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Now I understand why many players recommend tube amps!!
on January 20, 2013
Let me start off saying I didn't buy this at Amazon - I bought it at my local Guitar Center. The price was a little cheaper there since they had a coupon for the holiday weekend. Regular price at both places is the same.
I went there with the intention of buying a Line 6 Spider IV modeling amp. I wanted to try it first which was why I didn't get it from Amazon. I'm SO glad I tried it out. I didn't see any significant difference between this Line 6 amp and using my Line 6 POD (from over 10 years ago) with my Crate practice amp. The sound seemed lifeless for some reason.
I asked the sales person if he could recommend a similarly priced basic amp. He brought me over to the Peavey ValveKing 112. And I'm so glad he did!!! I never heard such sweet sounding tones come from my hands! The sound came alive! Not only did you hear the sound, it resonated in your body. It was a bit of a surreal experience. My playing all of a sudden took on a higher level. All of the nuances of my playing came through - pick attack, dynamics, muting, etc. The amp is so responsive, playing was effortless. I could play with a much softer touch. I always thought the guitar itself was the main component in that - not so.
I was anxious to get it home to see if I had a similar expericence in my house with my guitars (an American Standard Strat with single coil pickups and a Les Paul Studio with humbuckers). It all just seemed to good to be true. I was relieved to have the same experience at home. My guitars' sound now can reach their full potential.
I never bought into the whole "tubes are better" argument. Well, that's because I never played a tube amp! I'm a convert and will never go back.
In my research, I had considered a tube amp, but the price seemed prohibitive - especially since I'm a hobbyist. This amp took care of that - and it's got 50 Watts!! The value of this amp just blows me away.
The build quality on this amp is top notch. The corners are protected by metal corner plates (not cheap plastic). The knobs and switches are high quality and feel very strudy. It's also heavy - about 50 lbs.
Earlier today I was jammin' along with Joe Bonamassa Live at the Royal Albert Hall. I'm no Joe Bonamassa, but my sound was a heck of a lot closer! This amp is so much fun!!
If you want tube sound, don't settle for a modeling amp to approach tube sound - get the real deal for the same money! And if you need effects, you can buy pedals and hook them up to the effects loop on the amp.
I was surprised at the low number of reviews at Amazon for this amp...and they aren't really great either! I've had no issues with noise - which surprised me! Tube devices are natrually noisy, aren't they? I don't know if they have a noise gate in the circuit, but there is no hum or unwanted noise that I hear from my amp. Yes, there is no foot switch included, but if you really need it, you can get one for $30 or so. You really only need it if you are gigging and need to change channels mid song. If you go to online music store websites (guitar center, musician's friend, etc.), you'll see this amp is held in high regard and considered a great deal.
If you want authentic tube sound without breaking the bank, you should consider this amp.