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Looking for a Solid State amp head under 400$

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by Belereon, Nov 29, 2020.

  1. Belereon

    Belereon TDPRI Member

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    Hi guys,
    I need your help and recommendations. For the last 6 years I used a Laney IRT Studio tube amp but after several tube changes and noise problems I'm getting rid of it. Right now I'm only playing at home and am looking for SS head. I was already looking at the Boss Katana but I already have a big pedalboard so I dont need effects, also I'd prefer an amp with only one or two channels which I could switch with my Joyo Loop switcher. And I need an FX Loop.
    The genres I play the most are Blues and Hard Rock.
    What I found:
    Quilter 101 Reverb
    Boss Katana MK2 100W Head
    Orange Pedal Baby maybe with a Preamp pedal

    Do you recommend any of these or maybe others?
    The Cab I use is a Harley Benton 112 Celestion V30

    Thanks,
    Belereon
     
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  2. bgmacaw

    bgmacaw Friend of Leo's

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    Take a look at the Hotone Nano heads. I have four of them, Mojo Diamond (Fender Tweed Deluxe), Siva Boogie (Bogner Shiva), Purple Wind (Marshall Plexi) and British Invasion (Vox AC30). They have an effects loop which is really nice.
     
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    Katana head or a used Orange Crush 120 watt head.
     
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    I think you’d really be missing out if you don’t check out the DV Mark heads. They’re freakin fantastic and easily found used for well under your budget. I really want the Greg Howe model. I believe it’s the “Little GH 250”. But I haven’t heard a bad one yet.
     
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    Carlsbro Super Stingray ...combo and head versions..120watts

    i got the combo for £50....theyre as cheap as chips and absolutely fantastic amps...bulletproof reliable...louder than Odins Wrath...puts my 68 custom twin to shame
    back in the day these were THE pub rock amp..
    This Guy does a good job demoing the head version
     
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    I have the original Quilter 101, no reverb and different EQ scheme, my second favorite amp next to a fender 5E3 I have.
    Go with Quilter you won't be disappointed.
     
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    HEy guys, thanks for the recommendations. The Orange 120 is on my list now.
    When it comes to DV amps, from what I heard and saw, the clean channels lack in brightness, which was my reason to not look further into them. Am I wrong here?
     
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    Chiogtr4x Poster Extraordinaire

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    I JUST went to Hotone website (after reading above post) and checked out the Tweed, Vox, and Marshall Nano's
    and these demos, all sound very good!

    Am assuming that all clean and dirty guitar tones are coming from ( only) the featured amp, right?

    What's the volume like?

    What I really mean is are they loud enough to play/low to moderate volume old R&R/blues gigs, where I'm the only guitar and we have drummers who can actually play quietly? Thanks
     
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    I recently had a Fender Roc Pro 1000 in for repairs the owner told me to keep it he did not want tp pay for the repairs , any way after i isolated and fixed the head it is dead quiet and a great amp these are not expensive at all


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    The volume can get loud for home use, depending on what you plug it into. I've used mine into a 6.5" cabinet I built and it can get loud enough for my wife to complain about it. I also have used them as a pre-amp into my Peavey Bandit 65. They worked well in that configuration and can get quite loud that way, good enough for a typical jam or bar band.
     
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    Even if you don't care about using the "Tone Studio" it's a killer amp right off the panel.

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    I have a Hotone 'Purple Wind' nano head. Tiny thing, sounds great. I have done a small gig with it, but I used a D.I in the speaker line and the P.A did the lifting. I just had a 1x10" for my own purposes. The 5 Watts claim is generous, but you'd be surprised how loud the first two Watts can get at home. They also make a floor unit which combines a pair of their nano head pre-amp stages with a 75 Watt power stage.

    The Orange Crush Pro range sound great. Look up Dave Simpson on Youtube for his demos of the Pro 120.

    Laney and Randall make some fine sounders too.
     
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    Orange Crush 60 PRO

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    Thanks, will 'bookmark' these amps- like what I hear!
     
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    What’s in your cab?
     
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    It would be useful to know a couple other details about your setup and needs to lend the best suggestions, like:

    How much power you need?
    Do you have a separate cabinet (and, if so, what type of speaker is installed -- or, at the very least, what types of speakers you tend to like, etc)
    Will you consider a 'hybrid' type head (tube preamp with SS power section)
    and,

    ..Just trying to help.

    You can often derive a sufficient volume from a small amp (lesser powered amp) when combined with an efficient speaker and boosting your signal into the amp. In short, there are a multitude ways of solving the problem especially if you're willing to employ a little creativity.

    Here's one example--
    The Vox MV series (25 WRMS into 8ohms, 50WRMS into 4 ohms) are tube preamp'd paired with Class D (SS) power section. Compact, not expensive and sound good with decent power. (Cost is about $200-$220)
    There are other options out there too.. :)
     
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    Some people I know like that Quilter one a lot.
     
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    Quilter 101 Reverb or Vox MV50 Clean. Either will be what you're after.
     
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    I use a HarleyBenton 112 Cab with a Celestion V30
     
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    Quilter. If you want something more traditional than the little sandwich-sized 101 (or one of their other small amps), check out the Aviator Gold head. Two footswitchable channels--100 watts each--and a killer two-knob reverb. Find one 2nd hand.

    I have the head version as well as the 1x8 combo; same head in a small combo cab, smaller and lighter than a Princeton. It is the ideal gig amp because it's small and light, built like a tank, and louder than you'll ever need.

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