#1
i've got £300 maximum to spend on a new amp, and since I've never had a tube and have heard they beat solid state amps into fits, i thought I'd get one. I'll be using it for practice, recording and gigging and have heard that 30-50 watts will be acceptable. I play alsorts of styles ranging from Rock, Metal, Blues, Jazz, so I'm after an all rounder amp. I'm not bothered if it has built in effects or not, as I already have a decent pedal board (Tubescreamer, Boss Digital Delay, Boss Tuner, Jim Dunlop Crybaby, MXR Phase 100). So I don't really need DFX. So yeah, 30-50 watt alround tube for less than £300
#2
Look into Sound City amps. They do a 30w and 40w in your pricerange and are a nice amp apparently. Decent cleans, and they have a surprising amount of gain.
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#4
^ Not to be quoting your words or anything

And a VC30 will do light metal with an OD, fo' sho'.
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#5
Quote by MrCarrot
^ Not to be quoting your words or anything

And a VC30 will do light metal with an OD, fo' sho'.

Damn straight.

I can get a passable Master Of Puppets and Number Of The Beast tone out of mine, with some sort of boost.
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#7
laney vc30 if you aren't too bothered about the metal...

if you are, maybe a peavey valveking (not that it's uber-br00tal, but it is more so than a vc30)...
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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#8
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Damn straight.

I can get a passable Master Of Puppets and Number Of The Beast tone out of mine, with some sort of boost.

I can get heavier than that out of mine, just keep pushing those tubes!
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#9
If you play more rock and jazz and less metal then I'd go for a Fender blues Jr (which is only 15 watts but I've seen a lot of peopl gig with this amp and they love it), or watch ebay for a used 2x12 blues Deluxe. If you are into good ol' rock then get a laney VC30 If you play more metal then go with a valveking. The best metal amps are way out of your budget so if your main focus is metal then it would be a good idea to keep saving.
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Quote by CorduroyEW
If you play more rock and jazz and less metal then I'd go for a Fender blues Jr (which is only 15 watts but I've seen a lot of peopl gig with this amp and they love it), or watch ebay for a used 2x12 blues Deluxe. If you are into good ol' rock then get a laney VC30 If you play more metal then go with a valveking. The best metal amps are way out of your budget so if your main focus is metal then it would be a good idea to keep saving.


Thanks for that, I've been thinking of a VC30 for some time now, cheers!
#11
There's also the possibility of a Tiny Terror.. It can go surprisingly heavy on its own and with an OD will do a nice Metalica Chug.. The cleans are nice too! Not very loud though (not much headroom)

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There's also the possibility of a Tiny Terror.. It can go surprisingly heavy on its own and with an OD will do a nice Metalica Chug.. The cleans are nice too! Not very loud though (not much headroom)


Don't Tiny Terrors need Cabs though?
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^

And Laneys too of course. WOnt get you great metal tones but itll be fine with an od.


Really sorry to pull off a thread hijack here, but I notice you own and recommended a Laney valve combo. I have a brief question - is there anything to the stories of unreliability and other issues I've seen about them? I'm looking to buy a decent powered valve combo and the Laney VC30-212 is firmly within my price range...

If you don't want to reply here and steal a thread, I started a thread here / you're welcome to PM me with any advice.


Sorry again to the threadstarter, but I'm in the same boat as you!
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Really sorry to pull off a thread hijack here, but I notice you own and recommended a Laney valve combo. I have a brief question - is there anything to the stories of unreliability and other issues I've seen about them? I'm looking to buy a decent powered valve combo and the Laney VC30-212 is firmly within my price range...

If you don't want to reply here and steal a thread, I started a thread here / you're welcome to PM me with any advice.


Sorry again to the threadstarter, but I'm in the same boat as you!


lol np, ive been looking at the same amp!
#16
Well, my thread just got resurrected and a whole bunch of people gave some good info about the Laney, might be worth your while looking over there.
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#17
^On the Laney reliability question...out of all the LC series amps I've tried, about 25-30% have had minor problems of some kind - mainly concerning the spring reverb, on the ones that have it. However, the VCs seem a lot better built, inexplicably. I've heard of no major problems from any VC owners, but as it's a slightly newer series it may just be that the LCs I've tried were older models....who knows?
Either way, I wouldn't worry about it too much!
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If you play more rock and jazz and less metal then I'd go for a Fender blues Jr (which is only 15 watts but I've seen a lot of peopl gig with this amp and they love it), or watch ebay for a used 2x12 blues Deluxe. If you are into good ol' rock then get a laney VC30 If you play more metal then go with a valveking. The best metal amps are way out of your budget so if your main focus is metal then it would be a good idea to keep saving.


agreed.

it's hard to find really good high gain tube amps which are cheap.
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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agreed.

it's hard to find really good high gain tube amps which are cheap.

Which is annoying because that's all that 90% of UGers ever want
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#20
yeah.

the amount of "I want the best amp for metal" threads there are, then you click on them and find the budget is $200...
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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Presumably because the CCF (Combined Corksniffing Forces) of MLP and Gibson forums would rise up against them, plunging the land into war.

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