#1
hi looks like i can spend some money on a good amp in near future and i play at home and i play metal mostly...i now have a roland micro cube amp but im starting to dislike it...i play at the lowest volumes possible even with my micro cube so is it a clever idea to buy a tube amp for my bedroom? i will really never crank it up..what should i do? put a distortion pedal maybe in front of a 5 watt tube? please help
#2
well, at low volumes the benefits of tube amps are practically cancelled out. I think the only affordable tube amp suitable for bedroom practice would be the blackheart killer ant, which is something like 0.5 watts - but still it'd be pretty loud i'd imagine.
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#3
my vk112 has 50w and i play fine with a bad monkey pedal in the bedroom, just not past 3 or so...gets a good metal tone...
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my vk112 has 50w and i play fine with a bad monkey pedal in the bedroom, just not past 3 or so...gets a good metal tone...

how loud do you play? My Laney VC30, with 2 of the EL84s removed, making it run at 15 watts, is still way too loud for bedroom use with the volume at 2..
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#5
what you guys cant play a real amp, what the hell is going on with the world.
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#6
My Fender Blues Junior is all tube (15w) and it is great for the bedroom. I can get about any sound out of it using my AX30G and for blues I just plug in with a Tube Screamer. It is loud without overwhelming everyone else in the house.
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how loud do you play? My Laney VC30, with 2 of the EL84s removed, making it run at 15 watts, is still way too loud for bedroom use with the volume at 2..


bone-stock amp w/ pedal, and volume around 2 or 3...past that i gotta watch out the windows for cops and wear earplugs...

just kiddin, i dont use earplugs...
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you should probably stuck with what you have
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what you guys cant play a real amp, what the hell is going on with the world.


hey, i was finally able to buy a vk thanks to uncle sam's bonus check, lol
got a wife and 3yr old, cash is a little hard to come by....
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#10
im in the same situation...only i play in my apartment living room...no gigs...ive had solid state, tubes, and now my final setup and what i have now blows away anything else ive used.....i can get cool stereo effects and its plenty, plenty loud..but sounds killer at low volumes so i dont bother the neighbors...plus i can record and play with headphones for late night...or those early mornings...
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#11
Bedroom sizes can change. i live in a kinda small apartment and really cant and dont want to open at the same time. what should i do?? i really am confused...
#12
maybe just buy a decent SS amp, cause to be honest low wattage tube amps wont get a decent metal sound. Maybe check out that vox pocket amp metal thing. http://www.voxamps.co.uk/amplug/
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#14
I play fine with my amp. I usually keep it at vol 2, but when I'm alone I put on my earplugs and go to vol 5
#15
its not about my sensitivity for volume we have neighbours and they can complain if i get too noisy....so ss amp would be better for low volume distortion? i can buy a pedal..
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bone-stock amp w/ pedal, and volume around 2 or 3...past that i gotta watch out the windows for cops and wear earplugs...

just kiddin, i dont use earplugs...


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I play at about 4 in my bedroom with my 85 watt all tube fender twin reverb. I guess it really depends what your parents think but I think 5 watt tube should be good, and you will be able to have it loud enough to have it sounding decent. Now I don't know what kind of music you play but I would recommend getting something like a Tubescreamer over a Distortion unless you play metal.
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i use a valve jr with a metal muff, at low volumes when its still clean sounding, it sounds great with the metal muff.
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#22
It's really about the money. I'm fine with my Valve Jr 5 watter, but i'd really rather have something like a Fargen Mini plexi mkII, but it will set me back about $1700. There are quite a few low watt amps out there perfect for bedroom practice. How perfect depends on your wallet.
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I play at about 4 in my bedroom with my 85 watt all tube fender twin reverb. I guess it really depends what your parents think but I think 5 watt tube should be good, and you will be able to have it loud enough to have it sounding decent. Now I don't know what kind of music you play but I would recommend getting something like a Tubescreamer over a Distortion unless you play metal.


just sold mine, so i can relate that a twin reverb at 4 is loud as f@$^! but damn did it sound good
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#25
why don't you like your Microcube?

steven had a good idea, you might just want to get a POD with some good studio headphones to play with. don't be intimidated, you can plug in your microcube into it as use that as a speaker, or get a good pair of studio monitors.
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actually i almost never crank it that high, my 3yr old is almost always home...2 or 3 tops with everyone else in another room is about it...
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why don't you like your Microcube?

steven had a good idea, you might just want to get a POD with some good studio headphones to play with. don't be intimidated, you can plug in your microcube into it as use that as a speaker, or get a good pair of studio monitors.


i will look into other possibilties after getting this cheap behringer eq pedal from a friend.
#28
Dude you really need to stop making threads, you have like 5 all related to the same thing. Its not like it hasn't been answered and it can be found if you used the search.

If you want tube and low wattage, get a Krank Rev Jr. which is 20W of tube. If you want SS, get something else. I'd go for a Randall if that was the case.

You said in your last thread you wanted $250 max for a low wattage high gain tube amp. You aren't gonna find one for that kind of money, probably not even used.

In my opinion, that money you spend on that EQ for your cube isn't even worth spending. Besides, doesn't it just model 7 different amps?

You need to wait and save more for a better amp.
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i just understood that nothing in this price range is gonna satisfy me if its not even tube. thanks anyway...no more threads promise
#31
I've got a question related to this subject...I was thinking about buying a Bugera 6260 at 120watts....but I don't gig as of now. I live in an appartment where your neighbors wall is your wall....ha, so what should I do? I want a good metal sound/classic rock sound but most low wattage amps can't handle that with good tone...which is what I'm looking for. My budget is right around what a Bugera costs soo.....

Any opinions are appreicated.
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#32
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i just understood that nothing in this price range is gonna satisfy me if its not even tube. thanks anyway...no more threads promise


yeah, you have made a lot of threads lately. from what i have collected so far, you're not getting a new amp for a while anyway right? if that's the case...just do some research, and save up as much as you can.

and to the EQ. the EQ isn't going to set him back that much. and like i've been saying, he really doesn't need a new amp anyway. the Microcube is perfect for his situation and if he "upgrades" it's not going to be a upgrade at all because of his price range. the EQ should suit his needs for the time being. and the Behringer doesn't come with an AC adapter, and is noisy. so... you might want to either fix that, or get something better.
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#33
ok thanks. i buy that eq cos its was really cheap so it wont be a loss anyway...also i read some good reviews so we'll see how it works...maybe i can get a better pedal later...