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Looking for low cost good tone ss practice amp

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by Cedarburger, Mar 13, 2021.

  1. Cedarburger

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    I am looking for a low cost ($200 or less) ss practice amp. I am looking at ss because I would like low maintenance and I usually practice at "lower" volume.

    I would like great tone. Modeling is okay, takes pedals well would be okay to.

    I have been looking at Blackstar ($135)ID15TVP, Crate ($50-200) GFX and RFX , Orange ($70-$200) 12 Crush 20 or 35RT (ref. $259.99 new), Line 6 ($170-$189) Amplifi or Flextone, maybe an old Peavey Stereo Chorus.

    Any opinions or suggestions on anything I am overlooking?
     
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    Vox Pathfinder 15R if you can find one. Takes pedals well, mild reverb and decent tremolo.
     
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    Older Peavey Bandit. Makes an excellent amp for a modeller when you swap in a more neutral sounding speaker. A Celestion Seventy 80 is perfect.
     
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    Peavey envoy as well
     
  5. Cedarburger

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    Thank you! None in my area right now (I just checked)
     
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    Second the Vox PF15R, great SS amp

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    Oh,none in your area? Then I second the Peavey Bandit :D
     
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    Grey, red, or teal stripe? Transtube?
     
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    Bandits: $49.95-$400 locally.
     
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    TBH, I dunno know those ones. Mine has a ‘metal’ stripe? Looks like this one:

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    It’s been through hell. Dropped off chairs, tables, ledges, you name it. Whatever it lands on gets damaged. Plus, as I mentioned, it’s an awesome platform for a preamp, amp in a pedal, or modelling board. I used mine with a Line 6 POD XT Live, and the board never sounded better in any application. I can only imagine a newer board would sound so much better. Patch it in directly to the power amp (bypassing the preamp) and use the board or pedal controls for volume, eq, etc.
     
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  10. northernguitar

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    Mine was CDN$150, about 20 years ago?
     
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    I know you said solid state etc...
    But one of these would do everything you talked about and your pedalboard tone would carry over to a gigging amp with lil change.

    Monoprice 15 watt. $249 new, shipped.

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  12. DougM

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    The Blackstar ID-15 is a good little amp (but not the ID Core, I don't like them much), as are the Fender Mustang LT25, Boss Katana Mini and 50, the Vox VX series, the Yamaha THR series, and the Roland Cube 20GX or 40GX. IMO, they all take pedals very well. The Rolands and ID15 are discontinued, so you'd have to find a used one. The Blackstar LT Echo 15 and Debut 15 are decent too.
     
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    I'd go for silver stripe, as they're said to have the best overdrive. Mine is silver stripe and it indeed sounds good, but I've never compared it to red or teal. The teal is said to be warmer than the red.

    The important thing is to make sure it has the sheffield or scorpion speaker and not the blue marvel, which I believe many people say is inferior to the other two. If you plan to change speakers not an issue obviously.
     
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    Harvard Reverb II
    Yale Reverb II

    early 80's SS amps from Fender. Keep your eyes open and you can sometime snatch one up pretty cheap.
    Small, light, headphone, FX loop, real spring reverb...speaker upgrade might be needed, but, IMO a good little amp.
     
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    Another vote for the Fender Mustang LT25. I bought one for when I don’t want to fire up my Hot Rod Deluxe, and it gives up surprisingly little to the larger amp, at least at the lower volumes I play. The most recent discoveries I’ve made about it are: (a) It takes pedals well, and (b) The effects sound really good.
     
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    $180 locally if still available.
     
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    Check it out! How old is it? This one has a nice clean channel that takes pedals like a champ. The distortion channel is voiced to an 80s Hair Metal tone (IMO), I could take it or leave it. Easily loud enough for gigging.
     
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    I spotted this little Marshall Lead 12 at my favorite music store last year. My wife bought it for me for $100 out the door. I added a Greenback, so now a little over $200 invested. A pretty cool and decent sounding practice amp.

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    Used Peavey Transtube
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    Fender Champion 40?
     
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