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    Favourite small tube practice amp

    I'm currently using a Marshall Class 5 which makes a fantastic racket but is very loud for 5 watts. I use the "headphones out" trick into another cab to keep the volumes reasonable. Just wondered what others were using?
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    Of the 2 I've owned, I like the Epi VJ head (current version). I had the Vox AC4TV but just wasn't into the closed back sound. I put a '59 RCA 12" speaker in the Epi VJ cab and better tubes. Love it.

    Heard good things about the Marshall.

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    I have a few small valve amps

    Marshall Class 5
    Blackstar HT-5
    Epi Valve Jnr
    Vox ACTV

    The most flexible, for me, for using at home is the Blackstar because of the master Volume. The Class 5 and Epi are a bit to loud. The Vox is good in that it goes down to a quarter of a watt (10" speaker version).

    I have taken each of them to jams or small gigs. The Epi is the least versatile, having just the volume control. The most versatile is the HT-5 with the Class 5 and Vox somewhere in between.

    All are excellent amps for the money though

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    i'm about to pull the trigger on a tube practice amp, so i love to read opinions from owners.

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    If anyone is in the market for a Vox AC4TV8, J&R has them for $119.00 right now with free shipping.

    Vox AC4TV8

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    The Fender Super Champ XD should not be overlooked. I have had one for a few months now and really like it. Big enough for small gigs, small enough for practice and home use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by workknot View Post
    The Fender Super Champ XD should not be overlooked. I have had one for a few months now and really like it. Big enough for small gigs, small enough for practice and home use.
    I love my SuperChamp XD. I wouldn't mind a Vibrochamp as well... A bit less power, though I'd probably want to convert it to a 10" speaker. I've raved ad nauseum about the SCXD. It's a great little performer for practice.

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    If I'm practicing bottleneck, I use my old Oahu, Chicago 51. If I need cleaner, I use my hot-rodded SF Princeton Reverb. It can actually work on a lot of gigs if the band is not too loud. 20 watts, BIG PT, DrZ OT, 12" Celestion, tilt-backs.

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    I have a Vibro Champ XD, and find it VERY versatile. I generally just plug straight in for practice. "Look Ma, No Pedals!!"

    I also have a Champion 600, that is a lot of fun. it overdrives very nicely, and also has a nice clean sound.

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    From GC I bought and returned a Roland Microcube, a Champ 600, a Bugera V5, and a Roland Cube 30 before settling on a Super Champ XD. I will not put down any of those other amps but I will say that once I had played the SCXD for a couple of days and replaced the speaker I could find no reason to keep shopping.
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