Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Longmont, Colorado
Re: Tube amp or modelling amp for my bedroom?
What exactly are you looking for an amp to do? If it is just to practice in your bedroom, just pick up a small Peavey Transtube combo for cheap. It will sound fine at the volume levels you are talking about. If you want to do recording into your computer without disturbing anyone in the house, then a modeler is your best bet. If you want a kick a$$ amp that you can play in your bedroom and out with a band, get a tube amp and a cheap combo (see point 1). Everything has a purpose, you'll never get the sound of a cranked stack at bedroom volumes, you can get some good tones, but not the same, too many other physical factors. If you have an unlimited budget and want the best, check on the many small (<10W) tube combos, but they will still be loud by bedroom standards. A 5W amp cranked in a small room is loud.
Another idea comes to mind, try to find one of the old Hughes and Kettner Cream Machines or Metal Shredder preamps. They are tube, and have a 1W or so power amp built in to do just what you are looking for. Hook it up to a small 1-10 or 1-12 cabinet and your set. Still not quite a cranked tube amp sound, but not bad.