Tube Amp for Bedroom

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  1. gridlock

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    (A Marshall combo amp with a .1 watt power setting and a good OD pedal) = a great bedroom amp
     
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    Is there any customer service?
     
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    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)
    Fender Champ
    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.
     
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    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 Jensens (2).jpg Jensens1 (2).jpg
     
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    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.
     
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    How does the low end sound with the less efficient speakers? Do you lose much?
     
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    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.

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    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..
     
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    Update!

    Remove the Supro from the list, and add the V5 Bugera (the first version without tube checking, and a new speaker).
     
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    I recommend a tweed Champ clone, preferably with an efficient 12" ceramic speaker.

    And some good musicians earplugs.

    Thank me later on both.
     
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    Marshall AVT50
    12 " Speaker
    2 channel
    MASTER VOLUME
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    12Ax7 preamp tube
    Reverb
    Fx loop
    Use around $150
    Awesomw marshall goodness for the price
     
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    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.[​IMG] 6l6.jpg
     
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    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.
     
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    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.


     
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