Question for the low wattage amp guys here about playing those things

311splawndude

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I kid.
I kid.

Discuss.

I have a 1 watt Blackheart Killer Ant. I plug that sucker into V30 loaded 4x12 and get some killer 70's rock tones :yes:

But the lack of headroom and beef in these smaller amps makes the modern brutalz pretty tough.
 

311splawndude

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Choking hazard, do not put this amp in your mouth :LOL:
 

glpg80

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6505MH but it stays on the 20W setting.

Unlike my Marshall’s or Bogner, when I turn it up I die a little inside. It’s gets louder but thinner, and just doesn’t begin to open up like the big iron stuff.
 
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JSutter

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I had a Blackstar HT5 which sounded good. It was just loud enough to jam with a drummer. I tried an EQ in the loop hoping to get a bit more volume. Didn't work.

My friend has a Hotone Purple Wind. It is surprisingly loud and can get mean sounding with a boost. There is just no low end. I'd like to try the Heart Attack.

Right now I mainly use a PRS MT15, though I'm not sure if that fits into this thread. It's the best small amp I've ever used.
 

jchrisf

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I have a Laney IRT Studio.. what nice versatile amp. Sounds great
Also a BFG modded Jet City 22h. It sounds really good and has four different channels with bright switches and distortion
I also have this little cheap looking JCM1 clone that I got off eBay for $325. The guy said he copied the schematic of the real one and they sound identical. I've never played a real JCM1 but my clone rips. It has the built in boost that makes it roar.
 

bikerdude2

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I gig with a Bogner Atma. 1 watt at home and 18 watts when I gig. Did a gig once set to 5 watts and it was loud enough dirty but not enough headroom for the cleans.
 

Rex Rocker

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I've had both the Randall RD1H and the Marshall DSL1HR, and they were both fun amps. They mic'd up pretty well too.

The Marshall was much louder, though.
 

TheToneDig

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Amp wattage is not exponential. So 1W tube amp is still very loud. Nearly 90 dB.

I have one of these. Palmer Eins. A 1W tube amp geared towards studio use. Very loud.
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japetus

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I love my RD1 but the FX loop is total dog dick. I don't use it, and to use this amp as a pedal platform is not viable honestly. It barely cleans up well. But for mid gain rock up to metal tones, it's killer. I can play it unboosted and it sounds heavy as hell through a 4x12.
 

PatF

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I have homebuilt 100, 50, 5, and 1 watters. The low watt amps will never be ground pounders, but you can get some great tones at moderate volumes with them. The 5W is an old Champ with a real simple preamp and a single ended 6V6. Best combo I have for it is the Kemper and an old Marshall 4x12. I tried it without the back and it got better.

The 1W is a 2204 preamp with the push pull 12AU7 power amp. I used a 12BH7 instead. It has been a gnarly little feedbacking screamer in the past. It sounds like shit currently.

I'm sure the Palmer is pretty cool. Something like that is an easy first build. You can use a $15 Fender reverb transformer for the output because it is a parallel single ended 12AU7.
 

311splawndude

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12a..7 in push pull power section. OK. interesting.

I guess it dosent help anything really, if you need that tube tone and feel at 1w though its there :ROFLMAO:
Yeah. No, I get that. I guess I was thinking of my 1w Blackheart. There is no tube power section unless they are using a 12ax7 as a power tube. I was thinking it would be all solid state power so it wouldn't have occurred to me to use a 1 watt amp as a power section.
 

jchrisf

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The 1W is a 2204 preamp with the push pull 12AU7 power amp. I used a 12BH7 instead. It has been a gnarly little feedbacking screamer in the past. It sounds like shit currently.
Was it something like this micro JCM 800 towards the middle of this web page?
 
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