Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: North Adams, MA
Re: I'm about to buy my first used amp... (also my first tube amp)... help?
^^ What Archaic Guitar said about getting the amp biased when the tubes get put in is very important. If you get an older ones, you may need new filter caps as well. They dry out over time of not being used and that will hurt the sound a lot. If you get your filter caps checked and get it biased, it will sound as good as it did new (and from the way Peavey biases their new 5150/6505s, it very well may sound better). Bob at Eurotubes sells JJs. I personally think the SED Winged Cs and the Groove Tubes 6L6 (the only Groove Tube actually made by Groove Tubes) are much better tubes, but JJs are the next best new tubes on the market. New it would probably have Sovteks which sound very harsh so that will make up for a sound difference right there!
Other than that, make sure you like the way the amp sounds. I personally find the 5150s to have loads of gain but no balls but if you are fairly unfamiliar with them, go try it out and be sure to crank it up to make the tubes work and play with various settings on it.