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    Get your one-way ticket to killer tone on the Lil' Night Train!

    The VOX Night Train first caught musicians' eyes - and ears - with its ultra-cool mirror finish and serious all-tube sound. Now welcome the Lil' Night Train. At under 5 lb., it carries this same minimalist flair and portability to an all new level!

    Light enough to take anywhere, the Lil' Night Train lets you enjoy the traditional yet individualistic VOX aura in any musical situation, without ever leaving your signature tone behind! Rehearsing, recording, at a gig, or practicing quietly at home, the Lil' Night Train's all-tube design offers a diverse range of authentic, all-tube VOX sounds. The exterior features a durable mirror-finished chassis, cut in the familiar VOX diamond pattern.

    All-tube design for uncompromising sound
    Compact and powerful, the Lil' Night Train head boasts vacuum tubes in both the preamp and power amp stages. The preamp uses two 12AX7 tubes, while the power-amp uses one 12AU7, providing that sense of drive, power, and fatness that's obtainable only from vacuum tubes.

    Dual purpose output
    The Lil' Night Train provides a headphone/line out jack - a feature surprisingly rare on an all-tube amp. This output contains a cabinet simulator that reproduces the resonance and spatial character of a quality speaker cabinet, so you can enjoy real tube amp sound even during night-time practice sessions or when recording directly from your Night Train.

    Two-way tone switch
    In order to meet the needs of any style or playing technique, the Lil' Night Train lets you choose from two tonal characters. The Bright mode boosts the high-frequency range for the familiar VOX chime; the Thick mode bypasses the tone circuitry, boosting the gain to create a more full and beefy sound.

    Features
    • Authentic VOX all-tube tone in a stylish and ultra-compact 2W head
    • 2 - 12AX7 preamp vacuum tubes; single 12AU7 power tube
    • Treble, bass, gain, and volume controls
    • Two-way mode switch: Bright boosts the high frequencies and activates the EQ, Thick bypasses the EQ and boosts the gain for a full, beefy sound
    • Headphone/line out jack is fantastic for recording Lil' Night Train's tube sound directly or for those late-night practicing

    All aboard the Lil' NIght Train! Powerful, all-tube VOX tone perfect for the studio. Order now!

     
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    VoxNT2H Lil' Night Train 2W Tube Guitar Amp Head
     
    4.7

    (based on 17 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (14)
    • Excellent sound (14)
    • Warm / comfy (14)
    • Portable (11)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home studio (14)
      • Amateur recording (9)
      • Professional recording (9)
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        • Experienced (8), Professional musician (6)

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent for the Price, Go For It!

      By Stonewall Jackson

      from Sumter, SC

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Beautiful Dirty Blues
      • Classic Rock
      • Classy Looking
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • Need A 5 Watt Version
      • Needs A Carrying Case
      • Needs A Handle

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Livingroombedroom
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Vox NT2H Lil' Night Train 2W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

      I was on the fence about this little amp for over a year. Do yourself a favor if you're on the fence about this one and go ahead and get it. Don't waste a year like I did. Because of where I live, it's hard to find a lot of gear to test. I bought a used lil Night Train that had all 3 tubes upgraded already. People always complain about stock tubes and speakers with amps, but it's been my experience that if you give most things a proper break in period, 95% of the time you're fine unless you're in a big band in a high end studio or something. Haven't tried one with the factory Chinese tubes, but I would have given them a chance. If you want perfection save your money; Vox has the heritage series.

      Now, on to the amp. I'm actually running mine in through an 8 ohm Vox cab with 4x8" Blue Bulldogs and I love what I hear. It amazes me that I'm only pushing 1.5 watts witht hat set-up! I don't compete with drummers these days so that's not a problem as far as volume goes. I can't get over the volume I can get with the current set-up. That 1.5 watts could blow the windows out of a spacious master bedroom! I'm using mine mainly for practice with blues, classic rock, and 90's alt music. Works perfectly fine for my needs. At first I thought there were too few knobs for my taste, but less truly is more with a decent tube amp. I'm discovering things I can do with the controls on my guitar that I never paid attention to before. The lack of a standby switch hasn't been any kind of problem for me. I gave it 5 stars because for what it's advertised to do, and for the price, you get a good deal.

