Home Practice Amp

Discussion in 'Amps & Cabs' started by Roca, Mar 4, 2018.

  1. Norlin SG

    Norlin SG Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2012
    Messages:
    584
    Likes Received:
    368
    What a humanitarian.
    After I heard that it would blow up tubes I put it out by the curb last night with a free sign on it and the garbage truck ran over it early this morning. Lucky you. Shipping will be a lot cheaper.

    Wow That's one clean Skylark. I'll bet it sound awesome. And really Guitar>Chord> Amp is the best way to practice. All fizzy distortion does is kills the tone and hides sloppy playing. If that were a Fender, it would easily sell for twice as much. So don't tell anyone..................
     
    Dave Johnson, Gahr and DrBGood like this.
  2. Gahr

    Gahr Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2015
    Messages:
    1,890
    Likes Received:
    1,800
    Location:
    Bergen, Norway
    The Skylark sounds really great. I bought it last year, and it was in great shape. I have had it modded a bit though. I swapped the original speaker (which was makingg some annoying noises when the amp was cranked) and had a tech change some caps and remove the Sprague resistor/capacitor network that kills bass ond adds top end (the so-called "tone sucking network") in the Skylarks. Before I had it done the top end was really piercing unless the tone controls on the guitar were turned way down. After the mods it sounds absolutely killer. The only problem about it is that it has given me real bad GAS for a GA-40...
     
    Col Mustard likes this.
  3. Norlin SG

    Norlin SG Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2012
    Messages:
    584
    Likes Received:
    368
    Most likely, you had a tube on it's way out already. The reason Fender put a standby switch on their bigger amps was so that players could turn off the amps output between sets.

    Come back from a break, take the amp out of standby and Twang/Rock on. The standby switch wasn't to protect the tubes although not having to power the amp on from cold after each break probably made the tubes last longer.

    Small amps, Hi-Fi equipment and Televisions all had tubes back in the day (50's 60's) and I can't recall any of those having standby switches.
     
    Relic61 and Susihukkanen like this.
  4. cerebral gasket

    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2017
    Messages:
    1,323
    Likes Received:
    1,359
    Remember when computers had tubes?
     
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2018
  5. Norlin SG

    Norlin SG Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2012
    Messages:
    584
    Likes Received:
    368
    No, but I was alive shortly after that time period and have read about them. Transistor and especially IC's definitely killed off tube computers.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ENIAC

    Circa: 1949:
    "Hey Frank. What's in the moving van in front of your house and why do the lights in the neighborhood flicker and dim when you are out there? That my friend is my new bleeding edge technology personal electronic calculator. I did this months finances with it and it only took 2 weeks to program 3 days of changing tubes, 6 people and about 30 seconds of actual calculation"

    And no, I wasn't around when dirt was invented either................
     
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2018
    cerebral gasket likes this.
  6. Bob Womack

    Bob Womack Active Member

    Joined:
    May 27, 2017
    Messages:
    89
    Likes Received:
    110
    Location:
    Virginia, USA
    I use two different rigs for practice:

    For one I use a Line6 POD HD500X through a little Marshall JTM60 and a Leslie G37 cabinet in stereo. Yummy!

    [​IMG]

    The other is a recent Fender '68 Custom Princeton Reverb with an upgrade Warehouse G10C speaker.

    [​IMG]

    I love the amp's reduced negative feedback response and slightly darker sound from the regular Prince's. You can read more over HERE on my webpage.


    Bob
     
    cheshiergrin, dexspeed and Clifdawg like this.
  7. ratsalad

    ratsalad Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2005
    Messages:
    210
    Likes Received:
    147
    Location:
    DeLand, FL
    I GAS'd soooo damn hard for one of those at one point... That one, and the M12! Sadly, it seems that both have now been discontinued :sadwave:
     
    One-Wan likes this.
  8. One-Wan

    One-Wan Member

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2017
    Messages:
    39
    Likes Received:
    41
    Yep, apparently the profit margin wasn't good in those models. Another great little 5 watt bites the dust! I was actually trying to hunt down a BadCat Mini (also discontinued) when I stumbled across the Z.

