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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 06-03-2007, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
 
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Best Bedroom Level Practice Amp?

Here is what I want ...

1. an amp that sounds GREAT at bedroom levels; plus

2. LSC cleans; plus

3. mark IIC+ leads; plus

4. RKII crunch; plus

5. sells for under $200 (just kidding).

The crunch I can live without but what amp gets me closest to the first 3 on my list? MESA or any other manufacturer.

Help!

Thanks!
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post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old 06-03-2007, 01:58 PM
 
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Re: Best Bedroom Level Practice Amp?

I'm not sure about all your criteria, but the Ibanez TBX15R is a GREAT amp that can actually go louder than it seems it can, it's an awesome amp. I have a TB15R, and it's still cranking after six years of somewhat heavy abouse.
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post #3 of 27 (permalink) Old 06-03-2007, 02:51 PM
 
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Re: Best Bedroom Level Practice Amp?

Try Vox DA5 or DA15

Amp modelisation + onboard effect that all sound plain great at bedroom level!

I own a DA5 and I am still surprised by its possibilities!
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Re: Best Bedroom Level Practice Amp?

Behringer V-Amp Pro through a semi-decent hifi.
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Re: Best Bedroom Level Practice Amp?

Why not get a modeling pedal and just plug in a good set of head phones?? It'll have all your tones plus effects and can be used later with an amp.
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Re: Best Bedroom Level Practice Amp?

/\ nah, i did that with my gt-8, but it sounds totally different plugged into an amp
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/\ nah, i did that with my gt-8, but it sounds totally different plugged into an amp
You have to tweak it to suite your amp. You could copy your customised patches and tweak them to work on your amp in a matter of minutes.
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Re: Best Bedroom Level Practice Amp?

The headphone option is what I have now. I don't it for 2 reasons. F*cking around tied to headphones all the time and most importantly TONE. I want a nice warm tube tone, not some digital rendering of one.

I have a POD XT but distortion sucks on those. I DO however get a killer Mark IIC+ clean tone on it.

What I may do is get a tube power amp and use the Pod as a preamp and run it all into an earcandy speaker. For distortion, stick a BB pedal in front (again for that tube sound).

Wondering if the power amp will warm up the Pod XT output and by how much.

Anybody?
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Try Vox DA5 or DA15

Amp modelisation + onboard effect that all sound plain great at bedroom level!

I own a DA5 and I am still surprised by its possibilities!

I second this lil' amp.
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Re: Best Bedroom Level Practice Amp?

Kustom KLA 25R (it's an old model) and Kustom arrow16r, also called solo16r i think?

both awesome cheap practice amps with great shred solo tone, the KLA25r is the greatest cheap lil prac amp i've ever been able to find and hear in person. though there's a lot about that i wouldn't have had the pleasure to try. the solo16r has even more gain and is more modern(does practice metal very well). both amps have great generous amounts of bass and nice sounding gain(nicest=KLA25r)
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Re: Best Bedroom Level Practice Amp?

If you want good tone at bedroom volume levels, you're out of luck. If you want somewhat decent tone - get a cheap Line 6 modeling amp. It sounds the same at low volume. You won't get a Mark IIC+ out of it, though. In order to get that you'll need a Mark IIC+, and crank the heck out of it to boot.
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Re: Best Bedroom Level Practice Amp?

Get the line6 toneport.
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Re: Best Bedroom Level Practice Amp?

If you want a bedroom practice amp, do not go for tubes at all. It's a waste of time at bedroom levels. So definitely go solidstate, and I'd say definitely go modelling too. So anything from Line 6, Behringer, Tech 21, Roland, would do the job very nicely.

The Behringer GMX series are great (which is what I own), as are the Roland Cube series by all accounts.

But as the others have said, you wont get Mark Mark IIC+ tone out a 1x12 solidstate modelling amp. So don't go expecting too much. Even with serious tweakage.
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Re: Best Bedroom Level Practice Amp?

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Try Vox DA5 or DA15

Amp modelisation + onboard effect that all sound plain great at bedroom level!

I own a DA5 and I am still surprised by its possibilities!
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I second this lil' amp.
i'll third the lil' VOX DA5.. i have one too.. it's well trick, and at bedroom levels its all you need.. i bought it for use with my Ovations but was amazed when i plugged my RG into it.. battery or mains, switchable 0.5 - 1.5 - 5 watts.. has a line in and a mic in should you fancy a sing-song.. and mine looks killer in camo.. £75 UKP.. ya can't go wrong!!




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Re: Best Bedroom Level Practice Amp?

IMHO, one good choice for nice tube sound at bedroom level is the Laney LC-15R. very nice clean tone, and bluesy overdrive (I changed the preamp tubes and that improved but still not a high gain amp). It doesn't have ultra high gain though. Nicest clean tone I get is cranking its volume to about 7-8 and the gain at 1. I have a little zoom multifx infront of it that I use for high gain. I also use the zoom to control the overall volume of the amp if I want to ise it at lower levels. I believe it doesn't change the tone as much as lowering the amps volume. Another plus is a rather nice and rich sounding Accutronics reverb unit.
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