At home amps

Bertotti

Friend of Fred
Jul 20, 2017
9,761
South Dakota
Big bass usually wants a big speaker. 15's rock my world. Like they say in the auto world---there's no replacement for displacement.
At the time of the QSC I just wanted one small one to travel with. I was using it to practice on a wavedrum rather than use headphones all the time. The decided stereo was great and the synths are fun and, and, and, it just keeps cascading!
 

Runamok

Country Gent
What : mainly my small 5-watters...

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Why : because they are easier to grab ! :rolleyes:

But it's me, OK ? 😁

A+!
I was going to say, “Wow, that’s quite a collection.”
Then I went, “Hey. Wait a minute. The 5 watters are the same amps facing the other way!” 😆
 

Uncle Daddy

Friend of Fred
Jan 19, 2012
5,921
Maldon UK
Is that a vintage, a kit, or a reissue brownface? Those brownface Princetons are some of my all-time favorite amps to play, I should never have sold the one I had.

It started as a kit from an ebay seller that supplies Marsh stuff- there was quite a bit not quite right, so I ended up building my own board. I wanted Mallory caps rather than the orange drops to give more of a "browner" sound, and the metal film resistors for quietness and reliability.. It 's without a doubt my favourite ever indoor amp, it's just so versatile despite its simplicity. I'd take one over a 5e3 any day.

I'm currently building another with slightly more robust transformers, and a cab I got built locally by the guy who does stuff for many UK amp specialists. Started with just a chassis and some faceplates, but this time going for Zoso Blues. Should help bridge the gap between my 6g2 and my 6g3, which was a TAD kit, again with a one-off turret board. The Deluxe is a beast! P1020309.JPG P1130188.JPG
 

dspellman

Gretschie
Jul 4, 2020
394
Los Angeles
I’ve been reading amp threads lately. Tube amps. Amps that won’t wake the neighbors. Folks showing off Fender and Vox. I’m interested in what we’re using at home. Tube? Modeling? Historic? Cheap or expensive. I don’t want a judgmental thread. I want to know what you’re using and why.
I've got 15 tube amps at home, ranging from 5W to 100W. If I'm using a tube amp (unlikely), though, it's a 50W Carvin Belair, and no, it's not getting cranked. There's really no benefit to using a tube amp at home, so I save those for playing out.

Mostly I'm using a Helix into either headphones or a pair of KRK Rokit 8 studio monitors on stands. I'm running keyboards into the same headphones and studio monitors. The studio monitors go deeper (35Hz or so) and higher than a standard guitar amp, each has 100W to support that bottom end and they're designed specifically for close listening (6-8'). I've also pulled in my old Two Notes Torpedo C.A.B. from the older rig with the HD500X; the cabinet IRs offer a lot more options than standard IRs and there are tube power amp sims that make a big difference as well, and I can just toss the C.A.B. into an FX loop on the Helix and place it where I like in the FX chain.
 

wabash slim

I Bleed Orange
Feb 10, 2010
18,237
lafayette in
At the time of the QSC I just wanted one small one to travel with. I was using it to practice on a wavedrum rather than use headphones all the time. The decided stereo was great and the synths are fun and, and, and, it just keeps cascading!
Cascading is right. One thing leads to another, and you always want more.
There is no end to it.

After years of high powered stereos, I'm now using a 10 watt/channel tube amp.
Of course, with Klipsch Cornwall speakers,10 watts are almost too much.
Can't turn it up past 5 or so.
 

Bertotti

Friend of Fred
Jul 20, 2017
9,761
South Dakota
Cascading is right. One thing leads to another, and you always want more.
There is no end to it.

After years of high powered stereos, I'm now using a 10 watt/channel tube amp.
Of course, with Klipsch Cornwall speakers,10 watts are almost too much.
Can't turn it up past 5 or so.
I just have to make sure I don’t look at synths of any sort especially modular! The Sub 37 and the the list goes in! Moog Oberheim DSI. I regret not buying a tempest while they were making them then they stopped before I did and now Inwont pay that! Dog gone it @wabash slim don't get me started!
 

mister rain

Synchromatic
Apr 23, 2020
799
new orleans
And sounds great!! It has a 3-position input tone cap switch and a pot on the rear of the chassis to adjust negative feedback for tonal options. Builder is very communicative as well !

And now: back to the original thread…
i almost hate you for making me aware of this builder… like i need another thing to spend money on.
 

