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And I thought I was a snobby tube amp owner...

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by kiff, Oct 15, 2008.

  1. kiff

    kiff That guy from Texas. Give me some Cash

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    carmatic New Member

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    hey, theyre matched... thats what matters, its kind of what your paying for
     
  3. BillyBadAss

    BillyBadAss Strong Cock of The North

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    Tube amps sound really nice and warm, but are sooooo expensive to maintain. From what I have read, you have to replace the tubes periodically or you loose quality or something like that.
     
  4. kiff

    kiff That guy from Texas. Give me some Cash

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    yea, they are relatively expensive, but the average 12ax7 is like $18, those went for $750 each! The expensive matched pairs are usually for the power amp section and those typically run around $50. I can retube my entire amp with decent tubes for under $200.
     
  5. BillyBadAss

    BillyBadAss Strong Cock of The North

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    Yeah, I am planning on building a new hi-fi setup once I move.

    So are you playing records, or CDs? Records are great, but again they are sooooo difficult to maintain. Also, I am really impressed with upscaled CDs. I am guessing if you are into hi-fi stuff, you own a copy of Jazz At the Pawn Shop. I got the Japanese XRCD of it, and it's amazing! So many little details you can hear in the background. It's not the greatest performance, but it's by far the cleanest recording I have ever heard.
     
  6. Lizard Of Oz

    Lizard Of Oz Demented Avenger

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    In the guitar amp world most reputable tube dealer sell nothing but matched sets. I have a matched set of JJ Electronic Tubes (3 pre, 2 power) that cost less than $75.00.

    The life of a tube is determined by that amount of use and the power level you run them at.
     
  7. kiff

    kiff That guy from Texas. Give me some Cash

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    actually I buy tubes for my guitar amps, I refuse to use solid-state amps. some SS guitar amps are really good, but they just can't get the same tone and overdrive that a kickass tube amp can...

    It's funny you ask tho... when I was a kid I picked up a (music) tube amplifier at a garage sale. I think it was a heathkit. it sounded REALLY good. it sounded alive and almost organic. my brother and his friends laughed at it since it wasn't the "cool" thing. also, it was mono. anyways.... i ended up getting a "normal" stereo that was ok for the time, but I always thought it was lacking something. turns out I probably should've hung onto it...

    that most likely true for standard audio. but for my guitar; preamp tubes have more crunch/distortion when they're old and about to die. i hate replacing them, my amp always has less crunch and more brightness afterwards. power tubes are another story, new ones bring new life to the amp...




    using 6l6's?

    I've heard JJ's are pretty good. I've been using mesa power tubes, since I know they're perfect for my boogies. MB's are hardwired for their bias, so I really just trust them in the power area. for preamps I recently got some mullard reissues. you should give them a shot if you need 12ax7's... the mullard RI's have a pretty flat eq response and doesn't add too much brightness like some tubes do. I still need to try these I got...

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&item=370055466565
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&item=370070145441
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&item=370070134971
     
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  8. Peavey

    Peavey Rattus Norvegicus

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    Ah, I've got a '65 Fender Twin Reverb re-issue.... in all BLONDE... it is beautiful and the tone that comes out of that thing is AMAZING. I got it not 3 months ago and since then my life has been wonderful. My skill has increased tenfold. I'm playing a Fender Jaguar through it and I've got a Voodoo Labs SUPERFUZZ pedal (true bypass) in case I want to get gritty. I can go from surfy Ventures style to sixties fuzzy psych in one stomp! It's absolutely nasty and I loves it.

    Speaking of the Ventures, if anyone cares, I have their 1966 film of them playing live throughout one of their many Japanese tours. The narration is all in Japanese but the actual performances are AMAZING. Fender tube FTW.

    Okay sorry, here's some info on my amp:

    85 watts into 4 Ohms
    Four 6L6 Groove Tube
    Four 12AX7 preamp tubes
    Two 12AT7 preamp tubes
    2 x 12” 8 Ohm Jensen C-12K speakers

    Now I'm definitely thinking about replacing the tubes within 5 months at the most, any recommendations?

    Also I was wondering about better speakers... this amp will already blow your head off, but could it possibly get.... *gasp* even BETTER?
     
  9. BillyBadAss

    BillyBadAss Strong Cock of The North

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    No it actually up scales it a regular CD.
     
  10. DarQraven

    DarQraven New Member

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    Hmm, I don't understand what the fuss is about with tube amps.
    I've tried my fair share, some of the top models, but I just don't really like the sound. If anything, a GOOD solidstate amp sounds better to me than a good valve amp.

    Sure, the sound is warmer, I'll give you that. I suppose they produce a less consistent sound (due to not being digital), which adds a bit of authenticity to your playing, but other than that, most tube distortions sound wimpy unless used with pregain pedals, etc. When I'm playing rhythm guitar I don't want a warm sound, I want chugging, sharp distortion sound.
    Same goes for lead, unless you're into wailing solos.