      I'm really impressed with this little tank. (And it really is built like a tank!) It sounds great, but it also just looks super cool. It looks like a classy, viintage, boutique piece. I like to kill the lights at night and watch the orange glow of the tubes while I play. (Though that red power indicator light is bright as all get-out!) Wouldn't hurt my feelings if it had a handle and a carrying case like it's big brother since it's supposed to be ultra-portable, but I'll live. Knobs feel really good when you turn them, not cheap like most amps seem to be.

      If you play/record at home, or just jam with a few other guitar/bass players, I highly recommend it. If your a band/club playing person, go with 15 watt version. I, too, would love to see this made in England or the U.S. instead of Vietnam/China, but all things considered, I'm very impressed. Did a lot of H.W. before buying and most people don't seem to regret the choice they made. I don't, and mine will stay with me. Go for it!

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      4.0

      L'il Night train

      By Johnny Guitar

      from Central AZ

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Vox NT2H Lil' Night Train 2W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        I have owned my L'il Night Train head since they came out and use it frequently. I did change the tubes, including a JJ long-plate 12AU7, which improved the sound tremendously. It performs well at low volumes, with quite a complex tone, and gets a little louder than I thought it would when cranked. The headphone out sounds good when you use a quality set of phones, but not so much with cheapies or earbuds. I think getting great tone for the price paid is OK and it meets the need it was designed for.

        When they first came out I had to purchase the head and speaker together. I was never very impressed with the speaker cab and have replaced the speaker with a WGS Veteran 20 and ultimately took it apart and added some more port holes in it to get it to sound decent. I generally use it with that cab or a few small cabs I have designed and made myself and get a good tone from it. I am happy with the amp!

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        4.0

        Cool amp

        By JPaul

        from Denver

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Portable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Vox NT2H Lil' Night Train 2W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

          Lunchbox amps are taking over the universe, and for good reason: an amp doesn't need to be the size of a suitcase, weigh 70 lbs and be deafening to sound good. It's not that big amps don't sound amazing, just that they can be overwhelming in many circumstances. VOX makes those types of amps, too. But for a hundred other situations this little amp is perfect. One warning, though, while it has a chimey sort of VOX sound, it doesn't really have what I would call a clean sound. Even at the lowest gain setting it's already injecting some dirt. Sounds great, lots of harmonics, but just don't expect anything resembling Fender or even Marshall clean. It's not in there. This little amp definitely has VOX dna, but with it's own voice. And for the price, esp when it's on sale, this is another "gotta have" in the amp arsenal.

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          5.0

          Pint sized pocketful of dynamite

          By LeOtis

          from Space City

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Portable

          Cons

          • No Carry Bag

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording
          • Rehearsal

          Comments about Vox NT2H Lil' Night Train 2W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

          This little jewel is a noble, albeit startlingly tiny, addition to Vox's Night Train line. Nice beefy grind, cleaned up it's sort of on the grubby side of chimey, but the best part is you can rehearse w/ a vest pocket sized rendition of your stage rig (i.e. pedals). The cabinet voiced DI sounds solid, the controls are responsive & it has a remarkable degree of touch / vol pot sensitivity. Impressed is what I am, w/ a dollop of happy as a clam thrown in for good measure. This little amp is a highly recommended piece of gear. Money well spent. Thanks MF!

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          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Lil' Vox kicks it!

