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  • Help me pick my first real amp

    I don't even know where to begin cause my tastes are all over the map but I want to step up to a really nice amp. I have a budget of $1200 MAX for an amp, used or new(prefer used), but the cheaper the better. Head or combo, doesn't matter, right now I have a 2x12 loaded with warehouse speakers. I play at home so volume has to be reasonable most of the time. I've owned a couple of low watt el84 based amps so I would like to try something loaded with el34's or 6*6's.



    Music I play is everything besides metal or country, but majority is classic rock and 90's.



    Must have at least 2 channels, a good clean and high gain sound, good resale value, and would really like an effects loop if possible.



    Amps I was looking at:



    Fender Prosonic, Marshall 6100, jcm800/900/2000, jvm205, Mesa Express, Mark IV(Mark V out of price range), Vox AC15(el84's but I've never had one and have always wanted one)



    I realize some of these(marshalls) will need a hotplate to get decent tones at a reasonable home volume.



    Any ideas/opinions would be great. It doesn't have to be one from the list.
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  • #2
    The Mark IV and JVM205 would be my choices. I have a Mark V that I use in Mark IV mode, and I was really impressed with the JVM that I tried.

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    • #3
      The Mark IV and JVM205 would be my choices. I have a Mark V that I use in Mark IV mode, and I was really impressed with the JVM that I tried.

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      • #4
        Wait a second, OP. Are you in a band? Do you play live?



        IMO, if you aren't, those bigger amps aren't worth it. For recording and practice, you're better off with a smaller amp, and there are many good ones out there. Even if you play in a live band, I would never encourage anyone to use anything more than a 1x12 combo (Unless you lack a PA system).
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        • #5
          Wait a second, OP. Are you in a band? Do you play live?



          IMO, if you aren't, those bigger amps aren't worth it. For recording and practice, you're better off with a smaller amp, and there are many good ones out there. Even if you play in a live band, I would never encourage anyone to use anything more than a 1x12 combo (Unless you lack a PA system).
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          • #6
            hughes kettner triamp mk1 sounds amazing at low volumes 3 channels 2 modes per channel great clean and high gain.

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            • #7
              hughes kettner triamp mk1 sounds amazing at low volumes 3 channels 2 modes per channel great clean and high gain.

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              • #8
                I'd suggest a Jet City JCA50H. It is affordable, well built, sounds great and the master volume is really awesome, no problem getting a great tone out of it at any volume.



                For the Marshalls, the JVM and DSL are a good idea, the sound really good at low volume.. I'd stay away from 800/900 because they do need a good amount of volume to really open up.



                Finally, also look into Peavey amps, they sound good and are priced really well in the used market, there are a bunch of great Peavey amps I could suggest : Classic 50, Ultra Plus, XXX, 6505+, JSX etc etc... all within the budget you are looking for.
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                  I'd suggest a Jet City JCA50H. It is affordable, well built, sounds great and the master volume is really awesome, no problem getting a great tone out of it at any volume.



                  For the Marshalls, the JVM and DSL are a good idea, the sound really good at low volume.. I'd stay away from 800/900 because they do need a good amount of volume to really open up.



                  Finally, also look into Peavey amps, they sound good and are priced really well in the used market, there are a bunch of great Peavey amps I could suggest : Classic 50, Ultra Plus, XXX, 6505+, JSX etc etc... all within the budget you are looking for.
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                  • #10
                    Bogner Alchemist is relatively inexpensive!

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                    • #11
                      Bogner Alchemist is relatively inexpensive!

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                      • #12
                        Check out the Carvin X100b series 4 amps. Great clean and hard rock tones. They can run el34's or 6l6's and can be had cheap used.






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                          Check out the Carvin X100b series 4 amps. Great clean and hard rock tones. They can run el34's or 6l6's and can be had cheap used.







                          <div class="signaturecontainer">Rivera K-Tre <br />
                          Randall T2 <br />
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                          Carvin, Gibson, ESP<br />
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                          Good deals with: Shredtilurded, Juggernaut, Guillatool1( x2 ), MatrixClaw, CRANK,Clonexx, Chris the Asian, Slav123, lfrz93, ldonnell89, Khoifish321, bankboy, JJPSGAK, DTorg, jdr94, Yo_Squig, coolblues309, samthinguy, MorgMetal666, Uberthrall, Duke318, Harris, Katana, mctallica1, JerEvil, GuidanceofSin, phreddy, O'Rourke, Toshiro, the4thlast1, aywilson, shask, NeoAngelo, TomCray, scottcrud,sdgails, GibsonVMan, 100 watt</div>

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