Best Low Watt Tube Amp?

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Re: Best Low Watt Tube Amp?

Post by Shadoweclipse13 » Tue Oct 27, 2020 11:17 pm

I had a Laney Cub 12R. It was a good little amp the year or two I had it. I ended up trading it in towards a Marshall Origin 20C (Combo) which is 20W with a 3-way attenuation switch (20W/6W/<1W). If you want that British sound, it might be worth a look. Great little amp.
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Re: Best Low Watt Tube Amp?

Post by JVG » Fri Oct 30, 2020 4:51 pm

Shadoweclipse13 wrote:
Tue Oct 27, 2020 11:17 pm
I had a Laney Cub 12R. It was a good little amp the year or two I had it. I ended up trading it in towards a Marshall Origin 20C (Combo) which is 20W with a 3-way attenuation switch (20W/6W/<1W). If you want that British sound, it might be worth a look. Great little amp.
Agree with the Marshall Origin 20 - the attenuator makes it great for home or small gigs.

The Vox AC4 is really great for home use, but struggles beyond that. Hopefully one day Vox will build an AC15 with an attenuator for lower power options - i’d be all over that.

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Re: Best Low Watt Tube Amp?

Post by Logrinn » Sat Oct 31, 2020 3:53 am

JVG wrote:
Fri Oct 30, 2020 4:51 pm
Hopefully one day Vox will build an AC15 with an attenuator for lower power options - i’d be all over that.
Like the AC15H?

https://voxamps.com/product/ac15-custom-head/

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Re: Best Low Watt Tube Amp?

Post by andrew__t » Sat Oct 31, 2020 2:49 pm

Anyone have any experience of the black star studio 10 range? There is an offer on in the UK for the EL34 version for £299 until November 2 and I’m tempted.

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Re: Best Low Watt Tube Amp?

Post by blunderbuss » Sun Nov 01, 2020 9:54 am

Logrinn wrote:
Sat Oct 31, 2020 3:53 am
JVG wrote:
Fri Oct 30, 2020 4:51 pm
Hopefully one day Vox will build an AC15 with an attenuator for lower power options - i’d be all over that.
Like the AC15H?

https://voxamps.com/product/ac15-custom-head/
I always forget how aggressively unfriendly the Vox site is to mobile devices.
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Re: Best Low Watt Tube Amp?

Post by Logrinn » Sun Nov 01, 2020 1:23 pm

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Re: Best Low Watt Tube Amp?

Post by electric12 » Thu Nov 05, 2020 2:29 am

Laney Cubs have been mentioned already, but I would suggest looking at the Cub 15H head. It's switchable, 15W or 1W, has nice (digital) reverb and sounds - to me anyway - very nice indeed. Very flexible little thing and 'takes pedals well', as they say.

It's a good home/studio amp, but is quite loud enough in15W mode to gig with - as I have been for a while, with a 2x12 cab. In fact more than once I have wondered why it didn't sound 'quite right' during band practices, only to discover I had it switched to 1W!

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Re: Best Low Watt Tube Amp?

Post by papa_hotel_delta » Thu Nov 05, 2020 9:11 am

I think the VHT ultra 6 is difficult to beat for the price, I retubed mine and it was very satisfying with (head) through a 12" mojotone cab. AC10 would be my other choice. I tried a Carr mercury on a recent trip to NC and if cost were not a big obstacle that's quite the unit.

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