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Old 05-22-2019, 06:57 PM
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Hi i'm looking for an "at home" TUBE amp. i had the super champ but it just wasn't me. $500/ or so . something i can play nice and clean with my Tele, Don't like these modeling amps. just keep it simple. maybe i'll add a delay pedal for some slapback.thanks.
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Old 05-22-2019, 07:28 PM
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https://www.sweetwater.com/store/det...tube-combo-amp

I have one (as well as the big brother V22) and IME it's the best $200 (less - often far less - on Coupon/Holiday Sale Days) you'll ever spend if you've got a single-coil/mini-bucker guitar - has that Class-A "sweet dark-chocolate" tone associated with the early-50's tweed Fenders and pre-Top Boost Vox AC combos, digi-verb is as good as it gets for a built-in, and it's easy to customize the tone/headroom to your specs with some carefully chosen tubes. A lot going on for essentially chump change, and if you're a guitar-cable-amp kinda guy doing studio work and coffeehouse/small-venue gigs it may be all the amp you'll ever need...
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Old 05-23-2019, 01:18 AM
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There's many ways to go for a a home amp. Some feel that a Twin is just right. I'm happier with a much smaller amp: 1 watt is quite enough. Mine is a Marshall DSL1 combo. If I want to keep volume down, I plug a tube preamp into some computer speakers.
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Old 05-23-2019, 05:14 AM
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The 4 at home odd ball amps, all of these were waay under your budget and even with some bench time. Also a stable of spkrs ranging from 4-12"...btw spkr size and efficiency is a critical factor in helping to deal with at home volume issues. All of these odd and humble amps are surprisingly great...fun to take to jams and watch jaws drop and the drooling begin.

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Old 05-23-2019, 08:54 AM
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I bought the Bugera V5 for small gigs and couldn't be happier with it.

It doen't have a whole lot of clean headroom though, so it depends on how much clean volume you need. I play Classic Rock and Blues mostly so clean headroom isn't something I need often.

If you like SUPER clean the Vox MV50 Clean head and cab are worth looking at it is a Hybrid amp though.

A Pro Jr. would give you plenty of volume and clean headroom at home levels.

You should at least test drive the little Bugera. It's a well built little tank of an amp.
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Old 05-23-2019, 09:38 AM
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If you have not tried a Fender Blues Jr. may be you should look in that direction.
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Old 05-23-2019, 12:20 PM
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Blues Jr. or a Pro Jr. would be good choices. I have a Super Champ XD that I record with and replaced the 12AX7 with a 12AT7 which gave me a lot more range with the volume knob. The Super Champ XD is hybrid though.
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Old 05-23-2019, 01:34 PM
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I guess it depends on what you mean by 'at home?' If you want to be quiet then getting an amp with a headphone jack is a good idea. Also having one that has a switch with options to lower the wattage too.

A couple of amps taht come to mind for reasonable lower volume home use as well as having the abilty to go on stage with are the Vox AC15 or Blues Junior. Both are 15 watt combo's. Another consideration is the Peavey classic line. The classic 20 and 30 are really solid amps with great tube tone.
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Old 05-23-2019, 01:44 PM
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Hi i'm looking for an "at home" TUBE amp. i had the super champ but it just wasn't me. $500/ or so . something i can play nice and clean with my Tele, Don't like these modeling amps. just keep it simple. maybe i'll add a delay pedal for some slapback.thanks.
How big's your home, and do you like your neighbors?

I just bought one of these and the matching 8' cab for the bedroom. I thought it was a 'cute' toy but now I'm starting to regret it. IT'S VERY LOUD!

10 watts, 1 tube and weighs 2lbs. No reverb, no effects loop. Simple!



Oh yeah, did I mention it's loud.
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I sure do like my Fender Bassbreaker 15. Sounds fabulous with a Tele. My neighbors would agree I could easily have gotten by with the 7 watt version at home. The built-in three gain stages all sound good. Very good digital reverb as well. I paid around $425 for a used one. I think it would be great for someone who doesn’t have pedals for distortion but wants a bit of break up. The bright switch is a great feature as well. I would agree you cannot go wrong with the Blues Jr.
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Old 05-23-2019, 04:43 PM
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these are good suggestions . i do want tubes . don't like these digital amps with too many knobs! that Bugera V5 looks interesting. didn't get too many good write ups , but i take that with a grain of salt. i like something very clean with REVERB and i'll use a digital delay for mostly home and coffee shop use.
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Old 05-23-2019, 06:22 PM
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Get a blackface Vibro Champ off reverb and be done with it. I have a 65 original, only changed caps and plug. Perfect bedroom amp.
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Old 05-23-2019, 07:00 PM
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these are good suggestions . i do want tubes . don't like these digital amps with too many knobs! that Bugera V5 looks interesting. didn't get too many good write ups , but i take that with a grain of salt. i like something very clean with REVERB and i'll use a digital delay for mostly home and coffee shop use.
I have a Bugera V5 Infinium, too. Great little amp at a low price. Check the dates on the reviews, and you'll see that most of the negative ones are for older models. The reverb is very good, and with the switch at 5 watts it puts out a surprising amount of sound. For playing at home, the .1 and 1 watt settings are just fine.
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Blues Junior!
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Old 05-23-2019, 11:35 PM
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My favorite, by far, is the Princeton Reverb, but I also like the Vox AC10.
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