Counselor: Gen-X midlife crisis hotline, how can I help

Me: Iโ€™ve been comparison shopping practice amps again

@thermous ay! I play through the crush mini, which has an 8 ohm out at maybe 2-3 watts. It is more fun than the $70 bucks it cost, for sure.

@dustin Yeah, I was going back and forth trying to decide between the micro and the 12. What I need to get my mojo back is the dead simple old-school simplicity of a volume/EQ/overdrive analog combo amp. I've bought and traded a couple of different modeling amps over the last few years and I get paralyzed by the umpty million options.

I wish the Crush 12 had reverb, but of course there are pedals for that ๐Ÿ‘€

@dustin Hey, question: how hissy is your Crush Mini? I switched my order at the last minute and I know any amp this size will have its limitations, but the one I got is really hissy if you put the volume much above 2, headphones or not, battery or DC, tried two different cables with two different guitars. The Danelectro Honeytone I had for a while sounded like crap, but I don't remember it hissing like this.

I do suspect this one had been opened before, maybe I got somebody else's return ๐Ÿ˜’

@thermous itโ€™s not very hissy at all. I mean, with single coils it has 60 hz hum of course, but not hiss. Then again, the only way I use the crush mini is like a head unit, powering an external 10โ€ speaker. Is that what youโ€™re doing?

@dustin No, no external speaker yet. But I get the hiss from both the built-in speaker and the cab sim/headphone jack. Actually very little hum from single coils! I do remember some hiss from the cheap 80s/90s Fender practice amps I used to have, but not at such low volume. It's really unlistenable.

I'm returning it and trying to talk myself out of an overkill upgrade (frickin Ty Tabor trying to upsell me over here youtube.com/watch?v=yDXbeJQfVY)

@dustin Hiss and tiny speaker aside, it does have really great tone, I already liked it better than anything I was ever able to get out of the much bigger Fender and Vox modeling amps I had.

If I'm going to talk myself into spending another $100 on a 1x8 cab then I might as well just get a 20RT or spend a little more and get a Micro Terror + 1x8 OR a 35RT and all of those are waaaaaay too much amp for me right now, gonna split the difference and go with a Crush 12

@thermous I built the speaker out of an old suitcase I found in my moms attic, as a pandemic project. The crush mini was one of the cheapest options to test that it actually worked, and I had wanted an orange amp for a while. But yeah, if you donโ€™t already have one sitting around and donโ€™t want to build one, their smallest โ€œrealโ€ practice amp sounds like the way to go.

The whole project was an excuse to not just go out and buy monoprice.com/product?p_id=611 , if youโ€™re looking to spend even more money

@dustin yeah, I was looking hard at that monoprice (the built-in attenuator is really compeling), blackstar 1HT combo, and the 5W bugera combo (which IIRC can do 5W/1W/0.5W) but I've never used a valve amp in my life and figure first things first, if I'm actually still playing in six months and feeling limited, *then* I can think about upping my game.

Meanwhile, I'm just excited at the thought of having a knock-around analog amp again. The whole "millions of possible tones" modeling thing sounds good in theory but I found it paralyzing, and wound up feeling like the amp has no real voice of its own

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