#1
I have a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe which I love, but I'm finding it really difficult to carry it around and to practices all the time. I also think it needs new tubes (I've started getting a really muddy tone which was very clear before) but it's going to be difficult for me to get them replaced soon and I have a few gigs coming up.

So I think I'm going to get a smaller tube amp just to act as a backup and band practice amp. I'm not looking to spend a lot, my price range is about £400 absolutely tops, about $750.

I suppose, given that I love the tone of my Hot Rod, the Blues Junior would be the most obvious choice. But it wouldn't hurt to check similar amps out - it might be good to have something more capable of producing nice distortion (not a massive issue though).

I noticed this Epiphone Valve Standard is very cheap, for instance.

Any advice UG?
#2
VC15 or VC30, has great clean channel and better overdrive IMO than the HRD. It's also really great value. VC30 might be better considering you are in a band.
#3
Workout, bulk up a little, and that amp won't be so heavy bro! J/k. A tube change will cost a lot less. Plus, the Laney VC30 is just as heavy as an HRDx.
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#4
I really don't want another 30 watt monster. I need something more portable!

(the tube issue is a side note - I just need a smaller tube amp for practices)
#6
The valve standard isn't bad at all.
But the DSP effects are a damper on the tone.
I missed the reverb when I bypasses it, but the other effect were junk.
The sound change though?
Like taking a blanket off the speaker.
night and day. So much warmer, cleaner, tubier.

So after all, I'd say go for a valve junior combo or halfstack, or if you need all that clean room in a 15W, then a blackheart handsome devil combo.
Or wait for the valve seniors to come out.
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