#1
Preferably solid state. Valve amps sound like too much trouble for a newb like me. Besides, I'm interested in a good clean sound and maybe EMG pickups + solid state amp = decent clean and distortion?

Anyways, I'd like the amp to have some effects, at the very least stuff like reverb, chorus, and flanger.
#2
Well, i cant really recommend much. Maybe a Peavey. But Valves are definately worth the little bit of trouble. And they sound much better. I would get a Fender Super Champ XD, as it has effects and all-tube sound.
#3
Vox valvetronix amps sound pretty decent and don't cost too much. Tube amps do sound aLOT better though and they aren't really that much trouble, even for a newb.
#4
I really don't like the idea of having to warm my amp up when I want to play and put it in standby when I'm not playing.
#5
Peavey Transtubes are the best sound, quality and usable power. Roland Cubes are also highly recommended, my second choice.
#6
Quote by Parabellum
I really don't like the idea of having to warm my amp up when I want to play and put it in standby when I'm not playing.


so youd rather not wait for one minute ad get less quality sound? ok good idea?

Go for a tube. EMG's sound crappy with ss amps. also you have to warm up the valtronix too. if you want emgs and good sound get a tube amp.
#7
Quote by qotsa1998
Well, i cant really recommend much. Maybe a Peavey. But Valves are definately worth the little bit of trouble. And they sound much better. I would get a Fender Super Champ XD, as it has effects and all-tube sound.

+1 on this amp its a true hybrid amp
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#8
EMGs sound terrible through an SS amp. Tube amps aren't that much of a pain; the warm up isn't too long, and you don't have to put it on standby unless you're taking like a 5 minute break, which really then isn't a big deal either.
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#9
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EMGs sound terrible through an SS amp. Tube amps aren't that much of a pain; the warm up isn't too long, and you don't have to put it on standby unless you're taking like a 5 minute break, which really then isn't a big deal either.

I would have to 2nd everything you just said, especially about the EMGs (or actives in general). They sound awful on ss.

If you live in the us, which I'll assume, since your price is in $, I'd reccomend the Palomino series (v8 or v16 are both under $300). I love mine. Another option is the blackheart little giant. Everyone here(or a lot people here) think they are great for the price. Aside from those, the valvetronix and super champ xd are both good.
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#10
I think you've convinced me. If people think that tube amps are so much better, I might just get one. Anything I should know about maintenance? I think I'm going with the Vox AD30VT.
#11
thats an alright starting amp but it aint no tube amp
if your ganna get that i would tell you to look at a epi valvejunior instead and a micro metal muff for distortion
#12
The Palomino is your best option. My son had a Vox AD30VT and we upgraded him to a Palomino V16 and never looked back. He absolutely loves the amp. There's no hassle in owning it at all. It'll be years before you need to replace the tubes, and you'll probably swap 'em out just for fun long before then. It's not hard.

The amp has reverb. You can get yourself a nice chorus/flanger to go with it.
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#13
Quote by Parabellum
I really don't like the idea of having to warm my amp up when I want to play and put it in standby when I'm not playing.



it's only for a minute or 2 that you let the tubes warm up..
#14
I think Roland cubes are pretty good. Nicely built, buncha effects, and sounds great.
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#15
Quote by Parabellum
I really don't like the idea of having to warm my amp up when I want to play and put it in standby when I'm not playing.


I would rather do that than have a horrible tone; plus 30 second to a minute isn't that much of a hassle. Also, when your not playing you just turn it off only stand by if you going to take a break for a few minute, so you don't have to warm the tube again, though again 30 second to a minute isn't that much. Turn you amp on (to warm up) then plug your cable and get your pedals ready (if you have any) and by the time your finish you probably took a minute or two, so now you just play, you don't have to wait for it if your smart on time management .
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#16
Any other suggestions for a good tube combo?

Also, how much does it cost to replace the tubes?
#17
The Palomino V16 is the best you're going to do for under $300. You could replace the tubes in that with a quality set for about $60.
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#18
Yeah, the v16.
Or, if you can find a peavey classic 30 for under 300, that's a great choice too.
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#19
^ Going used certainly opens up another world of options!
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#20
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#21
^ You clearly don't understand the stress of waiting 45 seconds between turning on an amp and playing a note. Or the physical exertion required to flick the stand-by between sets. Either situation is a potential tragedy, combining the two could result in death.
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#22
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^ You clearly don't understand the stress of waiting 45 seconds between turning on an amp and playing a note. Or the physical exertion required to flick the stand-by between sets. Either situation is a potential tragedy, combining the two could result in death.


if not death, it would at least give one a hangnail....
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#24
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Peavey Transtubes are the best sound, quality and usable power. Roland Cubes are also highly recommended, my second choice.


+1 Although i don't own a cube 30 I've played through one on several occasions. Nice amp. I do own the transtube and it's great to. Between the 2 i honestly don't know which one I like better. Wish i had both. But for $300 you might want to consider a Valve Jr combo with some pedals. Out of the box I don't really care for it, but with pedals it easily runs with the transtube and cube 30 for tone. good luck with your choice.
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#25
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