ISO very high quality tube head for low volume

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Rea, Dec 16, 2014.

  1. Rea


    Dec 10, 2014
    Hi- I need a very high quality tube head that reaches its sweet spot at pretty low volumes For home and recordings.

    Any advice?

    Im thinking about the all tube Aggy that is known to be relatively low volume but id like to hear of other options. Thanks!
  2. beans-on-toast


    Aug 7, 2008
    Ampeg B15!
  3. Grissle


    May 17, 2009
  4. Rea


    Dec 10, 2014
    Can you get just the head? the combo with the speaker is too muddy for my particular needs
  5. beans-on-toast


    Aug 7, 2008
    Why muddy? This amp has been used on a lot of recordings.
  6. Rea


    Dec 10, 2014
    Its a tiny bit muddy paired with the 15" cab for my particular need at this time... Perhaps the head on a different cab is what im after!
    What else is out there as far as a very high end tube design that is meant to work in relative low SPL?
  7. Linnin


    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth
    Fender Bassman 100t. You can run it 25 watts should you so desire. Tons of Tone and prefect for recording. Taut bottom end that is full; firm, and rich. Never flabby. Solid meaty mids you can cut with a Buck knife that are always tasty. Never muddy. Crystal clear airy highs that soar.
  8. Rea


    Dec 10, 2014
    Wow... Im hungry...;) Thanks..'_
  9. Go for the driver upgrade that Ampeg used to offer: Replace the stock driver with a JBL D/k/E140. Your tone will not be the least bit muddy.
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  10. beans-on-toast


    Aug 7, 2008
    The vintage heads can be found on ebay but normally they come with the cabinet. Current tube amp versions only come with the cabinet.

    Something new from Ampeg that could suit your needs might be announced at the NAMM show this January.
  11. Rea


    Dec 10, 2014
    Ill look around for your suggestions!
  12. mbelue


    Dec 11, 2010
    Um, anywhere else I can read about what might be announced?
  13. Or an Altec 421A or A-H, more mids in my experience than the JBLs.
  14. raventepes


    Jan 7, 2012
    Reno, NV
    Sounds like maybe an Ashdown Little Bastard could work for you.
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  15. I suggest you look at an Arkham Octling. It is a B15 Pre amp that can go direct in to your recording console. Amazing tone. No mud.
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  16. THAT would meet the "very high quality" part of the request anyway!
  17. Rea


    Dec 10, 2014
    Arkham Octling looks very sweet. No mid cut on it. A shame. Also this means i need a separate power amp... Its an option but i would prefer pre w power i think. The Ashdown looks like something that fits. Need to hear it. Any of the custom builders?
  18. 1. Who needs a mid cut?
    2. Turning up the bass and treble scoops the mids.
    3. In the past 50 years, who has maligned the B15 for not having a mid cut?

    Sure you need a power source to use this live, but not for recording. Any amp would suffice.
  19. MattZilla


    Jun 26, 2013
    I have a 70's b15 loaded with a beta, and a separate cab with d140. Plugging into only the d cab is an instant mid scoop and too-tight-for-me bottom... I usually only use the d for supplemental volume and stack the b15 on top of it.
  20. strictlybass_ic

    strictlybass_ic Mediocrity is a journey

    Jan 9, 2014
    Northern Indiana
    Forgive me as this is not an area of interest for me so I don't have a lot of suggestions. But I have seen a few amps along these lines while shopping for other items. For quiet practice and recording something like these might be a nice solution. Obviously I can't speak to "very high quality" or not, but I'm sure some digging would give you a better impression. Just trying to offer up a solution you may not have seen.^PLA-device^c-adid^53736456387

    Edit: Apparently the Hotone is in fact SS only the guitar amps are tube, or something like that... my bad.
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2014