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Fishboy7Fishboy7 Frets: 482
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What do you use at home, say in the living room late at night when you don't have access to your main rig or need to keep things quiet?

Tweed champ perhaps? Or one of those new fangled digital things?

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  • MayneheadMaynehead Frets: 1749
    Yamaha THR-10

    Looks pretty good, sounds pretty good.
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  • FuengiFuengi Frets: 1118
    An acoustic. 
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 40576
    An unplugged electric guitar.

    "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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  • Fishboy7Fishboy7 Frets: 482
    ICBM said:
    An unplugged electric guitar.
    That's my usual.  But thinking about some small, light quiet, but good sounding amplification device might be preferable.
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  • thermionicthermionic Frets: 5621
    Vox DA-5.
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  • SassafrasSassafras Frets: 16371
    Pignose.
    It's all anyone needs for home playing.
    Don't be fooled by its simplicity, it's a very capable little amp.
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  • not_the_djnot_the_dj Frets: 6360
    Unplugged electric, or Blackstar Fly 3.
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  • NPPNPP Frets: 157
    Tweed Champ clone for when I can turn up, and I just got a Helix Stomp for playing through headphones. I absolutely don't like playing an electric unplugged, and 'quiet' in my book means less volume than an acoustic guitar which rules out anything but headphones. 

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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 40576
    Sassafras said:
    Pignose.
    It's all anyone needs for home playing.
    Don't be fooled by its simplicity, it's a very capable little amp.
    I should probably use mine more... but I'm just not that much of a fan of its sound, on its own.

    "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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  • munckeemunckee Frets: 3895
    NPP said:
    Tweed Champ clone for when I can turn up, and I just got a Helix Stomp for playing through headphones. I absolutely don't like playing an electric unplugged, and 'quiet' in my book means less volume than an acoustic guitar which rules out anything but headphones. 
    I can play through my THR5 quieter than an acoustic and still have drive/effects.
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  • RockerRocker Frets: 3345
    Sassafras said:
    Pignose.
    It's all anyone needs for home playing.
    Don't be fooled by its simplicity, it's a very capable little amp.

    As @Sassafras said.  Unplugged electric guitar is another option. 
    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. [Albert Einstein]

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  • joetelejoetele Frets: 333
    edited May 10
    Two kids under 3 and no free time until everyone else is in bed means headphones are required (need to get a decent flat response pair) - so my solution is to use my Katana 100 with the phones/rec out into my Zoom R8 digital multitrack, and then headphones out from the Zoom. Also means that if I hit on something that sounds good, I can just start recording and adding to it, and come back to it the next night. Really useable sound from the Katana and means I can use all my pedals into it too. 

    EDIT: It also means I don't need to buy anything else to use for home practice - the Katana does home practice, silent practice and band practice/gigging all fine. 
    Pedals. 
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  • djspecialistdjspecialist Frets: 537
    Yamaha THR10C
    Trading feedback  |   FS: Nothing just now |   WTB: Nothing just now
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  • Yamaha THR10C for ultra quiet/portable

    Marshall JTM1C in 0.1w or 1w as required for considerate of neighbours.

    Tweed Champ for when feeling that sound and daytime hours. Too loud to play it late in a semi-detached.

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  • darthed1981darthed1981 Frets: 3594
    I've got a Vox Adio Air, a Blackstar Core 20 and a Boss Katana 50, all are great praccy amps.
    Warning: this post may contain overtly affectionate references to the irreplaceable Mary Spender, and if you are reading this, Hi Mary!
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  • BlobBlob Frets: 2
    Luckily my amp (Vox AV15) has a headphone socket so with a reasonable quality pair of over the ear headphones I can play without disturbing the family. I understand there are problems with adding a headphone socket to valve amps but don't I don't get why some manufactures don't add them to their small valve amps.
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  • BeardyAndyBeardyAndy Frets: 239
    For what its worth, i have a Blackstar HT1 and it sounds great, but i want something that i can wind up a bit when the wife's out and still use at low levels. Now here's the thing.. I DONT WANT a Boss Katana, leaves me cold like a science experiment. I WANT something like a HT5R or a blues jr but guess what? I'm buying a Katana, be nuts not to, it's the best tool for the job and ultimately that's what its all about right? 
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  • munckeemunckee Frets: 3895
    For what its worth, i have a Blackstar HT1 and it sounds great, but i want something that i can wind up a bit when the wife's out and still use at low levels. Now here's the thing.. I DONT WANT a Boss Katana, leaves me cold like a science experiment. I WANT something like a HT5R or a blues jr but guess what? I'm buying a Katana, be nuts not to, it's the best tool for the job and ultimately that's what its all about right? 
    I disagree Andy, I love the THR for when I have 5 minutes or want to play really quiet.  Its nowhere near as good as my blues jr or my champ though with volume, you can hear the difference the valve makes, I suspect you will find the same with a katana, I understand they sound great for the price and they are great as a practice amp you can gig with - if you are yearning for valve sounds I don't think it will make you happy.
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  • GrumpyrockerGrumpyrocker Frets: 1416
    For what its worth, i have a Blackstar HT1 and it sounds great, but i want something that i can wind up a bit when the wife's out and still use at low levels. Now here's the thing.. I DONT WANT a Boss Katana, leaves me cold like a science experiment. I WANT something like a HT5R or a blues jr but guess what? I'm buying a Katana, be nuts not to, it's the best tool for the job and ultimately that's what its all about right? 
    I mostly don't use the many effects in my Katana. I tend not to even both with the presets and just use it in manual mode. It just happens to be a great sounding amp that can do lots of tech stuff. But on its own the clean channel is a fabulous pedal platform.

