Which Digital/Modeling/SS Amp for Practice Only?

DonaldDemon

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Ok, so as an update, I returned the Katana 50 today. The sound I was getting was too inconsistent and not great, still felt like a toy amp to me. I had a decent low volume high gain and clean tone going but the mid gain tones were not great and all of them fell apart at any real volume so why struggle with something I wouldn't want to use with a band anyway. I'm thinking THR should be next, I remember liking the one I borrowed. I just need to decide on which one to get, hopefully the older ones will be cheaper with v2 coming soon.
 

scott58

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Fender Super Champ X2. A little light on the metal, but fits the bill on everything else. I got the wine colored limited with the greenback in used for $325-50. Something like that. No pedals or anything required.
 

cob666

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For at home, bedroom practice, I use a Roland MicroCube. It sounds good at low levels, gets loud enough that I can play along to my stereo, has a few decent sounds and the effects are OK at low levels. The icing on the cake is that it runs on batteries or a power supply. I've used it when the power is out and there's absolutely nothing to do and have even taken it to a few campfire jams.

The one I have now has to be close to 15 years old so I've been looking for a new practice amp as well. Nothing I've played so far comes close to the MicroCube. The original has been discontinued, the current model is, I believe, the Micro Cube GX.
 

ozob

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The Vox AV series was designed for people like you (us), who don't want to touch menus or software and want a fairly simple but flexible WYSIWYG control layout. Fairly compact and lightweight. They use valves in the pre and power amp, but the power valve is a 12ax7 that acts as an ultra-low watt power stage that is then amplified again by a solid state power section, so you can hit the "sweet spot" for each amp model and then dial in the overall volume.

The AV15 is a single channel 1x8, no footswitch or effects loop. The AV30 and AV60 are identical dual channel 1x10 and 1x12, respectively, with FX loop and have a great practical control layout when you add in the 5 button footswitch, which gives you channel switching and individual FX on/off (CDR) as well as tap tempo.

Because there is such a range with the gain and master volume knobs, it is possible to overload the SS amp section, for example by diming both the valve knobs and then cranking the power level knob, which doesn't sound great. But that is an easy mistake to avoid.

If you want a pedal platform, try the MV50 Clean head, which uses a NuTube instead of 12ax7s but is based on the same concept as the AV series, it just houses/uses a single preamp circuit (similar to their AmPlug headphone amps) rather than being able to select between several. It has built-in power scaling via a small switch (full, 1/10 and 1/100) instead of a knob.
 

DonaldDemon

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Since this was bumped I'll say that I have succumbed to using amp sims on the computer, though my interface. Not exactly a plug and play solution but since I have been recording so much I already have everything running. I'm still going to lookout for a THR or something similar.
 




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