#1
So i recently acquired my Valve Junior head and cab, and i can honestly say to a fair noob to tubes that it has some very sexy cleans...

HOWEVER im wanting to get some possible nice gain out of it, since its the best practise amp i have near me id like to get some versatility.

http://www.thomann.de/gb/maxon_rod881.htm?partner_id=79570

^ this is what ive thought about, specs ive read on it say it can get from clean boost to full metal tones, which would be nice, but anyone had any experience with it?

Also, i now have a very good paying summer job, money isnt much of a value at the moment.

Also bear in mind, im thinking of buying something bigger all tube at the end of the summer, and i hope a pedal like this can add some extra sound shaping that would be worthwhile to that.

Opinions? suggestions?
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ohh i thought vj was... nevermind
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Those are pretty sweet and would go great with about any amp. As a secondary though get a decent eq. between the 2 you'll probably be happier with the Vj.
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Those are pretty sweet and would go great with about any amp. As a secondary though get a decent eq. between the 2 you'll probably be happier with the Vj.


Yeah i was thinking of getting an MXR 10 band too, i know those are good but i was thinking of waiting til i get a bigger amp first (that will probably be a fireball ) Because this pedal has the basic 3 band on it anyway.

Are tube ODs much more worthwhile than say a tubescreamer? in the same way an all tube amp is better than solid state? or is it fairly negligable
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Depends on the amp. to a certain degree. I really don't care for my ts 808 through the Vj, it's ok, but I prefer the screamer model in my pod for low volumes. the ts seems to work better on my windsor head. The tubes are never even close to saturated on the windsor however and i'm not sure how much that has to do with it. Make sure you try before you buy. You don't get the same level of performance with every amp you plug into.

in all cases though the tube amps overdrive is usually better on it's own. Just a question of how much you have and where the sweet spot is.
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Yeah i was thinking of getting an MXR 10 band too, i know those are good but i was thinking of waiting til i get a bigger amp first (that will probably be a fireball ) Because this pedal has the basic 3 band on it anyway.

Are tube ODs much more worthwhile than say a tubescreamer? in the same way an all tube amp is better than solid state? or is it fairly negligable


Tube pedals are not better than solid state pedals.
#8
The VJ just isn't made for brutal tone in my opinion. Of course you can get some stuff up and make it happen but id just save up and get another amp for gain and use the vj for cleans.
#10
That pedal costs so much I think you'd be better off putting at least some of that money into the amp fund. Besides, even if it has a good distortion tone, the amp you'll be getting will probably have a better one (if you're getting a good high gain head) so you might not use it that much.
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That pedal costs so much I think you'd be better off putting at least some of that money into the amp fund. Besides, even if it has a good distortion tone, the amp you'll be getting will probably have a better one (if you're getting a good high gain head) so you might not use it that much.


160 is preety good for a high-class distortion pedal
you must be one of those people who thinks that most pedals are under 100... ala boss.

But this guy isn't looking for a new amp...
#12
The other thing you need to consider is the cabinet. It's not going to be just about getting the right OD pedal. With what your talking about you'll easily exceed the capabilities of the Vj cab (if that's what you plan on using). I push the limits of mine on a daily basis with this POD. i see a 4x12 in my Vj's future.
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But this guy isn't looking for a new amp...


Sort of true, my amount of disposable income this summer will be massive so i have ridiclous amounts to spend. im asking because i dont want to waste money, but this seems like a very good pedal

(and yes i will be buying a sweet amp soon im just in the mood for buying pedals too)
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the MXR 10-band EQ is really damn good. As for an OD i really like my Maxon OD-9.
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You won't get br00talz out of a VJ without using a distortion pedal, and even then it won't sound good.
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You won't get br00talz out of a VJ without using a distortion pedal, and even then it won't sound good.
I disagree.

It depends entirely on how good the distortion pedal is

I've modded my Valve Junior extensively... I've not heard any really /pleasant/ distorted tones out of it, and the more gain there is the harsher it gets. You'll like it for a while but eventually you'll get bored of it. Invest in a couple quality dirt pedals, or even better an amp suited to brootalz!
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I disagree.

It depends entirely on how good the distortion pedal is

I've modded my Valve Junior extensively... I've not heard any really /pleasant/ distorted tones out of it, and the more gain there is the harsher it gets. You'll like it for a while but eventually you'll get bored of it. Invest in a couple quality dirt pedals, or even better an amp suited to brootalz!


It's got too small a speaker to do metal convincingly, and with the kind of gain levels "br00talz" implies the amp might distort a bit.

There are far better things to spend your money on than a VJ basically, especially for metulz.
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160 is preety good for a high-class distortion pedal
you must be one of those people who thinks that most pedals are under 100... ala boss.

But this guy isn't looking for a new amp...

I wasn't talking to you, I was talking to the TS. The pedal he's looking at costs 269e. For comparison his Valve Junior costs about 121e.
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