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    Can anyone suggest a decent combo amp I can get for my son? He's 13 at the end of this month and needs something a little better to practice with than what he has. Maybe something with some clean tones but something that can deliver some crunch as well. Price is definitely a major consideration for dear old dad here. If he keeps at it, I'll bust my wallet wide open for a great amp in a year or two. Thanks!
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    What's he playing now(amp), what's your budget, and what type of music does he like?

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    Right now he's got a Squier Champ 15 or some crap like that. It started out ok but it's getting awfully noisy lately. He likes rock, went with me and mom to see VH in '98, and likes a few of the "old" groups and all this new rock stuff. I'd like to keep the price under $300, maybe even closer to $200 if I can get away with it.
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    My first post here---
    Try the Peavey Transtube Bandit.
    1-12" speaker, 85? watts 2 channels
    Can actually sound close to a 5150.
    Real nice for the money

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    For that type of cash, Peavey Classic 30. Can't go wrong, you'll get fantastic clean tones, good crunchy tones, 2 channels. Tried and true design, a very good sounding practice amp.

    Avoid anything solid state, or posing as "ValveState"/TransTube" etc. A simple 2 channel tube amp will sound fabulous for him, and hey, when it comes time to sell it, it will sell quickly.

    Here's one now... http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI...tem=1492860965
    You know the best tone I ever had was with that little bandmaster cranked to 10. Edward Van Halen, 1980, Guitar Player Magazine.

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    I agree so far. Because of your budget, and the fact that he's just getting into a more powerful amp, there's no reason to go overboard.
    Peavey, and Marshall make some decent valvestate amps. Tube combos are good too, but they're usually more expensive because of their circuitry and power, you have to replace tubes, which can get pricey, and they usually don't have the option of headphone jacks, extra effects, loop channel, etc.
    If you go for a valve state, or solid state amp look for something that's at least 40 watts or better, because valve state, or solid state amps aren't as powerful as they're rated to be.
    Peavey amps are pretty affordable, and do sound good, easily within your price range, and they tend to be more rugged than marshalls, but the marshall solid state has more of that marshall crunch. That link that stratogibson gave you for ebay is a pretty good deal too. Tube amps, unlike solid state are ususally a little more powerful than their wattage rating. Since you're going for a used amp, head down to the music store if you can and try a few out.
    Don't forget to take your son with you.

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    Welcome JohnBoy

    I agree, try the transtube if you can. It's quite a bit like a POD, and really sounds good for the money.
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