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    Default Practical, Light but Great Sounding Gear

    I'd like to get some feedback from those of you out there that live an apartment in the city or for those of you who may do a bunch of traveling and need a smaller rig that you carry around to studio gigs, playing with friends, etc. The purpose of the conversation here is that while many of us love chasing the brown sound provided by 10 Watts, Five 12Ax7 Tubes, etc from our 5150's, living in a place in the city or moving it around is a pain in the butt and it becomes impractical.

    Anyway, I live in downtown San Francisco and I've had to come up with a few solutions to solve my problem and it took a while to get to something that I liked.

    My first approach was buying a Line 6 Vetta (1st Gen), which allowed me a good deal of versatility and the ability to play with a decent sounds at lower volumes (so the cops and Mr. Landlord wouldn't come banging on the door).

    While the amp was ok (for home playing) when it worked, it turned into a nightmare as far as maintenance was concerned. I did a software update on it and the thing went completely crazy. Line 6's service department, if they even have one, was the complete embodiment of incompetence. I might as well have called a pool supplies company as not only did they have no idea about how to fix my problem, they also didn't have a place for me to send my broken stuff.

    Lastly, the sound was definitely not something I was happy with as far as studio recording went. Being a tube guy, I can't help but hear the "cloudiness" that the sampling versus the real thing brings. Some of the stuff that I played back on recording sounded better than when I initially played it, but I just couldn't get the right feel from it.

    That leads me to my current set-up. I few years ago I ran into Blues Saraceno and we talked about his rig. His playing situation is similar to mine in that he looks for versatility and mobility being a studio musician. I ended up buying a pedal that he developed with Seymor Duncan called the "Tweak Fuzz." I just put it through a cheap ass Fender Frontman 212 (which had a sweet clean tone) and the thing flat out rocked. It has a great lead tone that works with playing all my VH-related stuff, but I get a dynamic change with the clean channel that allows me to play some pretty serious funk with several types of tone.

    So, my home setup now simply just the 212, the TweakFuzz, a Boss Digital Delay, an old Echoplex that I never really use, and a BallBuster pedal that Saraceno designed as well. I can play pretty much any style with these guys and I spent just over $1,000 for all of it.

    Anyway, I'm curious as to your comments on my stuff as well as some solutions that you've come up with as well.

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    For home, I'm all about the computer now.

    I have a music-only pc that a guy down the street built for me ($300) with some nice monitors. Regular computer monitors sound fine, too.
    Amplitube is my newest crush, but I also like a lot of Line-6 stuff.







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    +1 for using computer software for home use, i use line6 gearbox and podfarm along with a line6 toneport...the whole lot only cost me £35!!, yeah its not the most authentic sounding rig, but for home practice either through headphones or small monitor speakers its ideal...i can jam along to mp3's, play random songs without backing or record in realtime without any latency...perfect really, the sounds are ok too (but like i said not authentic if you know what you are listening for)

    live i tend to use WAAAAY to much gear, a 5150 head and marshall cab, a pedal board with pedals that i mostly dont use! (with the exeption of a boss chorus, line6 delay, phase 90 and digitech whammy) a roland bolt60 amp (great clean tones) and a line6 spiderIII 150 and usually a couple of guitars too!
    i like to keep my options open and cover as many bases as possible, because with my band you never know what we'll end up playing!!!!
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    In my opinion, this is the best solution to your problem.





    It's basically a SansAmp with an 8" speaker and a 10 Watt power amp. It sounds absolutely awesome, and full of convincing tone, doesn't have that processed, compressed, digital sound of other modeling amps.

    The great thing about it, is that you can run it direct into the board for recording, or even gigging.

    I took the one I used to own, and ran it through a Peavey 60/60 tube power amp, and a 4x12 Marshall cab. The thing sounded better than alot of the heads in the store.

    So, the only drawback to this amp is that it doesn't carry a load of on-board effects. I don't really consider it to be a drawback though, since I would rather use pedals anyway. This amp doesn't try to do everything, but what it does do, it does extremely well.

    Great tone, perfect size for your Apartment, perfect for recording, and can be used as a live rig. Don't think you could ask for much more.
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    For home I use a Line 6 112 SpiderValve amp. Had it a couple of years now and it works fine. Built in effect are not that great but they are useable. Still can get pretty loud but it sounds decent at indoor volumes. I also use a Peavey Classic 30 for home playing, had it for about 15 years and still works great.

    When I want to fire up my 5150 half stack at home I use a THD Hot Plate to keep the levels neighbor friendly.

    I'm with you on the less is more theory. A decent amp a few pedals and I'm ready to go. Sound like you got a decent set up.

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    [QUOTE=nobozos;1209670]In my opinion, this is the best solution to your problem.



    Yup. I'm still kicking myself for selling mine a few years back. I can't understand why they don't reissue them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullwinkle View Post
    For home, I'm all about the computer now.

    I have a music-only pc that a guy down the street built for me ($300) with some nice monitors. Regular computer monitors sound fine, too.
    Amplitube is my newest crush, but I also like a lot of Line-6 stuff.
    Amplitube is amazing. My friend picked it up last year. Absolutely blew me away. It seems every couple of years or so, there's some innovation in the digital realm that just blows the doors off the last.
    As far as your setup man, hey...whatever works. To have a rig that sounds good, and is easy to pack around, then I think you did great Fable! I'm like you though, I had to scale down my gear. I picked up the Vox AD50VT, and restructured my pedal board to bare essentials, and am very happy. I still use my Marshalls and 5150 from time to time for bigger venues, recording, or playing with my old band, but sound reinforcement is so damn good now with all the quality onboard effects on house mixers, that I swear they can make a Pignose sound like a stack!
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    I talked the about virtues of the Blackstar HT-5 in a different thread, but if you're looking for an amazing tube amp for home and for recording, it's very tough to beat. I've had mine for 9 months as love it today as much as I did the day I bought it. Check it out if you haven't...

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    Heh, great responses guys and cool to see some of ways you guys have approached the problem. I do love my old stacks, but they pretty much just sit around with dust on 'em. I sold my 5150 stack a while back and kept my JCM 800, but haven't used it in 3 years. I keep thinking I'm going to sell it, but just can't quite get there.

    Anyway, good stuff guys. Thanks.

 

 

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