Hi all. Plan on getting an amp for xmas thru my xyl. There is so much info out there, it is difficult to decide.Have yaesuft 3000 and butternut 9 band verticle currently. Any thoughts on simple to install amps such as Toyko,ameritro, yaesu ect. Thanks for the time.--
They're all "easy to install." The difference is how easy they are to operate. An amp rated 1kW output or more is best used with a 240V AC mains; if you don't have that available at your operating position, you'd probably be better off with a somewhat lower powered amplifier. The big "legal limit" (1500W output) amps all require 240V, and many are equipped only for that and no provision for 120V operation.
Most tube amps require manual "tuning up," while the solid state amplifiers do not; however most SS amps require a closely matched antenna systems, while the manually tuned tube amps are much more tolerant of a mismatch.