Small (cheap) amp with clean headroom

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  1. Objector

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    Since I'm starting a new post-rock/ambient band and I won't lug around the halfstack I use in my metalband, I am searching for a new amp.

    I am looking for a small tube amp, which I can easily transport, but which gives me a very good clean tone and has a lot of headroom. I don't need multiple channels or a gain-stage, since I will be getting most of my tone out of pedals. So it has to be an amp that takes pedals very well.

    Most of the post-rock bands that I've seen live, were using Fender amps like the Dual Reverb. But buying such an amp would be total overkill, since we are currently rehearsing in a basement and those old Fenders are way to loud.

    Are there any (cheap) alternatives for a rich clean sound?
     
  2. televox

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    How about a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe? Affordable, fairly portable and lots of headroom.
    The clean channel is great for pedal users.
     
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    If $700-800 qualifies as cheap, look for a used Alessandro working dog Doberman or rottweiler. 40 clean watts, built in attenuator, 36 lbs, sound great.
     
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    thosk Silver Supporting Member

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    This.
     
  7. bradinnm

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    I agree or perhaps a Tweaker.
     
  8. SoCalSteve

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    Used Carvin Nomads go for around $300 and have a great clean channel. They're 50 watts with master volume design.
     
  9. mad dog

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    Musicman rd50. Mine is a head, cost 450 bucks. Small, not heavy. 50 watts, outstanding clean sounds. My favorite of all the musicman amps. In head form, rather rare. Lots of 1x12 rd10 combos around. A total bargain.
    MD
     
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    Big fan of Musicman combos.
    Your OP sounds like a perfect description of a MM 1X12. If you can score a 70s model with a gray nameplate, all the better.


    -db
     
  11. Jacknamara87

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    Used Fender Hot Rod Deluxe or TSA-15 combo would both be good. Check out the VHT Special 12/20 as well, it's ment to have lots of headroom and be great with pedals. All those options are around $500.
     
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    PGLive True Tone will only be achieved in Heaven Silver Supporting Member

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    I like my VHT Special 6 for a smaller Fenderish clean.
     
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    Check out the demo's online of the new fender excelsior, pretty impressive and with 3 different inputs, each padded differently there is a wide range of tones available for an amp that just has a volume control, a bright/dark switch and tremolo control.

    The 15" speaker also gives it a good bottom end and at under $400 mrsp.. its very affordable.. I know these are coming out in the UK soon with a selling price of £228, I will be grabbing one at that price..
     
  15. Objector

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    Thanks for all the tips so far! I'll do my homework and check out the listed amp. I hope they all are available in Europe.
     
  16. distorted noise

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    try the Peavey ValveKing 112 combo. It's a good amp for the money.
     

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