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Tubes & stuff

Postby ®ëv. ßïll¥ © on Mon Dec 09, 2002 11:45 pm

Alright, this is a question that I think I know the answer to, but I'll let those in-the-know 'splain it to me...

I just got a tube pre-amp & a tube EQ. It's obvious to me that the quality of tubes (in this case, 12AX7's) are directly proportional to 'tone'. Therefore, when it comes to "studio gear", does the little 12AX7 affect tone very much when it comes to tube-quality (Mullard, etc.), or is it just something to run the signal through? <img src="http://VintageAmps.com/PlexiPalaceUBB/Icons16/icon268.gif" alt=" - " />

Thanks in advance...
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Re: Tubes & stuff

Postby Mrhiwatt on Tue Dec 10, 2002 12:59 am

It depends on the application:

Amplifying at a low-level, the tone differential/coloring between tubes is minimal....so the higher the gain....the higher the difference between tubes.

To be safe, use good tubes throughout(no reason not to, eh?).

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Re: Tubes & stuff

Postby Michael Patrick on Tue Dec 10, 2002 1:00 am

I don't know about different tubes. But with a tube preamp and a tube EQ, you're definitely going to need a tube reverb!

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Re: Tubes & stuff

Postby DreamTone7 on Tue Dec 10, 2002 2:12 am

(I know you're gonna love this): It depends. Guitar amps that we generally like push tubes past (in most cases) their linear-operating area....it's the non-linear area of operation (or distortion) that makes them "interesting". Same thing down at around 12, 18 or what have you volts. When you get to a more linear area of operation (studio gear), the tube quality is still important, but is not as big a factor in tone as in an amp. Longevity is still a big issue though. Studio gear built way back when can still operate very will with the original tubes! (Usually not so with guitar amps.) Look for the most linear tube you can get (American NOS tubes) for best performance AND longevity. (BTW, NOS Mullards ARE good too!)
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