#1
I'm thinking about getting a (very) small tube amp so I can overdrive it without really pissing people off for practice and recording (mainly recording), which I can't with my 15W amp.

How loud are 5 watt amps? Because I've seen people saying they're actually still too loud to overdrive properly at low volumes, but I do live in an old house with very thick walls, and I'm not exactly planning to play in the middle of the night. If they are pretty loud, are there any good amps which are less than 5 watts? I've had a bit of a look, but haven't found anything.

For an example of the tone I'm looking for, think Neil Young, but quieter: vintage-y power tube overdrive. I do realise that I won't get exactly his tone with such a small speaker, but I don't want his exact tone, just something similar. Fender Champion 600s look quite good, and Neil Young plays an old fender, so I thought that might be a good bet, but I'd like some more suggestions on small (5 watts or less) vintage sounding tube amps.

My price range is £100-ish. I can save more, but I'd rather not spend too much more than that.

Thanks. Sorry if this is a bit of a garbled mess.

EDIT: forgot to mention that I'd like a combo, seeing as I don't have a cab or a need for one. Feel free to prove me wrong on that point if you have a really good suggestion.
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#3
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thats what I was gonna suggest

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#4
Man I was just looking myself. I decided on the Fender Super Champ. Its 300$, had 2 6v6 tubes and 1 12ax7 pre amp. Has built in effects, this one it 15 watts, 2 channels. They have another the Vibro Champ, its the same thing just 5 watts, and I think you cant use a footswitch with the channels. This really seems to be the best bet.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Fender-SuperChamp-XD-120V-Guitar-Combo?sku=483075
#5
dude i got a roland micro cube and im not sure how many watts it is but it still sounds good and you can put on classic rock dist., metal dist., brit combo, acoustic, and clean electric and another one. you can also put more gain to it if you want with any combo. a little bit of effects and its portable
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dude i got a roland micro cube and im not sure how many watts it is but it still sounds good and you can put on classic rock dist., metal dist., brit combo, acoustic, and clean electric and another one. you can also put more gain to it if you want with any combo. a little bit of effects and its portable


not a tube amp, mate.

do as many wise men have stated and wait for the Killer Ant.
#9
The Fender Champion 600 with it's 6" speaker is probably the quietest of the 5W amps. If that's the tone you're after and you're looking for lower volume, it's really a great choice.
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#10
Killer ant. I'm getting one the MINUTE they get delivered.
Providing I can get the cash, but they'll be in my local store in a matter of days!
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#11
When is the Killer Ant supposed to be coming out anyway?

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#12
I just bought the Champion 600 a few days ago. I can't expect more from a small amp. What a sound!

For me, the only negative point is the speaker. It is a little too small and here is my question: If I want to put a bigger cabinet on it, wich kind of speaker will do the job? 10 inches? 12 inches? 30 watts, 10 watts? It says 4 ohms minimum.

Somebody can help me?

Sorry for my english, it is pretty bad!
#13
The Champion 600 seems perfect. That'd be your best bet.
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#14
I would say Killer Ant. I heard a demo and boy, it sounded great!

Alternatively, I could see the Super ChampXD being alright, but it would still be loud.

Seriously wait for the KA, unless you're afraid having a 1w amp will do something to manhood/dignity.
#15
Too bad the KA didn't come in a combo.
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#16
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The Fender Champion 600 with it's 6" speaker is probably the quietest of the 5W amps. If that's the tone you're after and you're looking for lower volume, it's really a great choice.

I got one, it's good stuff!