    Cheers, Scott.
     
    ratsalad likes this.
  9. dexspeed

    dexspeed Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2015
    Messages:
    89
    Likes Received:
    123
    How about an office practice amp? I picked this up for $40 to replace the Boss Katana 50 I moved back to the homestead. The Peavey Blazer 158. It even has decent reverb - pretty hard to beat at that price point:rofl:
    [​IMG]

    Spaceman sold separately.....
     
    Clifdawg likes this.
  10. Clifdawg

    Clifdawg Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2015
    Messages:
    497
    Likes Received:
    446
    Had one of these for a short while... Great little practice amp. If you get the chance, crank it on it's distortion channel - it sounds really great at nearly full volume!
     
    dexspeed likes this.
  11. dexspeed

    dexspeed Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2015
    Messages:
    89
    Likes Received:
    123
    Thanks for the tip! The office is an open concept mind you, so I don't think that opportunity will present itself anytime soon. Might have to save that for a last day activity to be sure of a fond farewell. Haha.
     
  12. El Marin

    El Marin Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2013
    Messages:
    269
    Likes Received:
    197
    Location:
    London
    Yamaha THR10 is my choice
     
  13. LDS

    LDS Member

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2017
    Messages:
    96
    Likes Received:
    74
    Katana 100 Head. Hands down the best sounding and most responsive practice amp I've ever used.
     
  14. DrBGood

    DrBGood Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2015
    Messages:
    5,404
    Likes Received:
    4,569
    Location:
    Sutton Qu├ębec
    Just scored a Katana 100 combo for $181 shipped !
     
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2018
    Clifdawg likes this.
  15. Norlin SG

    Norlin SG Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2012
    Messages:
    584
    Likes Received:
    368
    Some delicious sound there me thinks. Crank both of those and you could practice demolishing buildings. Played clean at low volumes the PR does make for some glorious practice tones at bedroom levels. :thumb:
    It's amazing how much that old skin flint Leo Fender got right with the Black face amps isn't it? :dude:

    I didn't know about the 68 Custom PR re-issue but I have already found the a schematic for it that I will compare to my original 65 PR schematic. It's hard to imagine the 1965 sounding any better than it does now, but you never know.

    [​IMG]
     
  16. Worblehat

    Worblehat Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2018
    Messages:
    143
    Likes Received:
    87
    I had the little Blackstar, too. Bought it with my first guitar. After a couple of month I switched to a Vox VT20X, as I was looking for more sounds to experiment with, without buying a lot of pedals. I am perfectly happy with the Vox now. It sounds great at bedroom level and has everything I need (and more).

    [​IMG]
     

    Attached Files:

    cerebral gasket and DrBGood like this.
  17. Zane

    Zane New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2018
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    9
    I just brought this home today. The master volumes make it versatile enough to gig with or perfectly fine as a low volume late night amp. I love it. 20180316_171536_resized.jpg
     
    grausch, ratsalad and Roca like this.
  18. GrumpyOldDBA

    GrumpyOldDBA Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2018
    Messages:
    206
    Likes Received:
    185
    Location:
    Cleveland
    I also am using one of the blackstar fly 3 watt mini practice amps they are inexpensive and really nice.
     
    Worblehat likes this.
  19. Dave Johnson

    Dave Johnson Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2014
    Messages:
    663
    Likes Received:
    1,044
    Location:
    Palmetto Fl.
    Marshall just released a new DSL series.
    Be on the lookout for stores and online retailers discounting the old DSL series.
    The DSL 5 or DSL 15 should fit the bill.
    I have a DSL 15 and it's a great little amp, also has the pentode / triode switch to get the output down to
    7.5 watts.

    If headphone use is a requirement, used Katana 50's can be had in the $150 range.
     
  20. Dale

    Dale Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2015
    Messages:
    157
    Likes Received:
    83
    Location:
    Idaho
    Mesa v25
     

Share This Page


Recommended Links: PAF Pickups, Luthier Forum