#1
Hi gang, long time reader, first time poster

I'm looking to upgrade my amp to an entry-level tube amp (maybe a Valveking 112) but am also considering purchasing a Pod xt at the same time. I currently own a Boss DS-1 and Overdrive pedal but like the idea of playing around with some new sounds and maybe recording some tracks on my PC.

My questions are:
If I'm using digital effects through the POD xt (say most of the time) am I wasting my money on buying a tube amp?
Will the tube amp improve the final output of sound (with effects) or degrade it?
If the tube amp is simply a waste, what non-tube amp around 50-100w would you recommend? Money is not really an issue but I don't need anything beyond my needs. (I realise this is pretty open question and probably answered a million times already!)

I use an Epiphone LP Custom, I play mainly rock, hard rock and blues, don't gig (only jam in the garage) and sometimes use headphones. I currently own a very old Peavey Rage which isn't suitable for jamming.

Thanks!
#2
OK, next time I will actually do some of the work myself and search the forums. Seems like there's plenty of threads on this topic with varying opinions. Sorry.

That said, I'm now thinking about simply investing in a decent keyboard amp and using the Pod xt for all my fx. Comes out about the same price as an entry level tube amp and gives me loads more to play with.

Does this sound like a good approach? Would something like this suit?:

http://bavasmusic.com.au/store/behringer-ultratone-k900fx-p-1950.html

Thanks!
#3
It depends what you're using the PodXT for.

IMO, if you buy a tube POWER AMP (WITHOUT a pre-amp), you can use the Pod as a pre-amp, and still have a nice tube-ish tone.

IIRC, there's a combo amp that doesn't have a pre-amp and is designed for having a multi-effects (such as a pod) is front of it.
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#4
I've had a XT Live, I sold it when I got my mesa F-50. Now alot of people use pods soley as multiple effects pedals with their tube amps, which is fine if you like alot of options. But I would worry about getting the nicest amp I could first, and effects second. I've also used my pod through a solid state amp on the clean channel, it's not that great. My suggestion is that you sell the pod, get a NICE tube amp, and worry about effects in the future.
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#5
Quote by Simsimius


IMO, if you buy a tube POWER AMP (WITHOUT a pre-amp), you can use the Pod as a pre-amp, and still have a nice tube-ish tone.



like a backwards hybrid amp


as long as you are NOT using the amp modelers o nthe pod it'll be fine

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#6
as long as you are NOT using the amp modelers o nthe pod it'll be fine


why not?

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#7
I like my POD XTL better through my tube amp better then a PA or SS amp in most cases. The amp models work well also.
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#8
if you're gigging...an atomic amp is pretty good....if not...a good set of studio monitors sounds killer with the pod....let the pod do whats its designed to do...i sold my atomic and now have a set of krk studio monitors for my apartment and i couldnt be happier...really
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#9
Quote by scott58
I like my POD XTL better through my tube amp better then a PA or SS amp in most cases. The amp models work well also.

Which model tube amp do you use? I assume no pre-amp and you switch the amp modelling off or do these still work too? Most of the threads here suggest this won't work.

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i sold my atomic and now have a set of krk studio monitors for my apartment and i couldnt be happier...really

I assume these are powered monitor speakers?

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#10
I would continue to use the DS1 as a distortion pedal, but run the Pod through the effects loop, if your amp has one.

Running time based effects in front of an amp sounds quite bad, unless it's only a clean amp.
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#11
For the price of an entry level tube amp and a Pod, you may be able to afford a used Vetta amp. It's a really nice modeling amp that with Pod effects included.
#12
the only real use i could see for a pod and a tube amp is if say u plyed blues and classic rock on a fairly low gain ampo and every now and again u just wanted to rock out metal style