~50w Tube Amp opinions?

~50w Tube Amp opinions?

Postby Yankee Tim » Sun Nov 11, 2012 3:34 pm

Looking to buy an all tube 6L6/12AX7 amp head, for around $300-400.

Found the Randall RT50H and the Bugera V55HD. Any opinions on either? And other amps in that range worth me looking at?

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Re: ~50w Tube Amp opinions?

Postby easytoslip » Mon Nov 12, 2012 12:26 am

http://www.amazon.com/Bugera-V5-Class-A ... bugera+amp
I plug my Les Paul standard into this little amp at home and love it. The person who recommended that I buy it initially, says it's even better if you switch out the tubes for ones of higher quality, but it sounds great to me with the stock tubes. there are like 35 reviews on this amp at that amazon link i posted
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Re: ~50w Tube Amp opinions?

Postby Yankee Tim » Mon Nov 12, 2012 5:55 am

I'm assuming the 55w head version would be similar tone?
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Re: ~50w Tube Amp opinions?

Postby FretfulDave » Mon Nov 12, 2012 8:08 am

Yankee Tim wrote:I'm assuming the 55w head version would be similar tone?


No, this won't be the case. The little Bugera is a 5 watt class "A" tube amp and the larger, 55 watt one, as are most talked about on this board, is a class "A/B" amp. They operate differently from an electrical standpoint and have very different sound and response characteristics.

easytoslip wrote: ... The person who recommended that I buy it initially, says it's even better if you switch out the tubes for ones of higher quality, but it sounds great to me with the stock tubes ...


Since you are looking for an inexpensive amp at that wattage, you could go with the Bugera V55 and play with tubes, remembering that you can plug and play with preamp tubes but it you change the 6L6 power tubes, the amp's power section will likely need to be re-biased.

I would not expect it to sound like a Fender Twin but you might get kinda in the ballpark with enough juggling of tube types and brands.

So depends on what your goal is.

Good luck.

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Re: ~50w Tube Amp opinions?

Postby tigerstrat » Mon Nov 12, 2012 10:12 am

Search for vintage Fender on your local Craigslist. Perfect example would be a listing for Fender 75 head for $375 that I just found in my area. Or Traynor or Mesa...
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Re: ~50w Tube Amp opinions?

Postby gr8fullfred » Mon Nov 12, 2012 12:21 pm

Once again look for a Mesa 50 Caliber....................just sayn again.....................
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Re: ~50w Tube Amp opinions?

Postby Pete B. » Mon Nov 12, 2012 3:03 pm

tigerstrat wrote:... Perfect example would be a listing for Fender 75 head for $375 that I just found in my area...


There's an interesting SF Twin Reverb in a pretty nice home-made Head at Centuar Guitar here in Portland... for $450.
There is a matching 2x12 cab there too (for $150)... but it didn't come out as nice as the head.
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Re: ~50w Tube Amp opinions?

Postby wisedyes » Tue Nov 13, 2012 6:37 pm

Check out the Traynor Custom Valve 40 or the Peavey Classic 50, both very nice, well built, "classic" sounding amps. Another one that you could probably find in that price range used is the Carvin Bel Air.
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Re: ~50w Tube Amp opinions?

Postby Yankee Tim » Fri Nov 30, 2012 7:13 am

Couldn't help myself. On black Friday, my wife ordered the Randall 50w head. It was $229 shipped. So I'll play with this and see what I can get out of it. Reviews say the clean channel is super clean. The gain channel lacks the hi-gain that Randall is famous for. That's perfectly fine with me as its the clean I'm after. Its got 6L6's and 12ax7's and on-board easy tube biasing, and I got a box of NOS tubes to fool around with.

I will report up how it sounds after the jolly fat guy drops it under the tree. It will be married to 2 D120s in a TRM cab.
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