Re: Decent budget tube amp?
definitely depends on what style you are playing. the peavey classic is a great blues amp. the cleans are nice and chimey, especially if you switch out the blue marvel speaker with something better (i liked the redcoat in this amp).
i have the laney lc30 and it is also a great little combo too. nice vox like cleans and decent gain. it can do hard rock and blues quite well. it's slightly pricier than the classic.
my fave is the blackstar. i've got the 5w and 20w head (both come in combos and there is also a 40w combo) and the tone out of these amps is amazing, especially for hard rock and metal. the clean on the 5w is ok, but it's much better on the 20w.
anyway, try before you buy. most of these amps are in the $500 - $800 range new, $300 - $600 used.