          By Chris Reynolds

          from Nashville

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Portable

          Cons

          • Weak

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Vox NT2H Lil' Night Train 2W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

          The amp sounds ok out of the box. If you want it to sound awesome, change the 3 tubes with some JJ's. I swapped the 12Ax7's with 12 AT7's & the power tube to a JJ EC82. I also de-soldered C19 (bright switch) and now it sounds great. There is a lot of info online about other mods, but what I just described was easy & less than a dinner at Morton's.
          I play it thru a Koch 1x12 cab w/ an EV & it sounds great. I don't use the "Thick" (tone defeat) switch),I set the Gain at noon, treble at 11, bass noon, and Master wide open (most of the time) and I get a classic vox tone. If I use a Tube Screamer in front of it, set for light OD, it sounds glorious. Great little amp.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Amazing amp for low price but long shipp

          By Apricat

          from Montreal, QC

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Portable

          Cons

          • 2 Months To Ship

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Vox NT2H Lil' Night Train 2W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

          I'm extremely happy with my purchase! The lil' night train is an excellent amp for beginners and pros looking for that warm tube sound without bothering the neighbors too much. The cab that is paired with this is the 10"... But after trying the 10 and the 12" in store, I realized that the 12 is much better sounding.

          Only thing I have to say negative is the amount of time I had to wait to receive my order... I ordered in beginning November and just received the amp last week (January). It was the Holidays, however, and it was extremely on sale so I'm understanding :-)

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          5.0

          I've got The Night Train in my Veins!

          By Morgan B

          from Freeport, NY

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Portable
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Vox NT2H Lil' Night Train 2W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

            Best low wattage tube head out there for high gain at low volume and price!

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Train of Tone

            By Johnnie

            from Mission Viejo, CA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth

            Cons

            • None For Me

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio

            Comments about Vox NT2H Lil' Night Train 2W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

            After viewing several You Tube videos about the LNT I decided to purchase it. No bells and whistles, just back to basic ear pleasing tone is what I was seeking. However to assure I would get a full spectrum of tone clean to crunchy I set out to build a 12" cabinet. I used an old Celestion G12L-35 that was recommended by a Celestion tech. That was the right move. This diminutive shiny chrome power source in concert with an early 70's Tele delivers clean county twang, warm on the edge of distortion blues, and in your face power snarl that brings my peaceful little home studio to life.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I'm on a lil night train

            By WannaBeBeKing

            from Kentucky

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Vox NT2H Lil' Night Train 2W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

              Tone is all about personal preference. If your looking to find dialed in perfection this might not be for you. But if your easy going laid back and just want that dirty muddy sound your love it. On the bright channel you get full use of the gain treble and bass. Some really nice cleans. Also really nice dirt to it when you max out the gain. When in thick mode it bypasses the eq and boosts the gain giving a really nice muddy blues tone. It's awesome to play around with and for the price it's well worth checking out. I love to play Freddie King style blues and I can achieve that sound with this amp straight out the box. 2watts is enough for your house/back porch. Don't let that deter you at all. But for a live application your need to tap into the house PA

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Best lil amp in my practice collection

              By RBinNH

              from NH

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Good Warmth
              • Portable

              Cons

              • Limited Functions

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio

              Comments about Vox NT2H Lil' Night Train 2W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

              I seem to "collect" practice amps. I have 4 small Fender solid states, a small Marshall solid state and 3 small tube practice amps; a Jet City Picovalve, a Kustom Defender 15h, and this Lil Night Train.

              The Jet City is passable if you swap the tubes.
              The Kustom excels at warm, clean, sounds and takes pedals well.

              But the Lil Night Train sounds phenomenal plugged straight in. With a Les Paul standard, I just crank the treble a bit and I get sweet, big amp sustain. With an American Standard Strat, I roll off the treble and get pure Fender tones. I've also played my PRS Custom 24 and Musicman Silhouette and it takes em all perfectly.

              If you want terrific tube sound in a tiny amp, then this is your baby.

              BTW, my "main" amp is a Mesa Boogie Lonestar Special, which I love, but I have to admit every once in a while I plug into the Lil Night Train just for a change - it's that good.

              The only drawback is that there is only one channel and no effects loop. If I had this amp with a clean channel and effects loop, I would use it for recording 85% of the time.

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