An under-$200 1x12 combo amp for these 2 things

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  1. FuzzBucket

    FuzzBucket Member

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    (Edit: 4 things)

    I'm looking to get an under-$200 1x12 combo amp, most likely used, that would be ideal for the following things:

    1) a good all-round practice amp.

    For both lower-volume living room jams with one, or two other people with no drums (or just a drum machine) and also loud enough for a full band practice with real drums if I don't feel like hauling my big amp setup to practice.

    2) using as a clean amp for live dual amp setup

    Parked next to my 4x12 cab for dual setup, like how Joey Santiago of the Pixies does his live setup.

    3) FX loop.

    4) Headphones jack for silent practicing at home.


    My biggest question would be, should I go old-school and look for something like a Peavey Bandit, or Marshall valvestate, or would a newer modeling amp, like a Boss Katana, fit the bill more for all the diversity & options they have?

    I use a relative small pedal setup, but a modeling amp could be very convenient if I just want to grab-n-go.

    I'm willing to upgrade the 1x12 speaker if need be.

    If a solid state, how many watts?
     
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  2. Jr Deluxe

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    Do some searches on the Monoprice 15w. You'd be surprised on how great an amp this is.
     
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    I haven't tried a Katana, but the Red Stripe Peavey Bandit is in your price range and will meet the needs you have. I don't think a used tube amp is the way to go in this price range for this purpose...you won't get the dependability of a Peavey solid state amp in a Crate tube Amp.
     
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    Katana, check it out, imo the best deal be it tube or digital.

     
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    In most cases, 15 watts is plenty for typical drummer volumes.
     
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    Thursday night i did a gig with a keyboard, 2 guitar players, one was me, bass, drums & singer. I had plenty of power and plenty to spare. That was with the 15w monoprice. of course not a ton of clean headroom, I'd say about as much as any 2 x el84 amp.

    edit. A guy sat in with a katana a couple weeks ago. It was fine. Not my cup of tea cause I'm a tube freak but it was good for him.
     
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  8. FuzzBucket

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    Yeah, I see these amp have been getting a lot of praise. Only worry I have (other than being laughed at by snobs) is if 15w would be loud enough for gigs.
     
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  9. FuzzBucket

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    How many watts for an SS amp like this would you recommend for gigging? 50w? 100w?
     
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    Forgot about these! They seem to have mostly good reviews.
     
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    My 40 watt TransTube will gig.
     
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    Katana's are definitely in the lead for me for modeling-style amps!
     
  13. FuzzBucket

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    How was he using it, just cleans, or cleans & dirt?
     
  14. Jr Deluxe

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    I like getting laughed at by snobs. That's why I gig with a monoprice and a epiphone p90 special. They laugh until i play then at the end of the gig then they come up and ask what amp is that while the regular folks just smile and say sounds good.
     
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    Both clean and dirt. Mostly dirt though. He played some standard covers with a basic processed rock star sound with some delay.
     
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    What size speakers is your TT? How's it compare to a Peavey Bandit, or Studio?
     
  17. FuzzBucket

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    Hehe, I'm the same way. I was just kinda joking about that. ;)
     
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    Was he using dirt pedals in front of it, or the internal digital dirt effects? I try to stay away from digital dirt effects as much as I can, but got to admit today's digital dirt effects are sounding better and better.
     
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    It does only have a 10" speaker, but it will do what your asking. It was my first amp. One of the Red Stripe variety. Comparable to the rest.
     
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    I had a Fender Princeton Reverb 2x10 that obviously would work for a clean gigging amp, but it didn't take pedals well IMO and 2x's are a bit big for grab-n-go practice amps.
     

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