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    Need recommendations for "bedroom" tube amp

    Would appreciate any recommendations for a tube amp that can be played at "bedroom" levels.

    SloopG

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    A Fender Superchamp.

    Those things are a hoot around the house.

    High gain tones are a little buzzy, but not too bad.

    The clean tone is ok.

    I really liked the mild OD tone on it, very cool.

    The reverb is nice, but only has two settings. Light and mine shaft.

    I had zero luck trying to gig with one.

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    ZVex Nano Head. 100-mW of raging power.

    Seriously, it's a nice sounding amp.

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    Peavey Classic 30 is nice for around the house playing, not too big. It has reverb and channel switching as well. They aren't too expensive, either. A friend of mine even gigs with them, so they have enough power for that, too

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    I've got both SuperChamps and a Crate V1512.

    IMO The SuperChamp is great but needs to be plugged into a nice 12" speaker to sound better (it has a 10"). The reverb is powered by the lead channel tube and therefore you get almost no reverb when using the lead channel.

    The Crate does mild to wild very well for a $400 amp. It has killer classic rock tones (think AC/DC and more). You can add any amount of reverb to any gain level you want. Some people have upgraded the speaker in theirs but I'm happy with the 12" it comes with. Is it a Bogner, Matchless, or Blockhead? No! But is a pretty great inexpensive, small-wattage, classic rock tube amp.

    Do a search for Crate V1512 and you should come up with more info.
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    Your favorite tube amp, any size...

    with a good attenuator.

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    Either the Peavey Classic 30 or any of the Crate VC series. I have a VC20R that's just a little screamer. If I'm feeling lazy and don't want to haul the Two Rock I'll take the Crate to rehearsal and it'll keep up pretty well.
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    If you have chance,check THD Univalve. It`s got attenuator built in and also you can change tubes without rebiasing it. And the sound is really good.

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    Fender blues JR. or Pro JR. if no veb is needed.
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    Re: Need recommendations for "bedroom" tube amp

    Originally posted by sloopG
    Would appreciate any recommendations for a tube amp that can be played at "bedroom" levels.

    SloopG
    I use a marshall jcm800 50watt halfstack in my room. works great :dude
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    The Smicz TAD tube adaptors will bring you down to 2-3 watts and run about $100, not a bad idea.

    Replacing the stock speaker in the Super Champ with the Electro Voice 10' sounds great.

    Will

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    Emery Superbaby, 8 watts , Emery Microbay, 2 watts;

    Allen Class Act, 10 watts;

    ADA Rocket 10 ,10 watts; ( Superb amp you can only get them used, because the company went out of business )

    Carr Mercury , 8 watts;

    These are all very good amps for recording and home use.

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    i use a sf champ. it sounds good to me. for a little extra i put a clean boost in front of it.

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    I use a Blackface VibroChamp with a Jensen reissue speaker and use a box in front for some more overdrive if needed. Sounds great for a low volume practice/ recording rig.
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    Bad Cat Hot Cat - with or without an attenuator

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    Ditto the Crate V15... Cheap, Class A, Clean to Hyper, Cheap, Low Volume to Kill Elephants. Good little studio amp too.

    The THD Univalve is killer too, but not inexpensive and you'll need a cab.

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    Reverend Hellhound 40/60 Combo. It's a 1x12 that can get very freaking loud, but also sounds very good at low volumes. Also plenty o' power for gigging at even the 40 watt setting. One of my favorite amps.


    Crate Vintage Club sounds great, but I have a love/hate relationship w/ mine. Sound=awesome reliability=horrible

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    if you're looking for something economical, crate vc508 and vintage 5 watters (silvertone, gibson, etc) can be had for $200 or less. i have a blues jr. and pro jr. and those are both too big for bedroom use in my opinion - you can't get the volume up enough to get a good sound without offending the next room.....but my silvertone 10xl is perfect....

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    My current round the house amp is a Tophat Portly Cadet.

    Be warned that this thing must be cranked to give up the goods, and cranked = LOUD.

    Still looking at getting a Weber C125 for it. This should make it louder.




    And a Mini MASS so I can play it around the house.


    A cranked Portly with a FDII in comp cut mode in front is yielding some great tones but I say again, she's loud.

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    Thanks for all the feedback.

