Monoprice 15 watt tube amps on eBay for $250

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  1. jbrowning

    jbrowning Squier-holic Gold Supporting Member

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    I love the one that I have. Great little amp and some decent sound (even though I haven't had mine off of 1W yet). Maybe someday I'll spring for a second one and bring it to work with me to play it loud.

    Jim
     
  2. fattboyzz

    fattboyzz Dr. Squier

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    I picked up one on here back in the summer. Play it on the 1 watt setting as well. It's plenty of amp and sounds great at 1w. I've played it some on the 15w setting ,but it's a bit more than I need in this 17×12 room ;)
     
  3. Michael7

    Michael7 Dr. Squier Gold Supporting Member

    I wish my 15W Pro Junior had a 1W setting!
     
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  4. RetiredNSquired

    RetiredNSquired Squier-holic

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    I keep mine on 1 Watt for the most part. Sure is fun, tho, when the wife's gone and our neighbors at work to click that button and move some air!
     
  5. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Guy Who Likes to Play Guitar Silver Supporting Member

    They're back in stock at www.monoprice.com now too, same deal... $250 and free shipping.
     
  6. jbrowning

    jbrowning Squier-holic Gold Supporting Member

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    I'm doing my best not to punch that "BUY IT NOW" button. :D

    Jim
     
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  7. fuelish

    fuelish Squier-holic

    I wish my Tweaker 15 had a 1w setting....15w of tube can indeed be loud!!! I bought a Speaker Soak, or whatever it's called, attenuator, solved that problem and works well enough for my at home uses, AND, it keeps my lady happy.
     
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  8. Angry Possum

    Angry Possum A Psychopathic 6 String Collector Gold Supporting Member

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    I like my Monoprice a lot. Good amp.
     
  9. IronSchef

    IronSchef Dr. Squier Double Platinum Member

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    Flew here on my Dragonfly
    put me in both camps:
    • love my MP15!
    • 1W setting all day (and I still don't typically go past 2 on gain and vol knobs!)

    :)
     
  10. RetiredNSquired

    RetiredNSquired Squier-holic

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    Aw, Go Ahead! Slam that button!!! You won't regret it.
     
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  11. TurtleFang

    TurtleFang Squier Talker

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    So what is the underlying method that the Monoprice 15 uses to drop output from 15w to 1w?

    Like for example, some amp use a "half-power" mode that switches from pentode to triode mode.

    Basically 14w of output is a lot of load/heat to redirect, and one of the drawbacks of some attenuators is that they greatly change the tone between enabled vs bypassed.
     
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  12. pgsdixon

    pgsdixon Squier Talker

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    I really don't understand the appeal of combos. It's my least favorite form factor.
     
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  13. drewcp

    drewcp Squier-holic

    Dec 14, 2018
    Saint Paul, MN
    Part of the appeal of this particular one is the bargain. There aren't even very many 15W tube heads for this price, when looking at what is out there as brand new.
     
  14. pgsdixon

    pgsdixon Squier Talker

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    I guess it's just personal preference, but I still see a combo with very little flexibility and probably the worst Celestion speaker you'll find. It's not even going to be very good as an extension cab if you outgrow the amp later.
     
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  15. jbrowning

    jbrowning Squier-holic Gold Supporting Member

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    I like it for a practice amp at home where I need to keep the volume down but still want to hear the gain coming through. That is whats nice about the 1w button. Plus it's a stepping stone for me. This is my first tube amp and am really impressed with it. But like you said "it's just personal preference".
    Jim
     
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  16. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Guy Who Likes to Play Guitar Silver Supporting Member

    The 1w switch attenuates the signal between the phase inverter and the two power tubes (EL84). You get all the sound from the preamp and the phase inverter as usual, but with less signal to the power tubes. Of course you won't get power tube distortion in the 1w setting, but the preamp was designed by Laney pretty darned well to make good cleans and good dirties.
     
  17. fattboyzz

    fattboyzz Dr. Squier

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    I'm surprised these have not sold out !
     
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  18. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Guy Who Likes to Play Guitar Silver Supporting Member

    Maybe they bought a bigger batch this time.
     
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  19. 13druber

    13druber Squier Talker

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    Very tempting......
     
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