Need a new practice amp ($200ish)

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  1. Doomguy

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    I have secured off campus housing for my senior year. I can't lug my Orange around with me so I need to grab something to take with me. Price range is $200 give or take. Due to this I'm primarily going to be looking around for some used amps. Here are some general needs/relevant information:

    • I am living with people that hate the music I play. Need something with a headphone jack or that sounds good at low volumes
    • I play metal, I need gain. As much as possible for when I need to get out some chuggy caveman riffs
    • Can't take pedals so onboard effects could be nice, but aren't necessary
    • I need it to be reliable. No breaking down on me after a few weeks.
    • Not considering anything from the Fender Mustang series but anything else is fair game. Had one when I began to play, only bad memories.
    • Can't order online, need to grab it at a music shop of some sort

    My top options at the moment are something from the Peavey Vypyr series (I can see a couple 1x10s for $190ish online) or perusing the local music shops for old, cheap Crates or Randalls.

    Any thoughts/input are appreciated.
     
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    used boss katana 50, or $25 more and get a new one.
     
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    Dude. You already have an Orange. I assume you like it.

    Get an Orange Crush 35RT. They sell used around $175. That’s a no-brainer. Even new they’re worth every penny.
     
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    Blackstar 5W very cool -- tube, sounds good, effects loop. Has decent built in gain channel but you probably need a pedal to get to a metal "chug." I bought mine used at GC for about that much (I think a little more than $200) a few months ago.


     
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    Ola Englund (huge Metal guy) just reviewed the Peavey Vyper and loved it. Well in your price range.
     
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    That video got me interested in it. I also like that I can plug my bass into it.
     
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  7. Doomguy

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    Yeah, I've more or less talked myself into smuggling in my Metal Zone at this point.
     
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    I love my Orange and I've played through the 35RT before, a friend has one. The distortion sounds kind of weird to me. Doesn't have the same vibe as my tube head and it doesn't sound like it would do the modern metal, downtuned thing very well.
     
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    Line 6 Flextone II 1x12 is perfect for you. Very underrated and cheap these days.
     
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    Have you thought about a multi efx unit with headphones?
     
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    What sort of college has a policy against dirt pedals?

    Orange Crush 35, Boss Katana 50. The Boss has a Metal Zone and other stuff hiding deep in the software.
     
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    I would prefer an amp but I'm not against it.
     
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    I honestly forgot I had a Metal Zone until I looked back over to my practice space a couple minutes ago, haha.

    I'm a pedal snob, have some more valuable pedals sitting around. I'm moving into a sketchy area and don't want to have any of the nice ones stolen or anything. But I can sacrifice a Metal Zone.
     
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    You're not going to get the same vibe as your tube head for $200. Maybe one of the smaller, old Rolands would work for you. I've got one I picked up for $50 on Craigslist. I think it's from the 70's. Clean is good, distortion is super cheesy, but I just play clean and use a dirt pedal when I need it.
     
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    My thoughts too. Must be going to school in the town in Footloose!
     
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    My idea too. I'm in a low volume situation and I get everything I need out of a multi-pedal to headphones. Let's me "crank" as needed without worrying about annoying others.
     
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    Me too. Since I bought the Zoom G1four for €66 I haven't touched my Roland Cube for practice anymore (although that's a great amp btw).

    The Zoom has so much great amps, cabs and effects. Great practice tool and a lot of fun to use. The aux in is handy too.
     
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    Micro Terror dark or a terror stamp into a 112 cab.
     
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    You say you need chug?



    Microcube chugs.
     
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    Yep... I auxin from my iphone for backing tracks.

    Also very compact for a bedroom.
     
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