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  1. #17


    Join Date: Oct 2016
    Location: Corpus Christi
    ME: LTD H7, KM6, 540SLTD
    MB: SR305E
    Rig: Helix

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    Helix Stomp if you're ok not having any real volume aside from headphones - they take up almost no space at all and give you a crazy wide range of amps/cabs/pedals to play with. 6505MH and a nice 1x12 cab if you want the ability to go from convo levels to low roar.

    I sold my 6505MH and got a mini Marshall stack, then swapped the crappy stock speakers with some Celestions -HUGE difference in sound. I use the Stomp to shape the tone and I can go from loud enough to hear over my strumming to people can hear me out on the street in front of the house with it.
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  3. #18


    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: Boston, MA
    ME: EBMM(s)
    MB: Spector Legend 4
    Rig: Mark V / Axe-3 / Kemper

    iTrader: 34 (100%)

    Quote Originally Posted by drache713 View Post
    Iím thinking that mini tube amp isnít the answer either because like you said you need other stuff - overdrive likely, delay, noise gate, etc. do you guys find any significant difference in feel or inspiration versus playing something more like a real amp like a Katana versus just using headphones with something like Bias or an HX stomp? I donít have space for real monitors so my recording setup is literally the laptop, apogee interface, and headphones. I could surely use that for writing and practicing with amp sims, but I was looking for a dedicated unit I could use without having to fire up the computer.
    The Fractal FM3 is a good option here too. Sounds awesome, doesn't take up much space. I think you'll need to get on the waiting list for it though.

  4. #19


    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: Boston, MA
    ME: EBMM(s)
    MB: Spector Legend 4
    Rig: Mark V / Axe-3 / Kemper

    iTrader: 34 (100%)

    You could also get an older Axe-Fx. Here's an Ultra for $650:

    https://reverb.com/item/32841315-axe...-fractal-audio

    They're still fantastic units.

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  6. #20


    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: Colorado Springs, CO
    Rig: 6505MH

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    And you guys think itís a better idea to get a higher end modeler like a helix, fractal, or VSTís than something like a katana or thr?

  7. #21


    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: Lake District, UK
    ME: Blackmachine
    Rig: Helix/Matrix/Zilla

    iTrader: 11 (100%)

    Another vote for the Helix here. Grab a used Helix Floor, and then grab something like a Powerstage 170 down the line if you want to use a cab. At least that way if you DO end up gigging again, you can.

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    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: Boston, MA
    ME: EBMM(s)
    MB: Spector Legend 4
    Rig: Mark V / Axe-3 / Kemper

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    Quote Originally Posted by drache713 View Post
    And you guys think it’s a better idea to get a higher end modeler like a helix, fractal, or VST’s than something like a katana or thr?
    There's no way I'd spend $1700 on something that says Line 6 on it. The Helix is $1700 new from Sweetwater right now and there are a bunch of them on eBay for half of that.

    The upside of any modeler is that if/when you go with a regular amp again, everything else about the modeler is still useful. Effects, ease of recording, 4CM options, etc, etc.

  9. #23


    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: 7th plane of ethereal hell
    ME: Ibanez UV7PWH
    Rig: VHT UL /AxeFX2 /Mesa RK2

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    Quote Originally Posted by drache713 View Post
    And you guys think it’s a better idea to get a higher end modeler like a helix, fractal, or VST’s than something like a katana or thr?
    the day i play through vsts is the day i give up on life.

    Second had axe fx2 (usb so pc editing), or a helix should do you nicely. I am really liking the helix, it's more plug in and jam friendly than the axe fx2 so far. Bass tones are awesome too straight out of the box

  10. #24


    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: Boston, MA
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    Rig: Mark V / Axe-3 / Kemper

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7 Dying Trees View Post
    the day i play through vsts is the day i give up on life.

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