Is there a good low ampage tube amp?

Discussion in 'Ampage Area' started by Midlifecrisis71, Jan 1, 2022.

  1. Midlifecrisis71

    Midlifecrisis71 Electromatic

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    Nov 26, 2021
    Exeter, U.K
    I bought a modelling amp which with some tinkering sounds fantastic. I wonder when I'm playing what it would sound like more naturally with a tube amp. A bit like vinyl Vs digital sometimes a perfect sound has less character.
     
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  2. Oops. Sorry. You said TUBE amp in your header.
    I took you to mean you wanted something inexpensive to noodle around on.
    I slink away into the shadows.
     
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  3. Midlifecrisis71

    Midlifecrisis71 Electromatic

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    Nov 26, 2021
    Exeter, U.K

    Anyone's opinion or recommendations are welcome as I'm new to this so everyday is a school day for me.
     
  4. Waxhead

    Waxhead Friend of Fred

    Aug 30, 2014
    Australia
    Not suggesting you should and my post was not directed at suggesting an amp for you. You'd be best starting off with a good little solid state amp imo. Something like a used Roland Katana :)

    But for future reference, I picked up a used Mesa TransAtlantic TA-15 in 2021 for US$600 = 440 UK pounds. You can get a used Mesa Lonestar Special, or Express 5:25 Plus for similar money.

    A used Egnater Rebel 20 or 30 is in your price range now.
    So is an Egnater Tweaker.
    So are some Blackstars, and Revv D20, Bogner Atma, Peavey Classic 20 MH Mini for starters and..... there's many more.

    And if you buy tube amps that also do great overdrive and distortion at bedroom volume you save a lot of $$ on pedals you won't need. All the one's mentioned above do.

    Just stop looking at Fenders and Vox cos they don't do it :D
     
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  5. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
    Petaluma
    Anyone looking at the 57 custom Champ should look hard at the TK Gremlin. Has a tone knob and attenuator, and more differentiated dual inputs. And only $200 more.
     
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  6. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
    Petaluma
    In that case, I would avoid major brands like Fender and Vox. You will spend most of your budget on the name. I would look at something like Monoprice or Blackstar.
     
  7. Ricochet

    Ricochet Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    I have a HT5. It's decent for the money, but doesn't blow me away.

    Get something with a 10” speaker or bigger.

    But if you want my opinion. At your budget I wouldn’t even bother with tubes.
     
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  8. T Bone

    T Bone Country Gent

    Gonna chime in again one more time for that Supro Delt King 8. I really thing you found your answer a few pages ago. Really liking mine. It's only 1 watt, gets a nice tube crunch when cranked, has a Master Volume, a tone control, a boost circuit, and line out jack. It fits your budget from what you said. Was just playing my new (tonight) Dragon Telecaster through it, still liking it a lot!

    Edit: I said it had an external speaker jack, it doesn't. It has a line out jack (forgot, only had the amp for a few weeks). Edited comment above.
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  9. GlenP

    GlenP Country Gent

    Jul 23, 2019
    WA
    Tech21 has made some stomp boxes: Blonde, Liverpool, that do a pretty good job of modeling Fender and Vox amps. Cheaper clones by Joyo can give you that American Sound (Fender) or AC Tone (Vox). Sometimes I just use one of those as a DI box without an amp for practice right into a PA (small trio, just bass/guitar/vocals, no drums). I know you want to get away from pedals and sims, but when you have to keep the amp volume down, those pedals can dial in and shape your tone at whatever gain and lower volume you need.
     
  10. Midlifecrisis71

    Midlifecrisis71 Electromatic

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    Nov 26, 2021
    Exeter, U.K
    It doesn't help I keep changing my mind! I blame you tube for all the videos:). I'm a big fan of the Edge from u2 sound so now looking for tube amp with effects loop. Watched a few vids demonstrating the difference using a delay pedal in the effects loop versus one without, almost night and day difference.
     
  11. Midlifecrisis71

    Midlifecrisis71 Electromatic

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    Nov 26, 2021
    Exeter, U.K
    The Blackstar ones you mention have effects loop say maybe my first dip into a tube amp. Have you tried using the amp through a bigger speaker cab?
     
  12. Groutsch

    Groutsch Synchromatic

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    Jun 9, 2018
    Maryland, US
    I play 99% at home and my gearlust exceeds my budget so I always buy used gear. I should probably get into attenuators but I've never tried one. What I like instead is old tube amps with 15" speakers. They give me a very full sound, with plenty of bass, even at low volume. They are clean, so I use pedals for overdrive and distortion. My usual amp now is an old Ampeg Gemini II. Before that, I used a Peavey Delta Blues 115.
     
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  13. Ricochet

    Ricochet Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Most of my amps including the HT5 are head versions, so I have an excuse to keep an assortment of different cabs.
     
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  14. Midlifecrisis71

    Midlifecrisis71 Electromatic

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    Nov 26, 2021
    Exeter, U.K
    Think I've found the perfect amp? Posted the video can someone with knowledge let me know what you think?
     
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  15. Midlifecrisis71

    Midlifecrisis71 Electromatic

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    Nov 26, 2021
    Exeter, U.K
    This is through the 1 watt input not the 15!
     
  16. collama

    collama Gretschie

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    Sep 4, 2017
    Colorado
    Laney Lionheart L5 5 watt combo. Pricey, but I love it.
     
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  17. slickfaster

    slickfaster Country Gent

    Dec 29, 2009
    USA
    I think it depends on the tone your looking for… low wat amps do brown sound all day and sound great cranked but if your looking for clean twang chime, I don’t think you’ll find it in a low watt amp..
     
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  18. Waxhead

    Waxhead Friend of Fred

    Aug 30, 2014
    Australia
    I think the video told me almost nothing about the amp but it's definitely worth doing a full test on it yourself. Is it in your price range :)
     
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  19. BatmansGretsch

    BatmansGretsch Gretschie

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    Dec 3, 2019
    Earth
    I'd go with the Supro Delta combos but pick your power tubes because there are three different types depending on the wattage.

    A very nice speaker for cleans is the Eminence Cannabis Rex so if you have a head that does clean, that speaker is really worth trying out. I use it with a 1W tube head from Palmer for what you want to do but the Delta's do practically the same thing and more.
     
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