#1
I'm searching for the perfect small tube amp (my current amp is a Vox DA5, which is great, but I want the dynamic response you get in a tube).

I'm having a hard time finding exactly what I want, the ideal specs in my mind would be 5W, a 10" (or larger speaker), and at least a gain and tone control in addition to a master volume (multiband eq a plus).

I play mostly classic rock, blues, with the occassional Metallica song (no death metal, although a little Pantera or Slayer perhaps).

axenut

Edit: Some further explanantion on what I'm looking for, I really like the Crunch 2 setting on my Vox DA5, and if Fender made a 5W Blues Jr, that would be about perfect I think. Does anyone know if the Blackheart sounds similar to a Fender or is it closer to a British sound? Has anyone played through a Vibro-Champ XD, would this be close? The speakers a little on the small side, though, at 8".

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#3
what's your budget?

on the lower end yes, probably blackheart series.
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#4
If you wanted to, you could drop $1200 on a Mesa Express 25, and it has a 5w switch...but you could get any amp, and a THD Attenuator...which will allow you to turn the amp up and get that Tube-sound, but it will remain at a relatively low dB level.

I think I described that right. lol
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#6
Quote by jj1565
what's your budget?

on the lower end yes, probably blackheart series.


My budget is $400 or less, ideally below 300 if possible. Also, the reason for sticking with 5W is to keep the volume level down. I currently don't play gigs, and want something with tubes that won't bother the wife or neighbors when I want to get a good distorted crunch sound.

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#8
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This, or a Fender Blues Junior/Hot Rod + Dist. pedal.



the Bjr doesnt have that kind of adjustable gain.
and both are way too large,
and neither are voiced the way he needs.


peavey also has a 5w tube amp combo.

but i have to say, i like having a little head and cab with my 5W epi Vjr.

tiny tube combos all sound a little lacking to me. the speakers are small and it takes away from novelty of getting a tube in the first place.

the epi Vjr can be modded to suit your needs, but the Blackheart already has the features.

in most all cases you'll want a pedal anyway, because these 5W-ers get loud.
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#9
just to throw the cat among the pigeons, are those crates still on sale? might be worth considering (in addition to jenny's good advice). i haven't tried them, so can't comment on how they sound, but they seem to be a good deal.
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#10
i saw the $99 crate 5w, if that's which one you're talking about, Dave.

i didn't suggest it because the reviews were below avarege and it didn't seem to have a gain control.

i think in that case it would be like getting a tube, just say you have one.
i'd probably rather have an old cube 30 or similar.

yeah i didn't try it either tho. maybe slats or someone else has.


did the crate palomino series have an amp where you could cut the watts in half?

i thought they did. anyway, that series sounds pretty good.
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wasn't there a 5 watt crate which had the master volume and tone? maybe that was the palomino and i'm getting confused

some of the higher wattage crates are similar prices to most of those 5-watters at the moment, but as i said, i haven't tried them so i dunno, they might not be what he's after.
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#12
Doesn't Fender have the Vibro Champ, like a 5 watt valve thing?

Maybe check that out aswell, I've heard it's pretty good.
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#13
Quote by jj1565
the Bjr doesnt have that kind of adjustable gain.
and both are way too large,
and neither are voiced the way he needs.


peavey also has a 5w tube amp combo.

but i have to say, i like having a little head and cab with my 5W epi Vjr.

tiny tube combos all sound a little lacking to me. the speakers are small and it takes away from novelty of getting a tube in the first place.

the epi Vjr can be modded to suit your needs, but the Blackheart already has the features.

in most all cases you'll want a pedal anyway, because these 5W-ers get loud.

agreed........either the VJ stack or the blackheart + the pedal of your choice.
#14
a blackheart with a quality dist pedal is what you need
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#15
I say Blackheart Little Giant, and maybe a Visual Sound Jekyll and Hyde. Then you would have Distortion, and overdrive, with EQ controls.