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 Post subject: which amp???
PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2015 6:38 pm 
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Hi all
Haven't been on the forum for a while. Family life took over!!!
Anyway getting back into things and decided I want to get a smaller tube amp that will be great for home and powerful enough for any future gigs.
I'm looking at the Hughes & Kettner 18watt head and cab, the Ibanez either 15 or 30watt combo or head. There's also a blues jnr copy called sub zero.
I'm getting nowhere deciding so I wondered if anyone out there has had any experience with any of these amps or could suggest anything else.
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 Post subject: Re: which amp???
PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2015 7:29 pm 
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Hey Les,
Nice to see you back around these parts.

As for amps, I haven't played any of those. My practice/studio amp is an old Fender Cyber-Champ. It's fine for basic's, but nothing to write home about.

I had a few minutes to take a work break and did some exploration.

This amp gets rave reviews and I have actually heard it's a good little amp. Plenty of feedback from users on this one

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 Post subject: Re: which amp???
PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2015 7:56 pm 
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Hi and thanks for the quick response!
I have a bugera v55 and its great especially when I had some JJ valves put in!
I'm preferably looking for something 15/30 watts with switchable wattage so I can crank it up at home. Also a DI for recording would be great. The tubemeister 18 has this but its a bit expensive. I also have a Hughes and Kettner statesman which sounds great especially when I'm in a country twangy mood (which I am a lot lately!) But you need to crank it up to get the best out of it and its V loud!!!


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 Post subject: Re: which amp???
PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2015 8:00 pm 
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Oh I've just seen that Buyers is 15/30 watts! :oops:


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 Post subject: Re: which amp???
PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2015 9:03 pm 
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Hi Les

I really rate the tweed Peavey 'Classic' amps. I used to have the 20watt version, and now have the 30watt version. Have used them live for years and never let me down and use them for recording a lot. Both plenty loud enough for smaller gigs when you aren't mic'ing up the amp.

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 Post subject: Re: which amp???
PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2015 10:03 pm 
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Cheers for that, I'll have a look at it!


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I have a VHT Special 6 ultra head & cabinet.

Perfect for me. All tube, 5 watts to 1 watt. No reverb but it has an FX loop, which is fantastic.

The head sits on a stool, the cab goes in the closet & is miked up. family neighbours have nothing to complain about.

For something a bit bigger, I would go for a Fender Princeton or maybe a Marshall 1 watt head & cab. Pricey.

Special 6 is good and cheap

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 Post subject: Re: which amp???
PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2015 12:01 am 
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Yes I'm looking at the special 6 ultra. Some great reviews. Also looking at the Ibanez tsa15 and the Hughes & Kettner tubemeister 5 watt head. Problem is not being able to try any of these out before I buy.
Will just have to go for it I think.
The sub zero 20watt tube combo is also very tempting. Its a copy of the blues jnr I believe.


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