Need Help Picking out Practice Amp

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  1. desire machine

    desire machine Member

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    I need a practice amp.

    I have a Marshall DSL 40c which is fine for bedroom volumes but doesn’t have a headphone jack.

    I’m not looking to spend a lot of money. ~$300 max for something with worthwhile features.

    What I’m looking for:
    *Headphone Jack
    *Tube amp
    *Good sounding cleans ( plan to stick pedals into it, but some decent gain is also nice)
    *EQs (hi med low... I don’t like that orange micro terror has only one eq knob)
    *Speaker (I don’t want to have to hook into cab in order to hear it without headphones, tho I may be willing to go that route to keep price down and get something that’s sounds good plugged into cab)

    I was looking at Orange lunchbox amps but cheaper ones only have one eq knob and they lack speaker.

    Fender looks out of price range.

    Marshall I already got one so I want something different.

    However, Vox seems too different from Marshall, so that’s also out.

    Any recommendations?

    Thanks!
     
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    EVH 5150 iii 6L6.

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    :confused: Waayyyy outside price range.
     
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    Thanks for suggestions, but I don't think it's worth effort of trying to sell/swap amp to get headphone jack.

    An adapter might be a good option if cheap... but I'm not sure how well would work, and think would require disconeccting speaker to make amp only come through headphone jack... could be a hassle... and for that price it'd be better just getting a practice amp. Also part of my desire to get practice amp is to have something very small and easily portable.

    I think I want to get something like the Orange Micro Terror, but I'm annoyed it has only one knob for EQ... if you move up in price in Orange amps to get 3 EQ then they take away the Headphone jack :( Seems a lot of the small amps only have one EQ knob. :( It's hard finding something w/ headphone that isn't bottom of barrel w/ features or expensive. Seems as soon as amps start going up in price/size/features they take away headphone jack.

    Might go route of getting something cheap solid state like Hotone Mini Amps. But advantage of getting tube amp like Microterror is I could potentially bring it to jam w/ band and plug into cabinet. I think Hotone will sound too crappy for that.
     
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    This. $125 All day long. You dont need tubes for a practice amp.

     
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    The Micro Terror is not really a tube amp: it just has a single 12AX7 as part of its preamp, and it doesn't even run at normal voltages.

    Honestly, if you only have $300, solid-state is a much better option. Any tube amp that has a headphone jack that can be used when the speaker is off can either only be used that way when on standby and takes the signal only from the pre-amp or has a built-in load after the power amp. Speaker emulation is required in either case if you want it to sound decent. A good sounding speaker-emulated headphone jack just isn't common on cheap tube amps.

    Also, you don't need to disconnect most load boxes that have speaker-emulated headphone jacks. I think I pointed you to the wrong Two Notes product, though. That one doesn't have a headphone jack (or speaker emulation). A lot of devices do, though (and most don't need to be physically disconnected form the speaker when playing silently).
     
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    I find routine daily practice on the Yamaha THR-10 pretty convenient. AUX in, Headphones out, FX built in, built in tuner, highly portable and decent to good tones in most modes.
     
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    I know you said you don't want another Marshall, but the DSL1HR/CR are otherwise perfect.
     
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    Can’t go wrong here.
     
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    My D-18 is my practice amp. It might even 'take pedals' but I've never felt the need.
     
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    Just get a THR10 and be done with it.
     
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    I’m thinking I’ll just get whatever practice amp I can get for cheap to solve headphones prob in short term, but I’m intrigued now about a load box...do people use those for recording as opposed to micing amps? Are there advantages to that? I’m thinking no background noise might be better
     
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    There are a number of older technology modeling pedals that are next to free on the used market, these are more than adequate for covering headphone needs.

    Check out the Vox StompLab stuff.
     
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    Joyo Bantamp. Similar setup to the micro terror. So only one EQ knob. But unlike the orange, the bantamps are mostly 2 channels and they have effects loops, which can add to your EQ options.
     

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