#1
I need a new amp desperately (well by next year anyway), and after looking around i've decided to get a Randall. Problem is, i cant decide which one.

I am trying to decide between the Randall RH150G3 and the RG50TC.
I've heard bad reviews of the RG, while the few reviews i found on the RH were very positive.

I dont want to assume the RG is better simply because it is a tube amp. To me it seems a lot more complicated, more weight, and less versatile.

I expect it has a much better tone than the RH but since this will be my first 'real' amp, i dont really know what i need. As long as it is loud enough for gigging.

The clean channel on the RG isnt supposed to be too good, and i will probably need at least a half decent clean channel.

Oh, and I'm looking to spend between £400 and £600 for the complete set up.

So please, UG, help me decide!
A metal band?
Gear:
A Guitar with an LFR > Korg Pitchblack > Behringer EQ > Hardwire CM-2 Overdrive Boss SD-1 > Hardwire CR-7 Chorus>
Orange Tiny Terror >
LzR Engineering 212 cab

My other amp can run Crysis
#2
The RG50TC is the better of the two. It's a really good high-gain amp and it does have a decent clean channel.

What kind of music do you play, though?
#3
I mostly play metal, the band im hoping to gig with is sort of power metal and i am supposed to be the rhythm player. But i also enjoy playing death metal as well as classical. I suppose i should just get an acoustic for that though.

Hmm thats an idea.

RH150G3+ Cab= £600

RG50TC combo= £400, and i could buy an acoustic with the money i'd save!

the only concerns i have over getting an all tube amp is that they're heavy, i don't exactly know how they work, unreliable(not sure?)
A metal band?
Gear:
A Guitar with an LFR > Korg Pitchblack > Behringer EQ > Hardwire CM-2 Overdrive Boss SD-1 > Hardwire CR-7 Chorus>
Orange Tiny Terror >
LzR Engineering 212 cab

My other amp can run Crysis
#4
RG50TC is better all round, IMO. I only have one niggle about it, the stock speaker seems to flub out at medium/high volumes or when you mix in too much bass. But for £350, it means you could easily afford a high quality speaker, and to get it fixed up, and it'll sound nicer.

It might also be worth looking into replacement tubes early on, I reckon it would benefit from some nice'uns.

Edit : They're not unreliable, unless you kick it around like a jerk and leave the amp on for weeks at a time, and stuff. If you read that anywhere, it'll probably have been some 8 year old with a MG 4x12 thinking his amp is the best thing since sliced bread.
#5
looks like im gonna get the RG50TC then. thanks for your help people.

I suppose the next step is finding a store with one in stock so i can try it out?

the only one i can find on the internet is Anderton's in Guildford, which is a long way from me.

would you discourage ordering an amp without trying it out?
A metal band?
Gear:
A Guitar with an LFR > Korg Pitchblack > Behringer EQ > Hardwire CM-2 Overdrive Boss SD-1 > Hardwire CR-7 Chorus>
Orange Tiny Terror >
LzR Engineering 212 cab

My other amp can run Crysis
#6
On the whole, you should really try it out before you buy it, and if you like it, don't buy it there, it's cheaper on Dolphinmusic by £50, plus you don't have to lug it home in a car or whatnot if you get it delivered
#7
As Don says try some out. Look at other brands as well. I prefer tube for everything except my practice rig (Peavey Backstage Plus.)