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Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by KirchGeetar, Oct 23, 2019.
(A Marshall combo amp with a .1 watt power setting and a good OD pedal) = a great bedroom amp
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I love my Gries 5 (blackface champ w/12'' speaker/cab)
All of the amps mentioned above would shake the windows with volume and vibration were I live, so it depends a lot on how big is your place and how far neighbours are.
A 1w amp with an 8” speaker should be enough. You are not going to get the depth of a cranked Deluxe Reverb, but that’s not the point.
These play great fairly clean, and take pedals well if you need more gain:
Fender Tweed Champ (I have the Japanese version)
Ibanez TSA5VR (great cleans, terrible reverb)
Laney L5 head (super versatile and 1w mode)
Supro Super and 1605R (I have a 1605R incoming today!)
Not tube, but honorable mention to Vox Pathfinders.
I also tried the Marshall 5w Origin, but that was a different beast, it was way louder than the other amps.
oh.. put together a cab with inefficient jensens,,,volume..can come way down & it breaks earlier.. driving a jtm45 is a blast into at low levels..records very well..so an inefficient speaker can really help volume come down & even extract some goodness at a lower level
Really depends how loud "bedroom volume" is to you. I cannot play any tube amp in my apartment, thus my Yamaha thr10 is perfect!
If you can get a bit louder than me, you might find success with the marshall dsl 5 as mentioned here. I thought it was the best sounding of that range. Didn't care for the 20 or 40.
Fender super champ isn't a bad choice. Or maybe the blackstar ht5 to go a different route.
There are some 1 watters out there, but why? Just go digital at that volume. It'll sound better.
How does the low end sound with the less efficient speakers? Do you lose much?
I picked up a Bugera V22 Reverb with upgraded Eminence speaker (Red Coat Gov'ner) for $200 and it's excellent at lower volumes. Can be switched down to 11 watts. Does small stages if you gig also, and only weighs 25 pounds. Brilliant clean tone (and I love good tube clean tone such as my Fender 60w Blues Deville 212) and breaks up nicely with OD. Foot switchable 2 channel clean/dirt is included.
those speakers by nature are not great on low end..but i use it primarily for lead. The interesting thing was ..yes you notice a low end drop.BUT it sits right on top a P bass..very natural...Got into fenders lil bit this year & got a super with jensens & put the Marshalls thru em & had a nice revelation, another piece of a tone puzzle solved. I prefer the jensens these days for very precise leads -- edge of break up...still gravitate to celestions for the harsher/impact stuff.
My new fav thing in recording on the fender on Rythym then the Marshall on top but with the jensens..
Remove the Supro from the list, and add the V5 Bugera (the first version without tube checking, and a new speaker).
I recommend a tweed Champ clone, preferably with an efficient 12" ceramic speaker.
And some good musicians earplugs.
Thank me later on both.
I fully support getting a Super Champ XD. I've got one and can't say anything bad about it. But if you've got the cash here's something that looks pretty cool. It's a Vox AC4 Hand Wired with a 12" Celestion speaker.
Here's a demo:
12 " Speaker
12Ax7 preamp tube
Use around $150
Awesomw marshall goodness for the price
If there is a better home amp then one of these https://www.sweetwater.com/store/de...per-champ-x2-15-watt-1x10-inch-tube-combo-amp
I'll eat my hat.
I don't actually own a hat but if I did I would eat it
I love my Blackstar studio 10 Watt 6L6.
Full sound with a nice sparkle even at bedroomlevel.
And loud enough for rehersals or small gigs.
Laney Cub 12r has 15w and >1w inputs. Nice range of sounds at indoor volume.
They can be picked up quite cheaply on ebay. I think it's basically the same as the Monoprice.
The best sounding amps for low volume that have have ever played through are from Carr. I had a Skylark that I sold a few years back and now own a Sportsman.
Carr's built in attenuator system is the best I have ever heard at low volume. All the rich harmonics are still there at low wattage settings. Even 1 watt is too much for a bedroom.
These are not cheap but at 16 watts max headroom, they are plenty loud for most stage settings as well. Very versatile amps. I have my eye on a Mercury V next but need to sell a couple of amps first.