Inexpensive used practice amp?

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TimmyOTimmyO Frets: 4411
The lad is over the moon with his Birthday guitar (thanks @uberscott ) and also got nearly £100 from various family members - what might he expect to find as a good used buy for a bedroom amp with those funds? 

He'll doubtless want to be able to make both clean and crunchy sounds. Nothing with menus. 
What would you be looking out for? 
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  • Yamaha THR5 - does various stages of great clean and dirty, with knobs, no menus. 
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  • robinbowesrobinbowes Frets: 2338
    Peavey Bandit 65 - I had one in my youth, and recently picked one up again. Superb amps! Why did I ever get rid?

    R.
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 51965
    Line 6 Spider 20 - you can get one new for that price.

    The older Spider 15 goes for not much more than half that second hand, so you could get a pedal as well, which might be more useful since a lot of cheaper amps don't have a footswitch option.

    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone." - Walt Kowalski

    "Just because I don't care, doesn't mean I don't understand." - Homer Simpson

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  • BluesLoverBluesLover Frets: 126
    Vox 5 mini rhythm. Works off mains or battery. Built in drum machine. I have a THR10 as well but it's the Vox that gets switched on most!
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 51965
    edited January 13
    Vox 5 mini rhythm. Works off mains or battery. Built in drum machine. I have a THR10 as well but it's the Vox that gets switched on most!
    I love mine too, should also have mentioned it... but I haven't been able to use it for months, it was at my singer's house when lockdown started. Hopefully it still is!

    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone." - Walt Kowalski

    "Just because I don't care, doesn't mean I don't understand." - Homer Simpson

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  • ecc83ecc83 Frets: 1072
    ICBM said:
    Vox 5 mini rhythm. Works off mains or battery. Built in drum machine. I have a THR10 as well but it's the Vox that gets switched on most!
    I love mine too, should also have mentioned it... but I haven't been able to use it for months, it was at my singer's house when lockdown started. Hopefully it still is!

    There is no reason he can't put it on your doorstep matey!

    Dave.
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  • SassafrasSassafras Frets: 21263
    I bought a Tech21 Trademark 10 for about 70 quid.
    It's a great fun little amp.
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  • phil_bphil_b Frets: 1471
    blackstar fly 3    it is really all you need for a beginner
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  • Roland Microcube.
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  • TimmyOTimmyO Frets: 4411
    Sassafras said:
    I bought a Tech21 Trademark 10 for about 70 quid.
    It's a great fun little amp.
    Oh I had one of those way back when - liked it 
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  • TimmyOTimmyO Frets: 4411
    Cheers.

    That Vox Mini 5 looks neat - can be had new for 120 so that may be an option 
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  • Alex2678Alex2678 Frets: 128
    I always really enjoyed Marshall MGs as a teenager before I got my head stuck up my arse with valve this and handwired that 
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  • HAL9000HAL9000 Frets: 6613
    Fender Champion 20?
    I play guitar because I enjoy it rather than because I’m any good at it
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  • BlueStratBlueStrat Frets: 119
    Yamaha THR5 or 10, great sounds and solid build.
    I bought my son the Vox 5 mini rhythm and it's an excellent amp - I think it's the Brian May plays at home!

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  • uberscottuberscott Frets: 77
    Delighted he likes the guitar! :) 
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 51965
    ecc83 said:

    There is no reason he can't put it on your doorstep matey!
    It would be illegal at the moment... we’re in different local authority areas. In fact, I left it at her house on purpose, I just didn’t expect it would be so long!

    It’s actually got another advantage for a singer/guitarist - it has a mic channel too. You can put the reverb on that as well as the guitar. It’s probably just about loud enough to use for guitar and vocals at a little café gig, although we’ve never tried it.

    Sassafras said:
    I bought a Tech21 Trademark 10 for about 70 quid.
    It's a great fun little amp.
    I played one of those for the first time recently. I’ve never really liked the bigger ones - there’s something odd about the overdrive sounds I can’t get on with - but the little one actually sounds great, and remarkably ‘big’ for something with that small a speaker.

    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone." - Walt Kowalski

    "Just because I don't care, doesn't mean I don't understand." - Homer Simpson

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  • JalapenoJalapeno Frets: 5237
    Lots of Peavey Backstage (and other) practice amps knocking about for not a lot. I agree ^^^^ THR 5/10 would be ace as they have a good headphone-out for the benefit of the rest of the household ;) (also pretty portable)
    Imagine something sharp and witty here ......

    Feedback
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  • TimmyOTimmyO Frets: 4411
    THR10s seem to be a bit more even used and 5s rater used - plus anything that’s collect is off the cards for the foreseeable obviously 

    If it were my money for me I’d be tempted by the little Vox one - tuner, drumbeats, basic fx- neat. And 119 new.

    He may want to go cheaper - will have a dig in to it with him at the weekend. 

    Space is an issue at his rooms at his Mums too - so even if a bargain Bandit copped up it’s probably too big .


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  • rossirossi Frets: 1178
    I got A Marshall MG10 thrown in with a very used  Squier SE strat .I ignored it and was going to give it away  but I tried it and was very surprised how good the cleans were . Overdrive was usable and can be improved  ..I then tried it with a Joyo American sound pedal  and it was much better .It aint the bees knees but certainly a butterflys elbow .
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