low watt tube amps (>100 watts)

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by ngh, Mar 14, 2014.

  1. ngh


    Feb 6, 2013
    brooklyn, ny
    tell me about some super low watt tube amps (heads preferably). anything less than 100 watts. my sunn 2000s is too loud for some situations and I would like to have something smaller as a second amp.

    so learn me about some low watt tube amps
  2. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups

    Not mine but I have one. Mine's older and this is one of the new ones. 30w of glory. Crank it and it won't get you fired but it'll get loud enough to make its presence felt.
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  3. headband


    Oct 18, 2013
    Sunn 200s. Two 6550's, and the basic Dynaco power amp - great sounding and won't break the bank. I will be posting one of these for sale next week if interested.
  4. ngh


    Feb 6, 2013
    brooklyn, ny
    it's funny that the b15 was not the first thing that came to my mind.

    and i thought about a 200s, but i decided that if i am going to own two vintage tube bass amps there should be a little bit of variety.

    anybody heard the old traynor yba-1's or yba-1A's?

    keep the recommendations coming, i feel like a comprehensive list of sub 100 watt tube amps would be a nice reference.
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  6. RoadRanger

    RoadRanger Supporting Member

    Feb 18, 2004
    NE CT
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  7. Turkeypills

    Turkeypills Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2012
    St. Louis
    I have a silverface Fender Bassman 70. Definitely loud enough for just about anything except metal.
  8. RoadRanger

    RoadRanger Supporting Member

    Feb 18, 2004
    NE CT
    I have a '67 Blackface I traded a Micro-VR and $200 for :cool: . Sounds great if you understand the EQ on it (flat is something like 1-10-1).
  9. disssa

    disssa Supporting Member

    May 6, 2009
  10. CL400Peavey

    CL400Peavey Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2011
    Grand Rapids Michigan
    I have actually been using a VHT special 6 for a bit. I really dig it.

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  11. 4Mal

    4Mal Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2002
    Columbia River Gorge
    Old music man hybrid ? My rd 100 has a very Fendery vibe about it. The best parts of what I recall from Showman Amp days. Also runs 50 or 100 watts. The front end is nice and clean, yet it doesn't scream solid state when the gain is down. Driving the tube power section can get some nice bloom. I don't typically care for preamp tube distortion anyway. I've always thought the magic dust in a tube amp was centered on the power section.

    These tend to fly under the radar a bit. Pretty cool amps though.
  12. aetheriac

    aetheriac Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 15, 2011
    Minneapolis, MN
    Owner - Sunken Acropolis Audio

    Hovercraft 90W Elder Giant.
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  13. RC52


    Apr 10, 2010
    Laurens, SC
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    Just a fun rig to play thru !

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  14. basscooker

    basscooker Commercial User

    Apr 11, 2010
    cincy ky
    Owner, Chopshopamps.com
    Guitar amps are a bit more easy to come by in lowish powered tube amps, and on the cheap. I've been goofing off with a Peavey Encore 65 lately. It's a 1x12 combo, but the 12" connects to it with a 1/4" cable, so I unhook it, and plug a bass cab into it. Sounds great, it gets crunchy if you want it to, but with tweaking, you can make it warm and not too overdriven. They go for around $200, and often less ( I got mine for 150). I have it in the shop right now, guessing it'll end up about $100 more. I'm having the tech bias it a bit cold, and he's also going to scoot the eq points down the spectrum a bit, and maybe see if there's some component values he can change as well, to make it a bit friendlier for bass. It does (did) sound fine as it was, though. Some may say forget the guitar amps, but it's the cab that's the concern, really.
  15. iualum


    Apr 9, 2004
    Doesn't your volume knob turn to the left?
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  16. happyg


    Sep 17, 2011
    Disssa, sure like the looks of that head.
  17. Classic69

    Classic69 Banned

    Feb 25, 2014
  18. DTJ BASS


    Apr 19, 2014
  19. nysbob


    Sep 14, 2003
    Cincinnati OH
    I played through a YB-1 a few times back in high school. I remember liking the tone a lot, but it ran out of gas fairly easily.
  20. Abrahampost


    Feb 22, 2013
    I have been thinking about one of these for awhile now. Does it stand up against a moderate drummer without pa support?
  21. disssa

    disssa Supporting Member

    May 6, 2009
    Oh yes! This amp is loud! I play the amp in a noisy band. We also play without PA. And I have no problems hearing me.