Practice Amp

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by Shinbone, Dec 21, 2012.


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Bedroom practice amp?

  1. Peavey Minx

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  2. Ibanez SW35

    4 vote(s)
    2.3%
  3. Something else

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  1. Shinbone

    Shinbone

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    I need a small practice amp. Just for playing at home. I'm looking at a couple on my local CL right now that are about the same price.
    - Peavey Minx
    Played one of these years ago. Thought it had decent sound and was surprisingly loud for such a small amp.

    - Ibanez SW35
    Never played an Ibanez amp. Don't know about the tone but it has more features than the Minx.

    Anybody have any opinions on these?
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  3. CL400Peavey

    CL400Peavey Supporting Member

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  4. Shinbone

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    That's not a bad idea. I was thinking that I might need to play some small coffeehouse gigs one of these days though.
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  6. CL400Peavey

    CL400Peavey Supporting Member

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    I wouldnt spend much on a small combo. The sweet spot for price/performance is a used 115 and a 200-500 watt head.
  7. mystic38

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    for my 2c, If you are looking on CL, and currently have nothing, then get anything you can at <$50 that has aux in (for metronome, music) and headphones out... any old ampeg, ibanez, crate, peavey etc with an 8" will do just fine.

    done even worry or care about gigs/whatever at some future time..you will ALWAYS need a practice amp in the bedroom/den
  8. amir93smith

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    Ashdown After eight 15 watt amp....got mine 2nd hand for bout £30 ^_^
  9. JTE

    JTE Supporting Member

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    Of those two, I'd opt for the Peavey Minx. I used a couple in my lesson room years ago, and they were great sounding little amps. I believe they have a headphone out. It'll most likely last forever- at least as long as cockroaches and Keith Richards, and Twinkie filling...

    John
  10. cm3ohana

    cm3ohana Supporting Member

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    I would say an Ampeg BA-108 or BA-110 or an Acoustic B-30. You can get a BA-108 new for about $100 USD. I've seen them used for between $50-$75USD. I got rid of my Ampeg B3 and replaced it with a BA-108 for practice at home. Another good used amp is an Acoustic B-20 which you can also get for less than $100USD.
  11. Hiatus

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  12. vgbob

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    IMO one of the best practice tools/amps was the Fender B Dec 30. Of course they (Fender) pretty much dropped it.
    It is a great (relatively) sounding small combo, lots of features, I even use it with a midi keyboard.
  13. Shinbone

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    The B-DEC looks interesting. I don't think I would use the backing track loops but have effects and a built-in tuner would be nice. I'll investigate that one. Thanks.
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  15. MODELL

    MODELL

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    This amp sounds great. I've seen them recently, used at GC for $59.00......
  16. brianerwin

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    How about the Acoustic B10.
    I have this one and I think it is pretty nice. I can shake some pictures on the wall, but it is not too big. It comes with a decent combo head, pretty nice for bedroom practice.
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    Ampeg B110, I got it new from Future Shop a couple of months ago for 99.99. Ampeg tone in a small package (geezzzz I sound like JimmyM). :crying:
  18. two fingers

    two fingers Loud Mouth Know It All Blowhard Gold Supporting Member

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  19. Gonzo64

    Gonzo64

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    I have the Ampeg BA 108 and I'm amazed how good it sounds. I keep a Fender Rumble 15 at my girlfriends house. It works fine, but the Ampeg sounds..... like an Ampeg. 'Nuff said!
  20. JimmyM

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    Ya, the BA108 is surprisingly good for $100.
  21. Danno1985

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    Peavey Micro Bass. I have an older one and it has surprisingly good sound out of the 8" speaker.

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