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The "Bedroom Amp" question. Help me understand ?

Discussion in 'Glowing Bottle Tube Amp Forum' started by Tomm Williams, Aug 16, 2018.

  1. Tomm Williams

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    Before anyone gets offended or thinks I'm being a jerk, let me state I ask this question in all sincerity as I am really stumped when I see this question asked on ..... Every forum known a thousand times a year?
    The question being what can be recommended as a bedroom amp as the numerous OP's do not wish to use their gigging amps.
    In my bedroom (literally) right now is both a 100 watt West Grande connected to a pair of EV SRO 12"s and a 100 watt Carlsbro tube head running a 4-10" Sound City cab. I have no problem turning down the volume to a very comfortable level that does not get much beyond conversation level. True the dynamics are slightly restrained but it does not restrict anything I'm trying to work on in any way.
    So it occurred to me that the answer must be that people are attempting to duplicate something I'm not worried about?
    I've see this question for years and always thought : "just turn your amp or guitar down"
    What conditions exist for those of you that the answer isn't that simple?
     
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    Use however big/small amp(s) you want at home but - location location location...

    Music room, spare room, basement, garage : amps

    Bedroom : bed , dresser, companion
     
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    Why have an amp at all? You can plug straight into the PA at gigs and you can hear your guitar unplugged at home just fine:)
     
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    Agree. Unless you've got a 0.1w amp into a 3" speaker your probably gonna have to turn down no mater what.
    The best bedroom amp is most likely a computer running amp sims.
    I use a Mustang 1 for its convincing low volume clean tones and modulation.
    The big amps stay out in the studio.
     
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    That one makes sense, lack of room.
     
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    Master volume solves a lot of problems for me
     
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    Maybe no room in the bedroom to store that double Marshall stack? Spouse that gets agitated with a big Fender Twin right at the foot of the bed? Or maybe just how to buy a lighter amp to drag around.

    I'm relegated to the basement or maybe my office. The Bandit is just too dang loud in the office. So over time I've used several ten inch speaker amps and maybe a pedal or two and turn down (or up!:D).

    Maybe it's code for how do I buy and own a Solid State amp when my core branding beliefs have always been in Big Iron and Tubes? A 'bedroom' amp gives a great foil for experimenting.:)

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    Simply put, amps have different volume levels at which they begin to naturally break up (guitar straight in, no pedals).
    Players want natural break up, and usually, turning almost any amp over a few watts up to the point of natural break up ends up being way too loud for a neighborhood setting.
     
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    When i had my blues deluxe it had zero taper, on anything over 1 it was shaking my walls on anything under it was anemic and barely audible so i get that question. Haven't had any other amps as extreme as that though the blackstar 50 i have now though sounds fine at lower volumes maybe not super quiet if you had someone sleeping in the next room but then is any amp quiet enough for that without headphones?

    Maybe it's a space thing? Personally I use my katana as a home amp 90% of the time so I don't have to reset up any cabs or heads i use for shows and practice but using those is fine too volume wise.
     
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    My bedroom is for sleeping.

    There are two fans in there, for coolness and white-noise.
    That is all.

    No amps.
    No televisions. (I don't watch TV, and haven't for many years.)
    No guitars.

    Slumber is important to me.
    :(
     
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    I guess it depends on what kind of sound you go for, or can settle for.

    For many years I just assumed that I'd never get a decent medium-to-high gain sound at less than neighbor-bugging volumes. Everything was "all hair and no air"... fine to practice with, but absolutely uninspiring and unrewarding to hear.

    The latest generation or two of modelers are pretty good though. Now instead of wishing my big amp would sound better turned way down, I'm more likely to wish my THR10x was loud enough to rehearse with :D
     
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    there is 3 half stacks in my BR,,i can get great bedroom tone on 2 of em at any volume and the jmp50 can with a gain pedal
     
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    It’s way more fun to play a 1-way amp on 6 than a 50-water on 0.3...
     
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    The great thing about the new bedroom amp (thr, katana, etc) is that they're designed from the ground up for the bedroom. Getting that cranked tube sound is what these amps were designed for. Even a 5 watt tube amp would be quite loud in a bedroom once you hit the sweet spot.
     
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    A half stack in your bedroom??? I chuckled.
     
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    You can't play an electric guitar without amplification and hear it just fine.
     
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    Said the guy who never owned a Twin.
     
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    What is not to understand?

    First, I leave my gigging amp at the rehearsal space.

    More importantly, you Note your amp gets to sort of conversation levels but that restrains the dynamics.

    Why not play an amp designed for low volume that actually produces good, dynamic tone at quieter volumes?
     
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    i owned a 100-watt '94 twin for years.
     
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    I don’t follow. Twins don’t sound good to me at all until they get up to 3-4 on the dial (minimum). Certainly way above quiet bedroom volume.
     
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