    Checked out some Fenders but finally decided on the Crate V1512. Small size, 15 watts, sounds very good at low volume, decent reverb. Not much in the feature category... no headphone jack, footswitch jack etc... just a nice, simple class A amp. Uses 2 EL84 Groove Tubes. Price at GC was better than discount web sites even with tax. Will give it a good workout this weekend.

    SloopG

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    Re: Need recommendations for "bedroom" tube amp

    Found one review on amplifiers , here is the link. 30 watts Marshall amp seemed to be the most attractive. Check this and the other amps out. Maybe you'll find the one you like.

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    Re: Need recommendations for "bedroom" tube amp

    I have a couple Music Master Bass amps. Great fun to mod, too.

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    Re: Need recommendations for "bedroom" tube amp

    Carr Rambler. I know, a little pricey but you can find them used for $1K or more less than new retail price, which I did. At either 14 or 28 watts it's the only amp you'll probably ever need for bedroom, recording or live use. Uses 6L6 glass. Great amp.

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    Re: Need recommendations for "bedroom" tube amp

    Guys this thread is 17 years old and the OP has not posted on the forum since 2004 so I very much doubt if he is still looking for recommendations!

    The user who restarted the thread in post #22 is a newly registered user who has 3 posts and all of those posts have been to old threads that have had no activity for over 15 years. I'm guessing it is either a bot or a troll of some sort.

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    Re: Need recommendations for "bedroom" tube amp

    IMO for a "bedroom" amp, you can't go wrong in choosing one of Mark Baier's low-power Victoria tweed Fender replicas. There is a complete line of Victoria tweed combos that are suitable for home use, and also as a small club amp.

    If you desire a sensible bedroom amp that won't disturb neighbors, look no further than the Victoria 518 (8-inch speaker), or Victoria 5112 ( 12-inch speaker), faithful Fender tweed Champ replicas. With it's single 6V6-GT power section these amps deliver a sensible output of about 5 watts.

    Here's a link to Victoria Amps:

    http://www.victoriaamp.com
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    Re: Need recommendations for "bedroom" tube amp

    Quote Originally Posted by vseprosto90211 View Post
    Found one review on amplifiers , here is the link. 30 watts Marshall amp seemed to be the most attractive. Check this and the other amps out. Maybe you'll find the one you like.
    Quote Originally Posted by PaulD View Post
    Guys this thread is 17 years old and the OP has not posted on the forum since 2004 so I very much doubt if he is still looking for recommendations!

    The user who restarted the thread in post #22 is a newly registered user who has 3 posts and all of those posts have been to old threads that have had no activity for over 15 years. I'm guessing it is either a bot or a troll of some sort.
    You're probably right.....note the possible nefarious hyper-link this new LPF member cleverly inserted into his post. I would caution others not to click on this link.
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    Re: Need recommendations for "bedroom" tube amp

    Actually a 50 W amp plays better at low levels than a 20W. You might get a nice fat clean sound a low levels, and use an overdrive when needed. A 20W always needs more loudness to sound decent and not thin. A 18W BB at low volume is not impressive. At full throttle is blows away most high watt amps.

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    Re: Need recommendations for "bedroom" tube amp

    Quote Originally Posted by Scott64 View Post
    I use a marshall jcm800 50watt halfstack in my room. works great :dude
    Marshall jcm 900 50 watt into a 4x12 Marshall 1960 cabinet -

    click the "half-power" switch on the back of the head
    Last edited by clamato; 05-18-20 at 07:56 PM.

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    Re: Need recommendations for "bedroom" tube amp

    I've got a few I like for around the house. One of my favorites is a Tweaker 15 head through a 112 cab. I like to run it in the Clean setting with the Gain up so it's on the edge of break up then push it over the top with an OD pedal. I put a HOF and DL8 in the loop with a 25k EB JR last in the chain which really helps control the volume. I have a Delta Blues that's great for that too.

    My current go to home rig is this small rack rig. It's a lot of fun.

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    Re: Need recommendations for "bedroom" tube amp

    That's pretty cool looking.

    I would get lost with all the buttons and such but cool.

    I just use one of these (usually the Torpedo) with the amps I'm used to.

    It has enough buttons to make me guess at times, but it just replaces the speakers.



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    Re: Need recommendations for "bedroom" tube amp

    Very cool. That's Something I need to get my hands on in the future. I need a usable DAW and an IR loader so I can record clips with something better than my looper pedal.
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    Re: Need recommendations for "bedroom" tube amp

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