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

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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 (two years 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 (one year ago) link

How loud do you need to go?

m0stly clean (Slowsquatch), Tuesday, 28 February 2023 21:30 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

Do you play with a drummer?

m0stly clean (Slowsquatch), Tuesday, 28 February 2023 23:03 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

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