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blackheartsfan wrote:

Samurai wrote:

I use this little 2w train) it breaks up pretty yearly however that I like a lot! Had a lot of small tube amps but this one is a killer)I play nice saturated naturally overdriven tones and my family is not bothered in the next room.
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What are those Yamaha EGV-103C's going for? There's one in my area available.

It's SGV-300)

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the champion 600 - it has that velvet grill cloth!

I can recommend the Orange Crush 35RT. It's a very affordable, very simple, plug-in-and-play, solid state amp with two footswitchable channels (clean & dirty) with a shared eq. It gives you a good range of tones (at both bedroom volumes and turned up loud), has an effects loop (is reputed to take pedals really well, although I haven't tried any out yet myself - Strymon Flint coming in a few weeks), has an accurate onboard tuner and a limited but useable onboard digital reverb. It also has a reputation for being great for small gigs. Again, I haven't tried out the latter myself, but hopefully I'll be able to see how it fares in a live situation in the not-too-distant future. I'm a newcomer to surf guitar and a repeat newcomer (after a 36-year acoustic-only hiatus) to electric guitar. I know most people probably don't associate Orange amps with surf guitar, but I've found that with this amp and my guitar (Reverend Double Agent) I'm getting some great surflike tones. Plus, from a purely aesthetic point of view, I find that the chronic blue of my guitar and the orange of the amp totally suit the genre. Here's an excellent review from Guitar Interactive magazine:

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Hi, Samurai. Before I got my Orange Crush 35RT, I tried out a Blackstar ID:Core 20 but sent it back after a week. Despite it having loads of effects and other bells and whistles, I didn't like any of the guitar voices. It also made this persistant hissing noise when idle, regardless of the volume setting. I know that many people swear by the Yamaha THR5 and THR10, but I'm afraid my experience with the Blackstar totally put me off the whole idea of modelling amps and I decided to go for the less-is-more approach of a good solid-state amp - a decision I'm very happy with. I hope your Yamaha doesn't suffer from the same drawbacks I encountered with my Blackstar and that you get a lot of pleasure from playing through it.

Delrin96mm wrote:

Hi, Samurai. Before I got my Orange Crush 35RT, I tried out a Blackstar ID:Core 20 but sent it back after a week. Despite it having loads of effects and other bells and whistles, I didn't like any of the guitar voices. It also made this persistant hissing noise when idle, regardless of the volume setting. I know that many people swear by the Yamaha THR5 and THR10, but I'm afraid my experience with the Blackstar totally put me off the whole idea of modelling amps and I decided to go for the less-is-more approach of a good solid-state amp - a decision I'm very happy with. I hope your Yamaha doesn't suffer from the same drawbacks I encountered with my Blackstar and that you get a lot of pleasure from playing through it.

Hi Delrin! I understand you) I had an Orange Crush and it’s a great beast, I even used it on rehearsals for a year or so.
But THR10 is just another level, especially for a home use IMHO) The feelings while you play are unbelievably close to a tube amp, dynamic and sensitive, that I really like. Plus some effects for “plug and play everything”. Love it.

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Samurai - Sounds good. What are the effects like (particularly spring reverb and tremolo)? And what about the hissing issue I encountered with the Blackstar - any problems like that?

Delrin96mm wrote:

Samurai - Sounds good. What are the effects like (particularly spring reverb and tremolo)? And what about the hissing issue I encountered with the Blackstar - any problems like that?

Its quiet like hell even in high gain Confused
Reverb is just an average one, but you may dial some pretty surfy sounds
Tremolo has some limited dialing but ok for some coloring. No Duane Eddy for sure). I used Zoom MS-70cdr with it for reverb and tremolo and it was cooool) but I am mostly lazy to connect it.

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Those Yamaha THR are a great all rounder for bedroom use. Depending on how quiet you need to be is the key to it's desirability IMHO. The original beige which I owned only sounded good when cranked which defeated the object of having a quiet neighbor friendly amp in the first place! The THR doesn't have a lot of bass but they can get piercingly loud in a small room. I sold it on wiping a small tear from my eye as I handed it over at the post office, it was so nearly the amp I craved but in the end sadly not fit for purpose.

crumble wrote:

Those Yamaha THR are a great all rounder for bedroom use. Depending on how quiet you need to be is the key to it's desirability IMHO. The original beige which I owned only sounded good when cranked which defeated the object of having a quiet neighbor friendly amp in the first place! The THR doesn't have a lot of bass but they can get piercingly loud in a small room. I sold it on wiping a small tear from my eye as I handed it over at the post office, it was so nearly the amp I craved but in the end sadly not fit for purpose.

But why? Yes, it can be loud, but it sounds great even at low volumes, even overdriven. I practice with it at night while my children sleep in the neighbour room. Hate headphone practice so THR is the key.

