Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by BintyTwanger77, Sep 16, 2019.
Look into one of the Mesas with a headphone output, like the TC50
I'm wondering if this might be the answer to the mid-range nasal sound. A lot of reviews have said that the two issues they had with the combo were the boxy feel and nasal mids: the former seems to be down to the enclosure, so the mids issue may be down to the Fillmore speaker. Food for thought, thanks.
+1 and also band worthy.
Laney vc 15
Vox AC10 sounds great at low volumes. Better than the AC15 does.
It will be well under your budget. Great little amp
Ah'm gettin' wee bit o' deja vu, Hootsmon...
Take some penicillin
...which we inventit.
+1, solid advice here. I have a Deluxe Reverb, a Dr. Z attenuator and the GA-SC64 Eminence speaker and it’s fantastic with pedals and gives a massive clean sound when you want it. The Princeton would likely even be better if you can find a 12” model... that way you’re not attenuating as hard.
My silverface Champ and a box of pedals produces great "at home" volume tone. An old Silvertone has done the trick, too. My MIC Champion 600 is similarly great low volume pedal platform. Hell, even my Marshall 2204 has good low volume tone.
That said, none of them offer the potential or versatility of a good modeling platform for low volume playing.
If you haven't done it yet, raise the amp closer to ear level. EDIT: My personal home practice amp is a Marshall 'full stack'; a DSL 50 head into a slant cab with only 2 speakers, and the bottom cab is empty acting as an amp stand. Looks effin amazing in my room, and I play at volumes others can accept, so much win!
Otherwise, an attenuator / a loadbox is the only way to properly address this issue. I have a Two Notes Captor, which acts as a loadbox for completely silent use, or if you can have some volume then it also has a special -20 db speaker out that let's you essentially run only 1% of amp's power into a speaker. It's ca. 200 euro, and I think a device like that is a must have for anyone with a valve amp at home.
The best home amp I've owned, and gig with too, is a Dr Z Maz 8. They are right around your price point used. But unsure of availability and your local market.
I am having pretty good luck with an assortment of amps using good master volumes, but for the most part I run my amp clean or cleanish, then apply a pedal for the amount of drive I want. the one exception to this would have to be the good 'ol tweed deluxe thing. you kinda need to throttle that up a bit to get the goods. I have had "decent" results using a weber mass attenuator. to the OP: do you have a reason not to try this with your existing amp? might be a relatively inexpensive way forward, unless you just don't care for the attenuation thing.
all of that said, I feel like I need to point out that my favorite practice amp is actually a little cheap roland cube 30, which I don't think they even make anymore. that little amp is chock full of really useful sounds with actual knobs you can turn. if you can find one of those amps used I bet it will put a smile on your face.
I went from a Mark V:25 to a Princeton with a celestion.
Love plug ins too myself, but it's the happiest I've been with an amp tone personally. Nice to just plug in at any volume and it's a pretty clean tone with any guitars and knobs at 12.
So I would say go either this or plug-ins - I have a hard time personally justifying anything hardware-modeling because it's so incredibly cost-prohibitive and has a few years before it's obsolete at most.
I'm going to say it. Your roommates don't want to hear your guitar. At all.
Just get your own place.
My Mini-Rec has a great MV. Doesn't the TA?
I usually don’t practice with an amp.
I don’t need to sound like Jeff beck in concert when on my couch.
30 yrs on the road learning tunes in hotel and motel rooms.
Haha! The most expensive solution of the lot!! I will hopefully be moving in with my partner within the next couple of years and she likes my guitar antics (I think), so watch this space...
The RoV certainly has an MV. I’ll do some more tweaking tonight.