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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-23-2005, 01:23 PM Thread Starter
 
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Ok what do you think......

I used to own a crate head that I used for practicing and teaching. I sold it cause it kinda sucked and got a line6 spider 2 head. Ive messed with the spider for a few hours and its even worse than the crate!!!

I really need a head that sounds great (lots of smooth gain) some effects would be cool and cheap($300-600ish) and gotta be solid state and a head no combos! I really want a head!

Any suggestions?
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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-23-2005, 02:03 PM
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Re: Ok what do you think......

why solid state?


For $400 and a little luck on the bay, you could get a Laney GH100 which is all tube and would sound infinately better than the Line 6 or the Crate, MUCH more dynamics, harmonics, overall a richers sound.


Or, if you MUST have solid state, the best tone Ive heard from a SS amp was from a Peavey XXL.
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post #3 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-23-2005, 02:24 PM
 
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Re: Ok what do you think......

i liked the sound of the solid state Randalls best as far as solid state goes. I've always thought about getting one as a practice amp, but i've never played an XXL, so those could be nicer. What's the reason for needing solid state anyway? i'd do what i could to get tubes for my main rig.
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post #4 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-23-2005, 06:01 PM
 
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Re: Ok what do you think......

I stick with SS for practice amps. If I have 10 mins spare, I don't want to spend 2 waiting for the valves to warm up, and given that I practice regularly, I don't want to be replacing valves just so I can run through scales with a nicer tone!

Progdude - it's hard to rcommend anything without knowing the justification for the specs you have given.
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post #5 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-23-2005, 09:12 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Ok what do you think......

Sorry,

The SS amp is for teaching and practicing. I have students that range from total metal heads to classical freaks! So I need every where in between. The last thing I need is tube power or having to worry about replacing tubes.

I want ss only! I dont need super mega great make you jizz your pants awesome tone! I just want somthing that doesnt sound like total ass.
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post #6 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-23-2005, 09:54 PM
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Re: Ok what do you think......

oh, ok.

Check out a Peavey XXL then. . . pure Solid State.
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post #7 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-23-2005, 09:57 PM
 
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Re: Ok what do you think......

Check out the Trademark TM-300. 300 watts of ss power, with great tone for every musical experience!
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post #8 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-23-2005, 10:43 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Ok what do you think......

I dont need 300 watts! Its for teaching!!!! Thats beyond overkill! Im talking maybe 100 watts!
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post #9 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-23-2005, 10:46 PM
 
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Re: Ok what do you think......

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I dont need 300 watts! Its for teaching!!!! Thats beyond overkill! Im talking maybe 100 watts!
You don't need 100 watts for teaching
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post #10 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-23-2005, 10:46 PM
 
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Re: Ok what do you think......

I'd say look into Hughes & Kettner. They make some pretty convincing SS amps with good flexibility.
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post #11 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-23-2005, 11:10 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Ok what do you think......

What models?
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post #12 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-24-2005, 12:21 AM
 
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Re: Ok what do you think......

How about a pod or a v-amp-2 (or both) into a solid state power amp?

My guitar teacher from awhile back had a 15 watt no-name little tiny practice amp that we'd plug into. Teaching isn't about how the amp sounds, (something which is trivially easy to learn) it's about what notes to play in what context (not so easy to learn, and something I have yet to learn, as I suspect is true of most guitar players.) A great guitar player will sound great through a crappy amp, and a crappy guitar player will sound crappy through a great amp. For teaching, a decent amp is just not even a requirement, so far as I can tell. Practically any practice amp with a recognizable clean tone and a recognizable dirty tone seems like it ought to be sufficient.

That being said, the modelling amps that impressed me most lately were some VOX ones. Line6 sucks for metal IMHO (for other stuff might be ok, though my tastes are such I don't consider myself to be a good judge of other stuff. Also other (crazy ;-) people seem to like line6 for metal. I like the metal sounds in the Behringer v-amp 2, but not so much in the Behringer v-ampire amps, though I haven't played with 'em much.
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post #13 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-24-2005, 12:35 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Ok what do you think......

I totally understand what you are saying about the teaching stuff.
BUT......


I want to use the amp to practice!!!! I need a decent toned SS amp to do the job. Thats all I want.
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post #14 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-24-2005, 02:42 AM
 
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Re: Ok what do you think......

If you don't need a lot of hi-gain sounds, look into Yamaha DG line of amps. They are discontinued, but can still be found at decent prices, and there is one head in the lineup. You can maybe use a stombox for more gain. The only modelling sounds I liked came from these amps, the Tech21, and the Vox modelling amps.
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post #15 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-24-2005, 03:27 AM
 
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Re: Ok what do you think......

" I just want somthing that doesnt sound like total ass. "

IMHO from what ive played the line six spider range dont sound like ass.
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