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    Well my amp just died (solid state, line6 spider 2). Now I'm in the market for a new amp. I don't have a ton of money to spend, and am looking to spend between 350-450 on a used tube amp.

    Please help me out. What in everyones infinite wisdom is the most bang for the buck. I had my eye on a Peavey Valveking 2x12, combo. The guy is asking $350.

    Is this the right direction? Check out my bands sound if need be @ www.myspace.com/woolandwater.

    Any input is welcome.

    Thanks,

    Dan

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    • #3
      At this price range definitely go with Peavey. The VK is ok, but try to find an Ultra or a classic in this price range.

      I just got a 5150 combo for $450, but that's kind of hard to find at that price.
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      • #4
        Yeah ... can't go wrong with Peavey.

        Don't be an effete "tubular-purist", and believe vintage tube amps, and "boutique"-amps (hate that word!) are the greatest things since sliced-bread.

        Vintage tube amps sound great in a studio or your bedroom. A Peavey amp is better choice for stage-use applications. Peavey amps are true "road-warriors", seldom (ever?) breaking down. Dead reliable. Also, great "bang-for-the-buck" in the value department. Retain value, also.

        I think (?) they are all still made in the good 'ole USA (Mississippi).


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        • #5
          ive saw a lot of 5150's for 500 bucks.

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          • #6
            Used 5150
            Randall RG50TC
            B-52 ATA 1X12
            Bugera 6260
            Traynor

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            • #7
              VK is cheap but wil work

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              • #8
                Ooops!!

                Forgot ... Carvin. Gotta check 'em out!
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                Yogi Robt


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                • #9
                  Yeah ... can't go wrong with Peavey.

                  Don't be an effete "tubular-purist", and believe vintage tube amps, and "boutique"-amps (hate that word!) are the greatest things since sliced-bread.

                  Vintage tube amps sound great in a studio or your bedroom. A Peavey amp is better choice for stage-use applications. Peavey amps are true "road-warriors", seldom (ever?) breaking down. Dead reliable. Also, great "bang-for-the-buck" in the value department. Retain value, also.

                  I think (?) they are all still made in the good 'ole USA (Mississippi).



                  All true, pretty much sums it up. The only other amps I would recommend in that range are maybe a Blues Jr, but if you can definitely give Traynor a test drive. Traynor can do your sound all day long. Built like a tank in Canada. You can get a brand new YCV20WR for about another $100 bucks.
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                  • #10
                    Well thanks for the help guys. Im going to look into traynor. The peavey is probably going to be the end choice though. After my last amp failure, im looking forward to owning something reliable.

                    Thanks again

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                    • #11
                      I'd looking into traynor stuff. They make really nice amps for the price.
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                      • #12
                        Well my amp just died (solid state, line6 spider 2). Now I'm in the market for a new amp. I don't have a ton of money to spend, and am looking to spend between 350-450 on a used tube amp.

                        Please help me out. What in everyones infinite wisdom is the most bang for the buck. I had my eye on a Peavey Valveking 2x12, combo. The guy is asking $350.

                        Is this the right direction? Check out my bands sound if need be @ www.myspace.com/woolandwater.

                        Any input is welcome.

                        Thanks,

                        Dan
                        My suggestions would depend on your intended usage, desired features, and what you want for tones.
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                        • #13
                          Yeah ... can't go wrong with Peavey.



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                            +1, but don't forget, most of the guys play metal here and will recommend gear that they think sounds good for metal.
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                            • #15
                              I do sound for an open mic every wednesday and we let people bring their own stuff as opposed to making them play through a backline that doesn't fit them.

                              A few weeks back, a guy I know brings his Crate Vintage 30 (or whatever they call it, the 30 watter). I throw a mic on it and I gotta tell you, it sounded very good. I am an amp snob for the most part and Phil played cover tunes from Hendrix to Sly Stone and had very good tone through the different channels of this thing. He is like me, basically plays with no pedals, just a wire, guitar and amp.

                              Other things I noticed recently, I played through a Peavey XXX in a studio with my band. The XXX sounds really cool by itself. Big thick distortion. It all seemed to get lost though when I played with the band.

                              In my old age, I have noticed that too much distortion is really not needed. Take Angus Young, he is a prime example of how very far, "a little" distortion will go.
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