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  • #16
    Re: Analog solid-state combo for playing metal at home

    Originally posted by kuga View Post
    I'm from Serbia, Southern Europe. Nikola Tesla, Novak Djokovic etc.

    I've tried to avoid those tube amps which are MOSFET + 1 or 2 tubes like Blackstar HT-5R or Randall with Valve Dynamic (tm) and similar compromises with fancy names
    I actually thought there are much more SS amps under 50W and monster gain...
    There are ..but some are'nt available as combo's (AMT Stonehead)

    "Less is less, more is more...how can less be more?" ~Yngwie J Malmsteen

    I did it my way ~ Frank Sinatra

    Originally posted by Rodney Gene
    If you let your tone speak for itself you'll find alot less people join the conversation.


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    • #17
      Re: Analog solid-state combo for playing metal at home

      ...& some are hybrids with a full valve preamp (Randall T2C)



      & they'll both probably set you back by $500 or so...even used
      "Less is less, more is more...how can less be more?" ~Yngwie J Malmsteen

      I did it my way ~ Frank Sinatra

      Originally posted by Rodney Gene
      If you let your tone speak for itself you'll find alot less people join the conversation.


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      • #18
        Re: Analog solid-state combo for playing metal at home

        If you only need it in bedroom, why not slap a good pedal in front of your amp? 250 USD will get you boutique, high end distortion pedals, but not much in amp world.

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        • #19
          Re: Analog solid-state combo for playing metal at home

          Used smaller solid-state like Marshall MG 50w 112 and a good used pedal. Heck just get the pedal first and see how it sounds through the Fender, although ultimately you'll want a 12" speaker even for bedroom levels (IMO).
          Last edited by dave74; 07-20-2020, 02:40 AM.

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          • #20
            Re: Analog solid-state combo for playing metal at home

            "metal" doesn't really mean "cheap, distorted tone"...

            ... not implying that anyone here meant that (or thought it, except me)...

            being a metal head myself, I swear about the tone of slightly overdriven power tubes;

            and being a bit picky, even if the tone is highly overdriven.

            Though, some styles like Black Metal, is great with a "DOD Death Metal" or Boss MT-2.... just to make it noisy and lo-fi...

            hope you find an amp that suits your needs

            -Erlend \m/
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            • #21
              Re: Analog solid-state combo for playing metal at home

              Im with Nexion here, get a good distortion pedal and you could save a bit of money. Buy it used and save even more.
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              • #22
                Re: Analog solid-state combo for playing metal at home

                Check out an Orange Crush 20 RT. It's got built in Reverb and a Built in LED Tuner. Also has both a clean and dirty OD channel and only $189 (pre tax).

                Sounds really good and not very large but has big sound if an when you need it but also perfect for at home playing.

                https://www.guitarcenter.com/Orange-...r-Combo-Amp.gc

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                • #23
                  Re: Analog solid-state combo for playing metal at home

                  yeah Orange is by far my favorite readily-available mass-produced modern amp company. Their solid-state amps are surprisingly nice and their all-tube rigs are perfect.
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                  • #24
                    Re: Analog solid-state combo for playing metal at home

                    1. Randall RG80 -- $440
                    + Silid-state, 1x12
                    - I pay for power I don't really need
                    - exceeds budget
                    2. Blackstar HT-5C -- $386
                    + Fits budget, 1x12, tubes
                    - only 1 pre-amp and 1 power tube (maybe it's not so big drawback)
                    3. Blackstar HT-5R -- $454
                    * Digital Stereo Reverb for $70 included (questionable quality)
                    - exceeds budget
                    4. Orange CRUSH 20RT -- $280
                    + Cheap, I can buy and some pedal
                    + reverb included
                    - 8" speaker, no FX loop, not included foot controller

                    I really appreciate other recommedations, but I can't find that models in Serbia or are too expensive. I couln't find on second-hand market nothing mentioned or similar models.

                    No.2 seems to be the best choice regarding that i was seeking for SS amp. I don't expect to get the real tube feeling from it, and I don't need it. I hope it would sound like excellent SS amp.

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                    • #25
                      Re: Analog solid-state combo for playing metal at home

                      A lot of people are going to disagree with me on this one. But I never had any issues getting a great tone out of the Marshall MG series. Throw a boost in there, totally awesome.

                      I tried the Crush combo as I needed a smaller amp for a different project and it did not do anything particularly well, it may have been the speaker, idk. I went with a Blues Junior NOS tweed.

                      Another option are the old Peavey transtube stuff, also do well with boosts in front.

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by TMD View Post
                        Re: Analog solid-state combo for playing metal at home - Used Randall RG1503-212.
                        I was coming in to say the same thing. A used Randell from any era will do the trick. The older Randells you will have to use a stomp. But if you want to talk bang for your buck - Randell.


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                        • #27
                          The little Yamaha THR series are sweet. And while they do modeling, they do it good. I've got two.

                          And mind you, I'm answering this question from the point of view of your neighbors, rather than you.

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                          • #28
                            I bought Blackstar HT-5C.
                            Thank all of you for suggestions, especially Earl.

                            I really like its sound. The 12" speaker is totally awesome!
                            The things I love the most are responsiveness and feeling. I can hear much more nuances while playing solos. It's wonderful!
                            The amount of gain is pretty much what I expected, and ISF is very nice featue.

                            Cheers!

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