Help me select my first performance amp!

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  1. Chocopuppet

    Chocopuppet Woof Bark Woof

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    Hey guys, I've recently come into some moneys. Just enough moneys to buy myself a nice amp. My first one, actually. I'd put my current budget at around $1000, but it can increase in the coming months with my summer job. I'd like to get an amp because performing live is becoming more and more of a possibility, and my little Vox VT15 may not cut it when it comes to live performance.

    I don't need anything huge. I'm not playing any stadiums any time soon. So far what I'm considering:
    Orange Dual Terror
    Orange Dark Terror
    Mesa Mini Rectifier

    I just need something that's versatile and accepts a few pedals. Preferably an effects loop, though that's not necessary. Any suggestions?
     
  2. MikeSweeney

    MikeSweeney SS.org Regular

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    The new Jim Root Orange it has the Orange Rocker-verb Pre-Amp it sounds massive its 15 watts
     
  3. HeHasTheJazzHands

    HeHasTheJazzHands SS.org Regular

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    +1 to the #4 Terror, or for the Mini Recto. :agreed:
     
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    Leuchty Previously CYBERSYN

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    Should be able to fund a 5153 mini for that.
     
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    McBonez Banned

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    I say the mini recto, just for the extra bit of versatility.
     
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    incinerated_guitar SS.org Regular

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    Used peavey XXX and a used avatar 412, with money to spend for a Tubescreamer and Gate:shred:
     
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    HeHasTheJazzHands SS.org Regular

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    I'd agree with this, but he said he doesn't want a huge amp. :p


    Love me them XXX's though. :D
     
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    DMONSTER SS.org Dweller

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    Id say EVH 5150iii the mini one, I dont personally own it but I have its 120watt counterpart and I cannot be more happy with the tone i get from it
     
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    Atomshipped SS.org Regular

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    I would take the EVH 5150 mini over the Mesa Boogie Mini Rectifier, but it's an entirely different amp than the Oranges. I'd go with the Dark Terror over the Dual Terror as well. What kind of music do you play?
     
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    incinerated_guitar SS.org Regular

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    But it doesnt hurt to already have an amp thatll be good for bigger venues. Its always smarter to buy long term than short term:agreed:
     
  11. Albionic

    Albionic First of the magi

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    yup i agree and when you play on lineups and the other bands have 100 watt half stacks i'm pretty sure your gonna want one :hbang:
     
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    incinerated_guitar SS.org Regular

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    Which is exactly why my second amp was a half stack. Once I got it, got my band started. Though mind you, it was a solid state crate, so It was somewhat shit:lol: Then upgraded to tube, and holy fuck, DAT POWER!!! It feels absolutely awesome when you crank an amp so loud that it can compete with miced drums in a good sized venue. Its the greatest drug ever. :hbang::shred::shred:
     
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    None of those IMO, you can EASILY find a dual rectifier for under $1000 used or a 5150/6505 varient. Those will both smoke the oranges IMO. Also I would not buy the mini-recto if you intend on playing metal. It and the single recto aren't really metal amps in the way that the dual and triple are.
     
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    Stealthdjentstic Banned

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    Also worth noting...the volume difference between 50 watts and 100 watts is not that big at all! The reason higher wattage amps are preferred is because of the increased headroom.

    You can also pull two power tubes from a recto to make it run at 50 watts.
     
  15. Ishan

    Ishan Giant Fridge Magnet Contributor

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    I'll go against the wave here :lol:
    Check the Jet City JCA100H, cheap Soldano SLO, paired with a good used cab (mesa, orange, avatar, etc...) it's right in your budget and kick ass :)
     
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    Look for the Rocker or Thunder 30 too :)
     
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    I'd look for a Mesa Boogie Mark IV. If you look closely, you can find them less than a grand on the used market and they can do pretty much everything, ever.
     
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    What style of music? I'm assuming metal of some form? Do you need more than one channel?

    Out of the 3 you chose, I'd personally go with the Mesa. I like Mesa so I am a bit biased. The thought of a dual recto with 84's just makes me smile.

    I have not played the Dark Terror yet (I've only seen one around my area and it wasn't set up.) I have however dicked around with the Dual Terror, and its a cool little amp, a lot of great tones. The one thing I did notice was how the character of the amp changed (for the better) with the watts.

    you also might want to look into the Blackstar series amps too.
     
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    I own an Orange Dark Terror for a little over a week now. Love it to death. Brutal little amp with endless amount of gain.
     
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    I want one so badly to go along with my Tiny Terror !!!!!!!!!!
     

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