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Vox brings out the coolest looking practice amp the Mini Super Beetle

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by warrent, Jun 28, 2018.

  1. warrent

    warrent Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Sep 15, 2009
    toronto

  2. memorex

    memorex Friend of Leo's

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    It's cute. And with 25 watts RMS @8 ohms into a 10" Celestion, it ought to be pretty loud. Tremolo and Reverb are nice touches. Too bad it doesn't have the Super Beatle Fuzz and MRB circuits.
     
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  3. hemingway

    hemingway Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 14, 2012
    London, UK
    Still not as cool looking at the Yamaha THR in my book. Or the Greta.

    Also, it kind of looks like luggage.
     
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  4. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    True.

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  5. hemingway

    hemingway Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 14, 2012
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    With luggage like that, who'd be a roadie?
     
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  6. LGOberean

    LGOberean Poster Extraordinaire

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  7. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Doctor of Teleocity

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    So does the fake tube make it sound as good as the old Pathfinder 15r?
     

  8. LGOberean

    LGOberean Poster Extraordinaire

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    I sure hope so. It's sounds good in that "Hands On" Music Radar vid I just mentioned and posted a link to. Check it out.

    The features on the top panel are reminiscent of the Pathfinder 15R, while the rear panel looks like the back of the MV50. It has the same 50 watt capability as the MV50, at 4 ohms. But the cab of this mini stack has a 10" Celestion speaker rated 8 ohms, so 25 watts (hence the model's name, MSB25). That's the same as the MV50 arrangement; the Black Cabinet series cabs are rated 8 ohms.

    I've been GASing for the MV50 AC for some time, but since I didn't have a cab to run it into, I've been holding off and thinking about my options. Then Vox unveiled the MVX150 series, but after checking them out, I wasn't interested. This is now the new frontrunner for me. I'm a big fan of the 15R (I've got 3), and so while I was drawn to the MV50, I could have done without the VU meter, and reverb and trem would have been nice. Now, here we are!
     

  9. PhredE

    PhredE Tele-Meister

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    I too am eyeing those Vox (and related) units too. Got to love the power, footprint, cost and SOUND of these latest Class D amps.

    Dunno if anyone is interested, but you can essentially duplicate that technology manually in a "DIY" mode by pairing or combining separate components-- for the frugalistas amongst us:

    You'll need:

    1. Audio amp module (think 'power amp') [$10-$25]
    There are several on Amazon like the TPA3116 (2x50W) for [$20]

    2. Preamp of sort type; I use pedal board having a couple Joyos and a tube preamp [$30 min, up to ??] with reverb/delay, etc.

    3. Separate external power supply (to power the audio amp module). I use the Meanwell 15v 7amp unit [$15]

    The cool part is, the components (amp module+power supply) are SO small you can mount them right into/onto your pedal board.
    Oh yeah, sounds great too.
     

  10. luckett

    luckett Friend of Leo's

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    It goes well with the purse they released last year.

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  11. Southpaw Tele

    Southpaw Tele Tele-Afflicted

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  12. Bill

    Bill Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

    Mar 16, 2003
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    Yeah that one above just creeps me out. Don’t know why but it does. Like it should have a Gucci symbol on it.
     
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  13. 3-Chord-Genius

    3-Chord-Genius Friend of Leo's

    Apr 3, 2015
    Winchester, VA
    It's not a "fake tube" - it's as real as it gets electronically.
     
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  14. fozhebert

    fozhebert TDPRI Member

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    It's kinda what I have at home, but in a nicer looking package (Pathfinder 10 for clean, Joyo AC Tone for drive and Zoom G1on for verb and trem)
     

  15. nojazzhere

    nojazzhere Friend of Leo's

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  16. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Doctor of Teleocity

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    According to ad copy it is, yet it cannot even produce one watt!
     

  17. warrent

    warrent Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Sep 15, 2009
    toronto
    I would assume any deal Vox had with the Beatles has long expired.
     
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  18. beninma

    beninma Tele-Holic Ad Free Member

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    Man if that's $329 including the Cab what a deal considering it probably sounds nearly as good as a much more expensive traditional tube amp?

    Not sure I get it being a Mini practice amp though. Mini practice amp to me is more like the tiny 3-5" speaker battery driven amps like the Vox Mini 3 or 5.
     

  19. Lies&Distortion

    Lies&Distortion Tele-Holic

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    Yeah, hideous.

    How much for the MSB?
    Someone answered my question before I was done posting. No thanks, I'll take 2 Pathfinders & have a nice dinner or something.
     

  20. luckett

    luckett Friend of Leo's

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    When did an output of one watt become a requirement for a tube to be real?
     

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