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Samurai wrote:

But why? Yes, it can be loud, but it sounds great even at low volumes, even overdriven. I practice with it at night while my children sleep in the neighbour room. Hate headphone practice so THR is the key.

It's possible I may have had a slightly faulty unit(?) The clean model had very weak signal strength, absolutely unusable through USB for recording. It was a very early model. I put my money towards a general purpose amp, the Quilter Mach 2 ticked all the boxes for my needs including gain and reasonably good tone at super low volume. I wasn't expecting the amp to be able to do that quite as good as it does. Needless to say I'm very happy with my little setup.. Yeah I know it's overkill for quiet playing! Smile

crumble wrote:

Samurai wrote:

But why? Yes, it can be loud, but it sounds great even at low volumes, even overdriven. I practice with it at night while my children sleep in the neighbour room. Hate headphone practice so THR is the key.

It's possible I may have had a slightly faulty unit(?) The clean model had very weak signal strength, absolutely unusable through USB for recording. It was a very early model. I put my money towards a general purpose amp, the Quilter Mach 2 ticked all the boxes for my needs including gain and reasonably good tone at super low volume. I wasn't expecting the amp to be able to do that quite as good as it does. Needless to say I'm very happy with my little setup.. Yeah I know it's overkill for quiet playing! Smile

Nice you’ve found what you wanted) never tried to record through THR - just got no need to. For practice and jamming along - perfect as for me)

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My bedroom amp is really my living room amp. It's an all tube Marshall DSL5C 5w, 10" amp with a 1w switch in the back. No onboard effects, though, but it sounds great. Before that, I had a Fender Super Champ XD...another great amp, but with 15w, it's a bit too powerful for my small room purpose.

I agree with the Orange Crush 35 being a great bedroom amp. I play a Hallmark 65 custom through it and can get great surf and early OC punk tones through it. Only pedal I run through it is an eq pedal isn’t the effects loop to boost the treble a little.

I run a guitar > pedal board or guitar > Zoom G1Xon to
my bedroom desktop "stack" - a Quilter Labs MicroBlock 45
45W amp head connected to a Randall RG8 35W 1x8 8-ohm speaker cab.

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I love my THR5, snd may check out the THR10C at some point.

I also owned the 10x, but didn't care for it, so I sold it off.

Deal with reality, or reality will deal with you.

Hi, Skatepunk77. I've been inactive here for quite a few months now, so I've only just noticed your post. Nice to see I'm not the only one out there using an Orange Crush 35RT for surf. I play a MIJ Squier Silver Series Stratocaster through mine. My only pedals at the moment are a Strymon Flint for trem/verb and a TC Electronics Ditto looper for practice. As a matter of interest, what eq pedal are you using to boost the treble on your Crush 35RT? Funnily enough, I've been toying with the idea of doing that myself recently but have absolutely no experience with eq pedals.

Though I don't have an amp in the bedroom, the only amp I plug into at home is my 1976 Vibro Champ. I have a Silverface for every occasion.

I use a pro junior 4 plus boss Frv when no one is home. And a VOX AC30 amplug late at night

Last edited: Oct 16, 2018 20:40:17

I bought a Vox Pathfinder 10 last weekend.

This is turning out to be a nifty little solution to two problems I have that often interfere with my practice routine: 1) Because of limited space in my house, having even my modest rig of guitar + small transistor amp + tremolo/reverb pedal set up permanently in a dedicated practice space just isn't possible. 2) I often find that at the end of a busy day doing my job plus household chores etc., I'm too tired to set up my stuff, play for an hour or so, and then put everything away again.

So I've now taken to setting up my guitar on a stand to the left of my work desk each morning, with the Pathfinder 10 on the windowsill to my right. This means that over the course of a working day, I'm putting in 60-90 minutes of practice time, divided up into small chunks of about 15 minutes each.

Although I naturally love my verb and trem, I'm finding that practising through an amp that has neither of these is really good for my playing. There are no effects to distract me, and having the Pathfinder almost at ear level means that any shortcomings in my technique are exposed mercilessly. And if I get fed up of playing dry, I play along to some of the tunes and songs I've been working on (the original recordings, not backing tracks), which - if I'm playing well and I balance the volume levels correctly - gives me a really nice double-tracked, wet-dry effect. Not a major step for mankind, I'm prepared to admit, but actually being able to play every day is a major relief for me. Life has a habit of getting in the way of things that are important to us, so it's nice to have found a way of outfoxing it a little on this particular front.

As a sidenote: I'm planning to buy a Vox AC10 next year, which will be my first ever valve amp. So having my little Pathfinder 10 next to me in the office is a nice incentive for me to keep working towards that.

Last edited: Oct 18, 2018 03:58:39

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