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Doom / Drone metal practice amp
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I'm getting back into playing guitar after not playing for years. I'm wanting to explore slower, doomy and drone metal style. I realize that this genre is all about playing loud and I do intend to have get a big amp and cab (leaning towards a V4 and maybe Marshall 4x12 cab). But I can't always play at full volume. So I'm wondering what people would recommend for a good practice amp that is reasonable for this style. Maybe a orange micro terror? What do you all think?
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I will ALWAYS recommend a Peavey Bandit red stripe as a goto practice amp.
The boss katana series is getting rave reviews these days. I have a fender mustang gt40 which gets much worse reviews, but for the size and price is hard to beat - it's got tons of low end, and a whole bunch of overdrive/fuzz type options I haven't even explored much.
Another vote for the Boss Katana here. I think they have really added something to amp modelling with these. I have the basic 50w and it sounds great. There is now a "Mini" that seems to be pretty good. Lots of YouTube demo videos on these. They can defiantly do the heavy sounds.
You need to stack about 100 15W amps against a wall for a proper doom practice sesh.

all guitars on this album are recorded with a fender hot rod deluxe 40w tube amp and a TC bassamp with 20" speaker in a little room. we used the clean channel on fender and drive it with a rat/muff combination. we recorded the guitar amp via dynamic and the bass amp with condensator microphon. the amps was not really loud for recording.
I unironically really love the 15 watt Fenders with the built in overdrive. You'll know why when you play one, the guy from Rusted Shut would play one mic'd into a PA system, that's how he got his insane tone.
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I appreciate the ideas. I'm half thinking just getting a capable head and a 2x12 or 4x12 and sometimes just playing at less volume. I've just heard that tone can suffer doing this. I've come across some low wattage Sunn Model T clones but they are pricey. Still, might be what I need. I'm more of a bedroom noise-maker anyway.

Just looking for great Doom, drone, stoner tone that I don't have to sacrifice my hearing for. A tall order, I know.
get a bass combo amp, go try some out and find one that doesnt have a veiled high range
If you can find one, Red Bear amps are right in this wheelhouse. Every knob has a "way too much!" level, so it's easy to dial in good tones at low volumes. They're essentially JCM800s hotrodded.
Red Bears are getting expensive, though -- the SovTek treatment.

To be honest I think any classically voiced head (preferably with tubes) will be worthwhile with a decent 2x12 or 4x12, doom stuff is mostly about feeling the riffs enough that you don't realize you're just doing Sabbath slowly. lol
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I picked up an old 2x12 fender cab with newer Eminence speakers that can be attunated. I'm just gonna get a decent head and try the speaker attenuation to turn down the volume a bit but drive the head reasonably loud.
My solution is: Orange OR50 -> Weber Attenuator -> Orange 4x12. You can get the power tubes riled up this way, but it doesn't sound right unless the speakers are driven hard.
For the drone/noise band I play in I use an Orange Bass Terror through an SWR 8x8. Even turned down low it sounds great.
Try out some demo versions of amp sims, if you would consider using the computer. You might find something good enough w/o shaking the house and the cops having a visit. Rockin' Banana!

I prefer amps and pedals, but NI Guitar rig wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I also use a Keeley GC-2 compressor/limiter to prevent clipping and Empress EQ/boost into the audio interface to taste (my gretsch needs a boost).
If you're interested in the smaller side of practice amps the Roland Micro Cube is amazing - great clean signal that you can build on, though I'll warn that most of the built-in effects are meh. Great for keeping next to the couch to jam, anyway.
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