    Maybe it's just the kind of sound that I prefer, but I'd honestly pick my 500 dollar H&K Matrix 100's sound over any 3000+ dollar valve amp sound. Even if price wasn't a factor.

    For the record, I play mostly progrock/progmetal, some trips into neoclassical. The likes of Dream Theater, Symphony X, Porcupine Tree, etc.
     
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  11. kiff

    kiff That guy from Texas. Give me some Cash

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    ok, first off... what metal bands would you say have the heaviest crunch and at the same time a killer tone? For me it would go to old metallica (master of pups days up thru the black album) and Dream Theater (Images & words). Guess what they BOTH used on those albums? Mesa Boogie MarkIIC+ without any dist/od pedals. you've just played the wrong amps or with the wrong settings, trust me. I'm a hard rock/metal player too and I like a very tight and crunchy sound...

    http://www.amptone.com/g153.htm
    http://www.freewebs.com/montyjay/jamesamps.html
    notes/quotes (from black album)

    Petrucci...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yUUCRJGdko
     
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    DarQraven New Member

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    I know they use these often, but hell .. they've got the money. Then why not go for the huge prestige deluxe amps?;)
    The Metallica sound isn't really what I'm looking for, but I do agree it fits their music really well.
    As for DT, Petrucci's used such a wide variety of amps and pedals it's hard to nail his sound to just the amp. His sound on Images and words is very nice, but that was back when he still used Ibanez guitars. He now uses his own signature Musicman model, which changed the sound considerably. He also changed amps .. I dunno .. at least 5 times? ;)

    For instance, SX's Michael Romeo uses a Line 6 Vetta, which is a solidstate modeling amp. Both 'modeling' and 'solidstate' are two words shunned by most guitarists when picking a new amp, but he made it work for him.
    I should note that the Vetta is about the most expensive transistor amp money can buy, so I guess it's just a matter of price.

    Any tube amp priced 2000 dollars and up is going to sound better than a cheap transitor amp, but that's only logical. Thing is, most amp lines automatically switch to tube once they pass the 1000-dollar mark, so there aren't many top-notch solidstate amps to begin with.
     
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    kiff That guy from Texas. Give me some Cash

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    maybe not the sound -you're- looking for, but they have anything but a muddy sound...
    Well, I do know this much. Before I&W's he used a boogie mark3, on I&W he used mostly mkIIC+'s (i'm pretty sure) and these days he's using mark4's...

    I'm sure he does. Also dimebage used a solid-state randall and his sound kicked total ass. that said, a lot of his tone ("magic") was in his fingers. I think he could have taken it to the next level tho...
    that H&K and you mentioned in a dif thread costs $1600 here in the states. you can get a mark4 for less (or around) that. Also most mark3's are right around $1k. I just picked up a "blue-stripe" m3 with the c+ and r2 mods (with an 8 space rack) for $1200. the time is now to get them tho. as they aged through the 90's their prices/value dropped a bit, but most have realized that the rectifier series just doesn't match the marks. their prices are on the rise now. most of them have held up extraordinarily well. some might need a recap job, but they'll last a LONG time...

    One thing that goes for BOTH solid-state and tube amps concerning muddy vs tight crunch... if the tone controls come before the final preamp overdrive stage, turning the lows up at all will usually add muddiness. For amps like that you need to cut the lows totally to zero, dial in the gain, and then use a post-preamp EQ to shape the freq's (typically in the efx loop). Also, a trick dimebag used was to put graphic eq in front of his amp. you crank the mids going into the preamp. this keeps a tight sound while getting compressed/overdriven. Then, after the preamp he would use a (parametric) eq to scoop the mids back out. VERY effective method...
     
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  14. DarQraven

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    That H&K was probably the switchblade which is also a tube amp, so that's a little irrelevant to the argument at hand;) My current practice/band amp, a Matrix 100 combo, only costs around 500-600 euros.

    I am thinking of putting a cab under it though. It sounds awesome, but it's got that typical 'mono' sound that single-speaker setups often have.
     
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    kiff That guy from Texas. Give me some Cash

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    For a secondhand, yeah;)
    On that note, I could have had my amp for 150 dollars cheaper if I got it secondhand, but I specifically didn't want that.

    Mostly because I've seen how some other people treat their amps at gigs and practice;)
     
  17. kiff

    kiff That guy from Texas. Give me some Cash

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    any mark series (boogie) will be second hand since they stopped making the m3's in '90(?) and the m4's were discontinued early this year (rumor has it the m5's will be coming out ealry '09) ... that said, most boogie owners take really good care of them. both of mine were used and in excellent condition.hell even if they're abused, they're built like friking tanks and for a very fair price boogie will fix just about anything you send them... I'd take a beat up boogie over a brand new shiny marshall ;)
     
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    Me too, but that's because I really don't like Marshalls;)
     
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    Twisted Metal Anfractuous Aluminum

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