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Looking to get some input about buying a small tube practice amp

BPF55555

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My Blue Junior is too loud for my apartment (Landlord).....I'm looking for something cheap (like $100.00 - $150.00), that has tube(s), and a headphone input. Anybody have any advice? Thank you, Brian
 

myke232

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My Blue Junior is too loud for my apartment (Landlord).....I'm looking for something cheap (like $100.00 - $150.00), that has tube(s), and a headphone input. Anybody have any advice? Thank you, Brian
If that's your budget then it's easy because you are very limited. Just go to one of the major online retailers, navigate down to tube amps and sort by price - there are only a couple in that price so there you go...
 

lang.murphy

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For that budget...Roland Cube, Line6 POD, or save up for a Superchamp XD.
None of which are completely tube driven. Well, the Superchamp XD has tubes in the power section but the preamp section is not tube, afaik.

You're going to be hard pressed to find a fully tube amp with a headphone out for < $150. (When I say "fully tube" I mean preamp and power sections... there are a lot of amps with ss rectifiers.)

The one amp that I think might fit your requirements, price-wise, anyway, is the Vox Pathfinder. Yeah, not tube whatsoever, but highly regarded and should be approximately $120, plus tax, brand new.
 

DRS

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Worrying about tube vs SS at apartment volumes is waste of time. Get a Cube 60, Super Champ XD, or Mustang III. I know it's not what you want to hear.
 

germs

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if your landlord is freaking out about a Blues Jr. at home volumes, you really need to break down and pick up something out of the Cube or Mustang series. seriously.
 

guitarjazz

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I've said it before and I'll say it again: for practicing in that situation I've found an acoustic guitar to be way more satisfying.
 

GuitarArt1980

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A used Vox AC4 or an Epi Valve Jr wouldn't be a bad option if no-heaphone input (do you mean output?) isn't a dealbreaker.
 

wrathfuldeity

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Its doable....got 5 amps 4 of 5 were working when purchased...se el84, se6v6, 2x pp6v6, se6L6, three of them came with old pm alnico jensens, all ptp, all old stock tubes, all tube rectified, all way less under $100 and all have an early tweed mojo...the youngest one is mid 60's.

edit...nevermind they are all at least as loud as your blues jr...Just get a vox pathfinder 15r
 

southy

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Used Vibro or Super Champ XD - tons of usable voices.... perfect "apartment" amps. Throw a Rajin Cajun in there down the road when you get a spare $50.
 
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southy

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Just re-read your post and noticed you want a headphone jack, too. Scrap the tube amp idea and look at a Mustang. Pretty much every music shop in the world should have one to demo. I was pleasantly surprised with the tone on the Mustang III that I played a while ago.... I've seen used I's going for $50.
 




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