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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 01-14-2004, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
 
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someone should make a .5watt metal amp!

wouldnt that be cool? or still to loud?


edited becuase it made no sense at all
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post #2 of 30 (permalink) Old 01-14-2004, 10:40 PM
 
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Who are "they", what is a ".5 metal amp" and why do they need it?

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post #3 of 30 (permalink) Old 01-15-2004, 12:35 AM
 
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try the 15 watt crate v-series amp. all tube, and it sounds surprisingly good.

~A
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try the 15 watt crate v-series amp. all tube, and it sounds surprisingly good.

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loudness would be the problem......
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Gibson just re-introduced a 5-watt Goldtone amp. All tube. Might be worth checking out.
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post #6 of 30 (permalink) Old 01-15-2004, 03:14 AM
 
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Z Vex effects http://www.zvex.com makes a 0.1W RMS (1/2 of a watt) amp. Just go there and click on z vex amps.
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post #7 of 30 (permalink) Old 01-15-2004, 03:22 AM
 
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I almost forgot about Smokey amps! Dunno what the wattage is, but the Smokey WILL drive a 4, 8 or 16 Ohm cabinet.



And the Z-Vex nanohead is really cool. I forgot about that one.

(Oh, and half a watt is 0.5 W, not 0.1 )
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I've got a 1 W tube amp head. Single channel, handmade, point-to-point, needs a dist unit for heavier stuff though. Cost me about $300. The tone's very nice. Great for practicing and for home studio use.

The 5W metal amp... I dunno. Isn't metal supposed to be like, uh, loud? And good luck trying to play with a rock drummer (or any drummer that is ) with a 5W amp... Stick to those Rectumfriers, JCM800s and Uberschalls for live playing.
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I almost forgot about Smokey amps! Dunno what the wattage is, but the Smokey WILL drive a 4, 8 or 16 Ohm cabinet.
It's probably around 1/8W on a 9V supply. But you can quite easily swap the 386 chip out for an uprated version that'll drive 1W on an 18v power supply...
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post #10 of 30 (permalink) Old 01-15-2004, 12:23 PM
 
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Jimmy, I totally hear you. One day I'm going to learn how to wire amps simply because no one is currently makign a good high gain, multichannel amp rated at, say, 10 watts.

As for bigger amps being needed for metal, I gig with my TSL in VPR mode almost exclusively, and I've only once needed more power than that- playing with a band that was WAY too loud (yes, there is such a thing) when I was unmic'd and the other guitarist wasn't. Can you get seriously loud sounds out of a low-wattage amplifier? yes.

and really, it's a lot more practical to gig mic'd anyway- gives you a more even distrobution of sound, so your guitar is just as audible from any point in the audience. A 10-watt amp would give you good tube saturation at sane levels, keep stage levels managable, and still be practical for just about any gigging situation. sign me up.

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post #11 of 30 (permalink) Old 01-15-2004, 12:29 PM
 
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You need to try the H&K Cream Machine. That's like 2 watts, has a power tube, and you can power a 4X12 cabinet with it!

It gives a pretty good "plexi" sound. However it has no EQ, so you'd have to use an outborad EQ if you want to tweak it. But it is still very cool.



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post #12 of 30 (permalink) Old 01-15-2004, 01:29 PM
 
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Since you only lose 3dB for every halving of power, even a 1W amp will only be 18dB softer than a raging 100W. For an apartment or at night, still too loud. Plus, ARE there power tubes that give that tube sound at these levels? If not, screw it, just settle for a tube pre. Or get a power brake.
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How does $250 for a kit that you build yourself sound?

I was just researching this last night. I thought I might buy it and
built it for my dad....just because!

http://www.gerhartamps.com/gilmorejr/gilmorejr.htm
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How does $250 for a kit that you build yourself sound?

I was just researching this last night. I thought I might buy it and
built it for my dad....just because!

http://www.gerhartamps.com/gilmorejr/gilmorejr.htm

it would be real cool if it had an eq......
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post #15 of 30 (permalink) Old 01-15-2004, 04:42 PM
 
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it would be 100x less powerful than a 50 watt amp.
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