Cheap tube amps?

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  1. rollyfoster

    rollyfoster Supporting Member

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    A friend of mine is in the market for a new amp. He's been using an SS amp, but wants to make the switch to tubes. Is there a good tube amp in the 500 (or less) range?
     
  2. Miles

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    Peavey Classic 30
    Crate V3112
    Fender Blues Jr.
    Fender Hot Rod Deville

    You can find all of these for around $500 new or used.

    What kind of tone does your "friend" like?
     
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    i'm not really sure about tone. he's not, either. he's kind of gearlliterate and is seeking advice, but isn't helping much. right now he wants a new amp and "distortion". he really likes zappa, though.
     
  4. TopJimmy5150

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    Peavey Delta Blues is a great choice. Nice dirty channel, nice Fendery cleans. Nice big cabinet so it sounds better than a BJ or C30 IMHO, but has the same circuitry as a C30. I almost bought one instead of my '67 Pro Reverb, that's how good it is.

    A used DRRI with a pedal to get the dirty sounds would work too.

    Used Hot Rod Deville with or without a pedal depending on whether or not he can stand the HR Distortion channel.
     
  5. stratzrus

    stratzrus Philadelphia Jazz, Funk, and R&B Supporting Member

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    The Fender Prosonic is also a viable option if you want more volume and a decent flexible gain channel.

    Around $600 used.

    stratzrus
     
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    The peavey classic series are great as well as the hot rod fenders.

    Depending on what all he plays, he might even consider a Epi Valve Junior head with a nice cab so he can upgrade amps later and keep the same cab. The 5W head with 2X12 is plenty loud unless the drummer is just silly.
     
  7. teleamp

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    +1 :dude
     
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    Carvin Nomad at $559 is hard to beat, unless you're looking for metal tones!
     
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    Peavey Valve-king or Winsor...
    Both great amps for the money...
     
  10. billyguitar

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    I had a Carvin Nomad. The clean channel was pretty good but you're better off using a pedal for overdrive. I think the peavey Delta Blues, especially with one 15", and the Classic 50 both sound much better than the Hot Rod Fenders. Never heard a Crate I liked. If he could go a little more he could get a Bassman reissue used. Put the right tubes in it and it's a great amp for the money.
     
  11. pickaguitar

    pickaguitar 2011 TGP Silver Medalist Silver Supporting Member

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    Fender Blues Jr. Tweed
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    Fender Pro Jr. Tweed
     
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    Traynor YCV 20 or 40.
     
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    All the afore mentioned and also the Crate V series. My V32 palomino is a great little amp for the money.
     
  15. dbx

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    +1 Peavey Classic (20, 30)...if your friend is not against vintage there are still some good sounding values in 60s Gibsons/Epiphones and Fender 70s amps...depending on the amp some of these vintage pieces are costing several times more over to replicate in todays conditions...
     
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    Didn't see this one mentioned yet:

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    Perhaps...
     
  17. Ben Furman

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    There's also the option for a used Reverend Goblin. Very portable, wattage-switchable 6V6 amp with three switchable voicings.
     
  18. sgguitarzz

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    I would definitely look for something used to get the most for your money. You can check out Ebay or HC classified. For about $500 you can get:

    Traynor YCV40
    Peavey Classic 30 or 50
    Ampeg Reverberocket Reissue
    Sunn T50C (hard to find but a great amp)
    One of the new Crate amps (not sure the model though)

    I am not quite sure what your friend is looking for soundwise though.
     
  19. teleamp

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    The new Nady amps should be considered, lots of watts and knobs, not much dough.
     
  20. Hamer95USA

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    Hey folks,

    The used Hot Rod Deluxe for around $300-$400 used is a good deal. Send it to Jim Price of Omega Amps for his Hot Rod Deluxe/Deville mod for $250.00 turns the HRD amps into one smokin' amp!!!:dude

    Guitar George
     

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