Help me choose a small amp for home use!

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  1. Maxwell Street

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    It goes beyond that, the floor to speaker height difference changes the bass response of the speaker.
     
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    Fender Greta.

    With or without a cab for volume.
    With it you can mix and match with tubes depending on preference.
    There is also an owners club right here on the forum.
     
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    Another vote for the Yamaha THR.

    Astonishing litte box..
     
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    Hello all

    Thank you thank you for all the great recommendations! Late last night I noticed someone local had a Laney Cub10 for a quite attractive price so... It's now sitting in my bedroom!! Only played through it for maybe 30 minutes, but the clean sounds are great, break-up sounds decent, and takes my pedal board like a charm with a few minor setting tweaks.

    The best part is, for the price of the amp I first bought (the bassbreaker 007) I can have The Laney, do a speaker/tube swap (after I get more comfy with it perhaps) or buy almost any reverb pedal on the market!

    For those of you who suggested the Yamaha THR amps, I very likely may pick up one in the future (probably the black variant) for late night/headphone usage.

    Thanks again for the great advice and all other suggestions will certainly be considered in future, as you can never have too many tube amps.
     
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    I have been through LOADS of little amps in a quest to find one that would work for me in my city condo.

    I have had both a THR 10 and 10C and both are excellent (still have the 10C).

    I recently added a late 1970s Silverface Vibro Champ, and my quest is now over. It is the only small tube amp I have found that sounds great at lower volumes for evening playing. I obviously can't crank the thing, but the taper is nice enough that I can still get the volume up around halfway before I have to worry about pissing people off. Anyway, I'm so glad I took the plunge because I almost gave up on the idea of owning a tube amp.

    FWIW, I would love a Princeton Reverb, it was pretty much my dream amp, but tried one out and it was sadly too loud for me.
     
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    Silverface Champ for the win.
     
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    I have a Bugera V5, and a Tech 21 modified with a 10" speaker and bigger cab, a DRRI and Hot Rod Deluxe, but... I bought on a whim a Blackstar IDCore 10 for 75 bucks brand new and was enthralled. This little stereo amp gets some serious tones for its size at very low volume.
     
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    Fender Vibro Champ
     
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    All the way! I've had mine for 25 years now and just replaced the caps and speaker last year. It's been in a few apartments and has never offended anyone.
     
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    I just ordered a Yamaha THR10 for late night use.
    I'm looking forward to it's versatility at low volume. Went back and forth between a 1w Blackstar, HT1-R, Vox AC4 or the THR.
     
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    You won't be disappointed. I've got a '68 CDR and a 5w Monoprice, both of which I love, but it's the THR10C that gets played 80% of the time. Great sound without any pedals and I don't wake the kids up after they've gone to bed.
    JP
     
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    VHT Special 6...... great for home volumes, takes pedals excellently, sounds great on its own when cranked as well. It's great with the pedals I use: Big Muff, DOD 250, Distortion Plus, Wah Wah, Swollen Pickle Jumbo Fuzz, Joyo "analog" delay, Keeley moded DS-1.
     
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    Thanks! It sure does sound good on Youtube.
    I chuckled when I saw your post, I didn't know Monoprice sold amps - that's awesome.
     
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    The Monoprice 5w is a great little tube amp for $100'ish and can be played at very low volumes as well, but it's not as portable or versatile as the THR10. Sometimes I even take the THR in my camper van along with my Traveler mini Strat since it runs off batteries as well.
    JP
     
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    Fender Champ hands down. For home a great 5 watt tube amp would be perfect. I've not tried the Bugera 5 watt but that could be an option. The Fender 600 is sweet too.
     
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