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Small modeling amp for home?

Johnny Vox

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I should say upfront that I have the Pod HD/DT50/JTV rig that lives at my practice space. I'd like a small modeling practice amp to keep at home just for noodling/writing without having to start up the computer/interface.

Suggestions for something cheap? Or am I better off just getting a pocket Pod?
 

Stike

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People really seem to like the Fender Mustang series, never played one though.
 

jerryratpack

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I should say upfront that I have the Pod HD/DT50/JTV rig that lives at my practice space. I'd like a small modeling practice amp to keep at home just for noodling/writing without having to start up the computer/interface.

Suggestions for something cheap? Or am I better off just getting a pocket Pod?
I only had two that I can comment on. If you go with the mustang, I would go at least with the 2 but pref mustang 3 . The mustang 1 speaker did not sound good to me for some reason.

I currently have the fender Gdec 3 thirty. Has the tweeter and is 30 watts . A lot of fun with presets built in match the band tracks, and you can just keep adding to the SD card for backing tracks, etc. has the same engine as the mustang series.. I didn't like it turned up on its own, but home volume it is good
Has line outs for powered speakers if you need volume. I don't have experience with any of the other brands.
One other thing is the mustang has the EQ knobs on the unit, where the Gdec has volume, tone, and volume knob for backing tracks, so you need the computer if you want to tweak the bass, treble, etc via fuse software
 

Lele

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What power?
The Vox Mini 3 is very nice (amp models, effects, tap tempo delay, tuner, batteries too), but it's just 3 W!
Then, there are so many: Roland Cube, Line6 Spider, Laney Prism, and so on...
 

Johnny Vox

Member
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What power?
The Vox Mini 3 is very nice (amp models, effects, tap tempo delay, tuner, batteries too), but it's just 3 W!
Then, there are so many: Roland Cube, Line6 Spider, Laney Prism, and so on...
Well....not really sure haha. I'm more concerned with price than wattage. Although I guess I was imagining something with at least one 10" speaker.
 

RedTiger

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As has been said, there's a bazillion amps out there that fit the bill. Someone can correct me if there's something more compact, but the size to power ratio on the Roland Cubes is pretty cool.
 

Chris Martins

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I'd go with the DT25. You already know the DT50, and the low power mode on the 25 is really great for home use.
 

birdie_in_texas

I can haz virgins?
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Does it have to be an "amp" or combo thing?

If not, then I would say the G3.. I think I saw it for $169 on amazon after you have it in your basket and are in the checkout process.
 

treeofpain

Gold Supporting Member
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I prefer the Vox Valvetronix stuff to everything elso out there (at least in the lower price range). Check em out!
 

Wildwind

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Fender Mustang. I have a I and a III. The I sounds amazing for a $100 amp. The III freaks me out - $300 for an amp that sounds truly excellent, is lightweight, and powerful enough for stage use but also sounds good at low volumes. And I run my HD500 into it sometimes (FX loop) and am amazed. I think it sounds better than my QSC K10 like that. Amazing what our money can buy these days.
 

ccouch7

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What about the Fender SuperChamp XD, they were blowing the original
version out for $200.00 if you can still find one.
 

scotchtape800

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I have a Vox valvetronix one too, not bad.
You can do way worse, I remember those 10W "pratice" amps.
WTF? They were like tin cans.

I think I have the ATV 15 or whatever, the older model. It's pretty legit for the price, sounds ok.
 

Johnny Vox

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Wow, lots of suggestions, thanks guys! Honestly I would love a DT25 (I'm sure it's as good as the 50) but I just have next to no money right now so really in the $100/$150 range. I didn't think about the G3 but that might actually be a good option...

I suppose the advantage to Vox/Mustang/Roland is not having to wear headphones but the G3 looks pretty great effects-wise.
 

Gtrman100

Gold Supporting Member
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I've got a Fender Superchamp XD, and it's a great sounding small amp-modeling front end, tube power section. It has basic effects, not tweakable, but decent sounding.
 

62Tele

Silver Supporting Member
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I'm keeping an eye out for something to use for practice in a small house:

Combo
Single 10 (probably)
Aux in, 1/8" stereo
Headphone capable, line out would be great
Built in reverb, any other effects are OK but not crucial, although trem would be nice

My kids had Cube 30's about 5 years ago, and they never sounded great enough that I'd run out and buy another one. I'm sure things have improved since then. There's the new Yamaha amp that seems to have fallen off the radar. Anybody have any specific suggestions?
 




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