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Discussion in 'Glowing Bottle Tube Amp Forum' started by Tarnisher, Feb 24, 2021.
I use the cheapskate's version of this concept, the Bugera Power Soak, with my Monoprice 5w. It goes from there into a Hotone IR Cab then to a mixer for recording and/or monitors.
Yeah, that one is pricey for me, too. I use the Torpedo V1 as a loadbox/DI into a Mooer Radar and then on to an interface for a DAW or band mix. I have a couple of Ownhammer and ML Sound Labs IRs, mostly a 2x12 cab with a V30 and Greenback sound.
I don’t even use the low wattage mode because it sounds so beautiful at low volume on full power.
I’ve said it before, but these are the biggest sleeper amplifiers ever. If it said Fender on the nameplate they would’ve sold container ships full of these, because it’s basically a blackface Princeton non-reverb the size of a lunchbox with the addition of tweed (pure) and British modes.
The Pure mode is the best pedal platform I’ve ever heard.
5f1 with a 200uf mica or ceramic cap on the volume pot. Literally.
I somewhat agree, but my acoustics are louder than I normally play my electrics.
Say NO to outta tune clean guitar w/o a clue!
If you want it clean, any Fender amp will sound good at even the lowest volume. Why would you need an attenuator?
Get someone to build you a non-reverb princeton in a head unit.
What was the price range?
Get an inefficient speaker.
Find a builder to put together a Blackvibe Micro. Otherwise, Princeton Reverb or similar clone.
Any blackface Fender sounds good at a low volume without an attenuator. Y’all are out to lunch.
The Amp though ? That was the question
Since you want a valve head, I’d look at a Mesa TA15. Switchable power down to 5w, Master volume, and choice of fender or vox clean voices.
Carr Skylark. I do it every night
Anyone try a Gremlin? I've always been interested in them when I see something about them.
The Laney Cub 12R has 3 band EQ, reverb, 15w and 1w inputs, and a 12" speaker.
This is a bit like asking which Ferrari is best for off-roading.
If you're driving on the Autobahn, get the Ferrari. If you're going off-roading, an old Jeep CJ7 will leave the Ferrari in the dust, easily.
It's not a matter of which one is "better", it's a matter of having the right tool for the job at hand.
You're looking for "gorgeous clean tones" at "apartment bedroom volume"/"TV volume".
Any tube amp is going to be a compromise. Even with the most ridiculously inefficient speaker you can find, you're looking at either an attenuator, which you already know will compromise the sound coming out of it, or a sub-one-watt amp, which uses odd, off-label tubes that will never sound like a matched set of 6L6s.
There are loads of "blind" videos on Youtube comparing the clean tones on solid state vs tube amps. Invariably, when people don't know what they're listening to, and judge only on what they're hearing, the solid state amps come out ahead... for clean tones.
Where the tube amp comes out ahead is when you want buttery, creamy, lush, over-driven sounds. When it comes to clipping, solid state just can't compete with a good tube amp.
In your case, you're looking for clean tones from your amp, and in any case, you're going to be getting your distortion via solid state (unless your pedals all use tubes instead of transistors).
And as for grammar, any nerd should know that English routinely makes nouns of verbs and vice versa. Case in point: rock is a verb meaning to move back and forth; it then became a noun meaning the kind of music people move to, and finally morphed into another verb, meaning to groove to that music.
I never knew those to have much headroom, even at low volumes. Am I wrong? How's it take pedals?