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Looking into buying a modeling amp...

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Hi everyone,

I'm looking at buying a new amp. All I've had is a 10W Ibanez GTA10. I've wnated an amp that'll be capable of a bunch of stuff, and not high maintenence liek a tube amp, so I'm looking into modeling amps.

Here's what I'm looking at more closely, and my thoughts on them:

Line 6 Spider III 75 - I've played on one of these and they're great, but my friend owns one so it would be kind of pointless for me to go buy one when I could always borrow his if I need to! :D

Peavey Vypyr - Played a little on one of the 15W models but I'd be looking for a larger one. I heard these were excellent but I looked into them and they seem so dang complicated to use! I need something I can have ready at the turn of a control knob, not somethign that takes me 2 minutes to figure out on stage.

Ibanez MiMx 65W - I must say this is the one that's grabbing my attention. I've heard the sound samples and they're great. It seems to cover what I need and it's simple to use (much easier than the Vypyr). And as a bonus it looks awesome. It's my favourite so far but obviously I won't make a decision until I've tried it properly for myself.

So if anyone can offer me opinions on these three amps, it would be greatly appreciated.

Also, if there are any good ones I've missed, please let me know, but include WHY they're good!

Thanks in advance!
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It depends on how loud you want to play and more importantly, where you want to play. If you want to gig, do band practice or play at home.

I play a Line 6 spider as my main amp (I think it's the 30 watt version) and it sounds great at home and I have Zepplin Crunch to Pantera Shred at the touch of a button.

You've also got to think whether you want to sound good to you, or whether you want to impress your audience through brand names ;)

I personally really like the Line 6 stuff for its ease of use and it's flexibility, it's also relatively cheap.
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