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 Post subject: Practice Amp
 Post Posted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 9:14 pm 
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Hi I've just joined. I live in London.

I've owned a JG 330 1980, JG 360/12 1990 and still have my beautiful MG 340/6 from 1989.

Whilst I have a '61 Vox A30 I really want a good sounding, preferably valve (tube) practice amp for the home.

and No I can't afford a Champ or AC15 (not at UK prices anyway)

Can anyone recommend something

Are there any old RIC amps that might fit the bill?

thanks

Tim


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 Post subject: Re: Practice Amp
 Post Posted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 10:48 pm 
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While I have no personal experience of them (I have a 60's black face Vibro Champ that I really like), the little Epiphone Valve Junior 5 Watt Class A amp gets some excellent reviews.

http://www.epiphone.com/default.asp?Pro ... ctionID=13

In the US these sell for about $140.


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 Post subject: Re: Practice Amp
 Post Posted: Thu Sep 07, 2006 12:05 am 
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I have a little Vox Valvetronic (15 watts w/ 8") that fits my needs for noodling around--plus, I can run a line out to my keyboard amp if I need to play any louder.

Lots of amp modeling and effects for fun

About 160 USD


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 Post subject: Re: Practice Amp
 Post Posted: Thu Sep 07, 2006 12:55 am 
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Hi ive just joined as well great site - I was looking for exactly the same thing as you and ended up going for a little Laney VC15-110 it blew me away great little valve amp sounds great and looks cool just the job for my beloved burgundy 330.nice price too check one out.

cheers Phil


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 Post subject: Re: Practice Amp
 Post Posted: Fri Sep 08, 2006 10:47 am 
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Cheers,240UK,and welcome to the forum.I agree with FLDavid about the VOX Valvetronix.Small,cheap...and made with Rickenbackers in mind.I disagree about the Epiphone 5-watt all tube Junior,though...too noisy.My lead guitarist has one.GREAT cranked-up sound,but not good at all for that clean,crisp,CHIME that we all know & love.


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 Post subject: Re: Practice Amp
 Post Posted: Fri Sep 08, 2006 11:41 am 
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I'll put a third vote in for a Valvetronix. A lot of amp for the money.


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 Post subject: Re: Practice Amp
 Post Posted: Fri Sep 08, 2006 9:29 pm 
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You might also like to try the roland,micro-cube 30watt and the 15-watt Fender g-deck with programmed chord patterns which i like a lot.


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 Post subject: Re: Practice Amp
 Post Posted: Sat Sep 09, 2006 9:55 am 
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Someone took a Thinamp to the 75th anniversary confluence, and that li'l thing surprised me mucho with its tone and bells and whistles.Ed Roman's had a sale on them.

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 Post subject: Re: Practice Amp
 Post Posted: Sat Sep 09, 2006 10:01 am 
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You could find a VOX Pathfinder-R on the Flea for about $40 and you could certainly do worse. Mine has THE TONE and is my prefered living room amp ....


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 Post subject: Re: Practice Amp
 Post Posted: Sat Sep 09, 2006 10:30 am 
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There are a number of good tube amps out there suitable for practice, but I'd have to agree that the best one would be the Pathfinder, at least in my experience. A friend of mine had one and it was surprisingly loud and clear for such a little amp. You can find them used for a good price.


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