12
I'd recomend the Blues Junior with a good OD infront of it.
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#13
tone-wise, laney hands down.

But it may struggle to get metallica etc, maybe with a good OD it can.
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+1 valvekings are the same as a line 6 spider, they sound good until you get them home. Go with the laney get some good pedals and be a happy camper.


Seriously, no.
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#15
Seriously, yes^

The VK is shabby in comparison to the other amps listed, the VC and the BJ are both MUCH better toned.
#16
so it's looking like a VC30 then so far, any recommendations on a good place to buy from in the UK? or were my prices pretty good?
#17
^ GAK ftw.

VC30s are nice, but remember they have a bit of a penchant for unreliability. VC30 and a PV C30 are the two main candidates you should be looking at.... VC30s seem very sensitive, and a C30 is very similar, but more reliable.
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#18
never heard much about the classic 30, any one else recommend the classic? it seems roughly a ton or so more expensive then the vc30
#19
They're very similar amps, I'd say the Peavey is a tad brighter overall though. I may well be getting a C30. They handle all the same stuff, really... The extra paid on the Peavey is because they ramp the price up a bit for the UK. I'd take either.... The C30 would probably be a lot more reliable though IMO.
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#20
i'd get the laney any day over those. The blues junior is a very bluesy-amp, whilst the VC is marshall voiced, which should cover older metallica nicely

#21
koch studiotone????

I can't realli think of any realli good valve amps in that price bracket!

The blues junior will handle as the name suggests country to blues whilst the valveking is an alrite amp, you could do a lot better. In all possibly the laney, but I haven't heard it, but I have the other two.
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#22
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never heard much about the classic 30, any one else recommend the classic? it seems roughly a ton or so more expensive then the vc30


It's a great amp in it's own right, but I doubt it's worth the price in the UK.
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