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Apartment Pedal Platform

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by RouxEnTBypass, Mar 3, 2021.

Which Amp Would You Pick If You Were Me?

  1. Princeton Reverb

    8 vote(s)
    29.6%
  2. Tone Master Deluxe Reverb

    5 vote(s)
    18.5%
  3. Blues Jr.

    3 vote(s)
    11.1%
  4. Something Else

    11 vote(s)
    40.7%
  1. RouxEnTBypass

    RouxEnTBypass NEW MEMBER!

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    Hey all, I'm looking at upgrading to a new amp. I've had a Mustang GTX since I started, but I'm starting to want a better sound. Looking for something that sounds like (or is) a tube amp and would make a good pedal platform for home use. The only catch is it has to sound good at reasonable volumes. I have neighbors, and although the walls aren't thin, I don't want to disturb them trying to get a twin reverb to break up.

    So far the ones I think might fit the bill are--in no particular order--a Princeton Reverb, a Tone Master Deluxe Reverb, or a Blues Jr.

    Does anyone have some advice on which of these options (or any others) would fit fit my needs well?
     
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  2. Bluego1

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    I chose “something other than Fender”. Expand your horizons, son:cool:.
     
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  3. tfarny

    tfarny Friend of Leo's

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    Well, if it's a tube amp without a master volume, forget about breakup tones at neighbor friendly volumes. Even 5 watts is too much for that. So the Princeton is out. Tonemaster might work well, the blues jr isn't an amp I would really care for for that application. No idea why you limited it to this list? Any MV tube amp could be on it. I've been playing an AC30 at home this week!
     
  4. RouxEnTBypass

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    Thanks! No reason at all to limit it to those options--that's just all I have experience with. Happy to hear about other amps that would work well.
     
  5. rockymtnguitar

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    Maybe a SuperChamp X2 - mine's pretty good at low volumes.
     
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  6. stratoman1

    stratoman1 Friend of Leo's

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    Try a Blackstar HT20 MKII. Twenty watts, switchable down to 20. Master volume so your neighbors are safe. I have 2 of them in my condo, along with a Hughes and Kettner Tubemiester 36. Thats switchable from 36 to 18 to 5 to 1, then silent

    Plus I have a Mesa Boogie Rectoverb 25/10. That one is beast though.
     
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    They are a bit more expensive, but the Tone King Gremlin is a really cool option for an apartment amp. They are 8 watts, with an attenuator, and a 12" speaker. They also have the versatility of having two channels, with the option of a third by using an ABY pedal. The tweed channel can get great overdriven sounds, and the blackface channel is nice for clean to edge of breakup sounds. The Gremlin has been great with OD pedals, a Rotovibe and wah pedals so far.
     
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    unixfish Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Digital modeller? Those tend to have good sound at lower volumes.
     
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    For an apartment:

    The Princeton and Deluxe are way too much if you want breakup. Frankly just about any tube amp is a little too much for adjoined wall lifestyles.

    I would choose any of the Boss/Roland amps with power attenuation.
    The Katana, the Blues Cube, Blues Cube Hot, Nextone. Any of those are far more suitable to apartment life.
     
  10. bgmacaw

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    Here's what you get when you play a Princeton Reverb or Blues Jr in most apartments...

    policeatdoor.JPG

    I suggest sticking with modeling or, if you really want tubes, an amp with a direct out option or an attenuator with one along with an IR cabinet device and studio monitors and headphones.
     
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    Positive Grid Spark
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    Perfect personal practice amp
     
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