I have a Feder tube amp. It is pretty freakin’ loud. I joined up with a bunch of guys and the drummer played an electric kit, so he could keep it down! But, my amp would have been the loudest thing in the room.
I borrowed a buddies solid state Marshall. Was perfect. The band split, but my buddy didn’t need the amp back. Good for me, I could practice and be in the same room as the amp. Been almost 2yrs.
Now, he has asked for it back for a project he’s starting.
So, what do I want?
I’d like it to be quite enough I can turn it down and it’s still clear.
I’d like to it to be powerful enough to take to a practice.
I’d like it to have a decent clean tone.
Not overly interested (hung up) on a name. Used is OK. Not looking to bust the bank. $200-500 ish.
Do you play guitar or bass? Marshall amps are usually used for guitars. Think you have enough good options with that budget.
How many Watts was the Marshall amp? If you liked that, you should probably be looking for something in the same range.
An alternative to a new amp could be an attenuator pedal like this one.
The Fender Rumble line is very popular among bassists. I started with a 40 watt, then went to 100 watt, and now I have 500 watt amp head with 115 cab. The rumbles sound great for bass, even when dialed down.
I just bought a bass and know next to nothing about it. I already had the Spark by
Positive Grid 40watt. Works for electric guitar, acoustic and bass. Just what I have for now.
Yeah the spark 40 is a good choice.
Playing with Bias Amp and Bias FX 2 can make for a lot of fun if you can load that onto the Spark (I’m not sure tbh).