Monoprice 30 Watt Stack

Discussion in 'Amp-a-ridifiers' started by snivlem, Feb 14, 2020.

  1. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Squier-holic

    They're still not in stock, expected in a week. It's interesting that two MP15 cost less, and you'd get two 12" speakers along with the 30 watts that way. Also the ability to run them in stereo. The only thing you wouldn't get is the 2-channel setup.
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  2. Mr Bones

    Mr Bones Squier-holic

    Oct 17, 2019
    Kansas Territory
    A/B/Y would give ya both, I run stereo fer many many years live, with a SF Deluxe Reverb, an a Crate Vintage Club 30...
    (Sounds great when I got to foolin about with my EH Memory Man Deluxe) ;)
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  3. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Squier-holic

    Yes, but only 15 watts of course, if you're doing it to get a clean and an overdrive channel. I've heard stereo is a good thing. I've experimented with it at home, but it's hardly worth the complexity for practice. :)
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  4. grizmit

    grizmit Squier-holic

    Jan 25, 2015
    Been off the forum(s) for a while and haven't seen this before. What amp® are they copying with this one?
  5. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Squier-holic

    It's another Laney, but I don't remember which one. You should be able to find it with a little searching. I think that's how I found it. Just remember better than I did when you find it. :)
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  6. Mr Bones

    Mr Bones Squier-holic

    Oct 17, 2019
    Kansas Territory
    15w is likely more than enough fer many small venue gigs; bigger venues is why I always carry two (black) SM-57's...;)
    (Th other two (Gray) 57's is fer my vox/backup)

    It DO sound amazin, though, with a Memory Man, when ya git to pushin parameters, twiddlin th knobs, some...:D
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  7. grizmit

    grizmit Squier-holic

    Jan 25, 2015
    My google turned up the AC-30. For $600, I think I’d rather put it into a Vox combo.
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  8. bgmacaw

    bgmacaw Squier-holic

    Jan 19, 2018
    GA USA
    I think this one is a miss for 2 reasons.

    First, it isn't a "bedroom" amp at all. There's no apparent low power mode (like .5w level), so this amp would be impractical for most of the Monoprice customer base.

    The $600 price tag also make it impractical. There's just too much price competition at that point. Not only are some really nice and well known tube amps within reach at the price (Vox AC 15, Fender Blues Junior) but also some really good modeling amps and units are also in that range. If you can scrape together a few more bucks, you can even get up to the $1000 range which will get some even nicer amps.

    What I'd like to see in a 30w-ish tube amp head is one with a built in load box and IR loader. This would make it useful for both home use, including with headphones, and direct recording as well as having the capability to use for gigs if one does that.
  9. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Squier-holic

    Take a look at the Laney VC30's control layout and features and compare it to the MP30. The only differences are the words chosen for the labels and the type of switch. They have the same type of toroidal power transformer too.

    Last edited: Feb 15, 2020
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  10. drneilmb

    drneilmb Squier-Meister

    Jun 8, 2019
    Iowa, USA
    Always an interesting move when budget brands start making products further up the scale. I agree with @bgmacaw that the $600 price range is too crowded for a product from a newcomer brand to make too much of a splash.

    If they start discounting them to $450, then that might start getting exciting, but I think that Monoprice's sweet spot in all of the markets they've gotten into has been incredible value for entry level products (headphones, cables, amps, guitars??, etc.).

    It'll be interesting to see where this goes among gigging musicians who need something that loud and might be willing to try out a non-name brand.
  11. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Squier-holic

    Well, we know it's a Laney VC30 head, so in that sense it has a little reputation already, the way we know the MP15 is basically a Laney Cub 12R. No argument that the price is going to be a stumbling block without, as you said, big discounts.

    I found the VC30 service manual, in case anyone wants the details of what's inside:

    Attached Files:

  12. Treehouse

    Treehouse Squier-Meister

    Dec 4, 2019
    The Arboritum
    the Head weighs only 17.5lb?!
  13. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Squier-holic

    Torroidal transformers can be a lot lighter than the traditional rectangular core type.
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