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  1. Slawts

    Slawts Strat-Talk Member

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    I have 2 amps a Blackstar HT5R and a Vox VT20. The Vox is fine for a flat and sounds great. It has a headphone socket and Aux in. The Blackstar was demoed at the same time as a Fender Bassbreaker 007, 5 and 7 watts respectively. They are both too loud for a flat. I use the Blackstar in a house and don't have it above 11 o'clock. The Vox I keep for the flat. Buy the AmPro. You will have it forever.
     
  2. arcticstrat

    arcticstrat Strat-O-Master

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    Man, I don't know how you guys do it! I've never really had to worry about volume, only when the kids were little. And now that they're all grown and living on their own, me and 11 get along just fine!

    And for the record, haters are gonna hate! Play it LOUD! My house is surrounded by 5 acres of dense spruce trees and the neighbors still complain about the free music. :D

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  3. Stratoman10

    Stratoman10 Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I live in a third floor condo. In one room I run two 40 watt Blackstar amps in stereo

    In the other room there's a twenty watt Blackstar in stereo with a Hughes and Kettner Tubemiester 36 watt amp. Neighbors are fine with it. Your secret weapon is the master volume knob. Get one one those if you dont already have one
     
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  4. Stratoman10

    Stratoman10 Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I have the 36. They are great amps
     
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  5. Cerb

    Cerb Most Honored Senior Member

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    I used to own the 18, the 36 must be a beast!
     
  6. Stratoman10

    Stratoman10 Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    It is. Also has some features the 18 doesn't Can't quote them off the top of my head but remember there are a few small differences
     
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  7. Cerb

    Cerb Most Honored Senior Member

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    Yes. I think a separate EQ section for the drive channel and also reverb if I'm not mistaken?
     
  8. 3bolt79

    3bolt79 Senior Stratmaster

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    I just got an Orange Micro terror. It was a hundred bucks for the 1 x 8 speaker enclosure, and I got the head for 85 bucks, used from a guy on TDPRI. It will be here in a week. I’ve been using the cab with my Mesa Boogie Mark V 25, set on 10 watts. It is quiet. It should be really quiet with the orange head. But I’ll let you know.
     
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  9. Stratoman10

    Stratoman10 Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Yep, there's reverb. That is a must for me. The drive and crunch share the tone controls but have seperate gain and master volume. The clean side is self contained
     
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    spizike231 Strat-Talker

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    I have a blues jr NOS living in an apartment.

    It’s not bad at all, and it makes it especially fun when I get to gig or practice elsewhere to really crank my amp confidently and see what it can do since I get used to having it tamed at home.

    Everyone’s different, I like having the horse power of the blues jr at my disposal.. I upgraded from a solid state amp.
     
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  11. Cerb

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    Ah yes. The 18 only has one EQ section that is shared between both channels. There's no crunch channel but a boost. So, clean, drive and boost.
     
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  12. perttime

    perttime Strat-O-Master

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    Preamp with speaker emulation, plugged into good computer speakers or a powered studio monitor.

    The preamp gives you the sound of an amp, and the full range speaker(s) reproduce it at whatever volume.
     
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  13. dueducs

    dueducs Senior Stratmaster

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    I have owned a THR10c for about 4 years. For apartment use, I don't think it can be beat. I highly recommend it. At about $300, some say it's pricey, but I didn't/don't think so.
    Great tone, low volume, highly portable, headphone jack, aux input... nice features.
    If you go this route, explore and use the editing software. You can really dial in some nice tones and get a little more volume out of it.
     
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  14. Mr C

    Mr C Senior Stratmaster

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    a better feeling guitar will make you want to play it more.... Get the AM pro and download SGear and play through either headphone or a powered speaker...
     
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  15. slowesthand

    slowesthand Senior Stratmaster

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    Get the American Professional, a guitar you LOVE is a priceless lifetime purchase. Great amps can be had really cheaply used.
     
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  16. charby

    charby Strat-Talk Member

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    Thanks for the input everyone.

    Looks like I'm going to use my budget on a guitar, but I'm going to take my time and find the right one. For all I know it could be a MIM, depends what feels right. For the time being, I'm going to play through an audio interface into my computer and use headphones. I'll also be looking into a Yamaha THR10c in the near future.

    Appreciate the help on this :)
     
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