Tube amps for 600$ and under

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  1. noname143

    noname143 Member

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    I'm looking for a replacement of my current SS amp that i currently use and I want to buy a tube amp.

    Since i don't go on any gigs and play exclusively at home, I think lower wattage amps would be good, around 5W to 10W.

    Since I listen to mostly classic rock, the sound i'm looking for would be AC/DC and Led Zeppelin tones at moderate-higher volumes and Pink Floyd like cleaner sounds at lower volumes.

    My budget is about 600$.
     
  2. yell03

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    Laney Cub12R would fit the bill, gives you reverb for your Pink Floyd style tones.
    Has nice distortion built in. $399

    I just bought a Fender Blues Junior, waiting for it to arrive. That is also a nice choice. $529

    The Jet City JCA models have great distortion, but they don't stay clean if you play loud like out at a gig, but at home they have a nice gritty clean at low volumes.
     
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    MmcGrouty Silver Supporting Member

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    A Vox AC15 might be what you're looking for. It gets all the tones you're looking for, and sounds great at low volume.
     
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    I agree the Vox AC15C1 would be a good choice. I also had a Tweaker 15 for a while and that was a nice sounding amp as well.



     
  6. Figaro

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    Even a 5-10 watt amp can get loud for home use so I recommend one that has a master volume, attenuator, etc... Or plan on using pedals to get overdrive/distortion at lower volumes.
     
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    Laney Cub 10, new speaker and an MFX pedal.
     
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    I see used Marshall JCM900 combos in this price range. They have an effective master volume.
     
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    VHT Special 6 ultra! Or regular Special 6 and a mfx pedal.
     
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    Yep in that price you can get 2 Laney Cub 10, a OD pedal and a stereo delay pedal. Once you go stereo at home you'll never go back.
     
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    Best bang for the buck. Superb quality! Buy the VHT Specail 6 Ultra. It can give you all the versatility you need for home use. Since it is under $400 you can also get a reverb pedal and connect it through the fx loop. You will have a great amp for home use. It is not too big and it certainly isn't heavy although it has a 12 inch speaker. And the stock speaker is fantastic!
     
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    Whatever you go with, don't rule out larger wattage amps just because it's only for home use. The idea many seem to float around here is you "only need 5-15 watts" at home is just ridiculous. Especially since many small wattage amps only sound good when turned up well past conversation level- a small Tweed amp for example.

    Higher wattage amps are perfectly fine for home use. You can just as easily, if not more easily, get a good low volume sound easier than a low wattage amp. It all depends on the amp. Wattage alone means nothing when it comes to loudness.

    With that said maybe look into the TA-15 or Mini-Rec.
     

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