Re: Help in choosing the right amp.
If you are looking for a freakin great five-watt amp for home then really put some thought into the Swart Space Tone. It is not obscenely expensive, $850.00 new but very difficult to find a used one (us owners don't want to give them up). I know you are looking at cabs, but I have had a couple tube amp head and cab combos (epiphone valve jr. and egnater rebel (with Egnater cab and epiphone cab running as a stack)) and this small combo has a much fuller more 3 dimensional sound than either of them. I use to be bias against combos vs. cabs, thinking cabs always were better sounding, but it isn't really the case.
This amp is made for rock and blues if you plug straight in, and every pedal I own sounds great with it, this amp is insaine with metal pedals and the like, so any kind of sound is very doable. The amps you are looking at are fine amps, they make it affordable for anyone (almost) to have a tube amp and they sound very good. They are unfortunately temporary amps however. They are used for until I can get something else, or they break down. The Swart Space Tone is an amp you will always own. The quality of the build and the componeants are top and Michael Swart always backs his stuff up.
I recently had to sell a lot of gear (out of work for quite a while) and if I was to buy/replace anything I sold, I would be tempted to get another Egnater for band jams, it was a very cool little amp, but to be honest, I would prefer to mic up my Swart and jam on that. It breaks up at levels that my neighbors never complain (actually they for the most part enjoy my playing) but there isn't anything I do which I can't play quieter if I had to. And I should note, the last thing I wanted to sell, out of all my gear was my baby Swart.
There are some really great boutique (high quality) small amps out there, for a couple hundred dollars more, IMHO, they are worth it!
Also, this amp can be run with cabs. I used my Egnater cab with it a few times, but to be completly honest, it sounded best with it's enclosed Weber speaker. I believe it is 8".
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