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  • Best "Metal" Combo Tube Amp Under $400?

    Here's my criteria,

    Under $400 USD
    Tubes, no solid state stuff
    Low watts, 15-20 is preferable. Will mostly be used for practice and informal home recording.
    Have a good tone for "metal". Especially Sabbathy sounding power chord type stuff.

    I've been ready every review and watching every demo vid on youtube I can find and have pretty much narrowed it down to either a Laney VC15-110 15 Watt or a Laney LC15-110 15 Watt. If anyone owns either of these two models or, better yet, knows of something better, please let me know.
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    Used Ultra 112 combo. 300$ all day long-built like a tank. Yeah its 60 watts but its not like power tube distortion is that favored my metal players and a 60 watt amp is only 6 db louder than a 15 watt amp anyways. Bob

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    • #3
      Bravo ..$200.....buy 2

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      • #4
        That's pretty cheap ... used Valveking 112? Used XXX 112?
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        • #5
          i think the valve king is mostly power tube blues.xxx rocks
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          • #6
            a VH-140c would kill
            too bad that's solid state
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            • #7
              Used Ultra 112 combo. 300$ all day long-built like a tank. Yeah its 60 watts but its not like power tube distortion is that favored my metal players and a 60 watt amp is only 6 db louder than a 15 watt amp anyways. Bob


              Thanks, am looking into that one now.

              I'm looking for something with gain and plan on boosting that with a tube screamer as the majority of distortion pedals I'm hearing lately all sound like solid state bees buzzing around.

              Not that I think I'm going to get a classic Marshall tone out of a low wattage tube amp, :lol: but I'd like to get something with a little classic sound to it, if that makes sense.
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              • #8
                Thanks, am looking into that one now.

                I'm looking for something with gain and plan on boosting that with a tube screamer as the majority of distortion pedals I'm hearing lately all sound like solid state bees buzzing around.

                Not that I think I'm going to get a classic Marshall tone out of a low wattage tube amp, :lol: but I'd like to get something with a little classic sound to it, if that makes sense.


                The Ultra will do a nice classic sound as well as give you as much gain as you might need with its two dirty channels and gain boosts on both channels. Heres a couple of clips of my Ultra Plus which sounds virtually the same as my Ultra 112. The sound is a bit squashed from my Canon powershot camera. Bob

                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghOQ7ToQDNA

                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Os7EHwYjaRc&feature=related

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                • #9
                  vavleking has buckets of gain, blackstar have a 5 watt combo with allot of gain but will need to be mic'ed up for gigs.
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                  • #10
                    vavleking has buckets of gain, .


                    True but a used Ultra 112 is a better value IMO-better built,more versatile,made in USA product. Bob

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                    • #11
                      +1 for the Ultra and the Bravo
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                      • #12
                        Never tried one although i would love to, i can speak for the valveking only coz i have one!
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                        • #13
                          used tiny terror combo
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                          • #14
                            The Ultra will do a nice classic sound as well as give you as much gain as you might need with its two dirty channels and gain boosts on both channels. Heres a couple of clips of my Ultra Plus which sounds virtually the same as my Ultra 112. The sound is a bit squashed from my Canon powershot camera. Bob

                            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghOQ7ToQDNA

                            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Os7EHwYjaRc&feature=related


                            A tube amp that sounds good going for under a $100 used on Ebay? What's the catch? Do you they only work on the third Tuesdays of every month or something? :lol:
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                            • #15
                              used...A.O.R. in the laney line- an aor 30 or 50 combo.
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