1. Win a Broadcaster or one of 3 Teles! The annual Supporting Member Giveaway is on. To enter Click Here. To see all the prizes and full details Click Here. To view the thread about the giveaway Click Here.

Another 5W single ended cheapie hits the market

Discussion in 'Glowing Bottle Tube Amp Forum' started by VintageSG, Dec 29, 2017.

  1. VintageSG

    VintageSG Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    4,127
    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2016
    Location:
    Yorkshire
    Nickadermis, Alamo and mnutz like this.
  2. mnutz

    mnutz Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,239
    Joined:
    May 5, 2010
    Location:
    Heartland of America
    That's about $150 usd right?

    Looks interesting.

    I just put it in the cart and it's $165 including shipping to the US.
     
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2017
  3. rich815

    rich815 Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Age:
    57
    Posts:
    2,709
    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2016
    Location:
    San Francisco Bay Area
    Looks similar to the other Chinese 5w like the Hotone Nano. Which are $99 USD.
     
  4. Alamo

    Alamo Doctor of Teleocity

    Age:
    63
    Posts:
    11,902
    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2006
    Location:
    Berlin
    The Mighty 5th appears to be be all tubes though, while HoTone and others are all SS or hybrid amps.
    it'll be interesting to see and hear the first reviews.
     
    mnutz likes this.
  5. ebb soul

    ebb soul Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    60
    Posts:
    7,843
    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2016
    Location:
    Smyrna georgia
    Competatively priced extention cabinets offered at the bottom.
     
    mnutz likes this.
  6. Michael A.

    Michael A. Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    1,202
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2013
    Location:
    Virginia Beach, VA

    Don't pull the trigger unless you are prepared to swap the plug and hook it up to your dryer's 220V circuit. It does not appear to have a 110V option, so is not made for the N. American market.
     
    emisilly, nojazzhere, 2blue2 and 4 others like this.
  7. JustABluesGuy

    JustABluesGuy Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    63
    Posts:
    2,965
    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2016
    Location:
    Houston, TX
    Good catch! I didnt notice that, but will definately watch for it from now on!

    You surely have saved someone from a real headache!
     
    emisilly, 2blue2 and mnutz like this.
  8. SecretSquirrel

    SecretSquirrel Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Posts:
    2,998
    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2015
    Location:
    PNW USA
    It's cute. :)
     
    mnutz likes this.
  9. Sean65

    Sean65 Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    640
    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2011
    Location:
    London
    There seems to be quite a few cheap and decent looking tube amps on scene these days. I haven't been following the amps in recent years and I'm finding it a bit over whelming to try and choose a budget tube amp.

    I'm thinking of picking up one of these in the new year -

    Yerasov GTA15
    JukeTone Royal Blood 10
    Laney Cub 10
    Ibanez TS!15

    Hard choice to make, they all seem pretty good but I suspect the Yeerasov is better made with better components.
     
    Richie-string likes this.
  10. Papa Joe

    Papa Joe Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Age:
    91
    Posts:
    4,232
    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2007
    Location:
    Swanton Ohio
    My thoughts also..
     
    Richie-string and mnutz like this.
  11. mnutz

    mnutz Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,239
    Joined:
    May 5, 2010
    Location:
    Heartland of America
    Ah thanks! Totally missed that.
     
  12. Michael A.

    Michael A. Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    1,202
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2013
    Location:
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Glad this was helpful info.

    Having lived in both UK and Germany, I recall having to use step down transformers to run our 110V US made household products. So the voltage is the first thing I look at on amps offered by European vendors. Some bigger amps like Vox used to come with variable voltage built in, but that is not seen too much on smaller ones.
     
  13. radiocaster

    radiocaster Poster Extraordinaire

    Posts:
    7,499
    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2015
    Location:
    europe
    I kind of like the Wangs Mini5 better: 3-band eq, one extra preamp stage plus tube rectifier.
     
    wesman likes this.
  14. rich815

    rich815 Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Age:
    57
    Posts:
    2,709
    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2016
    Location:
    San Francisco Bay Area
    I think $7 and change for one of these would work, no?

    Norstar 50 Watt Step Up Reverse Compact International Travel Voltage Converter https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000J40STK/?tag=tdpri-20
     
  15. rich815

    rich815 Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Age:
    57
    Posts:
    2,709
    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2016
    Location:
    San Francisco Bay Area
    If your looking just for moderate wattage home practice or garage practice settings I’m enamored with my Blackstar HT-1RH. Has some great clean sound and terrific OD channel too. Sounds great with headphones as well and takes pedals nicely.

    https://www.blackstaramps.com/uk/products/ht-1rh

    [​IMG]


    I got mine on clearance earlier this year for about $189. There’s one on Reverb right now for $175 (no affiliation to seller). Terrific amp. About the size of a shoebox. And can get loud if needed.
     
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2017
    Zaxxon, emisilly and Sean65 like this.
  16. Veltek

    Veltek Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    641
    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2016
    Location:
    Blues country
    Hotone Nano is SS preamp and power amp.

    This appears to be pure tube in both stages
     
    rich815 likes this.
  17. Michael A.

    Michael A. Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    1,202
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2013
    Location:
    Virginia Beach, VA
    I think that kind of adapter is useful for electric shavers and similar low wattage appliances and lamps, and if used for a tube amp, would probably melt down in a flash. I'm sure one of the electrical gurus on this site would could speak to the suitability for the kind of current that a tube amp would consume. Note in the reviews, many buyers had their adapter go up in smoke.
     
    rich815 likes this.
  18. Rythameen

    Rythameen Tele-Meister

    Posts:
    426
    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2017
    Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    Looks to me to be a variation on the Bugera T-5. Which can be had for $149 new I believe, and the Bugera comes with reverb.
     
  19. VintageSG

    VintageSG Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    4,127
    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2016
    Location:
    Yorkshire
    I think the only thing it has in common with the Bugera is the valve compliment. I can't see Music-Group subbing for anyone. I'm intrigued by it. I'm also slightly confused by the power reduction feature being duplicated on both speaker outs. If it was reduced B+, that wouldn't be needed, so is it a resistor network controlled by switching jacks?. Shouldn't be too hard to remove if it is and it proves objectionable.

    As to who makes it, so far, I've drawn a blank. The usual suspects have nothing similar in their line up. DHGate, Aliexpress et el have brought nothing up similar in searches. Even though I need another low powered valve amp like I need a third armpit, I do quite like the idea of a small, sturdy head unit to throw in the bag. Against that, I have a Hotone already which adequately serves that purpose.

    I have too many amps already. Still....
     
    mnutz likes this.
  20. Richie-string

    Richie-string Tele-Meister

    Posts:
    457
    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2014
    Location:
    UK in the North - Yorkshire, but now in the South.
IMPORTANT: Treat everyone here with respect, no matter how difficult!
No sex, drug, political, religion or hate discussion permitted here.