Which Vox Practice Amp?

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  1. Sacdubro

    Sacdubro Tele-Meister

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    Let me preface by saying that I'm new to Electric. Been playing an acoustic for a few years off & on. Basic beginner looking to work on my picking skills and licks. I like playing Blues, CR, & Americana. I recently picked-up a BSB Tele FSR.

    I've narrowed it down to 2 completely models (digital vs. tube) for consideration. Both are used and are priced so that the differential is not significant. Keep in mind that this will be the my first amp and it will be used at home.

    Vox DA5 or Vox AC4TV8

    Thanks!
     
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  2. dopeytom

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    Have you looked at the pathfinder 15r? They are great sounding amps for the price.

    If you are committed to those two however, I would pick the ac4. Much nicer sound IMHO.
     
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    photoweborama Friend of Leo's

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    The Pathfinder 15R is the way to go.
    Or a Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb RI.

    That is what i use for practice in my bedroom!
     
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    colchar Friend of Leo's

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    If you can find a used VOX L'il Night Train (comes either as a head and cab set or as a head alone) for a good price it might be well worth considering - two watts, all tube, headphone jack, and a decent variety of tones available.
     
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    LGOberean Doctor of Teleocity

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    Basically, amen to what dopeytom said.

    If it's between the two amps you mentioned, then I also vote for the AC4. The attenuation feature is nice for a home amp, and it has nice tone.

    But if you are open to considering something besides the two you mentioned, then I also would recommend checking out the Pathfinder 15R. That's what I play through often at home, and I even gig with it at small venues. Really good little amp, surprising tone and volume for a 15 watt solid state amp with an 8" speaker. Very good bang for your buck.
     
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    Jim Dep Friend of Leo's

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    I picked up a used VOX AD15VT a few months ago for $75. at a pawn shop. This is a great little practice amp. Even with a 8 inch speaker, it sounds very big. I was expecting it to sound a little boxy, but it doesn't. For me, this is the right choice for a bed room practice amp. Weighing in at 22 lbs, it is a "grab and go" amp if you want to take it somewhere.
     
  7. Sacdubro

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    Thanks for the recommendations on the Pathfinder 15, I'll have to check it out.

    The reason I chose the DA5 & AC4 for consideration was the watt attenuation feature. We have 2 young kids at home and volume will be kept low during most times.
     
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    Don't check out the 15r, just buy it.
     
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    Can't beat the Pathfinder 15r
     
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    +1

    Never thought I would buy an amp without playing through it first.

    I ordered this sight unseen.

    Blew me away.
     
  11. Sacdubro

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    I went to GC to demo the Pathfinder 15R and they don't stock it. Online orders only they tried selling anything else they had on the floor of course. I guess I'll need to order based on your collective endorsements for this model. All of the demo videos I've viewed on YT have been great as well.

    However, I could not let the opportunity to buy the AC4 to get me started. I'm enjoying the learning process of using T & V along with the wattage settings. Thanks for your input and I look forward to A/B with the Pathfinder down the road.
     
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    I always play with headphones at home so i went for this:
     

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    Yeah, Pathfinder fo sho.
     
  14. Maradona86

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    A lot of us are recommending AND using Pathfinder 15R's. That should tell you something. Good Luck!
     
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    Dave_O Friend of Leo's

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    Sounds like you need to get some good earbuds and one of these...

    [​IMG]

    ... Then plug your mp3 player in and go for it.
     
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    Vox DA20 has better tone overall than a DA5. check it out if it's still available over there.
     
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    +1 for the Pathfinder 15 R. Great for practice and smaller venue gigs.

    Does not sound like a Digital Amp when you consider it's 8" speaker.
    Vox did a very good job on this neat little amp.
     
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