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post #16 of 63 (permalink) Old 03-30-2008, 11:18 PM
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Re: Tubes or transistors?

i have a 22w tube amp that blows away a 50w jcm800...some tube amps are really loud!!!!

and a jcm800 blows away most 300w ss guitar heads
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I prefer solid state.
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I like tubes for solidbody guitars and rock. I like SS for hollowbodied guitars and straight jazz. Tubes for basically anything other than straight jazz for me.
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Tubes. Even a low-end all-tube amp (Peavey Valveking) does it much better for me than an advanced transistor (Line6 Flextone II head) amp.
Agreed. I just got an Epi Valve Jr. for less than nothing...literally, and this thing sounds better than any SS amp I've owned. What also surprised me was the volume you get out of just 5 watts.
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That's cool, that you need less watts in order to get more volume out of a tube amp. 20 Watts will probably suffice, then. The room I'm going to use for recording isn't very large, either, so..

Interesting replies, guys.

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That's cool, that you need less watts in order to get more volume out of a tube amp. 20 Watts will probably suffice, then. The room I'm going to use for recording isn't very large, either, so..

Interesting replies, guys.

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Definately、 20 watts is enough for what you'll be using it for.
5-10 would be enough too, like a mini collossal.
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Really? Well, the mini colossal has only a tone knob. Contrary to a Marshall, which has treble/middle/bass controls, so I'll go with that.

I'm very excited about starting to record!

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Btw, do tubes last forever, or do you have to change them after a certain period of time?

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Btw, do tubes last forever, or do you have to change them after a certain period of time?

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as a rule of thumb pre- amp tubes can be expected to last around 2 years and power amp tubes for 1 year...
although I once had a tube amp for several years and replaced nothing...

buy spares, replace when necessary
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ive had power and preamp tubes that were over 20 years old
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Wow, that's like two totally different answers.

But they don't last forever, in any case. Ok, then.

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Re: Tubes or transistors?

I found that the sound of a solid state amp, when compared to a tube amp, was lifeless, digital, and lacked definition. Tube amps have a certain "personality" to them that allows them to bring out the sound of an instrument to life.

On a personal note Alwin, I haven't had a need to turn the volume knob on my JSX combo past 2. I tried 5 one time and it was so loud that I could feel the vibration of the sound on my feet

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Wow, that's like two totally different answers.

But they don't last forever, in any case. Ok, then.

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I know, but it does depend on how hard you use that amp..
how hard you push the tubes does effect the lifespan, the hotter they get the shorter the life, which is (I beleive) why tubes dont last as long on a class A amp, class AB handle the positive and negative parts of a sinewave with seperate tubes therefore increasing life..... or something like that, im no expert !!
theres plenty of reading out there in webland if youre interested.
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I found that the sound of a solid state amp, when compared to a tube amp, was lifeless, digital, and lacked definition. Tube amps have a certain "personality" to them that allows them to bring out the sound of an instrument to life.

On a personal note Alwin, I haven't had a need to turn the volume knob on my JSX combo past 2. I tried 5 one time and it was so loud that I could feel the vibration of the sound on my feet

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I guess it's tubes all the way, then. I'll check out that Marshall I mentioned. I'm not in a band, so I really don't have any use for a lot of power. Also, I'm going to record during the day, so it'll work out fine when it comes to the neighbours, as well.

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I know, but it does depend on how hard you use that amp..
how hard you push the tubes does effect the lifespan, the hotter they get the shorter the life, which is (I beleive) why tubes dont last as long on a class A amp, class AB handle the positive and negative parts of a sinewave with seperate tubes therefore increasing life..... or something like that, im no expert !!
theres plenty of reading out there in webland if youre interested.
There seems to be a lot to it. I should look into the subject, indeed.

I don't think I'll push the Marshall that hard, so that's a good thing regarding tube life.

Thanks, man.

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