Good Low Wattage Amp

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  1. giventofly

    giventofly Member

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    I'm looking for a good low wattage tube amp that i can use in a bedroom. The bassman isn't cutting it anymore. Looking for something under $500. any suggestions?
     
  2. jpervin

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    How many watts and what size speaker are you looking for?
     
  3. giventofly

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    Probably 20 or less watts. no speaker size preference
     
  4. slowburn

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    I only have experience with the carvin, but...

    carvin vintage 16
    reverend goblin
    mesa boogie subway blues

    the carvin & reverend are switchable down to 5 watts & the mesa switches down to 10 watts
     
  5. TS808

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    I'd recommend a Hughes and Kettner Edition Tube 112 20th anniversary. It's 20 watts and sounds great. It can get a little loud though on the lead channel. You can pick up a used one for under $500.
     
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    Do you need (power-)tube breaku-up at room-level volume? I have both the Epi Valve Jr and the Carvin Vintage 16, and turning those up until they overdrive is definitely to loud for my city apartment; for clean sounds they are perfect, though.
    'thesedaze', there's a 70-page(!!!) thread on www.18watt.com about modding the Valve Jr., and consensus there seems to be that the MM modding kit is overpriced and not that much of an improvement, changing a few resistors and capacitors, and mybe upgrading to a Hammond 125DSE transformer, would give better results at a much lower price. No personal experience, though - I only modded my Epi with a tone control kit from Ebay, and no it is good enough for me...
     
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    A silverface (70s) Fender Champ/Vibro-Champ.
     
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    I dunno bout that...I've had nothing but great experience w/ Sergio and the MM guys. Siegmund uses them exclusively, and they work wonders on his trannys. I know that their pricing, as is most, deals w/ how many are produced...For instance, a custom one off tranny might be $400, but a production model of 20 or more might be half that. So depending on if they are using an existing production transformer, or if they came up with a new one for this mod, the price may very...And if demand is high enough, the price will probably decrease.
     
  10. giventofly

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    just got a gibson GA-15. figured the 15 watts would be quieter..nope. its just as loud as the bassman. i need something to break up lower volumes and definitely not class A and relatively cheap. I'm saving up for med school, so having GAS is bad enough as is.

    any suggestions?
     
  11. 6789

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    lovepedal 1/2 watt vintage. plenty loud for a bedroom.
     
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    along those lines, love my little Zvex nano amp. takes pedals great, too!
     
  14. Fifthstone

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    Epi Valve Jr seems to be pretty well thought of. Also, maybe the Fender Pro Jr or Blues Jr (the latter can be pretty loud actually).
     
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  16. giventofly

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    yeah that zvex looks sweet. how would you describe its sound?
     

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