What amp do I want for bedroom/not loud as hell use

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  1. Jake

    Jake GAS Master

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    Hey everyone!

    I'm trying to decide what I want to do with my tube amp situation currently. I have a triple recto that I love...but it's just so damn loud. Now I know I could get a hot plate and I very May will, but what amp would you guys suggest for low to medium volume playing for under $1100 let's say. I like tight metal tones and have looked at the 5150iii 50w, VHT deliverance 60, mesa mark v 25, and a few others but wanted to see if I'm missing anything.

    I have an axe fx II but still would like a tube amp to round things out and have that in room feeling.
     
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    endmysuffering I'm serious

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    Have you tried running a boost through the triple rec then lowering the volume, or an attenuator?
    Also the victory kraken has a 2 watt mode.
     
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    I think pretty much any of the amps you suggested for yourself would do the trick - triple recs, in my experience, are "crush everything in your path with just volume" kind of amps. They're not in any way made for low volume playing, not the ones I've tried anyway.
     
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    cGoEcYk SS.org Regular

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    If you go through a 1x12 that can help reduce the volume with any amp, although your Triple would probably still want to be loud on the gain channel (if it is anything like my Dual, which likes to be around metal drummer volume before it really "fills in").
     
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    I used to have a Laney IronHeart 60w that I found to be amazing for achieving a nice saturated metal tone at bedroom volumes. I thought it worked much better for night time and low volume playing than my 5153 50 watt did.
     
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    Tisca Big-tube snob

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    I bought the cheapest attenuator I could find. Sure it cuts highs but you just turn up your treble. Works great, you get that 4 output tube oomph but at a neighbor friendly volume. I'll prefer this over a low wattage tube amp.
     
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    Jake GAS Master

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    I knew I was forgetting at least one! Will look into this as well.
     
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    You already have the best option, an Axe-Fx II. What are you using with that?
     
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    Elric SS.org Regular

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    Buy a real guitar cab and power amp for the Axe rather than monitoring it FRFR. Turn off the cab models. Instant amp in the room tone. :D Don't get me wrong, if you want to an amp just to have another amp or try something different, I get it. I bought a third amp just last year but my Axe+cab rig is actually better for low volume than my amp head + cab rig.
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    technomancer Gearus Pimptasticus Super Moderator

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    Fryette Power Station to tame the Triple... and can double as a tube power amp for the Axe :2c:
     
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    TheWarAgainstTime "TWAT" for short

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    The EVH 5153 50w is a great all-around amp for bedroom and gigging volumes alike. I love mine :yesway:

    You mentioned a VHT Deliverance 60 already, but I think it would also be worth looking into the Pittbull 50/CL. I use mine to play at home and the master volume is pretty smooth, not to mention the overall killer tones ;) totally different beast from a 5150 or Rectifier, though.

    EDIT: I also have an Axe FX II and use it in 4CM with the 50/CL. The FX loop of this amp is a lot more transparent than any other amp I've owned (including a Triple Rectifier and Mark V) which is great for 4CM. Also good as just a power amp, but I love the Pittbull sound anyway and try to utilize the preamp section as much as I can.
     
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    polish_sausage SS.org Regular

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    I do this, it works great. Plus you can record with the triple rectifier into impulse responses quietly this way.
     
  13. Jake

    Jake GAS Master

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    Thanks for all the suggestions so far guys.

    Just to clarify: This is a separate rig from my Axe FX II XL, that's already running through a 5150ii and it's great but I use that for different things :lol:

    Re: the Pitbull, also looking into that as there's a bunch of them available.

    Gonna go check out a 5150iii today and see how I like it.
     
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    oracles Australian in Canada

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    ENGL Ironball, or get yourself a Fryette power station.
     
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    :agreed:

    On the cheap... I like a 12au7 in the Phase Inverter.
     
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    I had a Bogner Brixton for a while a few years back and sounded great at low volumes. Its an extremely simple circuit (vol, tone, and a couple mini switches, no loop) but it ALWAYS sounded great. Kind of a plug in and RIP kinda amp. Really fun to play through. Runs in 6 or 12 watts and the high gain mode has diode clipping added in and gets very tight. Sort of like a mini Ecstasy or 20th Shiva. They can be had used for around $700 or so.
     
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    You already have an Axe Fx and a guitar cabinet.

    Just buy a new poweramp that can do room-friendly volumes.


    Or if you want, you can buy any solidstate amp head with an effects loop and just use it as a poweramp. Because its solidstate, it doesn't need to see a resistance load to work safely.
     
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