Re: Epiphone valve senior
The rectifier will turn AC into DC to be fed to the board. That's what it does. My VJ has a solid state rectifier and it sounds great. My 18W has a 5Y3 rectifier valve and it sounds killer. Some people call this rectifier "sagging" that's a thing of old amps.
It's actually a matter of taste. Weber, for instance, sells some device that's solid state you can use to replace a rectifier tube. This is quite popular, other sellers also get you some sort of option to go from tube to solid state.
You could add a tube rectifier but it's not as simple as it seems. Major voltage drops can occur in the circuit involving the PT, rectifier and reservoir cap. Also, you need to position the rectifier in the right place to avoid wiring problems and hum.
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