I just bought a Peavey Rock Master preamp and its amazing!!! I got it for $175.00 Shipped off of Jemsite actually!!! Its got 4 12AX7s in it and its very gainy!!!! Its amazing!!! I actually sold my ENGL Preamp cause the Rockmaste sounded better!!!! I just dropped in some JJ's 12AX7s for $40.00 and now its even better!!!!
Its very smooth sounding! If I plug my YJM Strat in to it and lower the gain a bit & add some delay/reverb I NAIL Yngwies tone! If I go to the Ultra channel and use my Carvin or my John Petrucci Sig Music Man it reminds me of Petruccis tone and Marcel Coenen!!! I love his tone! (check it out at www.marcelcoenen.com
hes got a Media section Check out the movie clips! Holy **** hes good!)
Then I got a used Mesa 50/50 poweramp for $300.00
Grand total of $475.00 (or $515.00 if you get the JJ's) for an all tube rack amp!
Here are some clips of one. The gain is not all the way up on them and unfortionately these clips dont do the preamp justice.) I didnt record them but Ive talked to this guy several times. (Now these are modded Rockmasters, but mine is stock and sounds just as good, he just adds a bit of gain or lowers the gain and boosts the eq.)
Ive owned TONS of Tube and Solid State amps in the past and this is the least expensive and is the best sounding!!!
If you got that youd have almost $500.00 left over! Thats alot of beer money!