Bought Vox VT40X on sale-some regrets

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  1. fred4321

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    Hi,
    I need some advice here as I'm slowly undergoing buyers remorse, but I'm wondering if I should just chill.

    I was in the market for an amp for home and jamming and was looking at a Roland Blues Cube Hot (here is my thread): https://www.tdpri.com/threads/thinking-of-buying-a-roland-blues-cube-hot.1028070/#post-9877987

    Anyway had the money to get one and due to covid, stock is hard to find, and then my daughter dinged the car so my money was diverted.

    Anyway there was a new Vox VT40X on sale at the local shop for more than half of the cost of the Roland, and less than the VT20X.
    Bought it and have tried it out.

    Some great tones, attenuation is good BUT, here's the rub, it seems to have a mind of its own and a bit toy like.

    That is, I put it in manual mode (which I prefer), dial a sound in, but not being a preset guy, lose the settings and have to fiddle again, etc etc. Not as simple as I like it. Bit fiddly.
    Now, I'm tossing up if I should sell it.

    I wanted the Roland for the cleans, quality and attenuation, was looking at valve amps - Fender Superchampx2 for example but uncertain if good for home.

    Any thoughts esteemed members?
    Is the amp the problem or is it me?

    cheers
     
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  2. blowtorch

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    Vox Valvetronix stuff went downhill after the first line, IMO. They used to be my all time greatest amp ever based on sound, versatility, portability and price. I had/still have the AD30VT, the AD50VT (chrome grills) and the AD60VT (blueface with black cushioned grill). Loved em

    Then they brought that horrible "+" series in. I bought one twice and both died in short order.

    And I told Vox "see ya" and never looked back


    My advice- throw that thing away and try to forget about it
     
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    I like mine for backing tracks, listening to music etc. I have a Bluetooth receiver that plugs into the 3.5mm and then play tracks from my phone to the amp. It’s a pretty good stereo for the price.
     
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    The first Vox I ever owned was the VT 20+.......had a bunch of different voices.....every one was "close but not quite". THEN I was turned onto the Pathfinder 15R. Tried one......it had ONE voice (Vox) and I got rid of the VT 20+. Decided modelers were just not for me. I honestly had big hopes for the "multiple voices".....but if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
     
  5. Mad Kiwi

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    I have tried the vox modelling amps and pedals since they came out, being a big modelling guy I thought they would, should be great.

    I have never found one I liked even the ones blowtorch rates.

    I even "scored" a xx20 (VT maybe?) a few years ago for like $50 or something crazy, even at that I couldn't find a sound I liked and flogged it off again.

    Can you return it?
     
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    Hi,
    No, not returnable here in Oz.

    I'm feeling compelled now to sell it off and lose a little bit of money.
     
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    I had the VT-40x for three weeks. Then it died. Tried dealing with Vox but all solutions they could provide were going to cost me money. Very frustrating. Hung up and packed it back up and sent it back to Amazon for a full refund. Grabbed an Orange 35RT instead of trying another VT40X. Great move.
     
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    Yea I should've waited and spent the money on the Roland or the Fender
     
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    I looked up the model you're talking about and it does look complicated! A lot of knobs and buttons and hold this while pressing that.

    I will say that I have two Vox modeling amps that I love. When I got back into playing I picked up a Mini 3 G2, which is a tiny, rinky dink thing that sounds surprisingly good, and the clean Fender and Vox models are fantastic.

    I also have the recently discontinued AV60, that's some kind of hybrid analog /digital thing, and it's a great amp. For a modeler, it has a minimum of fuss involved with it. Eight analog amp models, three built in digital effects, two channels, master volume etc.

    So, based only on my love for these Vox amps of mine, I'd say hang tight and give yours a chance and see if you don't warm up to it. You say you can't return it, so might as well take some time and really figure out what it has to offer. You can always sell it if after some more time you still feel it's not right for you. Good luck!
     
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    PS I see you asked about the Super Champ X2... I have one of those, too! It works really well for home playing and recording. If you're a Fender amp fan, it's fun to have so many different classic Fender sounds at your disposal, and the Vox models are nice too.
     
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    Thanks for the feedback on the Fender Superchamp x2-appreciated.

    When I was trying out my Tele I was playing it through a Vox AC30 and it was excellent, both belonged to each other and influenced me to buy the Tele - absolutely no regrets.
    That influenced my decision to get the VT40X as it was on sale and I have to pay the car insurance excess.
     
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    I have the SCX2's predecessor, the SCXD. Good practice amp, I primarily use the clean channel. The "voices" channel has some interesting Fender voices that are useful. The effects are good sounding, but all I use is either reverb or delay or a combination of them both. At 15 watts, it is powerful enough for lower volume gigs if the stock speaker is replaced. In combo form, there is only space for a 10 inch speaker. If one goes with the head/cabinet, there is room for a 12, which makes the amp sound much bigger.
     
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    Just listed the amp on Gumtree and eBay.
    I'll see what happens
     
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    Like Jake said - first ones are great.

    try to find a used AD30VT.

    great amps.

    I borrowed our lead singer’s that he never used And like it way more than my cube 60.

    There are usually a ton of them for sale and if you can grab one for 100 bucks it’s well worth it
     
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    When its sold I'll revisit the Roland and Fender. Attenuation is important at the moment.
     
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    I got an AD15VT back in '05, and still have it to this day, that's how good it's been. I put a Jensen Mod 8-20 in it, and that made a good little amp a lot better.

    I also bypassed the noise gate, which is even there on the cleaner/lower gain amp models.

    The original Valvetronix amps were the first modelers that I experienced that got the SS power amp to actually behave like a tube amp.

    That's too bad that Vox effed up the Valvetronix line.

    I did get a Vox MV50 Boutique last year (used), and it's a cool little bugger IMO, and also can get really loud. It seems to have at least some of the good qualities that my old AD15VT does, just in a much simpler, stripped down format.

    ...I hope a lot of the old ADXXVTs are available used for a good while to come. I may have to get an AD50VT just to squirrel it away until I want or need to use it.
     
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    I have a Vox AD50VT. I have always thought it was pretty good. Glad to see others like that range too. For some years I came across comments saying it was not as good as later Valvetronix amps.
     
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    Yeah, that's what I recall seeing, for at least a few years, in the 15 year period that I've owned mine (AD15VT). I disregarded those comments since mine sounded plenty good to me. Maybe they were talking about add'l features or something (possible), or maybe Vox included a better speaker in the later ones (I have my doubts, especially with an amp at this price point).

    ...I'll reiterate that the stock speaker in my 1st gen VT is the only thing that I found where they cut corners. It looked like it was on par with your typical car speakers (at least what was OEM for your typical passenger car in the 00's).
     
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    I have a vt30 I got years ago for 50 bucks,one of my best deals ever.Just starting to get a crappy digital distortion behind the notes,guess I should try a new tube,and see if that fixes it.I gigged and rehearsed with this amp many times.
     
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    Are you just "sold" on a modeler? If you could do with a simple Vox amp, an AC10 would be an EXCELLENT choice, or even a Pathfinder 15R......if you could find one. I gig with two PF 15R's, one housed in a cabinet with one 12" speaker, and the other housed with four 8" speakers. Just the one "VOX " voice.....but it's a great one. ;)
     
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