#1
Alright, for my next amp I know I want at least one tube in it. I'm not sure how many, so to speak, is a good number though. I was thinking of getting either a Blackheart little giant head and hooking it up to a used cabinet off Craigslist, or getting a Vox AD30VT combo. The Vox has a model of the AC30, my favourite amp, but it's not fully tube, and 100% tube > 50% tube(albeit that solid-state half makes it somewhat more durable), plus I have an overdrive pedal(a fancy one too, a Tubescreamer, not a low-price knockoff), which really only sound good on tube.

On the other hand the Vox is self-contained, can sound like an AC30, and will likely be overall cheaper, plus it has less tubes(albeit just one EL84 less).

Total of the Vox is $250 for now, likely to be given a cab later. Total of the Blackheart is $320, $200 for the head, $120 for a used 4 x 12 off Craigslist, possibly less if I find the head used for less.

So, UG, which of the two?
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Last edited by necrosis1193 at Oct 27, 2008,
#2
The better question would be solid state vs tube. I would take a combo over a stack but tube over solid state so I'd go with the Blackheart, even though I am a Vox player (AC30).
#3
The blackheart.

It kills the Vox in every aspect, except the fact that the Vox can do metal without a pedal, I'm guessing you play mainly blues - rock, by your sig and avatar, so the Blackheart would be right for you.
#4
Alright then, so far it's 2-0. Quick question on tube amps though; Is it a good idea to use them to practice, or, since tubes can wear out, should it be just reserved for situations where larger amounts of volume than 30-SS watts are needed?
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#5
The single tube in the Vox is more of a gimmick if anything. If you want the tube sound, the Blackheart is the way to go. The Vox would be better if you can only play really quietly and want a lot of different sounds, but other than that, the Blackheart is a much better amp.
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Quote by necrosis1193
Alright then, so far it's 2-0. Quick question on tube amps though; Is it a good idea to use them to practice, or, since tubes can wear out, should it be just reserved for situations where larger amounts of volume than 30-SS watts are needed?


Even with regular usage, the tubes will last years. They're not terribly expensive to replace either.
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#7
Agreed. I don't know much about a Blackheart, but I own an AD30VT and its tones still scream solid state.
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#8
Alright then, I suppose the Blackheart it is. One last question though; how much of an improvement in sound can I expect once I plug my TS9 into the tube head rather than my current solid-state amp, besides the normal tube-vs-solid-state improvements?
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#9
An immense change, the Tubescreamer really makes my Blues Jr. scream. When cranked, I can start approaching that "Cream yourself by one note" tone.
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Quote by grobbo91
The single tube in the Vox is more of a gimmick if anything. If you want the tube sound, the Blackheart is the way to go. The Vox would be better if you can only play really quietly and want a lot of different sounds, but other than that, the Blackheart is a much better amp.


they should be resererved for whenever you want to hear them, really.
and after having a vox AD30vt as well, ive gone tube and not really looked back. i dont know how much is the tube and/or the circuit of the vox that makes it decent, but that tube definitely does not give the amp that tube feel. there is one reason only that i still have my vox, and thats because i think its one of the best amps for extremely low volume practicing. and considering you have a decent tubescreamer already, you can use the tube amp for the majority of practice anyway.

+1 Blackheart vote
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#11
Alright, thanks for all the help guys. Greatly appreciated. =)
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