Amps costing no more than $200, suggestions?

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  1. AshlandBump

    AshlandBump Silver Supporting Member

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    The title of this topic looks like it belongs at H-C but I'm curious what suggestions I'd get here. I'm looking for an amp costing $200 or less, new or used; tube or solid state. The amp would never see a gig, would be used almost entirely for home use or possible very small practice sessions with a bass player. Musical tastes run from The Beatles to The Jam, i.e., "brutal" gain not required. There must be some good options out there. Opinions based on actual experiences are especially appreciated. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Curt

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    A Roland Cube would do it.....trust me.
     
  3. JWR

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    I bought my youngster a Peavey Backstage Plus on Ebay for about a hundred bucks delivered. It has 35 watts and a 10" speaker. You could probably find an equivalent Fender or Marshall solid state unit just as easily.
     
  4. Unburst

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    You can find a used Fender Pro Jnr for around $200, geat clean tone, crunches up nicely at volume (no MV)

    I've been using one as my main recording amp for years, my other amps, a '64 AC30, a '74 Twin Reverb and a '79 Marshall get used *way* less than my PJ, it's my go to amp for clean to slight breakup tones.
     
  5. QuickDraw

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    kalamazoo model 2

    old silvertone perhaps
     
  6. Roccaforte Amps

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    Crate GFX15, I love mine.
     
  7. JimRayden

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    If you like portability, Roland Microcube is just great. Pretty loud for 2 watts.

    But I think you'll be better with a 10-30W solid-stater if you need it for jamming.

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  8. gulliver

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    Peavey has made a lot of all-tube sleeper amps that can be had for cheap. The Ultra 60 is an example, I saw a used head in a music store that may have been had for $250 with a little sweet talking. I have the Rockmaster preamp which is a preamp spin of that model (I paid $90 used), sounds awesome.
     
  9. 563

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    New:

    Epiphone Galaxie 10 - tube
    Traynor TubeMate - hybrid
    Hughes & Kettner Edition Blue - ss
    Behringer Vintager GM110 - ss (SansAmp clone)

    Used (either > $200 new or discontinued):

    Tech21 Trademark 10 - ss
    Garnet stencil combo (Mann, Raven, Granada, etc) - tube
    Fender Pro Jr - tube
    Ampeg G-100 / GT-10 (or other G series) - ss
    Randall Commander (or any orange label Randall really) - ss
    Hohner International series - ss (seriously, these things rock)



    As far as the cheaper end goes (i.e. not the Classics or Delta) I've heard good things about the Encore 65, but never played one. A local shop has one for $199, I should check it out.
     
  10. CNOTE

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    I was in GC today with a friend who was picking up a PA system and a used Marshall MG 100 DFX . I saw an Epiphone 5 watt Valve Junior Class A amp for $119.00. Not a bad little amp to mess around with.

    The Valve special combo is 5w Class A Circuitry with Dsp reverb + 3 Band eq. $219.

    Not bad for what your looking for. Good Luck.
     
  11. mc5nrg

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    My big buck amp purchases over the past few years:

    Univox 1226 50 watt tube head $70 used through ad in City Paper
    early 70s Univox sounds pretty decent w/channels jumped,RVB needs repair

    Roland Bolt 60 ss preamp,2 6L6GC power amp channel sw,rvb works fine early 80s $125 thanks GC!
    these things go for cheap,you can search out a dedicated site and I'm quite happy with it
     
  12. Occam

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    Doug I think you just opened yourself up to a smear campaign from your competitors...I can see the ad's now...."Why would you buy an amp from Doug Roccaforte? He'd rather play a Crate than his own amps!" :)

    Or maybe some Crate ad's "Crate...what boutique builders really play!" :dude
     
  13. B Vance

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    +1 on the Pro Junior

    +1 on the Blues Junior
     
  14. The Cat

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    I will say get the butt ugliest amp ever made. They may need another speaker but frequently come with rca tubes and are point to point wired, schematically similar to a vintage fender, but man are they ugly. The silvertone 1482. For more power get 1484. They are big in Latin America because of the tone/cost ratio.
     
  15. stevieray

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    There's a Vox modeler under $200 that is REALLY impressive. On-board effects, several amp models, sounds great!

    http://www.zzounds.com/item--VOXAD15VT

    Go play one at a GC somewhere. For the money I've never heard anything top this.
     
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    yes do
    as long as it's the 2004 or later
     
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    I haven't tried the Microcube.


    I tried the Palomino V8....it just sounds small.

    I bought the Epiphone Valve Special. I love it. Never tried the Valve Jr...I like the additional tone stack of the special.

    -Jay
     
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    VOX 15r

    My Son bought one and it sounds really good for a $100 amp
     

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