Talk me out of a new combo amp

Discussion in 'Ampage Area' started by Intoamartian, Sep 21, 2021.

  1. Ashley1983

    Ashley1983 Gretschie

    Aug 9, 2020
    Horses for courses and all that but a AC4 sounds great for a small amp
  2. Gewdkharma

    Gewdkharma Gretschie

    Jan 14, 2018
    Gig Harbor, WA
    What do you think of the Supro (other than what you mention). Apparently you like a Blues JR more?
  3. Sid Nitzerglobin

    Sid Nitzerglobin Country Gent

    Jun 8, 2015
    Yeah, I'll do the exact opposite of what you asked for ;)

    5 ish watt for the win for home IMO. Going bigger you're going to need a good master volume or an outboard attenuator to really appreciate them on most tube amps IME. Vox AC4HW1 & Marshall Class 5 have been great in this role for me. If you want to run it wide open w/o getting too awfully loud take a look at the 1 watt options.

    But in the spirit of what you asked for, reasons not to: you'll miss the tube-y response when you plug into your Katana, going w/ something large enough to keep up w/ a drummer can often be pretty loud for home use if you want to get deep into the tubes, you really need to remember to switch it off when you're done playing so you don't chew through the tubes, they generate a good bit more heat than most Class D amps, etc...
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  4. MrWookiee

    MrWookiee Synchromatic

    Jun 17, 2020
    SoCal, USA
    For what it's worth, I love mine!
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  5. capnhiho

    capnhiho Country Gent

    Feb 16, 2013
  6. Intoamartian

    Intoamartian Electromatic

    Feb 10, 2021
    The Katana is great at very low volumes but after it gets bumped a bit I feel it’s a little boxy sounding and lacks that tube squish. That’s the rationale behind my lusting after a small tube amp. Beyond that I just don’t use anything else the Katana has to offer beyond the clean channel.
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  7. Craig Encinitas

    Craig Encinitas Electromatic

    May 3, 2021
    Encinitas, Ca
    I’ve played the amps side by side before, and had someone much better at playing do the same. Blues Jr sounded fuller and more sonic. Delta King 5w is acceptable.

    If volume were less an issue at home, I would go with the next size up. It’s a great value, but I’m also a rookie and play with headphones on most of the time (without the amp).
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  8. Gretschzilla

    Gretschzilla Electromatic

    Apr 20, 2021
    Saint Paul, MN USA
    OK. The Rabid Enablers is the best band name I've heard in years. Really damn funny. So, yeah, buy an amp.
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  9. Intoamartian

    Intoamartian Electromatic

    Feb 10, 2021
    Sounds like consensus is get a damn amp.

    Do the high end modelers really compete with tube?
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  10. MentalTossFlycoon

    MentalTossFlycoon Gretschie

    Dec 22, 2018
    I agree. With the rotary attenuator knob on the back, you can dial up however rowdy you want to be.
  11. Rmccamey

    Rmccamey Gretschie

    Aug 28, 2020
    You might check out Winfield amps. He has several models and prices seem reasonable, to me at least. I have a 20W Elizabeth head into a 12 inch GA SC 64 and it sounds great.
  12. Archtops

    Archtops Country Gent

    Mar 4, 2021
    I love my Vox AC10C1. It’s perfect for any guitar you might have. Excellent on weight, tone and of course it’s full of tubes.
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  13. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    I've got a huge list of band names saved up. You never have one when you need one, right?
    I had started a thread a while back as I'm not likely to be gigging again in this lifetime. The book "The Illuminati Trilogy" has a slew of great band names.

    Scurrilous Emissions
    Wrath of Grapes
    Mostly Harmless
    Al Fresco and the Great Outdoors
    Art Gallery and the Easels
    Felonious Monks

    And, yeah, buy an amp. A tube amp would be my choice. YMMV. You really don't need more than 15-20 watts anymore. If that's not loud enough, just mike it and run it thru the PA.
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  14. mr coffee

    mr coffee Country Gent

    Oct 7, 2009
    Look, I'm just gonna say it. I used a 120w 6505+ half stack as my bedroom amp for years. You really think I'm going to talk you out of buying anything?

    I was skeptical until I got my Axe III.


    ....that said, you don't need a combo. Get a Fractal.

  15. Electrosynthesis

    Electrosynthesis Gretschie

    May 11, 2011
    São Paulo
    This LOL
  16. Mark W

    Mark W Country Gent

    Jun 6, 2008
    Central Florida
    Another vote for the Vox AC10. Sweet cleans and great rock crunch. Not too heavy nor too loud and reasonably priced.
  17. wildeman

    wildeman I Bleed Orange

    May 10, 2015
    Okay, buy a old combo amp.
  18. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    Yep, great sounding "little" amp.

  19. pmac11

    pmac11 Country Gent

    Mar 4, 2018
    Toronto, Ontario
    Get a Mesa Boogie Triple Crown and an attenuator. Best of both worlds.
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