Hi everyone, I finally got some money to be able to buy my own tube amplifier.
Now I was wondering if you guys could clarify a few things to me:
1. Is it true that Class A tube circuits burn tubes up faster than Class AB designs?
I have read somewhere that in Class A amps, the tubes are always "on" or something, so does that mean the tubes wear out faster on such designs?
2. Is there a GOOD (or at least decent) tube amplifier anywhere that uses 4 preamp tubes and 2 power tubes at most? I know some people hate the Peavey ValveKing (one of my choices) but the only other amp with a similar number of tubes is the expensive Koch Twintone II, which is way above my budget. I am trying to get an amp that would be loud enough, but would require less tubes since our country isn't exactly the go-to place for replacement tubes.
3. Tube amplifiers sound best when the volume is turned up high, right? How about lower volumes? Would it still sound "tubey" or at least better than transistor amplifiers? I currently own a Marshall SS combo and I would like to get an upgrade
I play mostly rock, shred and contemporary music (those with regular radio airplay
)) and I get most of my sound from my trusty RP500, but it would be nice to at least have a tube clean and OD.
Overall, I am simply looking for a tube amplifier that would sound good at any level (of course bedroom levels are excluded, I won't use it for that), would not need too much maintenance, has 50 watts of power, and could use its tubes for quite a while before it needs replacement.
And BTW, please don't post any jokes or witty comments especially if you only want to sound funny or smart, I find that very rude and unnecessary. I'm being serious about the questions, I hope you answer seriously as well.