Guys! What do you think about a small tube amp? I thought, counted ... Build cost around $200... But the sound is better than cheap TDA amps! Yes, i have midsize VOX tube amp. But it's big. And 2Q: If I do this, can I sell it? Or it very expensive for CBG players?

Views: 202

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

full tube or hybrid? i used to have a Laney amp that had preamp tubes and mosfet power output stage..

or a transistor preamp and tube power output? 1W would be plenty for a practice/busking amp..

interested to see what circuit you use.

Full tube. 2 bulb amps - EL84 + 12AX7. Like a VOX AC4TV but maximally simplified...

transformers are the difficult thing to spec... interested in what circuit you will use. any chance of a peek?

always wanted a small tube amp.

kits are already available....  thats $215 for a speaker or cabinet. same El84 12AX7 combo...

They make great kits and projects. The Tube Depot also has good kits for decent prices.

Tube amps use dangerous levels of voltage, the tubes and trannys produce high volts and the large caps store high volts. If you build one, read up as much as you can and it's a good idea to get advise/help from people on forums that know how to build the amps. Be careful. 

For me, I wouldn't buy an amp online.  I'm truly not hearing it, I'm hearing your phone's microphone's representation of it.  But a small 4 or 5 watt tube amp?  I'd love to hear it live.  My financial situation has massive ups and downs, but if on the "up" and it sounded as good as I'd like to think it would, I'd be willing to shell out 200 bucks.

Love Tube Amps. They are costly. Laney/Monoprice 5 watt is a good buy. Sweetwater is selling the Orange Tiny Terror and Micro Dark 20watt heads for $189 with a 1x8 cab for $99(very good deal), Fender Champ 15watt 1x10 combo for $380, Peavy 6505 Piranha 20watt head with 1x8 cab for $250.

Then there's the Solid State Modeling amps that do Tube sounds like the Boss Katana 50watt 1x12 combo for $220(great amp and great deal), Blackstar IDCoreBeam 2x10watt 2x3 combo for $280 and the Blackstar Fly3 3watt 1x3 combo for $60 and a 1x3 extension cab Fly3Pak(Combo Amp plus extension cab) for $100.

The Boss Katana 50 is adjustable to 50/25/5 and .5 watts and have built in effects. People are going nuts over them right now. It's probably the only SS Modeling amp I would consider getting. Look them up on line and check it out.

I find good deals on tube amps all the time on craigslist, just got to check often when you want one.


The Essential Pages

New to Cigar Box Nation?How to Play Cigar Box GuitarsFree Plans & How to Build Cigar Box GuitarsCigar Box Guitar Building BasicsCigar Box Guitar Parts Store

Site Sponsor

Recommended Links & Resources


"BACK DOOR MAN!" More Howlin' Wolf Lessons for Cigar Box Guitar

Started by Shane Speal in Feature Articles. Last reply by BrianQ. 10 hours ago. 1 Reply

Blog Posts

3. German CBG Festival

Posted by Markus Gaiser on September 16, 2018 at 3:42pm 1 Comment

..absolute authenticity!

Posted by billy jones bluez on August 18, 2018 at 10:30pm 0 Comments

Other woodwork

Posted by Tom E on August 16, 2018 at 5:00pm 4 Comments

kannel/ kantele (Baltic psaltery)

Posted by Tom E on August 16, 2018 at 1:00pm 4 Comments

Latest Activity

Uncle John commented on Downtown Vinnie's video

Arrest Warrants

"Vinnie, please continue keep me in mind if you need bail bonds.  You've been a loyal and…"
10 minutes ago
Brendt Evenden liked BeetleJuice!'s photo
16 minutes ago
Kirk replied to Blues Frog's discussion The first sale
"I've been trying to build up an inventory, so I can hit a show, but I build slow. …"
18 minutes ago
Jerry Jordan commented on Maddog's photo
24 minutes ago
BeetleJuice! posted a photo

Old Timer -3- string guitar

----------------Old Timer 3 string guitar.Resonators are super fun to play!To learn more visit the…
32 minutes ago
Maddog posted photos
1 hour ago
Maddog commented on Maddog's photo

1958 Nebraska "The Beef State" LPG

"Got a big show next week and inventory was a little low so crunch time has arrived."
1 hour ago
Maddog commented on Maddog's photo

1958 Nebraska "The Beef State" LPG

"Thanks AGP! You're to kind :-)"
1 hour ago
Maddog commented on Maddog's photo
1 hour ago
Kirk commented on Cpt. Nemoff's video
1 hour ago
Maddog commented on Maddog's photo
1 hour ago
Maddog commented on Maddog's photo
1 hour ago



© 2018   Created by Ben "C. B. Gitty" Baker.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service