RFI: these new small valve (or tube if you prefer) amps

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No problem with treble on the vox, IIRC it has AC30 and and AC30 Top boost modes.

Ed, Thursday, 6 March 2008 15:21 (fifteen years ago) link

If you like the Vox, you should also look at the Fender Champ XD and Vibro(something) XD, which are clearly positioned to compete with the Vox (effects, modeling, tube power amp and phase inverter, similar price). Haven't tried either of them.

John Justen, Thursday, 6 March 2008 23:22 (fifteen years ago) link

No problem with treble on the vox, IIRC it has AC30 and and AC30 Top boost modes

I think the Vox modellers have AC15 and AC30TB modes, not AC30 and AC30TB. The AD Range have a tube power amp and a modelling pre-amp, if that makes sense. FWIW I tried an AD100VT a couple of weeks ago and it was pretty horrible - really bright and harsh. The only usable modes that I found after a fair bit of messing around were the AC30TB, the 70's Marshall and the Boutique Cleans. The effects were pretty dismal too.

I have tried, and similarly hated, a Roland Cube 60, so to be fair, I just don't like modellers. I am sure that you can get some good tones out of them with a bit of knob twiddling, but I don't really want to put in the effort. I'd rather spend the time playing.

There's a little Fender valve amp that's supposed to be good - the pro junior, is it? Not sure of the price on that, it's possibly nearer £200.

Dr.C, Friday, 7 March 2008 10:34 (fifteen years ago) link

I just bought one of these used:

1/2W tube 'head'

milo z, Tuesday, 11 March 2008 21:02 (fifteen years ago) link

^^ They're supposed to sound pretty good... but no toobz.

rogermexico., Tuesday, 11 March 2008 21:27 (fifteen years ago) link

oh, I just assumed - 1/2W seemed like a tube number more than ss

milo z, Tuesday, 11 March 2008 22:59 (fifteen years ago) link

thirteen years pass...

i impulse-bought one of these: https://www.harmony.co/products/h620-tube-combo-guitar-amplifier-110-120us

i decided i needed a new amp because i'm not planning on playing outside of my house anytime in the future, aside from jamming with friends. my old gigging amp was way too loud, even at lowest volume, for home use, and i had trouble getting a good enough sound on my little practice amp for recording.

i initially was going to get the 5-watt model (which attenuates down to 1 watt or 0.1 watts), but then i noticed that the 20-watt model is only $100 more and also attenuates down to 1 watt or 0.1 watts, and the extra wattage would give me the option to use it if i ever do go back to gigging or playing in a louder situation. but the 20-watt model is sold out everywhere with no specifics from the company on when new ones might be coming, so i ended up finding one slightly used on reverb.

it just arrived this morning but on first impression i love it. i haven't played it at full volume yet but even attenuated it sounds so much better than my old setup, with that tube grit i could never get on my hot rod deluxe because you had to turn it up insanely loud to get it to break up

na (NA), Wednesday, 19 January 2022 20:53 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

my peavey 30 just broke and i'm being told it will be $350 - $500 to fix. wondering if it's worth just buying one of these. anyone know much about them? really just trying to get a better clean tone than the peavey for around the price it would take to fix mine

Heez, Tuesday, 28 February 2023 21:25 (three weeks ago) link

How loud do you need to go?

m0stly clean (Slowsquatch), Tuesday, 28 February 2023 21:30 (three weeks ago) link

honestly the most i would do at this point would be a backyard party or something

Heez, Tuesday, 28 February 2023 21:38 (three weeks ago) link

Do you play with a drummer?

m0stly clean (Slowsquatch), Tuesday, 28 February 2023 23:03 (three weeks ago) link

Not at the moment but yeah I would like something that could meet the drum volume

Heez, Wednesday, 1 March 2023 02:02 (three weeks ago) link

i love my harmony h620 linked above. i mostly play in my apartment so i usually have it down at the 0.1 watt level, but it was nice when i took it to a rehearsal space to record guitar parts that i could bump it up to 20 watts and record loud guitar. i think that several companies have come out with similar amps - basically 10-20 watt amps that have a built-in attenuater that knocks the volume down while keeping the tone the same.

na (NA), Wednesday, 1 March 2023 14:01 (three weeks ago) link

you may also want to check out the vht special 6, i like mine for the same use case you’re describing.

call all destroyer, Wednesday, 1 March 2023 14:48 (three weeks ago) link

I guess my question is, for those that know the peavey as well, should i repair or will i get better tone from one of these small tube amps? most of the one's i've looked at are a little more expensive than the repair so i'm curious if it would be a nice improvement in tone

Heez, Wednesday, 1 March 2023 14:56 (three weeks ago) link

Low watt tube amps generally made to get distortion at lower volumes, as they don’t have as much clean head room.

If you are looking for clean sounds in a smaller amp, I would look at a modeler or solid state amp. Vox Pathfinder, Roland Cube, Boss Katana or some thing used by Tech 21 or old Peavey Bandits are choices I would try. Higher end is those new model amps Fender is making as they sound quite good.

Most of the expense on getting your Peavey fixed is going to be the tubes, which went crazy in price once the Russians invaded Ukraine, as Russia had some of the few companies making them.

The Artist formerly known as Earlnash, Wednesday, 1 March 2023 20:08 (three weeks ago) link

Ok fuck it I’m fixing the peavey. I do want the ability to have a louder clean sound. Thanks

Heez, Wednesday, 1 March 2023 21:08 (three weeks ago) link

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