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i want a small tube amp

Post by GuitarHack » September 5th, 2007, 1:15 pm

hey all, i need help. im looking for a smal tube amp, 5-30 watts (i live in a condo, so i cant be TOO noisey). ive heard great things about the fender blues jr and epi valve jr. what im looking for is a classic rock tone. imagine the lead guitar on CCR's "heard it through the grapevine", and thats what i'd love to achieve. i have a hard time finding places that stock enough of these small amps to do side by side comparisons.
any suggestions for a small amp? thanks,all.

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Post by TwistedLefty » September 5th, 2007, 2:55 pm

A Kustom Tube 12A practice amp should work well $99
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/ ... sku=481230

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Post by mordeth » September 5th, 2007, 3:03 pm

i'm in the same boat myself, so i'll point you in the direction of the three i'm currently looking at:

Epiphone Valve Junior Combo: http://www.thomann.de/ie/epiphone_valve ... ncombo.htm
Peavey Royal 8 Valve King http://www.thomann.de/ie/peavey_royal_8_valve_king.htm
Ibanez ValBee http://www.thomann.de/ie/ibanez_valbee_ ... ncombo.htm

they're all 5watt amps, but should be suprisingly loud from what i'm told
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Post by Nuno » September 5th, 2007, 3:15 pm

Don't forget the Fender Champion 600: http://www.thomann.de/ie/fender_champion_600.htm

BTW, Mordeth, it is 4€ cheaper for Spain... the VAT? :?:

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Post by Ignar Hillström » September 5th, 2007, 3:41 pm

That Kustom isnt really a tube amp, right? Else Behringer AC and Masrshall VS are tube amps too...
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Post by Steve-0 » September 5th, 2007, 3:57 pm

I have the Epiphone Valve Junior and I am VERY pleased with it... It's really nice sounding, I bought the Electro Harmonix Holy Grail as well as the Danelectro E.Q and am very happy with the sound I can get out of it. With that set-up I can get a surprising amount of tones out of it, though I would consider it really good for someone looking for more of a bluesier sounding amp.

5 watts sounds like it's small, but it is not a practice amp: I can't fully crank it to 10 when people are at home... usaully anything past 5 will bug people.
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Post by TwistedLefty » September 5th, 2007, 4:35 pm

grrr. stupid double post...
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Post by TwistedLefty » September 5th, 2007, 4:37 pm

Ignar Hillstrøm wrote:That Kustom isnt really a tube amp, right? Else Behringer AC and Masrshall VS are tube amps too...
Dunno really, just going by the ad. says it's got a 12AX7 Tube preamp. Hybrid? whatever, it's only $99
It's for bedroom practice so i figured to go the cheap route.

Hard to find good tube or tubelike tone under $100
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Post by Robbie » September 5th, 2007, 5:21 pm

+1 for the EVJ combo, I have the head version and really like it. The new combo's are said to be hum reduced. You can't go wrong at this price for a tube amp. 5W and all your ears can stand, I can't really play mine with volume at more than 12 o'clock in my practice room and I have no neighbours to offend.
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Post by slejhamer » September 5th, 2007, 5:32 pm

Nuno wrote:Don't forget the Fender Champion 600
+1; nice warm sound and didn't fart out like I was expecting (though some reviews say it does.)

Just not loud.
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Post by Beaner » September 5th, 2007, 9:40 pm

This is a small tube amp
http://www.impamp.com/
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Post by Ignar Hillström » September 5th, 2007, 10:15 pm

Quite a few companies have such hybrid amps, but the tube is more for show then anything else. As for EVJ vs Ibby valbee, I personally really dislike the tiny speaker in the Ibanez. The stock EVJ combo speaker isn't the best ever but it's really a step up from the Ibanez one.
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Post by greybeard » September 5th, 2007, 10:31 pm

For the Euro-mob, Thomann have their own version of the Epi (http://www.thomann.de/de/harley_benton_ga5.htm) but with the addition of a tone knob - and only 98 €.

I have the Peavey - nice little amp.
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Post by Steph » September 6th, 2007, 12:49 am

Bah, now you have me wanting a small tube combo too, and I was saving up for a decent guitar :'(

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Post by Dan T. » September 6th, 2007, 3:22 am

I give another thumbs up to the Epi Valve Junior. Great sounding amp. I love mine. 8)

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