Shrill sound when volume cranked, replacement amp?

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  1. Zesty-feline

    Zesty-feline TDPRI Member

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    EDIT: Gonna try a different speaker first.

    Hello, as per title..

    What I pretty much do: I play overdriven MASSIVE strumming/rocking open chords.

    I like to have a slight mid-scoop and crank the volume so the amp sounds like it's going to explode, the wilder the better, I like small amps because I busk and when cranked they are at the right volume.

    I currently use a swamp sg10 amp, $79AUD, it's a really great amp for the price, it just sounds a little shrill and anemic once the volume comes up..

    I'm wondering if I need a tube amp? I've heard tube amps that sound like utter garbage and I've heard solid state amps that (even with the hard clipping) sound wild in a good way, if it sounds good it is good.

    Anyone know of any five to ten watt solid state/tube amps that are not SHRILL and good for cranking and strumming big chords? I can use an inverter or battery operated amp, but must sound best when the volume is cranked.
     
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  2. Gunny

    Gunny Tele-Holic

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    Pignose?
     
  3. Zesty-feline

    Zesty-feline TDPRI Member

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    Nah..
     
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    edited, misread the OP
     
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    stepvan Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    Blackstar ht1cr or the 5w version both great amps
     
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    VintageSG Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    The Laney Cub 10 comes alive when cranked. ( Valve )
    The Vox Pathfinder and Roland Cube tiddlers are very, very good. ( Solid State )
    The Orange Cr20 is another solid state contender.
    Back in valve land, one of the finest 5 Watt SE valve amps I've ever owned, and regret selling, the Hayden High Five.
    The Marshall MG15 is quite good with a small mod to the rear of the cabinet.
    The Vox AC4C1-10. Valvelicious.
    If you have a cab, the Hotone nano heads are really good. The Joyo bantamp range gets good reviews too.

    Option paralysis incoming in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
     
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    Zesty-feline TDPRI Member

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    +1 for cubes and pathfinders, previously had both.

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    I must admit though that my current amp (battery operated) really does suit my needs fairly well apart from the shrill-ness, I'm considering upgrading the speaker in my current amp, it's 6.5" anyone know of a good speaker to warm it up, maybe add some mid-warmth, it's kinda too scooped.
     
  8. schmee

    schmee Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    "Shrill sound when volume cranked...."
    Maybe ... Lessons?:lol:
     
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    VintageSG Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Thinking about it, the Roland Street Cube is a favourite amongst local buskers. It goes loud, but may need a pedal for grind, graunch and fun. Never sounds shrill though.
     
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    A new speaker is a good idea. It likely has a very poor speaker in it. My goto 10" speaker is always a Celestion Greenback. They make an awesome ten inch speaker that sounds as good as a 12 inch speaker.

    Another good choice is the WGS Green Beret which is greenback-ish.
     
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  11. Durtdog

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    I'd suggest whatever Roland Cube this is...

     
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    wabashslim Friend of Leo's

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    or -
    Tone knob?
    Chord book?
    Maturity?

    Hmmm...I'd think the shrillness would compensate for the anemia...
     
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    Nah, sold-state amps don't sound good cranked.
     
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