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 Post subject: Lunchbox Tube Head
PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:19 pm 
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I was wondering if you guys had any recommendations for a lunchbox tube amp? I mainly just plug into a Focusrite Audio Interface through Cubase. I wanted something with a good clean sound that could also get a bit dirty as well, FX loop would be great too.

I was looking at the Egnater Tweaker 15, but I haven't played one in person.

I currently have a Blackstar HT-60 Soloist but it is just too much for what I need.


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 Post subject: Re: Lunchbox Tube Head
PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:20 pm 
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chongmagic wrote:
I was wondering if you guys had any recommendations for a lunchbox tube amp? I mainly just plug into a Focusrite Audio Interface through Cubase. I wanted something with a good clean sound that could also get a bit dirty as well, FX loop would be great too.

I was looking at the Egnater Tweaker 15, but I haven't played one in person.

I currently have a Blackstar HT-60 Soloist but it is just too much for what I need.


I have a tweaker 15 and the sounds, to me, are lackluster in both the clean and overdriven.


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 Post subject: Re: Lunchbox Tube Head
PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:05 pm 
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The Orange rocker amps are excellent. Play one first though. Oranges have a very thick midrange that's unlike anything else, and some don't like it. But the build and sound quality is great for the money. The PRS tremonti also looks really cool. Haven't played one myself, but the sound clips i've heard are really impressive.

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 Post subject: Re: Lunchbox Tube Head
PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:09 pm 
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I agree that the Tweaker is not fabulous sounding. I use a Fender Super Champ X2 head often in this application. Sounds great clean and has a variety of dirty options. Recommended.


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 Post subject: Re: Lunchbox Tube Head
PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:50 pm 
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I've got a Carvin V3M Micro and it's pretty great - my own opinions aside, I am often approached by other players about the amp after shows, and this is the only amp I ever use that gets that kind of attention.

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 Post subject: Re: Lunchbox Tube Head
PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:58 pm 
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^ this, a great, versatile amp. Like a Boogie in that it requires careful tweaking, but when you find it, it is glorious. Not sure if you can record it directly, don't remember and that head is in storage at the moment.


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 Post subject: Re: Lunchbox Tube Head
PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 4:28 pm 
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I have a Mesa Boogie Mark Five:25 head that's a sweet little amp. Very versatile, with 6 switchable gain settings from squeaky clean to very saturated. Also has an effects loop, 5-band EQ, headphone out, and their "cab clone" DI out. Output power is switchable between 25W and 10W. You can find all the particulars here: http://mesaboogie.com/amplifiers/electr ... index.html

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 Post subject: Re: Lunchbox Tube Head
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I had a Tweaker and liked it on the Vox setting. Wasn’t thrilled with the Fender cleans.

Are you set on tubes? Don’t sleep on Quilter… super small, superb cleans.

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 Post subject: Re: Lunchbox Tube Head
PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:23 pm 
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sjaustin wrote:
I had a Tweaker and liked it on the Vox setting. Wasn’t thrilled with the Fender cleans.

Are you set on tubes? Don’t sleep on Quilter… super small, superb cleans.
I would like the Fender cleans with the ability to have some crunch as well. I really like the Fender Reverb Deluxe, but I was looking for more of a headphone amp. I saw the PRS MT-15 but I will check out Quilter.

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 Post subject: Re: Lunchbox Tube Head
PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 10:55 am 
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If money is no object take a look at the Suhr PT-15. I sure would like one!


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 Post subject: Re: Lunchbox Tube Head
PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 11:03 am 
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Money is always an object. Lol

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 Post subject: Re: Lunchbox Tube Head
PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 11:52 am 
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I ended up going with a Fender 65 DRRI.

I love the sound thus far.


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 Post subject: Re: Lunchbox Tube Head
PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 12:01 pm 
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chongmagic wrote:
I ended up going with a Fender 65 DRRI.

I love the sound thus far.


Congrats. Interesting choice. At what point in the vol knob does it start breaking up?

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 Post subject: Re: Lunchbox Tube Head
PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 12:14 pm 
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In the vibrato channel it is around 7.5.


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 Post subject: Re: Lunchbox Tube Head
PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 12:37 pm 
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chongmagic wrote:
I ended up going with a Fender 65 DRRI.

I love the sound thus far.

LOL, that is NOT a headphone amp. :mrgreen:

(But is IS a stellar amp. Congrats!)

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 Post subject: Re: Lunchbox Tube Head
PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 12:44 pm 
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sjaustin wrote:
chongmagic wrote:
I ended up going with a Fender 65 DRRI.

I love the sound thus far.

LOL, that is NOT a headphone amp. :mrgreen:

(But is IS a stellar amp. Congrats!)


Yeah, I know but I just love the sound of the Fender cleans and it takes pedals really well.

I have a Vox MV50 AC I can use with headphones.


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 Post subject: Re: Lunchbox Tube Head
PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2019 11:56 am 
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I recently bought (and returned) a Jet City JCA20HV, the vintage-voiced, fat-switch-equipped version of their well-loved 20W head. I returned it because I didn't like the higher-gain sounds, and I would have been using it in a heavy band. But if I wanted a great amp to go from lovely cleans to medium-grit blues, it would have fit the bill perfectly.

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 Post subject: Re: Lunchbox Tube Head
PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2019 5:27 am 
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Joyo seems to have some decent affordable ones. Glenn Fricker talks highly of them.

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