Best small, cheap tube amp for home/practice?

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  1. mickmac

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    Champion 600...$150!
     
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  3. J-man

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    Another vote for the Blackstar ht-1.

    A really great sounding amp, IMO.

    The distortion is fantastic and the clean tone is very good. The build quality is also excellent considering the price.
     
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    I have the Blackstar HT5 Combo - great little amp - cost £200 in the UK - I also have the Bugera 5 watt (V5 I think) - with attenuator to take it down to 1 watt I seem to play through that more than the Blackstar - despite it costing half the price -
     
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    I love my Blackstar HT-1 head for home use. Not super loud for cleans, but at home it's ok. Breaks up with the gain pretty quickly. Some great tones, though! I also have the 4x8 Blackstar cab, which is really nice.
     
  6. trev333

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    I got one of these to try.. a Laney Cub 15r head...it has a <1W input for the house and the 15W input goes pretty loud for jamming.... it's handy.
    .3 x ECC83's in its preamp and 2 x EL84's in the power amp.:)

    the <1W cranks up OK for "quieter" use... with some tube saturation.

    how much are these selling for in the States?...
     

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    Big fan of the VHT Special 6, but it can get LOUD...
     
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    I own neither but auditioned a PJ and a tweed BJ several weeks ago at a local GC and the PJ sounded cold sterile icepicky with the BJ sounded fendery cleans meets el84 chime warm and sparkly. The BJ was so good I almost bought it. I don't know if those new tweed BJ variants use a different speaker but the difference between it and the harsh and sterile sounding PJ was like night and day

     
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