need a small cheap tube amp, help

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  1. reckless meanie

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    A bandit or studio pro are both great amps and pretty cheap used.
     
  2. Ambush

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    Go with the mono.
    If it is to loud to get the growl and tone you want throw a towel over the speaker if its still to loud lay it on it's back and put a pillow over it
     
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    Dangit - I'm going to have to break my fly pack out. It's been sitting in a padded lunchbox for months and months, waiting for some time when I need a battery-powered amp for screwing around with outside...
     
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    Get the Mono 5 watt...got mine last week...it sounds better than my Fender Champ...sounds good cranked too...
     
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    Laney Cub or monoprice. I had the Laney which was decent, but not the monoprice which seems like the same or similar amp with different badging, but that assessment is just based on looks.
     
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    Used Super Champ XD. I wouldn't bother considering anything mentioned in this thread. You could also spend a bit more and get a Vibro-champ and use a pedal for OD. And it will hold its value to boot.
     
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    +1 Boss Katana, or Monoprice 15W if tubes are a must.

    A little out in left field, but PC/Mac/iOS device + modeling software + digital interface +headphones is a great way to practice.
     
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    Yep. This is nothing short of amazing for a tube amp if you like British tones.
     
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    Monoprice Stage Right 15 watt tube amp. An Awesome amp for the $.
     
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  11. 68silverw/black

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    I second the idea of the Vox Amplug $44 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06WP23357/?tag=tdpri-20 with headphones. They sound OK and you might still want to use them when you can't crank up your 5F1 clone. That would sure beat having a small cheap amp that no one wants to buy from you when you do get your 5F1. Better yet, borrow one from your friend who is building your amp and then hold it hostage until he finishes it.
     
  12. Jbnaxx

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    I have a VHT Special 6 head and a Fender Super Champ XD. Both are capable of some good sounds....... but I wind up using my Peavey Envoy most of the time. It is really good at low volume and it can get pretty loud.
     
  13. Mark the Moose

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    Do you really need tubes? Tube amps tend to be more expensive than solid state and plenty of folks are fine with solid state amps. If you want tubes, get a used pro junior, blues junior, blackstar HT5, even a super champ. Plenty of options.
     
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    Glad you found something to keep you going. Sometimes its hard not to rush into getting the best you can afford right now but its a few months that'll pass by quick enough. Just keep practicing with what you've got. FWIW I was going to also suggest a cheap used solid state amp you could flip once you get your champ.
     
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    I think you are seeing a trend. Find a used Peavey. Envoy is cheapest and sounds great. I wish I had one starting out. I have one now I keep around still. Studio Pro and Bandit will do the same but often cost more.
     
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    wow.
     
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    I have the monoprice 5 watt, and would not hesitate to recommend it as a good starter or home amp. Takes pedals like a dream and is pretty sweet sounding stock in my opinion.
    My brother had the 15w monoprice, and it is really great too, the 5 watt is an american voicing and the 15 is British with its el84.
    The super champs also mentioned are nice, I have one, but finding them under $300 takes some time.
    The MP 5 watt is my suggestion
     
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    The Mono 15 is now back in stock. They are listed at $249 though
     
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    Get a battery powered practice amp that will still have a purpose (easy portability) once you have your new amp. I have a Vox Mini 3 that fills that role nicely.
     
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    If you’re just playing at home, just get an Orange Crush 12 for $99. Nice sounding little amp.
     
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