< 10 watts with master volume +distortion

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  1. whitehall

    whitehall Member

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    This seems to be my grail amp. 10 watts or less, COMBO. master volume, great distortion. No pedals, hotplates, etc. Just a house friendly tube combo with semi EVH tone to plug into. Even a sub 5 watt would be okay, just has to be a combo, no Carr Mercury or Mini Z.-- I thought the mini Z was a POS.
     
  2. Robert1950

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    I'm thinking it's probably worth it to find a good custom amp builder and have have him make one to your specs, or find one who will customize one of his designs to fit your needs. That's what I am thinking. Something I can jam with and use at home (90% of my playing). It will cost, but you get what you want.

    P.S. I like the specs of the Carr Mercury - notably the attenuating circuit - costs an arm and part of a leg though. But I plan on looking for something around Toronto where I don't have to deal with out of country and duty and taxes, etc. ad nauseum
     
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    The Mercury is very very close to what I want. I just don't want to spend quite that much for a bedroom amp. I am hoping to find something at a grand or less.
     
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    Traynor YCV20WR. It's 15 watts, but sounds good at lower volumes.
     
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    I agree, mostly. I like the clean channel but I don't like the crunch channel at all. I'm using a Direct Drive into the clean channel for my crunch with this amp. The clean channel loves OD pedals.

    Also, you can really cut the volume down on YCV20 by replacing the 12AX7 preamp tube in V1 with a 12AU7. I did that with mine and it allows you to crank the master much higher and still maintain bedroom volume.
     
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    I always see these amps but have never played one. The 12au7 is a great tip, thanks. I'll have to see if I can hunt up some online clips to hear the distortion.
     
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    I'm wondering if you might be just as happy with a non-master volume tube amp and a great distortion pedal. I had a Carr Mercury, but didn't like the extremely attenuated tones any better than my 35 watt tube amp with a good overdrive or distortion box (in my case, various Keeley's and a Tonebone Classic). Sold the Mercury/don't miss it.
     
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  10. Bryan T

    Bryan T Guitar Owner Silver Supporting Member

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    I agree with CNP's suggestion. You aren't going to be able to get power amp overdrive at a low volume (at least not without an attenuator, which you say that you don't want). That leaves you with preamp or pedal distortion. There are lots of pedals on the market that seek to give Marhall tone in a box, such as the Tonebone pedals. One of those combined with a small, clean amp would be a great home solution for quiet EVH tones.

    Bryan
     
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    Fargen Miniplex
     
  12. drbob1

    drbob1 Silver Supporting Member

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    How about the Emery Spotlight? 1X8 combo, 5w, depending on tube choice goes from clean to pretty stout overdrive. It is single ended so it's never going to sound exactly like a Plexi or a Twin but it sounds darn good...
     
  13. whitehall

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    I'll look at one of those Drbob. I'm trying to keep it "organic" just a guitar plugged into an amp. I've owned a ton of house amps, some would call it a sickness, I prefer the word hobby . The only house amp I've ever kept is the TM10. So I guess I'm looking for a tube amp that sounds like a TM10. Pretty strange I know. The present line up of guitars are all humbuckers. So the amp need not sound good with single coils.
     
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    Cornford "Carrera"

    Has all you listed, I think.

    Best, Pete.
     
  15. Bryan T

    Bryan T Guitar Owner Silver Supporting Member

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    I'm not familiar with the Carrera, but the Harlequin that I played last year had a great lower volume distorted sound. He might really dig one of their amps.

    Bryan

    Edit - I just looked up the Carrera and it looks really cool! It has a more versatile tone stack than the Harlequin, reverb, plus it gives you the opportunity to use lots of different tube types. GAS!
     
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    Ditto the Emery Sound recommendation. I've got a microbaby and I just finished jamming some AC/DC Hells Bells (Angus' part) right here in my living room (kids and wife asleep) and it sounded great. Granted I play through a 2x12 cab with a Weber Blue Dog and a Weber 1230-55, but you can buy it from Emery as a combo too.

    Stick a nice 12AX7 preamp and a nice EL84 w/yellowjacket in and it rocks pretty hard. I had to back off quite a bit to match Angus' distortion so it can get heavier, should you so desire. The flip side is swap a few tubes (which is fun to do anyway) and the cleans are outstanding. This is the PERFECT home and studio amp and they're reasonable (compared to Carrs, anyway).
     
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    Is this available here in the States. Anybody got any sound clips yet?
     
  18. Scumback Speakers

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    I'd have to suggest a small combo amp, 8" or 10" speaker, and something that could get you a nice OD tone at low volume. My buddy does it with an OCD and his old Fender Blackface Pro, but I imagine any small Fender combo would work as well. Get a Blues Jr. and an OCD, that should be under $600 or so, right?
     
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    +1 I had a (rare) 2x12 combo. Although it's rated at 12 watts.
     
  20. Bryan T

    Bryan T Guitar Owner Silver Supporting Member

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    I don't know if the Carrera is available in the U.S. I saw a blurb on one website that menitoned they were having some issues that slowed production. I haven't heard any mp3s either.

    Bryan
     

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