All-tube Amps Rule!!

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This thread is called "All Tube Amps Rule!!" - should it instead be "All-Tube Amps Rule!!" ? :D
 

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Yes. Just got a triple rectifier (i know) and it is awesome.....
 

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Ugh, I only have two tubes in my amp and Im over it. Preamp tubes went in my head just as I finished my last gig. It gets beaten up a bit but its in a road case, but I can't be bothered with it anymore. I think what I need is a sturdy SS amp for shitty gigs and practice, and nice low power toob amp for home and recording.
 

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That's the downside. You always need a backup amp. I bring my Tech21 VT500 for this, which doesn't sound overly sterile since it has the onboard vt sansamp.
 

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My backup amp: an Eich T-900. Fits into the gigbag.
 

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I've been through a few tube amps and the sound is divine when they are functioning correctly. Lugging them around gets old and I had a TE Quatravalve blow a filter cap and catch on fire during a gig...that kinda sucked. As much as I like them I'm not going back to them because modern amps are versatile, lighter, and sound great. I keep flirting with buying the new ampeg 20 watt portaflex head but just can't seem to justify it. Also, for those who have never been on the higher-end side of solid state it sound pretty awesome as well.
 
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New output tube day!!! JJ KT88’s kick ass!
 
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The speaker cabinet is Ashdown ABM1510HX
I bought that in 1999!
 

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Hmm, how do I know that the tubes need a replacement?
 
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The Amp is on Fire
The Amp is not sending any noise but the fan is on
The Amp is creaking/pinging
 

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The Amp is on Fire
The Amp is not sending any noise but the fan is on
The Amp is creaking/pinging

I just realized that I have to increase the volume a bit more, maybe 10 per cent to have the usual loudness.
 
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A valve amp is louder than a solid state amp
It's one of the peculiarities of the human ear
 
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the time my power tubes have failed the audio starts to drop and noise gets louder and the tubes glow as hot as the sun.

But I love the sound so its worth it. I'm waiting for another tube to fail so I can get a whole new set as I'm out of spares.
 

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Tubes have a remarkable life. In the studio we had about eight tube guitar amps. Not replaced any tube in 15 years time.

The thing with tubes is: they do not like to travel. If you allow them to cool down completely before moving the amp they will last years. For this reason I use my solid state amps at festivals and other multi band venues.
 
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