A very low power, yet very dynamic amp

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  1. Kief

    Kief Senior Member

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    I'm looking for a small tube amp for home use, say 5-10 watts, that turns into a real jerk when cranked up but still cleans up really well with the guitar volume. The amps that do this the best are higher powered NMV, no?

    I like all flavors of clean and dirt...fender, marshall, vox all sound great to me. The key is the ability to clean up very well.

    Seems like the tweed deluxe is the gold standard for this type of thing, but I tried one out and damn it was loud opened up.

    So...suggestions? The Gries 5 and Star Nova look nice. What else?
     
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    Fuchs Lucky 7....still fairly loud though, but can be biased to tweak the break up characteristics.
     
  4. big brekfest

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    it's a little rich for me right now, but the swart space tone combos make me feel funny things. I wish I wish I could have one.
     
  5. Derelict

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    basically, any of those little single-ended class A amps are going to be dynamic, and yes, 5 watts can still get loud. you could get something like a peavey mini colossall, which has a power soak (attenuator) tremolo and an efx loop, or a fuchs lucky 7, or a peavey royal 8, or victoria 5112. lots of choices and price points and they each sound good, even the peavey royal 8. many, many choices out there
     
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    Divided by 13 CJ11, one of the best master volumes around. Cleans up with the volume knob and you can go from clean to overdrive at bedroom levels with the master and the push-pull mid boost. Awesome amp.
     
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    On the cheaper end of things, the Blackheart amps are getting a lot of praise. Too bad they're back ordered everywhere except eBay! I was going to pick one up, but MF is out, GC is out, Bananas is out. Grr! I don't want to wait until mid-march.
     
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    I have a MESA Express 5:50 1x12 combo. 5W Class A or 50W Class AB. AB mode is absolutely killer for dynamic headroom and sparkly cleans. And, you can get just about any level of saturation you want at any volume. I play it in 5W mode at band practice, and have gigged it that way too (without mic'ing it). I've never had to turn it up past about 4 on the Output Volume. Incredibly flexible in the tone department, too.
     
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    Dr. Z mini Z haven't tried one out but they have a built in attenuator
     
  10. BluesForDan

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    what about the bedroom amp series by s2amps (sp?)
     
  11. teXum

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    Victoria 518/5112 or one of the two Swart 5watters.
     
  12. K.E.P.

    K.E.P. Supporting Member

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    my usual:

    Stulce sa10c

    Star Nova
     
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    Alessandro Beagle. 12 watts of the best-sounding amp I've ever played!
     
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    I'm fancying a Smith CS-10:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acldvrckoUQ

    I'm not sure how well the YouTubage makes it sound dynamic, but it does sound really versatile. Your hints of Fender, Marshall, and Vox sound like they are all there.

    S2's "bedroom Wreck" sounds like a likely prospect for both factors: "low power" and "dynamic".

    I'll second the Victoria 5112 if you like tweed sounds and the Beagle -- I've not heard one of those, but the other Alessandros I've played have been dynamic. Not low-powered, though.


    Crikey
     
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    A 1960 tweed champ. I had one once, sorry i ever sold it. the perfect little amp for the house.:D
     
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    Drew,

    You should look at the Quidley, 8 or 22 watts, master that works and Marshall meets Vox tones, high gain tones and really cleans up well into a great clean tone.
     
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    D/13 JRT beyond dynamic...enough said
     
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    In low power amps, I'd had to recommend
    the Emery Sound Superbaby
    Vintone Simplex
    Suhr Badger
    Category 5 Tsunami
    Gries 5 or Gries 20
    The Reeves, Custom 12, or Custom 18 and 30 with power scaling.
    The Swart Atomic Space Tone
    Jule Amps Brenda K
    Magic Amplification Brit
     
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    Has anyone tried the Emory amps? Two of them are very low wattage.
    Or the Carr Mercury?
     

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