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  • What is the BEST (and inexpensive) PRACTICE AMP out there?

    I've been looking for the above that might be tube-driven as well, but suddenly "inexpensive" doesn't apply so much (In the UK, looking for

  • #2
    http://www.blackstaramps.com/products/ht-1rh/

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    • #3
      laney v15 with toobs

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      • #4
        for the money- you'd be hard pressed to do better than a fender frontman 25r. the valvetronix sound pretty nice.. but for a simple, usable, good sounding combo with footswitching and reverb... the frontman. if you're using A LOT of gain.. meh.. it's pretty solid statey-- but if you don't use it for full onslaught metallzorz madness chuggz.. it's a great clean to midgain amp up to about halfway on the master- which is pretty doggone loud for an 'in the house' sorta amp.

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        • #5
          peavey bandit

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          • #6
            The little Blackstar is

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            • #7
              +1 on the Valvetronix.
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              • #8






                Quote Originally Posted by Mogwix
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                peavey bandit




                that's another good'n-- particularly if you're looking for better high gain sounds! had one for a few years, and recorded the crap out of it... 65 watts too-- so loud as hell. also great if you use fx in the loop.

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                • #9
                  Do you mean individual practice, like at home?



                  Hmmm. I dunno... for practice I've been using a LIne6 guitarport through my laptop with a nice set of cans for about 10 years now. I can play over backing tracks, my own tracks, or MP3's with a perfect mix, and the tones are plenty good enough for inspired practice in headphones. If I need to play it out loud, I have a pair of desktop reference monitors. It works great..... for me.

                  it was $99 10 years ago.



                  I had a small Marshall MG.... sold it to a 12 year old on my street. it was worthless to me.

                  tried using my MarkV combo, but even at 10W it's just too loud, and not easy to jam to tracks with. The headphone modeler can't be beat for simple practice.
                  "Hey... partner... can you reach back there and turn down your SUCK dial... Thanks..."

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                  • #10
                    Good question, pinky! Practice at home, so headphone jacks are pretty much a must (Live in a council flat w/my wife!)! My PC isn't really good enough (nor do i have the programs/memory) for recording/listening/practicing on it. I agree with Marshalls (or at least the cheaper Valve-oriented ones) - have not had a good history w/Peaveys; I'm concerned that cheaper Vox's might be like cheaper Marshalls, but youtube demos make them look/sound more versatile. Have owned Fenders and only tube Fenders are worth it, IMHO, and they're too expensive. Curious about Orange amps, never played through one.



                    Please keep the suggestions/advice/experiences coming, people! Thanks!

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                    • #11
                      I wonder about your PC thou... cuz really... the one I'm using is a 6 YO laptop... that is so jacked up at this point I can't even stream Pandora on it anymore. I wouldn't dream of using it to record with any longer... that is a different system now. Yet... Gearbox (the line 6 app), and itunes work fine. Gearbox is a free download, and it's been around for over 10 years, and is very light on system resource needs. The interface (guitarport) is (was?) $99 new. Not sure if they even still sell them, because they closed up the guitar port website last summer. They are $25 on Fleabuy thou..

                      The interface becomes the soundcard, so you can mix your guitar right over itunes or anything else.



                      That's worth a shot if you ask me. If you're useing headphopnes, there is no better tool that I have found, even after 10 years. It has a ton of built in amp models, tons of FX, a built in tuner, and a built in player that lets you slow stuff down to half speed (still in tune) for figuring out solo parts. for $25? It's a no brainer.. my 1.5cents worth.
                      "Hey... partner... can you reach back there and turn down your SUCK dial... Thanks..."

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                      • #12
                        I just got a peavy vypyr 15 for Xmas and it sounds ****************ing great. The 5150 model, for example, sounds REALLY ****************ing close to the 5150 it's sitting on top of.
                        Peavey ESP DiMarzio

                        I get my tubes from ValveQueen...you should too!!

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                        • #13
                          Love the tones I get from the Super Champ XD amps which is a hybrid tube amp. You can pick them up cheap and they are really loud.
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                          • #14
                            For $200 you can get the Yamaha THR5.



                            Blows everything else out of the water.



                            The extra $100 spent on the THR10 however is money well spent.
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                            • #15
                              Also, for just straight up headphone practicing, Ive got a vox lead amplug and akg k244 headphones...total 70 bucks new, and it sounds like Im playing through a 5150 half stack...no joke.
                              Peavey ESP DiMarzio

                              I get my tubes from ValveQueen...you should too!!

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