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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-31-2016, 08:18 PM Thread Starter
 
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Suggestions for an inexpensive tube amp

I'm looking to pick up a small tube amp to use at home. I'd like something that has a 10"-12" speaker and under 50 watts. I have used a Vox Valvetronic in the past and thought it was pretty cool with the modeling feature but I was looking for something a little different.

Any thoughts on Bugera?
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Re: Suggestions for an inexpensive tube amp

I have a vox AC4. Don't let the 4watt fool you it can get pretty loud. It's a tube amp and it pairs well with overdrives. I'm happy with even though I mainly have it for when I don't feel like lifting one of my other amps. Mine is a 10inch speaker but they have it in 12 inch as well. Individual gain and volume control. Bass and treble knob.
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I've been having a blast with my Orange Micro Terror. It's a hybrid (tube preamp/solid state output) but it gets plenty loud. I run it through the speaker on my Peavey amp at the moment. Soon enough I plan to give it it's own cabinet with a v30 or two.
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I'm looking to pick up a small tube amp to use at home. I'd like something that has a 10"-12" speaker and under 50 watts. I have used a Vox Valvetronic in the past and thought it was pretty cool with the modeling feature but I was looking for something a little different.

Any thoughts on Bugera?
Bulgera's quality control is a little iffy. And, especially since they're mostly known for Peavey knockoffs that usually you can get the real thing used for less than a new Bugera, I'd steer clear.

Beyond that, it REALLY depends on the tone you're after. The good news is there are a lot of great lower wattage options on the market these days, something that even 5 years ago wasn't the case.

I'm a huge fan of the "Mesa" sound, and while they're pricy, if you like that kind of tone (think John Petrucci, though they can do a lot more than that), either a Rectoverb 25 combo or a Mark V 35 combo would be an awesome, extremely flexible amp.

Marshall has gotten into the lower wattage game lately too, if you're more of a "Marshall" sound guy - there's a DSL15 and 5 that might be worth a look.

Other than that... Fender's Blues Jr. was the first lower wattage amp that I thought did it right - 15 all-tube watts into a 12" speaker. The gain, such as there is, is mostly worthless, so this would be a great option if you want to use a distortion or OD for most of your gain, and just need a great clean channel as a platform. Peavey's Classic series is similar, and might be a bit cheaper. Speaking of, thhere's a mini EVH 5150III that I've heard a lot of good things about, if you like the "full sized" amp.

Jet City has gotten a lot of kudos for their smaller amps, as has Blackkstar. No personal experience, however.
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Re: Suggestions for an inexpensive tube amp

There's lots of options, especially if you look used. How versatile - one trick pony? good clean for pedals? What styles of music?
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Re: Suggestions for an inexpensive tube amp

It really depends on the tone you're after, whether you want high gain from the amp or plan to use pedals, etc. if money is not an issue Mesa or Friedman has fantastic options, good news is that you have a lot of options nowadays but i'd go with Orange, Peavey or Blackstar before Bugera but i also know folks who are completely happy with their Bugeras.
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Re: Suggestions for an inexpensive tube amp

you can pick up peaveys or bugeras which are peavey clones cheap enough.

every now and then you see egnators cheap too.
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what about laney lionheart?
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Re: Suggestions for an inexpensive tube amp

Blackstar are a good bet for their HT-5 series because of the kooky way their run their power amp section - at full pelt (ie 5W) it's meant to have the breakup characteristics of a 100W amp at full pelt, and as far as I can tell they nail that sort of sound. They are voiced very similar to a vintage Marshall though, and no matter how much you tweak the EQ and the ISF (basically a voicing knob, which I believe Blackstar hold the patent for) you can't ever really nail the super-scooped-mid sound of a lot of modern American amp designs.
It does have plenty of gain on the second channel - with both gain controls maxed you get Van Halen's first album levels of distortion without a pedal, and it isn't too noisy either.
One other thing I like about the HT-5 is that it's pretty much the only 5W amp out there that has a 3-control EQ as well as pre and power amp gain controls, and an effects loop. It is a bit big and heavy for a 5 watter though, and here in the UK it's a bit expensive against the Vox AC4.
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Re: Suggestions for an inexpensive tube amp

I know Iam going to get blasted for this, but the line 6 spider valve amps are very good.
The tube section was designed by bogner
and if you just ignore the preset sounds and dual in your own it's an awsome amp.
It can be very loud so playing out is no problem and also can do some very nice bedroom level playing as well.
Just for comparison I also own an original carvin legacy, a jcm800 and an original 5150.
This line 6 can hold up next to them no problem and I hate to say it but I like it better than the jcm800.
Used you can usually pick them up for around $300-350
they are deffinatly worth a look and they are really versitile so you can get alot of different tones out of them.
If i could only have one amp it would be one of these or a line 6 dt25.
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I know Iam going to get blasted for this, but the line 6 spider valve amps are very good.
The tube section was designed by bogner
and if you just ignore the preset sounds and dual in your own it's an awsome amp.
It can be very loud so playing out is no problem and also can do some very nice bedroom level playing as well.
Just for comparison I also own an original carvin legacy, a jcm800 and an original 5150.
This line 6 can hold up next to them no problem and I hate to say it but I like it better than the jcm800.
Used you can usually pick them up for around $300-350
they are deffinatly worth a look and they are really versitile so you can get alot of different tones out of them.
If i could only have one amp it would be one of these or a line 6 dt25.
I remember being blown away the first time I plugged into one - turned it on, fired up the clean channel, and thought, "hey, this is actually pretty awesome!" I screwed around for about ten minutes, then flipped over to the gain channel.

Nope. Still sounded like a Spyder.

If you need a platform for running pedals, though, the clean channel really was surprisingly good.
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Re: Suggestions for an inexpensive tube amp

The OP was looking for an inexpensive amp... and there are a couple of the Spider Bogner valve amps for sale here on CL for about $300 so that confirms that you can probably find one in your area in that price range. It's worth considering...
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Re: Suggestions for an inexpensive tube amp

This!!

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Re: Suggestions for an inexpensive tube amp

I had a bugera and it was solid but way loud. they have a little 5 watt that is decent
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Re: Suggestions for an inexpensive tube amp

I have a Crate Palomino amp. It has decent cleans and takes pedals well.
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