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    Really been playing my HK Tubemeister a lot lately. It is certainly NOT my Mesa! But really really digging it. I could use this thing for a lot of applications, including live. I'd use the Built-in Redbox out, but still. After a couple of jams in a studio with a drummer, 18 watts through a 4x12 works.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LonePhantom View Post
    I use an Orange Jim Root Terror on stage, with a mic-ed pa and without. The 15 watts has rarely been an issue. Sound guys love it, and it sounds monsterous through a 4 X12 and not far off on my V30 equipped 1 x 12
    That's funny, I just sold mine the other day. Way too fuzzy/fizzy to play thrash with any semblance of definition. Even with a 10-band EQ in the loop I couldn't get it to sound very good with the gain cranked up. Would've worked a lot better for stoner and doom.
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    Ola Englund makes a pretty good defense of the Orange Micro Dark here:



    Sounds kinda mushy, then drops an OD pedal and holy **** does it sound good. The damn thing has an FX loop as well so what's not to like?
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    My PRS MT 15 s an absolute BEAST!! GREAT cleans small light and that high gain side just kills. Had several other small heads that were just OK but this thing is just a wicked amp for any size!! rated 15 watts but runs a pair of 6L6's and has big iron. Will stand toe to toe with my Boogie DC 5 and Carvin X50B heads in volume on the same cab and has by far the best cleans of them all. The crunch side is what I really love it's thick but not muddy, articulate, super smooth, fluid and very defined plus extremely touch sensitive. Rarely run anything but just the amp and a little cheap Byang Baby Boom Tri Reverb and a DD7 Delay in the loop. CRAZY good amp and at just $650 street new is a screaming deal!
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    Default Re: Are the micro tube amp heads worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Diego View Post
    Ola Englund makes a pretty good defense of the Orange Micro Dark here:


    Sounds kinda mushy, then drops an OD pedal and holy **** does it sound good. The damn thing has an FX loop as well so what's not to like?
    That is my bullet proof backup amp when I take any of my other Oranges out. It can more than handle a show by itself, too. I used it at the last show my Sabbath tribute played, and it killed.
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    If you are on a budget don't be afraid to look at some solid-state heads. You will get more volume and bang for your buck. There are some spectacular ones out there. There are Randell heads out there that are phenomenal you can pick up for sub $200. If you can find an old Randell orange stripe grab it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Securb View Post
    If you are on a budget don't be afraid to look at some solid-state heads. You will get more volume and bang for your buck. There are some spectacular ones out there. There are Randell heads out there that are phenomenal you can pick up for sub $200. If you can find an old Randell orange stripe grab it.
    Even amps with a full tube preamp and a high wattage, compact Class-D power section might be up your alley. You could even assemble your own with the SD Powerstage and your preamp, or even preamp pedal seeing as they make really good ones lately. AMT has both solid state and tube preamps in pedal and rack formats. Mooer has great sounding digital preamp emulators in a box and the entire collection in their new "preamp live" which even lets you profile your own amps a la Kemper.
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