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    Default Overdrive, Distortion, or Hotplate?

    Newbie to tube amps here. I recently purchased a Peavey Classic 30 which I like but just wondering which would be more appropriate for a heavier sound - an overdrive pedal (tubescreamer?), distortion pedal, or THD hotplate?

    I am playing at home in my garage/basement so I can't crank it - my post gain is usually around 4-5.

    I don't like the sound that comes from hitting the boost switch if that has anything to do with this......but I don't think it does.

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    The only thing the boost does is boost the midrange. Not surprising you don't like that.

    As for the sound, depends on what timbre of "heavier tone" you are looking for.

    The Classic 30 is actually pretty gainy. Good amp choice, btw.

    When I first started playing, I'd have told you distortion pedal all the way.

    Now, I'd lean more towards the overdrive pedal--I think it will color your original tone less, and I'm guessing you already like the gain in the Classic 30.

    The THD Hotplate will allow you to crank the amp up to gig-level volumes and
    get that response but at a bedroom level. The more the power amp is pushed the "rounder" and tubier the amp is likely to feel. It'll be adding more power amp gain. This is great, but I've played a Classic 30 wide open many times and it's very creamy, but not uber-heavy sounding.

    My opinion would be to keep the "boost" off, crank the gain, and use an OD pedal to taste.
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    The Hot Plate is not what you want. It just keeps your volume low with the amp turned up, and the difference in most tube amps is minimal. Plus they make your amp sound weird in my opinion. I tried on on my JCM 800 and it sucked.

    My advice is to go to a music store and try a few pedals out on some smaller combos like yours.

    I wound up getting a Boosta Grande pedal made by BBE and it gave my JCM 800 just the kick it needed. It increases the volume for solos but also gives a great extra overdrive sound. BBE makes another distortion pedal that you may want to check out.

    Tubescreamers are great, but there are a lot of affordable pedals out there and they all have unique characteristics. Depending on how agressive you want the sound to be, you really need to do some plug and play demos.

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    You might look at the Radial line of pedals as well.

    I use a Hot British pedal in front of Classic 30 and Blackheart Engineering 5watt amp and it helps with the grind.

    The Radial pedals use a 12AX7 tube(s) and don't seem to add the digital grainyness some pedals introduce in the overall sound.

    Here's a link to the Radial line... http://www.tonebone.com/

    If you need any help with the Radial line, let me know.
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    Try a Seymour Duncan Pickup Booster pedal. On a clean amp, it simply adds volume, but on a dirty amp, it acts like an overdrive. It gives a big kick in the ass to the gain without coloring the tone too much.

    A good second choice is a Boss Super Overdrive.
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