One tube amp to handle a bunch of instruments? What to buy?

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One tube amp to handle a bunch of instruments? What to buy?

Postby BuffaloBill on Thu Aug 29, 2013 11:30 am

Hi all.
Amazing looking forums, my first post here. Looks like a fantastic resource. :shock: :D
Thanks to the people who have put it together.

I was wondering if there is such a thing as a kind of all-purpose tube amp that would be suitable for guitar, keys, maybe bass, and harmonica ?

Something that would do a "decent" job of all those things?

Or maybe, if I could buy just 2 amps to cover this frequency spectrum,
[which is possibly too broad for one amp I guess] ;

maybe somebody could advise me on which 2 I should get,
for hopefully under $2 k ?

Although if there is 1 that would handle a broad range of pitches, that would be awesome.

They don't have to be huge. 50 watt or under should be fine I think.

I'm pretty new to this game, so sorry if I sound a bit green.

Thanks.
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Re: One tube amp to handle a bunch of instruments? What to b

Postby mark enger on Sun Sep 01, 2013 5:05 pm

Sounds like a fender bassman might do all those things, heads are maybe 800$ then
a few different cabs and pedals, or a 4-10 combo, or even a peavey 4-10 combo might do it
A old tube pa with like 6 channel modded to each instrument with 50 or 100 watt output would
be real interesteing good luck and let use know what you come up with mark
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Re: One tube amp to handle a bunch of instruments? What to b

Postby Jack Hester on Sun Sep 01, 2013 6:23 pm

mark enger wrote:A old tube pa with like 6 channel modded to each instrument with 50 or 100 watt output

An old tube amp was exactly what I was thinking. One in good working order already has the iron needed, on each end. The 'in between' can be built to just about any configuration, including that of a Bassman.
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Re: One tube amp to handle a bunch of instruments? What to b

Postby BuffaloBill on Thu Sep 19, 2013 2:26 am

Thank you so much for your help both Mark and Jack.
I appreciate the advice greatly !

I apologize for my late reply, I didn't get an email notifier to know there was a response. I guess I need to look at my forum settings.

Anybody else with recommendations would also be great, but this is definitely something to go on.

I've got acquainted with a very nice chappie the other night over beers who works in a music store. He's selling some of his own personal gear too,
including an Orange Dual Terror head...

Reading about this head just now, it seems to only have an output of 30Watt...
I don't need something big, since I probably won't be using it for gigging, just home recording / studio use, BUT this sounds a bit small...
I'd like something that I could drive right up and has a bit of beef to it.

What do you think ?
Would that be a good or bad decision.

He's also hocking a Mesa Boogie something or other, but I suspect that might be getting outta my price range.
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Re: One tube amp to handle a bunch of instruments? What to b

Postby LD50 on Sun Dec 08, 2013 1:27 am

Both of the amps you have been offered would be great for guitar both with distinctive flavours.

Where you live will probably influence what you have easily available. In the UK a Marshall Super PA or a Selmer T N B would work, even a vox AC30 combo has 6 inputs but is pretty guitar orientated.
Fender HRD (60w) is a pretty neutral canvas to use, has 4 inputs and lots of headroom - needs pedals for decent distorted tones.
All bleeding stops.......eventually.
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Re: One tube amp to handle a bunch of instruments? What to b

Postby BuffaloBill on Sun Dec 08, 2013 5:29 am

Well, that should be plenty to go on !

Thanks so much LD50 and everybody again.

A friend has a tiny little vibra champ [not sure what year] and I was very impressed with it ! Tiny thing, but great sound.

My job should pay better soon, and my savings are coming together, so the time is nigh to get it going.
I might just buy 2 or 3 heads and a few cabs.

Will report back [no idea when ! ]

Major cheers to you all !

[I'm now working in a place with someone who has a Bsc in electrical engineering, and is a very good guitarist, so this will help with some decision making I hope, and some more stuff to learn down the line.]
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