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GuitarHack
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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.

Dan


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

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mordeth
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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_junior_epajr_gitarrencombo.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_gitarrencombo.htm

they're all 5watt amps, but should be suprisingly loud from what i'm told

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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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Ignar Hillström
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That Kustom isnt really a tube amp, right? Else Behringer AC and Masrshall VS are tube amps too...


   
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Steve-0
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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.

Steve-0


   
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TwistedLefty
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grrr. stupid double post...

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TwistedLefty
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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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Robbie
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+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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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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Beaner
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This is a small tube amp
http://www.impamp.com/

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


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

Dan

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