Whats the best tube amp for me?

Discussion in 'Marshall Amps' started by Daryl, Jun 10, 2012.

  1. Daryl

    Daryl Member

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    I don't play gigs I only play at home.

    I play mostly lead guitar.

    I play blues, hendrix, SRV mainly with the odd step over into early pearl Jam era stuff.

    Price wise its going to be a used example from ebay etc, whatever is cheapest that will fit the bill really.

    Can you get one for less than £300 thats worth a look?

    If you could name a few models that might be worth a look I will see if I can find some to have a go on and take it from there. And what to flat out avoid as I know not all tube amps are good.
     
  2. SkinnyJ

    SkinnyJ Active Member

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    If it's for home use only, I would recommend one of the many low-watt amps out there (Marshall Class-5, Blackstar HT series, Fender Blues Jr, ect...)

    I have a Class 5 for use in my apartment. It takes OD/Dist pedals well and sounds good at low, apt friendly voulmes.
     
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    HeHasTheJazzHands Well-Known Member

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    Class 5 combo, Epiphone Valve Jr Combo, Blackstar HT-5 or HT-1 combo, Blackheart Little Devil combo, Blackheart Little Ant + a 1x12, Fender Champion 600, and Fender Vibro Champ.
    Everything but the Little Ant and HT-1 are 5-watt tube amps. The Ant and HT-1 are 1-watt. :)
     
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    rjtm New Member

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    For under 300 you can get a class 5 combo or used DSL 201 combo which will do what you want
     
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    A 6101 would be great for home use and you can get a variety of tones!
     
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    diesect20022000 Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    in general i think the H&K tubemeister (with a retube and break in time of about 2 months) is the best small amp period BUT for what you do i'd say tiny terror or vox night train. lil night train's great too with a retube but it's a bit more limited. that thing can kill though.
     
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    Plenty of options were mentioned, just test out as many amps as you can and find something you like.
    I like 15 Watts which is still very loud, so be prepared to use a boost or overdrive with some amps for gainy sounds at apartment levels (In my opinion still thousand times better than a clean SS amp with the same OD pedal!!). The good thing is you will be ready for a small jam/gig/practice if you ever want to.
     
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  9. Daryl

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    Thanks for all the suggestions.

    I've got a good list now and i'm going to do a tour of all the local music centres over the coming weekend and see what they have in.
     
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    Check out some videos or sound clips for the Peavey Delta Blues 115. IMO it's like a poor man's MESA Lone Star; with big, warm cleans and a sweet bluesy tone when you dig in.
     
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    Call me crazy but why not an Orange Tiny Terror? These things sound great and with a little bit more gain on tap for a little grit of you want!
     
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