    The effects I do have set as default are the Guv'nor pedal, digital delay and plate reverb. The reverb is always on, and I can kick the Guv'nor and delay in via the footswitch. This week I've really been enjoying the in-built Guv'nor in front of the clean channel as my main sound, over the actual dirt channels.

    Do note though you'll have to hook up the amp to a computer via USB at least once to make the Guv'nor one of the three default pedals for any preset or manual mode. 

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  • steven70steven70 Frets: 170
    edited May 10
    Garageband and headphones for really low levels.
    Before that, the small Line6 kidney pod thing (again with phones). Sounded horrible but did a job.
    Resigned to the fact that it's not possible to get a proper sound without moving some air, not matter how small the amp.
    I reckon money well spent on some half decent headphones.
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  • Mark1960Mark1960 Frets: 240
    I use my main gigging amp and control the volume through a pedal, our electric unplugged if I'm learning something new or just noodling.
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  • BeardyAndyBeardyAndy Frets: 239
    munckee said:
    For what its worth, i have a Blackstar HT1 and it sounds great, but i want something that i can wind up a bit when the wife's out and still use at low levels. Now here's the thing.. I DONT WANT a Boss Katana, leaves me cold like a science experiment. I WANT something like a HT5R or a blues jr but guess what? I'm buying a Katana, be nuts not to, it's the best tool for the job and ultimately that's what its all about right? 
    I disagree Andy, I love the THR for when I have 5 minutes or want to play really quiet.  Its nowhere near as good as my blues jr or my champ though with volume, you can hear the difference the valve makes, I suspect you will find the same with a katana, I understand they sound great for the price and they are great as a practice amp you can gig with - if you are yearning for valve sounds I don't think it will make you happy.
    I'd always assumed the THR5/10 was a head unit!  =)

    I think that if i didn't already have the HT1 then this would be a great option, but the Blackstar is my only amp and I want something i can use to jam with.
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  • munckeemunckee Frets: 3895
    Andy if you haven't pressed the button yet I'm not far from you (Lee-on-Solent) and have a THR5, a 70s silver face champ and an old blues jr, if you want to try them next to your HT1 you're welcome to.

    I think it might depend what style of music you play, I don't play anything too heavy and I really notice the difference.
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  • Fishboy7Fishboy7 Frets: 482
    I would love a Tweed Champ for this kind of thing although neither cheap nor quiet. 

    Katana mini would be a sensible option. 
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  • kreggskreggs Frets: 62
    Vibrochamp clone, supro 1616t clone or laney lionheart studio head.
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  • BeardyAndyBeardyAndy Frets: 239
    munckee said:
    Andy if you haven't pressed the button yet I'm not far from you (Lee-on-Solent) and have a THR5, a 70s silver face champ and an old blues jr, if you want to try them next to your HT1 you're welcome to.

    I think it might depend what style of music you play, I don't play anything too heavy and I really notice the difference.
    That's really kind of you, may well take you up on that.

    I very nearly pressed the button when my wife's car failed its mot and apparently the car was more important! The kind of music I play is blues or classic blues inspired rock with a 70s Strat and a Tele and my guess is this is exactly the kind of thing you play and exactly the reason your not into Katanas? =)
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  • KeefyKeefy Frets: 506
    Princeton Reverb - it has a very effective volume control! If I do need to use headphones then I plug into the Revival Drive and Torpedo CAB and patch them into my audio interface so thatI can play along with tracks.
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  • riverciderrivercider Frets: 206
    Vox Adio Air GT for me.
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  • BeardyAndyBeardyAndy Frets: 239
    Keefy said:
    Princeton Reverb - it has a very effective volume control! If I do need to use headphones then I plug into the Revival Drive and Torpedo CAB and patch them into my audio interface so thatI can play along with tracks.
    thats another option. I have a cheap AI that I run with Audacity but sometimes just plug it into the computer and noodle, with headphones i can sit in the same room as the wife watching TV and not bother her. An AI and some powered monitors will set you back a similar amount to a decent practice amp.
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  • munckeemunckee Frets: 3895
    munckee said:
    Andy if you haven't pressed the button yet I'm not far from you (Lee-on-Solent) and have a THR5, a 70s silver face champ and an old blues jr, if you want to try them next to your HT1 you're welcome to.

    I think it might depend what style of music you play, I don't play anything too heavy and I really notice the difference.
    That's really kind of you, may well take you up on that.

    I very nearly pressed the button when my wife's car failed its mot and apparently the car was more important! The kind of music I play is blues or classic blues inspired rock with a 70s Strat and a Tele and my guess is this is exactly the kind of thing you play and exactly the reason your not into Katanas? =)
    Pretty much that's what I play with a bit of 60s pop and surf.  I've been down the amp rabbit hole many times, on a couple of occasions I reasoned the super champ x 2 is the ultimate amp to have for jams as has effects and is also valve - each time I've played one and been under whelmed.

    @keefy I recently sold my 68 princeton.  Its playable at home and sounds great, not possible to play whisper quiet I found, too bassy.
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