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PostPosted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 11:45 am    Post subject: which budget 5 watt tube head.... Reply with quote

I've been looking at a few and could do with some Input. I know It's been discussed before but It looks like all the Info has gone with everything else.
I'm looking for something around the 5 watt mark and under 250.

The Epiphone valve Jr and the newer junior hot rod seem pretty popular with plenty of mod kits available.
If anyone has experience with them both Is the hot rod worth the extra. The gain control standby switch and reverb are useful, but I could do without them, Just wondering If the 2nd power tube makes a big difference. Juniors go for about 100 and the hot rod 150 In the UK.

I'm also Interested In the Blackheart Little giant at about 150.

The blackstar HT 5 has good reviews but It's at the top end of my budget and seems just like a mini head with full tone control dual output, fx loop etc and I'm just wondering If I need all that.

Id appreciate any feedback on the above or anything else under 250.....Thanks
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 1:47 pm    Post subject: amp Reply with quote

I have had afew EVJ and a Blackheart, both great little amps, I have not heard anything good on the Valve jr. hot rod, FWIW....

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've tried the Little Giant, Valve Jr., HT5 and two that are above your price range (Lionheart and Bambino). All three of the ones in your range are good amps, but the HT5 probably has more tones in it. If you have access to the VHT Special 6, you should try it. At $179 and $199 US for the head and combo respectively, it's a great amp.

http://www.vhtamp.com/avsp16.html
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Travst wrote:
I've tried the Little Giant, Valve Jr., HT5 and two that are above your price range (Lionheart and Bambino). All three of the ones in your range are good amps, but the HT5 probably has more tones in it. If you have access to the VHT Special 6, you should try it. At $179 and $199 US for the head and combo respectively, it's a great amp.

http://www.vhtamp.com/avsp16.html


Travst You must have read my mind just looking at this.

http://www.thomann.de/gb/vht_special_6_head_av_sp_6h.htm?sid=9bacc6a62fbdff859c249f1afa8df074
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a Little Giant and an HT-5 and enjoy them both. Sometimes I want to play with no pedals and use the Little Giant, other times I want the dual channels of the HT-5 and use it.

You really can't go wrong with either.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Special 6 is hard to find since it just came out. I have a dealer close by, so I got the chance to mess around with one. I was tempted to buy it even though I need another low-watt amp like I need another hole in my head.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Class 5.... all the way.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 2:41 pm    Post subject: Marshall Reply with quote

Vince, $399 ? That was alittle more than he wanted to spend, I understand it is a Marshall but................................... Wink


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah the special 6 seems like it might be rad, haven't seen one out this way but would the interwebs lie
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vince wrote:
Class 5.... all the way.


Aren't they still shipping them with the tube rattle problem?
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Al fixed from what I hear... and how do I know how much (sqiggly line)250 is? Laughing

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Just looked it up.... 250 is $393... so na na nana na!
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vince wrote:
Al fixed from what I hear... and how do I know how much (sqiggly line)250 is? Laughing


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 5:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually... the Class 5 is more amp than just a head. It has a extension speaker out that completely eliminates any chance of a rattle when you bypass the combo speaker. I have heard they are being shipped with a 3 piece back now.

I have another one on order right now... I have tried quite a few low power amps and this one tops them all for tone. And especially for a small amp... you should be going for tone.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 5:48 pm    Post subject: class 5 Reply with quote

Got me bro.............
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 7:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, the new Class5's have a different back and no rattles. It's a very well rated amp. I didn't comment on it because I haven't had the chance to try it. By all means, don't rule it out.
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