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Re: Some Good Small Amps?

Post by rld » Thu Oct 14, 2010 8:24 am

thesongcabinet wrote:Just found out they have Bugera's at my local dealer. Gotta try the wire on one of those! 8-)
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They have a lot of different models. From 5 watts on up.
I only paid $279 for mine.

In my video I had it in triode or half power mode.
This thing can be real loud if you want.

I didn't spent a lot of time on my vid, but the amp is real versatile.
Here is one from a guy who took some time and went through different setting with different gits, etc.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoRW8Wj7 ... re=related

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Re: Some Good Small Amps?

Post by ssobiech » Thu Oct 14, 2010 7:27 pm

Carvin has some great amps, well made, good prices.

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Re: Some Good Small Amps?

Post by t4mh » Fri Oct 15, 2010 8:37 pm

Mike Barresi wrote:look up MESA BOOGIE mark IV 12" combo. I believe they are out of production now. Ebay always has them.

Very versitile amp.
I have a Mark II with a 12". I agree this is a very useful amp for lots of stuff! As far as my amp goes, THAT may be my understatement of the year...

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Re: Some Good Small Amps?

Post by billg1 » Thu Oct 21, 2010 4:52 pm

Brand new . . . I believe if I were going to buy an amp tomorrow I'd HAVE to check this out
Vox all tube two watt "Lil Night Train" recording amp . . .
http://www.samedaymusic.com/product--VOXNT2HSET

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Re: Some Good Small Amps?

Post by mojobone » Thu Oct 21, 2010 5:31 pm

Ha! Buy a ten in. spkr cab, get a free mini amp! The Bugera gets a pretty happenin' tone, despite being a [horrors!] Behringer product, but you might prefer to use a power amp input to bypass the preamp and tone stack, so as to preserve your Boss GT-8's tone, and several of the amps mentioned, including the Vox and Bugera, don't have one. I'd look at a solid-state bass or keyboard amp, first, unless you can globally bypass the modeling in the GT-8. (and do so quickly and easily)

Injecting a fully-modeled (amp, cab, mic) tone into the front end of a miked tube combo amp is likely to sound odd, unless your floor effector provides for it. My X3L provides correct levels/impedance for using either the front (gtr level) or rear (line level/power amp) inputs on either a closed or open-backed combo, and it's selectable per-patch, don't know if your Boss product does this.
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Re: Some Good Small Amps?

Post by rld » Thu Oct 21, 2010 5:59 pm

Bill,
I tried the Vox Night Train and Egnater Tweaker before the Bugera V22.
All sound good, Bugera has way more features, (combo vs. head for one) and cost less.
I've also used a Boss GT-3 in front and in the FX loop with good results.

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Re: Some Good Small Amps?

Post by billg1 » Fri Oct 22, 2010 5:24 am

rld wrote:Bill,
I tried the Vox Night Train and Egnater Tweaker before the Bugera V22.
All sound good, Bugera has way more features, (combo vs. head for one) and cost less.
I've also used a Boss GT-3 in front and in the FX loop with good results.
That's good to know! An "all tube non-modelling" amp is on my short list, and the list is really short because of money considerations! I've been using the 15 watt Vox Valvetronix which I think is very good for the money . . . BUT you have to be very careful of the treble boost/gain relationship or it starts to get a case of digititus. I'm ready for an all tube no digital nonsense amp.

BTW I've made some decent recordings with a little Roland Micro-Cube too! Those are ok for somethings as long as you mic it. It can sound too thin direct in.

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Re: Some Good Small Amps?

Post by eeoo » Fri Oct 22, 2010 7:35 am

Might be too pricey for this thread but Dr Z makes incredible hand wired, all tube, no-nonsense amps and for what they are they are reasonably priced. I have the Z-28, a step down in power and price would be the Carmen-ghia:
http://www.drzamps.com/amp/carmen_ghia/

A step down in power and price from the Ghia would be this:
http://www.drzamps.com/amp/mini_z/

Fantastic amps but pricier than the ones being mentioned in this thread.

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Re: Some Good Small Amps?

Post by rld » Fri Oct 22, 2010 7:41 am

billg1 wrote:
rld wrote:Bill,
I tried the Vox Night Train and Egnater Tweaker before the Bugera V22.
All sound good, Bugera has way more features, (combo vs. head for one) and cost less.
I've also used a Boss GT-3 in front and in the FX loop with good results.
That's good to know! An "all tube non-modelling" amp is on my short list, and the list is really short because of money considerations! I've been using the 15 watt Vox Valvetronix which I think is very good for the money . . . BUT you have to be very careful of the treble boost/gain relationship or it starts to get a case of digititus. I'm ready for an all tube no digital nonsense amp.

BTW I've made some decent recordings with a little Roland Micro-Cube too! Those are ok for somethings as long as you mic it. It can sound too thin direct in.
Ha ha...in my youtube vid I posted on the 1st page, you can see I have a Valvetronix as well. :D
It does lots of stuff well.
It had been years since I had an all tube amp and didn't want to spend $1000 for something to noodle around with.
The V22 fits the bill nicely.
I think the Vox Night Train and especially Lil' Train are too small to gig with, which is what the OP was askin' 'bout.

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Re: Some Good Small Amps?

Post by mfowler » Mon Nov 01, 2010 7:55 am

check out the Epiphone Valve Jr....

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