any 10 watt tube amps out there?

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There are plenty of bedroom sized 5 watt models, and a bunch of 15 watt models. I have a Vox AC15cc1 and it hay way more volume than I'll ever use live in the small venues my bands play in.

The singer'guitarist of one of those bands is currently looking for something reasonably priced, and a ten watter would seem to fit the bill. Only I can't find any available.

Voicing would be fender or vox probably.

Any help?
 

mbargav

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May I ask what the hang-up is on 10 watts? A 10 watt amp really isn't going to be all that quieter than a 15 watt amp.
 

terrapin

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May I ask what the hang-up is on 10 watts? A 10 watt amp really isn't going to be all that quieter than a 15 watt amp.

This is very true........BUT, if he wants something smaller than 15 watts that can still be "gigable" I would recommend a Princeton Reverb (12 watts).
 

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mbargav said:
May I ask what the hang-up is on 10 watts? A 10 watt amp really isn't going to be all that quieter than a 15 watt amp.
Or louder than a 5w. I say it like once a week, but when shopping for an amp, wattage should be low on the list of concerns. It certainly isn't a very good indication of volume.

As it happens though, one of my current most lusted over amps is a 10 watter, the DC 10. Does a lot of tones, but not Fendery, and only slightly Voxy.
 

scmavl

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Carr Mercury is 8 watts, and is switchable down lower. Fender voicing.

Princeton Reverb is always a nice amp too...
 
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not really hung up on the wattage, but my 15 watt 12" amp is more than enough (and too big- the venues here are all underground and i get tired of lugging it up and down stairs), the 5 watts i've seen all have 10" speakers and aren't really enough. I'm not an electrical engineer so i split the difference.

keep educating me and thanks for the helpful responses.
 

Barnzy

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If he wants 10 watts then that's what he wants...Allen Classic 10...blackface tones in a 10 watt package (and only 1 6L6 power tube...how's that for tube costs!)
Barnzy
 

stephenyi

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Not sure what you consider reasonably priced but there is a very sweet Morgan 10PM for sale in the emporium.
 

antbosca

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Morgan has the 10PM and Abbey... which are 10 watt normal channel Voxy and top boost styled Voxy amps, respectively.
I love my Abbey. It's not that different from a 15 watt amp though. Just put an Air Brake in the AC15! They work great for between 2 and 5 db reduction. The last click starts to sound a little muffled, but otherwise there's little effect on tone.
 
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Not sure what you consider reasonably priced but there is a very sweet Morgan 10PM for sale in the emporium.
Ha! It turns out that I'm live across the big water, so that basically means mass produced. His budget is around $400 and gear is substantially more expensive here. I'm having fun perving on some of these boutiques though.

Anyone willing come down a shelf or two and comment on VHT amps, Blackheart amps, or the Laney Cub series?
 

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I'm just sayin', ignore the wattage and find the amp that best suits your needs. Don't assume a 10W amp is less loud than a 15W. Wattage is at best an indication of headroom, and even then, it's a fairly lousy indication.

Yes, that doesn't make your search any easier. Sorry about that.
 

wingwalker

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My old Ampeg Jet puts out right 10-11 watts.

Cool amps that can be had at very reasonable prices.
 
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I'm just sayin', ignore the wattage and find the amp that best suits your needs. Don't assume a 10W amp is less loud than a 15W. Wattage is at best an indication of headroom, and even then, it's a fairly lousy indication.

Yes, that doesn't make your search any easier. Sorry about that.
If it's as loud as the 15 that's not a problem, but it doesn't HAVE to be that loud. The headroom might be a legitimate concern.

And most of this shopping is being done online=not many of the candidates are in the local shops-so this doesn't make things easier either.
 

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The Cygnus Lead-7 is a good choice. It takes a single power tube, and you can use a wide variety of tubes for different tones and volume output. It is cathode-biased. so you just swap the tube and play - no re-biasing needed. Mine goes from very clean to very distorted due to the dual gain preamp structure and master volume. You have bass-mid-treble tone controls for tweaking. Also has 4, 8, and 16 ohm outs, as well as a line out.

I use mine as my music room amp, but it is plenty loud enough for small gigs.
 

newi123

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Sounds like the issue is portability as much as watts?

Try a Laney VC15 - great small vox-ish el84 amp - two channels and reverb. 15watts into a Jensen 10 inch speaker and not too loud - but very lightweight and very portable.

Should be easily available and in budget too!
 

shredtrash

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I'm gigging my Allen Classic 10 in about 2 hours. Great little amp and perfect for low-volume gigs if I need cleans or even regular gigs as longs as I don't need sparkling clean tones!
 


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