BCRatRod73

Synchromatic
Sep 1, 2020
778
Mississippi
But ya gotta dime 'em once in a while.
Even though my Peavey Classic 50 212 has a master volume on it I patched in my Bugera power soak. It was glorious sounding when the Peavey was fully cranked up and the attenuator was keeping the cops from knocking. After I finished playing I turned off the amp and took the power soak out of the equation. All well and good until I fired up the Peavey a few days later. I forgot I had the MV cranked. I hit a chord and almost had a heart attack. My head just so happened to be close to the amp when I hit the chord. I’ll never do that again.
 

Brian Krashpad

Gretschie
Dec 29, 2020
202
GNV FLA USA
Fender Super Champ XD with a 12 inch speaker in a custom cabinet. Why? Because it suits my needs and I fell in love with it. I don’t play out and this gives me versatility although the clean channel is most frequently used. I’m under no delusions about it and have considered a Fender Tone Master Deluxe Reverb partially for the attenuator but am really quite happy with it. I’ve also wondered about a Princeton Reverb but just don’t think it is necessary for my situation. View attachment 182954 View attachment 182955
The SC XD is a great little amp, and I'm sure even better with a 12". I have a dead stock one, and it is my go-to small amp for home or low-volume gigs.

Sometimes for gigs I'll pair it with a second small combo for a little more oomph, such as here with a Marshall Lead 20.

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However, even with a full band with drums, it can hang un-mic'd in a small room, if the rest of the band isn't too loud.

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BohemianLikeMe

Synchromatic
Apr 18, 2020
776
Prague, CZ
The SC XD is a great little amp, and I'm sure even better with a 12". I have a dead stock one, and it is my go-to small amp for home or low-volume gigs.

Sometimes for gigs I'll pair it with a second small combo for a little more oomph, such as here with a Marshall Lead 20.

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However, even with a full band with drums, it can hang un-mic'd in a small room, if the rest of the band isn't too loud.

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Yeah, the great thing about small amps is that it's super easy to run a multi-amp setup for dirt+clean tones for example.

I had an avant-gardish project for a while where I ran live feedback loops and drones into a 12 watt Traynor Bassmate and then played over top of them through a VHT Special 6 and it worked great. I got bored with the project after a bit and haven't done it for a while but people loved the sound.
 

Stingray70

Electromatic
Oct 18, 2021
74
Michigan
Since this is about we actually "use" at home rather than what we "have" I won't get into what sits in the basement unused and under covers 99.9% of the time. The amp and gear I use every day is an inexpensive old Fender Frontman 25R with an old Digitech RP 355 multi effects pedal plugged into it. It sits in my office/music room with 4 or 5 of the guitars that I'm currently playing the most... Because it's small and light it's also the amp that often goes with me to informal jam sessions with friends. And believe it or not I've even gotten a couple of complements from several of the folks I've played with regarding my tone...LOL
 

Bertotti

Friend of Fred
Jul 20, 2017
9,761
South Dakota
Marshall White Class 5 Combo.

I have 3 with consecutive serial #'s.
I had a chance for one of these once. sometimes I wish I would have pulled the trigger. I am very happy with what I have and at the time my limited experience with Marshall was all negative so I didn't give it much thought. I do have an amp addiction it seems.
 

Lou Coppolino

Synchromatic
Jul 23, 2022
774
Howell, NJ
I had a chance for one of these once. sometimes I wish I would have pulled the trigger. I am very happy with what I have and at the time my limited experience with Marshall was all negative so I didn't give it much thought. I do have an amp addiction it seems.


I did have 4 Marshall Class 5 Combo's.

I sold one to a buddy.

He has other amps.

His band mates like the Class 5 best.
 

ombudsman

Electromatic
Mar 19, 2022
69
Cincinnati OH
I just finished playing for a while through a couple of smaller ones at home; a Magnatone 440 (nice reverb, more of a screamer than most of the post lap steel era Magnatones), and a Noble Super (Nobles were made by whomever got the deal each year, this one is by Ampeg, it's single ended with a 5881 into a ceramic Jensen 12). I just changed the speaker on the Maggie, which was a spatial challenge but seems to be working out.

Either of those configurations works well for me at home; 2 x 6V6, or a single ended amp into a bigger than typical speaker. I've tried to use both of those at shows but they disappeared when the drums came in.
 


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