I'm looking to replace my Engl with a good valve head. I'm looking at almost anything, old or new but it has to be loud enough to compete with a very loud drummer in a heavey rock band (as opposed to metal).
Candidates so far are a Marshall JCM 800 or a JVM series head, a Peavey 5150 (much as I dislike most Peavey amps, these are blinding) or maybe something I've not considered yet?
Give me your thoughts, but it must be a tube head, not a combo.
An important consideration is: what sort of tone are you looking to achieve?
It may be that solid state may be better suited to your tonal needs, and there is a lot of variation between tube amps.
I've been a tube amp user for 30 years. I've no intention of changing to solid state amps. I find them tone less and soul less. Even the modern emulation models don't hit the mark (although the very latest Line 6 model are a vast improvement). It a heavy rock band (as opposed to metal) so most of the sounds are clean, crunch and more crunch, rather than all out dirt. I'm not really a fan of pedals.
I like the Marshall type of sound (read Malcolm Young to Slash). The Hughes and Kettner sounds too processed and Mesa stuff used to sound "tizzy" but I'm told that some of their more recent amps are better.
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I agree that good old cranked Fender amps make a great sound, and the clean sounds are, of course, the one that is the benchmark for others. Maybe I should try one again, because I've not used one in years. I used an early 80s black 30w tube combo for several years. I don't really want to convert a combo to a head tho. The resale value would drop like stone (not good in the current economic climate).
I've actually tried a Tonebone, but didn't like it, really. It kind of sounded like....a pedal! lol! I'll look into some of the others.
I've not seen a Traynor in years, they were never that popular here in the UK.
SVT? Think thats be a bit OTT! lol!
Great suggestions. Thanks!
I finally went for a Marshall JVM2 50 watt head. I've used it in the studio and I am gonna gig it tonight.
Was fantastic in the studio, I hope that is just as good live!!
Sounds a great choice. Does anyone here use Sovtek amps? My friend has a Sovtek MIG-50 and i have to say its got the best distortion I have ever heard.
I used to work in shop that sold Sovteks. Awesome little amps. They stopped importing them due to them not meeting the CE standard or something like that.
I've just got home from a cracking gig, and the JVM was awesome! I ran it flat out all night! I did have problems getting clean sounds out of it at this level, until I remembered the coil tap on my PRS. Wonderful!