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low watt tube amps (>100 watts)

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


  1. ngh

    ngh

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    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

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    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

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    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

    ngh

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    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

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  7. TurkeypillSLEEP

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    I have a silverface Fender Bassman 70. Definitely loud enough for just about anything except metal.
     
  8. RoadRanger

    RoadRanger Supporting Member

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    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

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  10. CL400Peavey

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    I have actually been using a VHT special 6 for a bit. I really dig it.

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  11. 4Mal

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    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

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    Hovercraft 90W Elder Giant.
     
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  13. RC52

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    Just a fun rig to play thru !
     

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  14. basscooker

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    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

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    Doesn't your volume knob turn to the left?
     
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  16. happyg

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    Disssa, sure like the looks of that head.
     
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  19. nysbob

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    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

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

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    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.
     

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