favorite boutique practice amps?

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  1. war-knuckles

    war-knuckles Supporting Member

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    im looking for a small bedroom amp, considering the Dr.Z mini Z, and the BadCat Mini II.

    however, id LIKE to spend a bit less if possible, what do you guys suggest for a nice reasonably priced bedroom amp?

    my maz38 is just a bit too loud at some hours of the night :D
     
  2. AllenL

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    Have you tried the little ZT Lunchbox? Takes to pedals extremely well and you'll be hard press to tell it's not tubes. Hook up an extension 12" cab and look out! The thing packs 200 watts can be loud as hell if needed.
     
  3. radioboy950

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    Look at the Nolatone Rotten Johnny, 6V6, 15w, 1X12 combo.
    Pre/post gain and a MV make it great for bedroom playing & studio work.
    It's like a swiss army knife of tone. Go from clean to mean, and blast off with a foot-switchable mid boost. Quite pedal friendly too. My new favorite OD pedal, "Cmatmod Brownie", interacts so well it's like I now have a 3-channel amp.
     
  4. RAILhead

    RAILhead (real name is Maury, BTW)

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  5. 19jmm68

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    The Mini Z is no bedroom amp. It's pretty loud!
     
  6. digiTED

    digiTED rock > talk

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    Never tried the Mini Cat II, but my Mini Cat I (1x10) sounds great at very low levels. Diming the the master and bringing up just enough pre yields a fantastic, singing Class A tone a levels that totally work at home. I have an infant and live in an old concrete high-rise (very resonant) and can get some tube amp tone on late night.

    I gave $500 for mine used less than a year ago and have only made simple upgrades (NOS glass and a Celestion Gold).

    I'd be concerned about the Mini Cat II 12" driver having too much bass for true late-night bedroom volumes.
     
  7. No.9

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    Yeah it is pretty loud, even with the attenuator maxed, although it depends on your definition of loud. The Mini Z head through a 2x10 Geezer cab is my bedroom/living room setup. I know that might not be what most consider a "bedroom" setup, but for me it's perfect, and most importantly all my guitars sound amazingly good through it. The Mini Z has beautiful cleans, a monstrous amount of gain on tap, no pedals needed, and the built-in attenuator keeps it close to what I define as "bedroom" level.
     
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    I too, agree ... Nolatone Rotten Johnny. The pre and post gain functions matched with a MV makes this a fantastic amp.
     
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    Suhr Badger 18!!! ROX!
     
  10. MRscratch

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    not so boutique, but the orange dual terror for 750$ just kills. I have a few High end amps, and this thing hangs with them no problem. a real gem.
    30-15-or 7 watts. just killer.
     
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    I gotta apologize here........I was thinking of the "Monza" when I replied.

    Mini Z is certainly a good choice for a home friendly practice amp. :)
     
  12. frank62

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    Not a boutique but the Vox Pathfinder is very hard to beat. If you can afford it then the Fender Tweed Champ.
     
  13. FFTT

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    Way more than just practice amps.

    Reeves Custom 12 or 18 with power scaling
    Suhr Badger 18
    Allen Amps Sweet Spot
    /13 9/15
    Reinhardt mini me or 18
    Magic Amps Brit MKII TB86 or the new Vibro Prince
     
  14. wsaraceni

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    get a fender pro jr and an airbrake or the mini z with the built in airbrake
     
  15. Mr.Strat

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    Fargen Bastage! Mini watts of bliss:drool

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  16. FFTT

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    Reeves High Gain 10 is killer too!
     
  17. war-knuckles

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    he doesnt have it listen on his "store" page? does anyone carry his amps or would i just have to email him to find out?
     
  18. SoulToStrings

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    Not sure if you would consider vintage...since you state boutique but don't forget about the old Silvertone amps...lots of low wattage 6v6 tones. Just the right breakup, I can turn it up to 10 recording but it can get as quiet as a solid state/digital practice amp if you are playing late in the night.
     
  19. Maltese Fan

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    Not boutique by any means, but I love my Blackheart Killer Ant head for practice and recording. 1 watt and takes pedals like a champ. Running it through my 4 x 12 right now, but I've got a Jet City 1 x 12 coming for it.
     
  20. Mr.Strat

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    send him an email and he will make one for ya :cool:


    he is a nice dude :BluesBros
     

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