Tube Amp Snobbery

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  1. guitarsmark

    guitarsmark Senior Member

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    I play both.... as long as it delivers..... I love my tube amps for my bluesy rock stuff, but when I want to rip into metal, I use my Marshall Valvestate 8100..... depends on the application
     
  2. Nigel T.

    Nigel T. Senior Member

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    I think Randall and Egnater would like to talk to you...
     
  3. BMS

    BMS Senior Member

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    Don't forget Crate! :D
     
  4. Shawn Fate

    Shawn Fate Senior Member

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    And..The Marshall MODE FOUR.
     
  5. BMS

    BMS Senior Member

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    The Mode Four is tube. Isn't it?
     
  6. coldsteal2

    coldsteal2 V.I.P. Member

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    Its a Hybrid i believe? I think it has two ECC83 preamp tubes
    and SS Mosphet like power section?
     
  7. River

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    Does anyone here have hands-on experience with a Fractal Audio Axe-Fx unit?
     
  8. Shawn Fate

    Shawn Fate Senior Member

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    Hybrid

    jump to 4:30

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  9. Shawn Fate

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    As far as I know, Me and Axe Pilot.
     
  10. River

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    I downloaded and read the user's manual. I'm more than intrigued, and wish there was some way to get some extended hands-on with one before taking the plunge. That's a deep plunge! I know someone with one of their Atomic amps and he couldn't be happier, but he plugs a POD into it.
     
  11. Shawn Fate

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    Yeah it's pretty pricey to just get one to play with, around $2000 for the ultra.
    But the FX are on par with Eventide.
     
  12. Splattle101

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    Then you've never heard an Ampeg SVT through one of their big 8x10 boxes. :thumb:
     
  13. ryanmichael95

    ryanmichael95 Senior Member

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    I agree with above post, hands down.:thumb:
     
  14. StrangerNY

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    That was my rig when I played bass in the early 90s.

    Loved the tone, hated having to move the damn thing.

    - D
     
  15. LPV

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    Oh yes, guaranteed to relieve the constipation of anyone in a 20ft radius.
     
  16. Splattle101

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    Yeah, the cab is the size of a fridge. But moving the head...jeez. :shock: Only safe way to do it was with two people. :D
     
  17. Nigel T.

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    Didn't know Crate did tube modelling. When I decided to go back to tubes after a pseudo lifetime of Line6 (some 10 to 15 years), I went with Randall. I didn't even know until way after I bought the Randall that it was a joint effort with Egnater.
     
  18. Electric_Sunshine

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    Has $$$ been mentioned yet?

    My problem is $$$
     
  19. Splattle101

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    Mate, you're in the same town as EVATCO. They're really good people, a mum and dad kind of shop. They do mail order supplies for amp builders of all kinds. Among their goodies is a kit for a Fender Champ. It's all valve. It's 5 Watts of evil. It's one of the simplest designs ever done, and it sounds great. It also sounds great with a pedal. A kit like that woul be roughly in your price range.

    If you have somebody - a responsible adult - who would be willing and able to go through the process of building it with you, and if you then find a qualified tech to test and trouble shoot it for you, EVATCO would sell you one. (If you just called them and said, 'Hi, I'm a kid looking to build a valve amp, and I want to buy a Champ kit,' they'd say NO.) A better sounding small amp would be hard to find.
     
  20. mrkenny

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    For me, and I suspect other guitar players, discovered a particular tone they liked somewhere along their journey. I found that, I like what I like, and visa versa.
    Born in 1948 I got into music early. I like single coils and tube amps, that's all that was available. No Beatles, no Humbuckers, no SS amps. There was early R&R, Country, Jazz, R&B and Pop etc. To be true to what I like (grew up with) I like tubes.
    What a players gear preference or playing style happens to be, is cool.
    If I was born 20 years later there might be a different story to tell.
     

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