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#1 Posted : Saturday, July 18, 2015 5:34:11 PM(UTC)
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Would anyone be kind enough to recommend an affordable practice amp?

I'm only playing inside my house at comfortable volumes so maybe something similar (but different) to the Yamaha THR10.

I have the Yamaha and am happy with it, but I took it to leave at my office so I need something for home.  I'll have my new to me Epi LP Standard Pro on Sunday, and no amp to bring it to life.

I thought about getting the boutique amp version of the Yamaha THR10c, but it feels hard to justify the cost for having 2 of these amps (more like guitar speakers).  

300 for another Yamaha, or ...
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#2 Posted : Saturday, July 18, 2015 8:32:26 PM(UTC)
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Besides my Yamaha TH10X, I have a Marshall DSL 15C combo. $599 Very versatile. Classic, cleans, and can get way dirty. Highly recommend.

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#3 Posted : Saturday, July 18, 2015 8:36:48 PM(UTC)
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I also love my Line6 AMPLIFI 150 $499 for jamming, playing music, changing tones on the computer. There's a 75w version - the speaker is weak. The line6 is fun, but the Marshall tube has that Marshall gain. I think you'd dig either one. a lot.

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#4 Posted : Sunday, July 19, 2015 5:53:28 PM(UTC)
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Off the top of my head, I'd recommend the Laney Cub 12. One channel, tubes (el84), kind of sounds like a Vox, but has it's own voice. It sounds good at low volumes, and really rocks when turned up a bit.

Other alternatives are:
Blackstar HT-1/HT-5
Peavey Classic 20 (new, lunchbox sized amp head)
Fender Blues Jr
Fender Mustang II

Good luck! It's a jungle out there!
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#5 Posted : Sunday, July 26, 2015 1:53:49 PM(UTC)
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Here's the latest and thanks for everyone's input:

I ended up getting a Fender Mustang and I'm happy with it so far. I found one used for about $40 so I figured why not try it out. Since I got it so cheap I was even thinking about modifying/opening up the back and upgrading the speaker.

But for the moment I'm enjoying the little amp. I think it sounds awesome for the price and generally sounds balanced and not thin or tinny or flabby like you often hear with these types of amps.

I mostly use the 65 Twin model and leave the effects off except for a bit of reverb. I don't care for the effects at all and probably add a delay pedal at some point.

I could see this amp responding very differently to different guitars where the 65 Twin might sound great with Les Paul for jazzy cleans, but a Telecaster might prefer the Bassman or Deluxe models.

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#6 Posted : Monday, November 23, 2015 10:18:49 PM(UTC)
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Blackstar,they make many models, : )
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#7 Posted : Tuesday, November 24, 2015 1:58:38 PM(UTC)
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i had mustang, was ok for while bit of novelty amp really. and it didnt last too long either so its not a amp for longevity...(it lasted 18 moths) and then it went kerput

was going go for a roland cube but they suck big time... in the end i asked whats a good amp for rock.. i got given few sugestions and currently trying some out

they are marshall dsl, mesa-boogie, and orange terror & crush range.
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