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post Dec 2 2010, 12:56 PM
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for the longest time I've struggled with small amps for home use. I found that the Blackstar HT5 sounds pretty grown up while the other ~5 watters (Vox 4 watt and Laney cob 10 Watt) lack something.
Keeping my Switchblade and a 4x12 Marshall cab at home for a few days brought me to that insight. It's not fair by a long shot treating my(your)self with such small amps. It just doesn't measure up. I make use of the hi-gain channel(s), I don't call it metal but it's still heavy enough. Small amps for blues is way easier to motivate, they deliver.

I'm going to rid of some stuff and get a Blackstar Clubster 40 watt for home or band use. Going the opposite way to what's popular now but for the sake of good sound i have to biggrin.gif

Do you use small amps and are you happy with them?


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post Dec 2 2010, 01:13 PM
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I have the Blackstar HT-5 as well, and for my home needs it's stellar smile.gif
I don't need anything for playing at home, but I understand what you mean though..

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I'm loving my AC4TV Head + 12'' cab. But I don't play it loud enough to make it break, it would be too loud, even at 1 Watt, not to mention 4 Watts... Even at 1/4th Watt it's a bit too loud to make it break!

A 12'' cab / speaker is a must anyway. That's where most low watt amps fail for my taste, and that's where the AC4 wins, as I said it has a great sounding matching 12'' cab, perfect for home use.

But I use a nice array of pedals in front to bring it to life, specially to get distortions, which sound awesome through this amp. Boss MT-2 in conjunction with a Vox Satchurator do the trick so far. Though I'd love to find a single distortion stomp tht could do the same as these two do when using them together. On top of that my good dely & chorus is all I need smile.gif

With a more powerful valve amp, for home use (apartment), I doubt I could make it roar without going deaf or the neighbours killing me laugh.gif, correct me if I'm wrong!


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post Dec 2 2010, 02:47 PM
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I use a Peavey Vypyr 15w at my music school to teach and it's the best small amp I've tried until now, with some nice amp simulations and fxs.


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post Dec 2 2010, 03:39 PM
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The main amp I use for all guitar work, live, GMC... is a Marshall JVM and 4x12... a bit excessive for home recording needs but I'd rather just own 1 amp.. it's got everything I want tone wise !

However, you can't beat little amps for ease of carrying about to a friend's house for a jam etc.... my co guitarist in my band has 2 little Marshall MG-something or other.. and they're great ! smile.gif


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post Dec 3 2010, 12:49 AM
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I use an Eppy Valve Junior....

5W and one volume controll thats it.... Awsome

I use it for Band rehersals and I reckon I may use it for gigs... There is nothing like an amp cranked up to 3/4's
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post Dec 3 2010, 01:23 AM
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i use a roland micro cube biggrin.gif
don't sure but think that have 5 watts of power -
it comes with 4 EFX (Flange ,chorus tremolo phaser) and i must say i prefere the efx from micro cube than my cube 80x
also with come with 6 amps models (acoust sim; JC clean; black panel; brit combo; classic stack; r-fier; and a channel for microphone)
it also have a delay and reverb in it.

it also work with a battery so you can play it every where biggrin.gif

price = around 99 euros

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post Dec 6 2010, 08:55 PM
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I use to have a Peavey Practice Amp 10W, good and all to start off with, but the neighbours couldn't hear my talent so I upgraded to a Laney Hardcore 65W. Is it overkill, YES, they call it Hardcore Max for a reason! It's almost Marshall quality and I'm really happy with the difference. If you play heavy rock/metal a small amp would only go just so far. I got a great nick Les Paul Gibson, second hand for a good price, and well the upgrade for the amp was a no brainer.


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post Dec 6 2010, 09:41 PM
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QUOTE (Jerry Arcidiacono @ Dec 2 2010, 05:47 AM) *
I use a Peavey Vypyr 15w at my music school to teach and it's the best small amp I've tried until now, with some nice amp simulations and fxs.


I agree completely with this. I got this amp to take around for small jams and what not. This thing is LOUD! and beats any of the small amps in its category (line 6, Vox)



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its super light to carry !!! I can probably hold 5 of these on 1 arm ahaha


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post Dec 6 2010, 10:02 PM
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well my favorite amp right now is the marshall class 5 smile.gif, and i mean my favorite from all the other amps, i'm not sure why, and maybe it's just a phase, but put a couple of mics in front of it, and it's the best thing for the studio, takes pedals like all amps should.

i heard that the phil x's "evil robot" is amazing too!


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post Dec 7 2010, 12:37 AM
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I have a Blackstar HT5, but even that is too loud (even with the volume at 2) to play without upsetting the neighbours. 5W of tube power can be suprisingly loud!

I also have a Fender Champ 600 which sounds good for blues but I am not clever enough to get many tones out of it.

Other than that I use the Toneport UX2 and output via tiny logitech computer speakers, which considering their size are remarkably loud but somehow different to playing through an amp.

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post Dec 7 2010, 09:41 AM
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QUOTE (Adrian Figallo @ Dec 6 2010, 10:02 PM) *
well my favorite amp right now is the marshall class 5 smile.gif, and i mean my favorite from all the other amps, i'm not sure why, and maybe it's just a phase, but put a couple of mics in front of it, and it's the best thing for the studio, takes pedals like all amps should.

i heard that the phil x's "evil robot" is amazing too!

I never tested that Marshall, I do like the fact it’s got an EL84 tube but I wish it came with a 12 inch speaker.
The Evil Robot, which he had to change the name into is probably just as great as its price laugh.gif
Will try to get my hands on a Marshall Class 5 though, for a test drive.


EDIT: No I won't. I promised myself, no more small amps laugh.gif


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post Dec 7 2010, 11:15 AM
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I play a Fender blues junior, and really dig it with my tele
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post Dec 8 2010, 03:07 AM
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QUOTE (MickeM @ Dec 7 2010, 03:41 AM) *
I never tested that Marshall, I do like the fact it’s got an EL84 tube but I wish it came with a 12 inch speaker.
The Evil Robot, which he had to change the name into is probably just as great as its price laugh.gif
Will try to get my hands on a Marshall Class 5 though, for a test drive.


EDIT: No I won't. I promised myself, no more small amps laugh.gif


come on man!! give this one a try, if you like angus young, jimmy page, jimi hendrix or john frusciante kind of tone you will LOVE this little beast.


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post Dec 11 2010, 02:16 AM
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Well it's a tough question. I use one of the loudest made 100Watters (Hiwatt DR103 head). It's great, but I need to downsize. Now I've tried Vox 4W head, HT5, Night Train, but I'm not satisfied. It's great to have all these amps in the collection that's for sure, but for practical purposes it depends on the needs, even a good proc will do. If you know how to play, you can play through almost anything. Fingers do the work. haven't tried Hiwatt Custom 7W version, that would be interesting biggrin.gif


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