Good, affordable tube practice amps.

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  1. acousticplays

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    So I'm looking for a good tube practice amp, just to play around the house and stuff. Relatively something not too expensive.

    So far, I know of the Vox AC4 (I like the fact that you are able to add an extra cabinet!):
    http://www.guitarcenter.com/Vox-AC4TV-4W-1x10-Tube-Guitar-Combo-Amp-105352678-i1446380.gc

    and the Epiphone Valve Jr. :
    http://www.guitarcenter.com/Epiphone-Valve-Junior-Combo-Amp-480260-i1979277.gc

    Both are sub-300, which is pretty reasonable in my opinion.

    Are there any other good practice tube amps out there that won't break the bank? And if you all have experience with any of them, which would you recommend?

    Thanks in advance! :)
     
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    Champion 600 suits my needs perfectly. It has a weber sig speaker and better tubes. I might remove the grill cloth as well as other have said this really helps.
     
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    Unless you specifically want the cranked low wattage tone all the time, I'd go for something like a Super Champ XD.
     
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    I was just in your shoes, and found this deal if your interested, the price here is for a demo ac4tv, but I emailed them and they are out of demo models, they are honoring the price on new ones, might save you some $$$. I didn't buy one myself, ended up with a jet city jca20h and 1x12 cab for around 300.00 on musicians friends, but a new ac4tv for 195.00 is a great deal.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/VOX-AC4TV-AC4-TV-Combo-Guitar-4W-Class-Tube-Amplifier-/390390413987?_trksid=p5197.m7&_trkparms=algo%3DLVI%26itu%3DUCI%26otn%3D5%26po%3DLVI%26ps%3D63%26clkid%3D6374414519156325122
     
  7. Nork

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    the VHT S6 fits that bill as well.
     
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    Blackheart has one as well.
     
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    D-Lab Amps. Seriously. Point to point and delicious
     
  10. chervokas

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    Used SF Champs and Vibro Champs are great bargains in practice amps if the 8" speaker is enough for you.
     
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    Herb Utsmelz 'Tis what 'tis Supporting Member

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    Depends on your tastes, but i recommend the Marshall Class 5 combo. It's features/specs are solid all around. $399 new for a UK made valve amp is great. It's been compared to a "mini plexi". It even comes in assorted colors haha (limited runs tho).
     
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    Second..Great little amp. I go to it over my Fenders and OTS most of the time.
     
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    Picked up my SF Vibro Champ for $290...
     
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    You should check out the Vox AC4 before you buy it. I have one and it's great but it has zero head room.
     
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    Did the Tube Screamer amp totally flop here? I snagged one for around the house and Ive gotta say Ive been tempted to gig the stupid thing lol....seriously
     
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    I agree. Terry is a genius.
     
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    I'd steer clear of the Epi valve junior unless you are into mods. I have one that I got a sick deal on used and plan on modding the crap out of it as soon as I can be sure I won't kill myself ;)

    AC4 is a solid choice for the Vox thing. I am really high on the Super Champ XD (used) or the VHT Special 6 (~$200) though as other alternatives for low watt tube amps.

    If you are really looking for gain sounds at restricted volumes I think a modeller might be a better choice. 5W is still really loud for apartment/bedroom use if you get the tubes cooking.
     
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    Bugera V5 is a great practice tube amp. Attenuates all the way down to .1 watts.
     
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    Silverface Champ.
     

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