best cheap tube amp that doesn't sound cheap

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  1. gunzors

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    Hi,
    I'm looking for a good amp, and i need your help.

    What is the best cheap tube amp that doesn't sound cheap?

    Cheap for me is under 200$, I can't afford higher prices.

    Is it possible to get a good one under 200? if yes, which one?
    I like tube sound, but since i don't have much money, should i go with
    vox pathfinder 15r instead?

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. Morty76

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    I picked up a Kustom "The Defender" 5H which is a 5 watt head for $99.99. The 1x12 cab is another $99.99. I used a 13% off coupon at Musician's Friend and it was $173.

    The amp has a volume knob and an on/off switch... simple operation.
     
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    You get what you pay for.

    Woof!
     
  5. gunzors

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    for home
     
  6. Toto'sDad

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    You can buy a 15 watt Super Champ XD new for $200 now that they are blowing them out, I have one I use sometimes when I don't want to drag my Blues Deluxe along. Pretty decent, not great, but gets the job done, has some different effects, but I hardly use them, mostly play it clean.
     
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    You might find a used Vox AC4 for around your price range. I've heard good things about them. You could try to go an extra $75 and get into a Marshall Class 5. I've seen them go used for $275. The Chinese-made Fender Vibro-Champs are pretty reasonable. Under $200 is going to be tough to find but not impossible. The Fender Champions are right about that price, if they're still making them. I had one of those and felt it was an OK amp. The Epiphone Valve Junior will be a decent choice too.

    I have a Marshall Class 5. I've heard them sound good and bad but this cat does it justice.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdAR1-ipu5M
     
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    if you are patient, lucky and know what to look for

    Just missed a traynor yba-1 by minutes for $100
    have gotten during the past few years, all these were ptp with great old glass
    se 6l6 for $67
    se el84 for $25
    se 6v6 for $35
    pp 6v6 for $50
    pp 6v6 for $65
     
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    I bought a used Pro Jr. a year or two ago with a stand, cover and the original box for $150. It doesn't sound like a cheap amp to me.
     
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    You could get a used epi valve jr. for around $75. It is five watts and sounds pretty good. I own two.
     
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    I bought an Epiphone Galaxie 10 watter about 5 years ago for 75 bucks! It sounds great and loves pedals.
     
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    Never know what you might find used for 200 bucks. Good deals aren't as easy to find now with Google but you can still get lucky.
     
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    Another vote fore the Super Champ XD. I compared mine (only mod is Ragin Cajun) with my SF Champ on the clean setting and honestly could not pick a favorite even though I wanted to prefer the SF. That's just the clean setting, there are all sorts of other sounds you can get out of them. Not all of them are great but there are many good sounds in there. In other words, you get a lot of range for your money and the basic sound of the amp is very good to begin with.

     
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    +1 Super Champ XD

    I had a Vox AC4TV8 which is great at doing what it does. But, the SCXD does a lot more and gives good tone options without buying pedals.
     
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    best bang for buck is the super champXD ..then install a 5ooK pot infront of the PI to replace that 10K fixed resistor .NOW you are rockin. step 2. i built a cab to hold 15" Em legend 1518 ,101 db 8ohm spkr see demo on youtube : donnyboy911
    you may roll off some of the HIs by playing with C13 100pf ..go to250pf -470pf?
     
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    If I was you I'd get the Pathfinder R. Thank me later.
     
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    For $200, Crate V16 Palomino. IMHO, it's head and shoulders better than the amps mentioned above.
     
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    You are in Canada, any of the Traynor amps are fine. The old Bass amps like the YBA mentioned above are spectacular, but big, heavy, and powerful. I had a Traynor YBA-1, thougtht it one of the best amps I have heard, but you are not going to get distortion out of it at bedroom levels without a pedal.
     
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