Ampeg SVT2 Pro - What Valves Do You All Use?

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Ampeg SVT2 Pro - What Valves Do You All Use?

Postby brycebites on Thu Jul 02, 2009 1:05 pm

Curiosity is gripping me with this. I have a US made SVT2 Pro with Winged C 6550's and Philps 12AX7 and 12AU7 in the power section. No question there.
The preamp valves however are a different story. I replaced the mishmash of valves (Sovtek, Harma, Golden Dragon) with 5 Mullards which sounded very good but was a bit too fat almost to the point of muddy.
I next tried a GE, in V1, RCA's in V2 and V3, a Sylvania V4 and GE in v5 and wasn't taken with this combination. On the whole I find US valves, for lack of a better word, drier than european valves, which I tend to favour and this setup reflected that. It was rather punchy though.

Currently I am running with a Mullard in v1, two RCA's in v2 and v3, a Sylvania in v4 and a Brimar in v5. Whilst I have been happy with this for the last 2 months I can't resist the temptation of fiddling with some different combinations.

The basses I mostly use with it are a Thunderbird and Jazz, played through 2 Eden Nemesis 15" cabs in a loud classic rock band with a great Hammond to top things off.

So, what valves do you guys run?
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Re: Ampeg SVT2 Pro - What Valves Do You All Use?

Postby gypsy moth on Fri Jul 03, 2009 5:17 am

not muddy or sterile - have you tried RFT or (old) Ei?
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Re: Ampeg SVT2 Pro - What Valves Do You All Use?

Postby brycebites on Fri Jul 03, 2009 8:38 am

I've got one Ei (grey flat plates from memory) which I haven't tried, and only some ECC81 RFT's. Do I need to buy more valves? Probably! :D Thanks for the suggestion - when I next have the will power to get it out of the rack case I'll give the Ei a go. :)
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Re: Ampeg SVT2 Pro - What Valves Do You All Use?

Postby brycebites on Thu Jul 30, 2009 1:12 pm

I tried the Ei, and didn't not like it. However it wasn't as good as the TechTube E813CC. :wink:
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