#1
I think it's about time I replaced my MG. This amp has served me well since the first day I got it, and although it's been reliable, I know I can get a much better tone than I am getting with this amp. I play mostly stuff like Misfits, Green Day, Blink 182, +44, Operation Ivy, Ramones etc. I figured I will need an amp that I can get a good punk tone out of, I am interested in the VOX Valvetronix series. i know this amp is only a hybrid but I'm sure it will be better than my MG.

I currently play 30 watts, would I need more than that If I'm going to play with a drummer?

Is the XL a better amp than the regular AD?

Any help is really appreciated.

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#2
Whats your budget? And the XL is just a version of the Valvetronix that has higher gain settings, the general consensus that its not as good.
#3
As weird as it sounds I'm not sure of my budget. Would it be better to get the AD with a pedal than a XL? Would 30 watts be enough power to play with a drummer?
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#4
You won't really need a pedal with the AD30VT, you sound like you don't really need heaps and heaps of gain so i'd go for the AD. 30 watts should be enough
#5
The AD is a very nice amp, for what it is. I haven't tried the XL, but the high gain settings on just the AD seemed nice enough, not that I play any metal. It'd also be worth looking at a Roland Cube 30 or something similar if you need mostly heavy settings. I would think the AD could cover most of what you play, though. Either way, there'll be no need for wasting part of your budget on a pedal.

EDIT: The AD30 I played was surprisingly loud for a 30 watt SS, to me. It could probably handle playing with a drummer as long as he isn't to loud.
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#6
30 watts should be fine. The AD is a good amp. Maybe look at some used amps, and get more for your money.
#7
So no matter what wattage I get it will be a better amp for practicing and jamming than my MG?
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#8
^As long as you get one big enough for jamming, yes. I wouldn't go lower than the 30. But if you're looking at the bigger amps, then your budget is probably high enough that you can start looking at some other amps in the used market.
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#9
Think I'm gonna get the 30. Probably in about 2 weeks time. Thanks for the help everyone and I'll let you know how I get on with the new amp.

cheers.
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#10
^You need to try it first to make sure it fits your needs, considering I don't play the type of music you play. If it doesn't, look at the XL or Cube.
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#11
Thing is, there's nowhere near me where I can try one
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#12
At the very least, get some other opinions, then. I would think it would be fine, but like I said, I don't play anywhere near that type of music.
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#13
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Thing is, there's nowhere near me where I can try one



youtube? not as good as trying one, and most cams suck at sound, but it's worth checking out anyway
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#14
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Thing is, there's nowhere near me where I can try one

No guitar stores near you? Wow, that sucks. I would not recommend buying an amp without trying it first. Is there no way to get to a city to try one?
#15
Yeah I was thinking of trying YouTube, infact I'll go do it now.
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#16
You can also have a look at the reviews on harmony central, you have to take them with a pinch of salt though because you find the occasional preachers who rate everything 10/10 and people who write bad reviews no matter what
#17
A Valvetronix would suit you well given your genres. Not that I play any of that, but I can go from crystalline jazz to sweet blues to dirty, sloppy blues, to hardcore, to thrash, to doom metal with my AD50VT.

It's a great introduction into the world of tone, because it has good enough tone to make you start listening critically to tone in general.

Also, unlike other SS amps, it doesn't sound like **** when dimed.
#18
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No guitar stores near you? Wow, that sucks. I would not recommend buying an amp without trying it first. Is there no way to get to a city to try one?


I have a guitar store in my town, It only has MG's....
Even the one's in the city don't have the VOX. Pretty sure I'm getting it though.
How does it sound when cranked?
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