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Need a new amp SMALL WATTAGE please

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by shuffle, Jun 29, 2006.

  1. shuffle

    shuffle Member

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    Well, im looking for one or two small wattage amps. Purely for home use and recording. As low wattage as can be the better. It has to be tube. I want something that i can crank at home and cause it to break up, not into a high gain lead tone, but i slightly overdriven tone, rhythm playing mainly.

    Not sure of many available amps in this kinda market (especially available in Australia) - The only amp i have considered so far is the fender blues junior.

    Any other recommendations????

    Price range roughly up to US$650 / AUS$800. I can stretch it further - but i would rather keep around that though.

    (i already have a vox pathfinder 15r if you were thinking of that too :D)

    Thanks
     
  2. carbz

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    Hi,

    Take a look at the Reeves custom 6 amp. Its only a 6 watter. He only offers it in a head though so you would need a cab. It looks great and is very reasonably priced for a hand wired high quality component amp. Or you could buy an epiphone valve Jr head brand new for like $100.
     
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    Fuchs Lucky 7

    Or one of the Kingsley OD series...

    -Jon
     
  5. Fifthstone

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    +1 on the Reeves, though you would need a cab. Maybe find one used? The Epi sounds interesting too and you'd have plenty of cash left for the mods.
     
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    Zvex Nano + a decent 1x12" cab.

    Half a watt fully cranked - that's louder than you might think. It's perfect for recording and getting power-tube overdrive at domestic :) volume.
     
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    +1 for the bastage and the nano...but don't forget about the Epiphone valve Junior.
     
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    Doesn't Paevey have a Classic 20?
     
  11. steve rowen

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    Mission 12 watt Aurora
     
  12. Boogie92801

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    My favorite small amp is a Matchless Lightning or a 5E3
     
  13. Fifthstone

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    Matchless Lightening's can be LOUD! Even though there's a master volume, I think it's too loud for bedroom. IMO.
     
  14. hw2nw

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    The Lucky 7 is so loud it's unbelievable. Definitely not the best bedroom/home recording amp I'd say. That's what I bought mine for...and woah was I wrong! :crazyguy
     
  15. esoteric pete

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    star nova

    mini-Z

    z-vex nano

    pro jr. (great value BTW...)

    the list goes on....
     
  16. photoguy

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    Other than the budget, the Carr Mercury fits your description perfectly.
     
  17. MarcJ

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    I got a Carr Mercury about a month ago and man I am so digging that amp. Great tone, reverb and power tube distortion with a built in attenuator, it's just what I wanted in a low wattage amp. Of course, it's expensive, but I feel it was well worth the bucks. I've also got a blues jr. and it's a good amp for the money.
     
  18. photoguy

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    Marc-
    I agree about the Mercury. I picked one up just a week ago. Beautiful little amp. I have a Rambler (which has been sold) that has a slight edge in sound quality when played side-by side with the Mercury, but that edge is quickly forgotten when the Merc is by itself. The Mercury really suits my at-home playing needs. Granted it is expensive, but I don't think I'll be buying another amp for a *long* while!
     
  19. homerayvaughan

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    Too bad it has to be tube. For practice I have a Lovepedal 1/2 watt. All the classic rock tones you need for $150 bones. And it saves you $500!
     
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    Get a BF or SF Vibro Champ. Cost about the same as a new small boutique and is the real thing.

    Best, Pete.
     

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