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Thom
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2019 11:02 am    Post subject: Backup small amp head? Reply with quote

After a number of years I'm finally back in a band that has the potential to gig, and whilst I've got all my tube amp needs covered, I'm after a small (cheap) backup head that will give me enough clean headroom for small gigs using pedals for dirt. Any recommendations? I shouldn't have sold Fran my Crate Powerblock all those years ago! Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2019 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not a head, but Wants on Sidwell Street have a Peavey Bandit that kind of has me wishing I was fifteen and had long hair again.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2019 2:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What about

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I have it and it's great with pedals.

Another option could be this, although I have no experience with it.

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Thom
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2019 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bacchus wrote:
Not a head, but Wants on Sidwell Street have a Peavey Bandit that kind of has me wishing I was fifteen and had long hair again.

Haha blast from the past! Cheers mate.
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Thom
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2019 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fakir Mustache wrote:
What about

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I have it and it's great with pedals.

Yeah that's one of my options, think I might take a punt if I can find a cheap one. How loud can it get?
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2019 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's pretty loud. I cranked it all the way with 2 12" cabs once and it hurt my ears. I don't think I even had the gain all the way up, I may have had a pedal on. It's not an experience I wish to repeat.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 14, 2019 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

how do you feel about those little amp in a pedal things that ehx make? could go right on your pedalboard if the amp you use doesn't cut it. otherwise orange got a lot of cool small options.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 14, 2019 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fakir Mustache wrote:
It's pretty loud. I cranked it all the way with 2 12" cabs once and it hurt my ears. I don't think I even had the gain all the way up, I may have had a pedal on. It's not an experience I wish to repeat.


I can second this. I’ve used mine through a 4x12, it can definitely cut it for small gigs
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Thom
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 14, 2019 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys that’s helpful.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 15, 2019 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tote around an old HH 100W head that cost me £25 as my solid-state backup amp. There's always the EHX Magnum 44 if you want to splash the cash on something really small and light.
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