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post #1 of 62 (permalink) Old 07-11-2007, 01:53 PM Thread Starter
 
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Best head on the cheap

I've agreed to join this guy's live band, and if he finds the remaining musicians he needs, I'll need a head (as most bands are ok with you borrowing cabs, but not heads). I imagine I probably won't be able to stretch further than about £250 (about $500). I'm mainly thinking of Line 6 Spider III HD150, Marshall MG100HDFX or Marshall AVT series head.

Any reccomendations (or what to avoid)?
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post #2 of 62 (permalink) Old 07-11-2007, 02:10 PM
 
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try to get a used Peavey head... XXX would be great, but probly out of ur price range
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Toothless meth heads are usually the cheapest, but not always the best.
Generally you want to find a single mother around 24-26.
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Toothless meth heads are usually the cheapest, but not always the best.
Generally you want to find a single mother around 24-26.
Classic.
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Pinch it at the top before you roll it down.

Then look at the Peavey Windsor or the Epiphone So Cal 50. Stay away from the solid state junk.
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Avoid everything in the OP except maybe the HD150, but you could do better

-Used Carvin legacy
-Used Laneys
-Ceriatone marshall clone

This would be a lot easier if you told what kind of music you play
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Toothless meth heads are usually the cheapest, but not always the best.
Generally you want to find a single mother around 24-26.
When I saw this thread, I knew something like this was coming...
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Personally I'd avoid the line 6 stuff.
It seems ok for bedroom levels, but you'll have a nagging cramp in your style because of the tone not being where you think it should.

I'd say either hold out til you have a lil more $ or find a good deal on a good head. Hold out for a quality amp.
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What about the Orange Tiny Terror? They seem to be great if you are after a basic single channel tube amp. Only downside I can see is it has no effects loop, but you may not need one.
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I may be selling one of those very shortly...
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A beat up 5150
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post #12 of 62 (permalink) Old 07-11-2007, 07:28 PM
 
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For $500 I think you can get a brand new Peavey Valveking 100W all tube head, do some research, it's a damn nice amp for what it costs. I have the 2X12 combo and it rocks. Clean channel + distotion pedal = wow! The 2X12 combo costs $599 I believe.

My friend has a Peavey XXL head with matching 4X12 cab, and my VK, clean channel, volume a 9 o'clock + uber metal pedal put his halfstack to shame =)
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Re: Best head on the cheap

Epiphone SoCal looks suspiciously like a Cornford to me - if it sounds even 1/10th as good as a Cornford, that could be an okay choice; at least its full of those little warm, glass, orange glowy little thingys......
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I've agreed to join this guy's live band, and if he finds the remaining musicians he needs, I'll need a head (as most bands are ok with you borrowing cabs, but not heads). I imagine I probably won't be able to stretch further than about £250 (about $500). I'm mainly thinking of Line 6 Spider III HD150, Marshall MG100HDFX or Marshall AVT series head.

Any reccomendations (or what to avoid)?
Oh, yeah, recommendations - avoid all three of the heads you mention.....

Solid State Marshalls are bedroom specials. The Line 6 Vetta is a pretty cool amp (Charlie Burchill from Simple Minds uses them, and he pulls a phenomenal sound live), but the Spiders just seem to be a big buzz box.
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post #15 of 62 (permalink) Old 07-11-2007, 07:34 PM
 
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Re: Best head on the cheap

Get a B-52 head, and never look back.

Those are some of the best sounding amps I've ever heard. I played a used B-52 ST-100 head yesterday that would have easily given a Mesa Triple Rec or similar amp one hell of a run for the money. It's a little more expensive than the amps you're looking at, but it's orgasmic.
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