Monoprice 5 watt tube combo

Discussion in 'Glowing Bottle Tube Amp Forum' started by shuggoth, Oct 15, 2015.

  1. Macatowa

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    The tone control on it is what makes it so good, i have ten different guitars i run through it and they all have a different levels of equalization they prefer. I also have a 68' CDR that i can play, but this is getting more play right now.
     
  2. gnew

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    Pulled the trigger...discount is still on...92 bucks, why not?
     
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    Under a hundred bucks? Hell yeah!
     
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    I wonder how the 15 watters sound compared to the Bugera and the VHT?
     
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    Are you getting this price straight from the Monoprice website? I only see it for $112...

    Let me know...
     
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    Yes and use this coupon for $20 off with free shipping 1STDOWN
     
  7. Alamo

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    Somehow I'm glad we don't get this amp for that price.

    I would have to jump on it and still ask myself how many small amps do I really need?

    but I would. :lol:
     
  8. Chicago Matt

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    Dang - Out of stock at Monoprice. Lowest I've been able to find is $143...
     
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    Amazon $129........Whoops they noticed we have been looking..Now $158
    Sorry......
     
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    I've got a clubhouse I'm going to use to make a video of it and my BlackStar Fly3pak..
    I'm tried of people doing youtube video's with a mic shoved in front of the speaker...I want to hear it in a natural environment.. unmic'd and with clean to slightly driven tones...What grinding look up the Tone King...
    The clubhouse is about the size of a small bar with similar acoustics minus the people and noise..
    I'll try to get as far as I can from the amps without buying a wireless setup and I'm going to noodle around with different attacks and volumes.. trying to get a taste of the tones and if it's boxy sounding
    Also I've got a box of tubes to try in it (RCA's and others) this will happen next weekend...

    Also I read a review somewhere that the guy was trying 6L6's,EL34's and the bigger Ampeg tube forget the number... also he removed the neg ground ?.....
    I'll try to find this review..
     
  11. Abu Twangy

    Abu Twangy Friend of Leo's

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    This thread got me interested in the Monoprice 15--a Laney Cub 12R with slightly different cosmetics. And it is lighter than the other smaller tube amps that I'm using--an Excelsior and Ramparte fitted with a Jensen C12K.

    Plus it has that <1watt input.

    Maybe that's what I need to do with my next gig money
     
  12. KDAD

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    Thanks for the Heads Up

    I've been following this thread and, when I saw yesterday that this amp could be had for $92.49, I thought through the morning and in the afternoon ordered.

    As to the Laney claims,one reviewer at Monoprice wrote:

    "I purchased this thinking it was going to be a Champ clone and it does sound very champ like, but after taking it apart-as i am one to do- i quickly realized this is a reboxed laney cub 8. It says it right on the circuit board and the internals match all the laney cub gut shots I have seen."

    I had an Epiphone Valve Junior combo and later sold it and this should help fill that gap of an inexpensive beater tube amp.

    High and low inputs and a tone control...under $100...its a no-brainer.

    Thanks,

    Kevin
     
  13. telemnemonics

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    I have to wonder if these sound great compared to great 5w tube amps, or compared to $100 5w tube amps.

    I have an Epi Vjr head and a combo, so clearly I was pretty happy with them for $100 used.
    But then I got a $250 used 5f1 clone and never play the Vjrs any more.
    Part of the reason I keep them is their over spec'd PT that makes them good platforms for 18w lite builds with only a new OT and some small components.
    I was also very tempted by the VHT Special 6 craze a few years ago, but held back because I'm not sure I want to take up space with budget amps.
    The VHT looked especially good in the moddability feature being hand wired, but if it needs modding maybe I'd just as well buy or build something better.
    It seems clear that these are a step up from the Vjr, but up how far?
    Better than the VHT?

    Has anyone compared the monoprice to something like a good 5f1?
    It would be cool to see some youtube comparisons to better amps, just to get an idea of what they are a cut above.
    Amazing price, and makes you wonder about the price of the Laney version.
     
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    Here you go:

    "I also disconnected the NFB circuit to give it some more growl and looser jangle. It does have nice chime without any icepick! I also have a old RCA Blackplate 6L6GT that I replaced the 6v6 and I am abusing it with! I dont know how or why the wimpy looking iron remains so cool to the touch? I even tried a old shugan 6550 too! (actually got a little bit headroom back with that tube after removing the NFB )
    If you like a loose touch sensitive bluesy output tube distortion tweed style tone at bedroom level? Get this amp and remove the NFB and you got boutique sounding champ at ridiculously affordable budget!"

    That was fron the monoprice site.

    Kevin
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    Thanks, I think you're right about that. I got another set of Champ small parts from Mojo (thanks Santa, I mean Mom!) and I am going to try again and do something differently. I'll ground it different, won't do the virtual center tap this time because I found out my power converter already has a center tap, etc, etc... I also never got the 2 inputs to sound different, like a hi and lo input, and I always thought that was the point of the 1 meg resistor on 1 on them. The MP will totally hold me over until I get it right.

    As the speaker breaks in, it is starting to sound really nice, but I still miss the vintage alnico jibe of the Weber in my Champ. It's too bad the Ohms don't match, I would love to swap them interchangeably depending on my mood.
     
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    Dang it I don't need another amp but this got me intrigued so I pulled the trigger on the 15 watt one.
    I'll post about it after I'very received and had a chance to play around with it.
     
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    I've played through the Laney version of the 15 watter. Pretty cool little amp but a bit noisy.
     
  19. here4thefall

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    TNO, Was it noisy at idle ? Was it new ?
     
  20. CASD57

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    From what I have read the Laney's are know for being noisy... Can't wait to see if these follow that tread..
     
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