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Offline Twanking45

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« on: March 29, 2010, 06:11:05 PM »
Hi all!

   I just gave away my practice amp to a good friend and am currently in the market for a new one. The parameters are as follows:

-Around 15 watts.
-Small and light (very important).
-good tone (not awesome, just good).
-The more sounds the better.
-Less than $150.
-Will not fall apart after a week or two.

Solid state or tube, i don't care. Just looking for a good sounding, SMALL and reliable. For years I had a Peavey Envoy (got it in 1990) and the guy I gave it to said it still sounds good (real good) so I'm thinking maybe another, but smaller, Peavey.

   I'd like very much to hear all of your opinions as it's been years since I've purchased an amp. Thanks so much!



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« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2010, 07:15:50 PM »
Your price limit is tough.

Check out the Vox Valvetronix (VT)series (go for 30 watts) or the Vox DA15.

Maybe buy used off ebay or craigslist.


http://cgi.ebay.com/Vox-Valvetronix-AD15VT-Guitar-Amplifier_W0QQitemZ250606462996QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item3a594f2814

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Offline Twanking45

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« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2010, 07:19:38 PM »
Bill,

   Thanks for responding. So the Vox is a sexy-sounding amp? I haven't played a Vox in a while.

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« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2010, 07:23:01 PM »
Well I like them for what they are. Inexpensive, light, lots of models.

I have a DA 5 and an AD30VT.

I use the DA5 a lot because it runs on batteries and is easy to play at ultra quiet levels.



What is your main amp ?

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Offline Twanking45

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« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2010, 10:28:41 PM »
Bill,

   My main amp is actually an 80-watt cabinet made by Tech-21. I've attached a Pod 2.0 to the top of it. I pretty much just set it to a Fender Twin or Marshall Plexi setting with no distortion, dial in a good tone and then use Vox Satchurator for drive and Tech-21 Comptortion for a boost for solos.

   I actually like your idea about the Vox amp. If I could get a small amp with a really nice simple vintage sound I could hook it up to the Cab to get more volume if needed. All the whacky Pod settings cover any other bases.

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« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2010, 01:54:48 AM »
Blackheart and Jet make some Far East made tube amps for little money. Bugera does too. But the price is too low.

You can find some old Valvestates combos perhaps...

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« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2010, 08:21:37 AM »
Twank another vote for a Vox- I picked up a used Pathfinder 15R on Craigslist for $60. This little sucker cranks! Not alot of bells and whistles, but it does have reverb and trem. -only extra I got was the footswitch for the effects. It also has a high gain button that gives you that nice dirty Vox sound. This amp IMO is one of the most under-rated practice amps. Oh and lest I forget- it has a line out so you can hook it up to a bigger cabinet or PA -
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« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2010, 02:55:03 PM »
The DA5 does not have a speaker out. So for 30 bucks, I had a tech add one on. Now I can carry this little battery powered amp anywhere and plug it into a real speaker. Cool and fun.

Most of the time I have 10 minutes between things to play. So I feel guilty about warming up my tube amps for a 10 minute practice session.

So these little voxs are great for that. And for taking out on the porch, or backyard ect.

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Offline Twanking45

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« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2010, 01:41:39 PM »
Cool. I will check em out at a few local shops. Was just in a Manhattan Guitar center and tried a couple of amps out. Vox is nice, it really has a distinct tone.

How are they for reliability? I beat the crap out of my old Peavey envoy. Seriously, once I even pushed it to the point where it stank of an electrical fire. Will the Vox give me years of good tone and playing?  FYI, i do not intend to push it to the point of smoking up a room like the Envoy. That was a drunken mistake.

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« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2010, 07:53:48 PM »
Well I must warn you, these amps do not sound great when pushed.

These are of course solid state modeler amps and they should be very reliable. They do have cheap switches and cheap input jack receptical holders so its best to be careful with them. The speakers are small and cheap. They have a cheesy fake metal silver plastic grill that you have to be willing to tolerate.Some take that off and out cloth on but why bother.

But hey, you are looking for versatility,light weight and some effects  for under 150 so your choices are limited.

I had the same requirements and I'm happy for what it is.

When I want tone and cranking growl, I turn to tubes.

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Offline Twanking45

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« Reply #10 on: April 02, 2010, 12:18:26 AM »
Just played a Vox Pathfinder 15-Watt. It did not do it for me. Everything was cool but the drive. It was just not my kinda sound. Gonna keep looking. Maybe a Fender 15 or 20-watt or a Marshall 15. We shall see.

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« Reply #11 on: April 02, 2010, 06:42:44 AM »
The pathfinder is the worst of the vox's imo.

Try the valvtronix series.


And for sure look around. I haven't really looked in 4 or 5 years.

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« Reply #12 on: April 02, 2010, 10:56:28 AM »
Fender G-DEC (the smallest); satisfies most of your bullet pointed needs
 

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Offline Twanking45

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« Reply #13 on: April 22, 2010, 10:38:14 AM »
i broke down and got a tube amp. A Vox AC4TV 4-watt amp with a 10-inch speaker. It rocks. Great tone. Spent a little more than I wanted to but am happy. Thanks for the advice.
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