My 1x12 Cabinet needs a Cheap Tube Amp Head

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Recommendations under $250 appreciated. It will be used in a 5 piece Blues Band. It needs to be as loud as a Deluxe reverb amp.
 

gulliver

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Jet City amps are probably the best cheap amp you can get, but they are more of a modded Marshall type. If you're doing strat neck, neck/middle pickups into them, they're not horrible ... but you'd probably be better off with a Peavey of some sort. Sometimes, simply exploring the local used market on Craigslist and other sites can get you to some interesting finds in the low price range.
 

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Actually, I just experimented and proved myself wrong with the Jet City, sounds great with single coils if you're using a large cab and the right speaker.
 

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Honestly in that price range there's not much, and if tone is the only consideration, you might be better off with something solid state like a Katana head, one of the mini Vox heads, a Quilter InterBlock, or a used DV Micro or something.

If you're set on tubes you'll probably need to get lucky with your local Craigslist or pawn shop to get a decent tube head for that price.

Wait: I see something... There are a couple of use Crate V33 heads on Guitar Center's site for around $250 (plus shipping). V30s/V32s can actually sound pretty decent in my experience. It seems like most people think the V33 was a step in the wrong direction, though.
 
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Jon Silberman

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I would pull the pennies from my loafers and up my budget.

But if you insist on below $250, either embrace SS or make it used (Sweetwater, for example, doesn't even sell a tube head below $250).
 

HeavyCream

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Bugera V22 head. Just don’t get an older one with QC issues. Not sure what year they got better. A little investigating would probably figure it out.

Not much in that range for 20w+ heads. If you go up to $400-$500, they’ll be way more options. Even $350 can get you a Peavey C20MH.
 

Todd Lynch

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I bought a Mooer Little Monster BM (5 watts) and was very surprised by the volume from it through a WGS Veteran 30 in an open back cab. I normally use a mid-70's Deluxe.

Peavey Classic 30 might be your best bet. Classic 20 mini-head might get you there.
 

Jon Silberman

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Bugera V22 head. Just don’t get an older one with QC issues. Not sure what year they got better. A little investigating would probably figure it out.
Where are you finding this for <$250?

 

HeavyCream

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Where are you finding this for <$250?


Ya, everything has nudged up a bit. Still, with a little patience and putting in some offers, I’m sure one can be scored for $250 in not much time. There aren’t any used V22HD’s currently on the GC site but I’ve seen plenty of them for around $250. Even as low a $200. They’re only $400 brand new :dunno
 

doublescale1

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search this Reverb link for VHT handwired point-to-point heads in your target price range. Great value and easy to maintain:

 

tonedover

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im sorry but saying “i want a good tube head to be about 15 - 22 watts, worthy of gigging, for $250” is really silly and borderline ignorant of modern offerings.

get a solid state. thats what your budget commands and you’ll likely get a much better sounding amp than the cheapest of tube amps.

get a used katana or save up so as to increase your budget.
 
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socalscott

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Used PV ValveKing's cost near the same as their old SS amps. They have an Class A/B blender and Tight/Loose pot too.
I see a CL ad $150 for 50W combo and $200 for a 100W head!
 




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