- Feb 8, 2013
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^ That's about 100V higher than any classic 50 I've ever worked on! Plate voltage on those is usually around 320v.
Name calling on the interwebz. Classy.How about 'compensated for'? Or 'accounted for'. That's clearly what I meant.
You're telling me that engineers and designers don't account for characteristics of available parts?
If they don't they're idiots.
I think it's fair to say that designing an amp around the mechanical limitations of current production tubes is a common practice. It's also good engineering. What people don't usually understand, because they don't buy enough tubes nor test them in any sort of scientific way, is that tubes are a total crap shoot tonally. 10 or 50 or 100 different JJ preamp tubes will sound like 10 or 50 or 100 different tubes. Sure, there will be similar tonal characteristics but really, they'll all sound different.Name calling on the interwebz. Classy.
"Compensating" for a particular tube's tone characteristic is poor engineering. Say you designed an amp in the 90's and you based your preamp on the Chinese 12AX7 that was available 20 years ago. (I don't know the factory, but it was the tube that has a cult following for its gain structure.) Brian Setzer uses them. Guess what? That tube is no longer made nor readily available. Your preamp is now obsolete.
Amp builders understand that tube technology is fragile and availability of tube and tube quality varies greatly. They build for these variances. If not, they're...
I'll pass on name calling. My internet muscles are sore today.