The best all tube amp on a budget. (30 watts or more)

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  1. StudioRat320

    StudioRat320 Member

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    Just curious to know what some of you consider to be the best value for a new, used or vintage tube amp, that has at least 30 watts. Combo or head. Under $1000
     
  2. Tone_Terrific

    Tone_Terrific Supporting Member

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    30W.
    Sometimes I wonder if you should pick your speakers first and then just buy an amp that is loud enough for you, has the right features, and works in your application.
    You might need more W's or fewer.
    A lot depends on how much you are willing to spend (or can get a deal on), physically carry, define your needs, and research.
    There is no best amp.
     
  3. GtarMkrJed

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    I think the Tweaker 40 is a great amp for the price.
     
  4. itstooloudMike

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    For classic rock or blues rock, the best deal I've seen is a used Budda SD. You can find clean 1x12 combos for $800. The SD-30 is a great amp, but don't discount the SD-18. It's as loud as any 50 watt tube amp I've ever heard. You can easily gig with it, even with a loud drummer. The tone on these is just superb, both the clean channel and the gain channel. It's really a lot of high quality tone for not a lot of money.
     
  5. Waxhead

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    Best value for money tube amp on the market today imo is Egnater Rebel 30 at $700 new - head or combo :bow
    Tweaker 40 is a close 2nd.
     
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    Blues Deluxe
     
  7. saneff

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    I like the Blackstar HT Club 40 for under $1000
     
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    JCM800 4010

    SF Vibrolux
     
  10. wrxplayer

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    Genz Benz Black Pearl 30 and Alessandro Working Dog amps can be had for $600-700 in this crappy market and they're very, very good, IMO.
     
  11. Heady Jam Fan

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    Lol - best for what!?

    Someone might love a used Jet City, but I think it sounds like ass.

    If your a Fender guy, you could easily get a Blackface Bassman for well under $1000.

    If your like me, you would look at a Mesa MKIII.
     
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    I currently have a Mesa 5:25 express with a Celestion Gold that is fantastic that being said... Egnater has one of the best bangs for the buck out there! I had a Rebel 20 that was one of my favorite amps.
     
  13. guitargeezer

    guitargeezer Silver Supporting Member

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    If you like EL 84 amps, Peavey Classic 30 or Delta Blues. Under $500 used. Fender Hot Rod Series, Vibrolux, etc new or used in your price range (easily). Mesa 5:25 used. Vox AC30 Etc.
     
  14. FFTT

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    Vintage Ampeg V-4 , VT-22 VT-40 series or go back to a hand wired Gemini I
    Sunn 200S

    A lucky deal on an early Silver Face Super Reverb or Vibrolux Reverb,

    With all of these figure average $300 out of pocket refurbishing, unless you're
    good with any prior repairs or mods.

    New, you're still short for one of the new Vietnam built, turret board construction AC30's

    Even clean used its hard to get into the better amps for less than $1200-$1500.00
     
  15. Sean French

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    What style of music/playing?
    Guitars used and desired tones?
     
  16. harpinon

    harpinon Silver Supporting Member

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    Got a combo on eBay for $475 and i'm very happy.
    In the last rehersal, I was only able to get it to 5 on the vol and gains and it was plenty loud. It just loved every pedal I threw at it (except the tall font russian) and shined.

    That's the ticket. I haved had $1k+ amps and this one holds its own.
     
  17. artguy47

    artguy47 Ol' CuRmUGeOn

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    Second vote for the Genz-Benz BP 30! I especially like it with my humbucker set necks, but it also works well with my Suhr standard SSH.

    An amazing amp, that gets little respect on the used market. They are built like tanks, mil spec boards, very solidly constructed cabinets, but weigh a bit over 50 pounds.

    Actually have mine available, if you live in Socal. (Trying to reduce the ammount of stuff I have to move to the new house.)
     
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    1000$ is actually a lot of money. By all means I wouldn't consider this to be "cheap" amps so for the sake of the exercice I will try to come up with cheaper/less known amps.
    I will not be liked for that comment but the Bugera V22 acutally sounds good for its price. Older Laney AOR can be had for dirt cheap and sound similar to JCM800. Same goes for older Peavey Butcher and VTM (they look hideous I warn you). Same goes for Sovtek Mig 60. I remember liking the Peavey Ultra serie as well. Laney GH50L can be pretty cheap (300-ish price range). The Peavey Bravo is quite a sleeper as well with a new speaker. Old Traynor YBA are known to be poorman plexi if that's the tone you are after.
     
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    the Bugera V22 is would be pretty much win the thread if it were 30 watts.
    ...but it's only 22. it's still loud. i hook mine up to a 2x12 as well.
     

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