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    Default Re: Looking for a teeny tiny tube amp head for recording at home with

    Since you’re looking for a head, you can also have a look at Blackstar HT-1. I run mine through an Orange PPC112 cab. When I was trying it at the store I found the cab choice to make a huge difference. I’m still very happy with the sounds I get without having to go to too high volumes.

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    The Blackstar that I tried a couple years ago never impressed me much. The mids never sounded right too me, but I didn't spend much time with it. Maybe I should check them out again. . .
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    Default Re: Looking for a teeny tiny tube amp head for recording at home with

    I have been looking at small head's to match with my Marshall Cab project and started out looking at the Blackheart 5 watt, Blackstar 5 watt, VHT 5 5 watt and the Masrhall. I think I'm going to end up with the Egnater 15-watt Tweaker.

    However, there are a number of the 10 - 20 watt heads that have a built-in attenuator to allow you to dial-in .5 w, 1, 5, etc...

    In other news, I heard the Bugera t5 was quite nice, and only $199 new. I think quality is hit or miss tho...
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    Default Re: Looking for a teeny tiny tube amp head for recording at home with

    To be fair, attenuators (either external or built-in) on tube amps never give you the same sound as full volume. Only you can decide if the trade-off is worth it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Dali View Post
    I have been looking at small head's to match with my Marshall Cab project and started out looking at the Blackheart 5 watt, Blackstar 5 watt, VHT 5 5 watt and the Masrhall. I think I'm going to end up with the Egnater 15-watt Tweaker.

    However, there are a number of the 10 - 20 watt heads that have a built-in attenuator to allow you to dial-in .5 w, 1, 5, etc...

    In other news, I heard the Bugera t5 was quite nice, and only $199 new. I think quality is hit or miss tho...
    I looked at the T5 when I was "in the market"
    nothing wrong with it
    the G5 had more features and was only $199 at ProAudioStar

    like the Blackstar HT5 that it clones
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mincer View Post
    To be fair, attenuators (either external or built-in) on tube amps never give you the same sound as full volume. Only you can decide if the trade-off is worth it.
    I thought whatever attenuator they were using on the Marshall Origin amps does a pretty good job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GuitarStv View Post
    I thought whatever attenuator they were using on the Marshall Origin amps does a pretty good job.
    Oh, it might be good, it just never seems to be the same.
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    That mpf thing sounds pristine. I have 2 options for recording at low volumes. My 1/2 watt Nano or my Peavey on 1 watt. Both are around $500 and both sound terrif. For recording, I just set the volume and eq where I normally do, stick my condenser right in front of the amp and job done... recorded tones almost exactly like what's heard in the room and at normal levels.
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