If you're that budget constrained, get a Pro Jr.
If you need drives/delays/modulation/reverb, just start with the amp and build that part up with pedals. They'll sound a hundred times better than anything built into a Valvetronix amp.
If you absolutely must go solid state, Fender Mustang III or IV would probably be okay... but not much better.
Okay, if you don't want bells and whistles then I double down on my Pro Jr. recommendation.Ok I know what you're saying, I wouldn't chose the valvetronix for the effects, I would go for it because it has a power tube I think... I saw some reviews about the mustangs and they aren't so loved...
I've had a couple of the Valvetronix. I still have the VT-50. That's because I've modded it so much I won't be able to sell it for anything reasonable.
Screaming piece of sh*t tone-wise. I spent hours & hours, maybe days, trying to dial in some creamy distortion. Can't be done.
I bought an Egnater recently. Night & day man -- The Egnater was awesome from the first power-up. It's almost impossible to make it sound bad
The effects aren't horrible at all. Not bad really. It's the overdrive... just sounds so digital....
Tube is probably a gimmick as mentioned. It most definitely is NOT a "power tube". It's a 12AX7. It feeds a MOSFET power amp. They run it so tame that the heater doesn't even light up -- The orange glow you see when you look inside is from an orange LED positioned underneath the tube. For real.
Wanna buy it cheap???
Where on earth are you playing that 15W wouldn't cut it? 15W on a tube amp is waaaaaaay louder than 15W on a solid state amp.It really nice! But I need more power /:
You'd be surprised by how loud a low powered tube combo can be.It really nice! But I need more power /:
Where on earth are you playing that 15W wouldn't cut it? 15W on a tube amp is waaaaaaay louder than 15W on a solid state amp.
To put it in perspective, I play pedal steel, which is all about loud cleans, and solid state amps are pretty common. I use a Webb 614-E which is rated at something like 225W (solid state). However, for only a touch less headroom, I can bring an 85W 68 Twin Reverb (tube), but it's just as loud.
Most nights on guitar I'm gigging with a Deluxe Reverb, which is 22W tube. Full 5-pc band, 200-1000 person clubs usually. I never get the amp past 4.
You'd be surprised by how loud a low powered tube combo can be.
I have two main amps, one is 5W and the other is 50W. The 5W amp is plenty loud - what it lacks in comparison to the larger amp is a bit of bass response. In my playing situation (a church), both amps are capable of keeping up with the rest of the band, including a loud drummer.
Technically, keeping all other factors constant, a 50W amp is only 6 dB or so louder than a 5W amp. A 15W amp is only 6 dB or so quieter than a 150W amp, and a 150W valve amp is ridiculously loud.
I'd be surprised if 15W was actually insufficient for your needs. I would guess that your main issues would be limitations in the tones available - if you wanted multiple channels, clean+dirty or whatever. For the styles you list, however, I would gladly take a simple tube amp, which should be easily attainable under 400 USD. I live in a different country (where amps are generally more expensive) but my lower powered amp was under 400 NZD brand new. The only time it's struggled volume-wise was when it was sitting next to a Fender Twin.