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Oinkus

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Post Re: Tube N00b
on: August 6, 2012, 06:21
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That is just plain cool as anything will ever be.Be very careful about mods they can ruin an amp in about 10 secs or less.So many people mod stuff (just because they heard)and regret it.Reverb pedals and OD are about all I would add to that maybe a wah.

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rsgoldfish

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Post Re: Tube N00b
on: August 6, 2012, 08:39
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i don't have a wah to my name, but I usually just have a couple different od's and chorus for clean passages. Although I have learned much in the art of the solder, I think this amp is a little too precious for me to go poking around inside. A 50 year old vintage amp that belonged to my grandfather when he was my age gives it certain cash and sentimental value. As for now, I'll let my guitar, my pedals, and, most importantly, my fingers make the difference.

A project I have considered is making a totally new enclosure with a new speaker, to help preserve the original enclosure and speaker, as this is now my main gigging amp. I have a number of good carpenters in my family and access to a well-stocked woodshop, so I think it's pretty doable.

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OShite

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Post Re: Tube N00b
on: August 14, 2012, 13:46
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Schrodingersgoldfish- LOVE the screen-name! 😛 😎 Nice amp, I'd love to add it to my meager collection...

Everything that bear, Oinkus, Double D, and Joe said above is dead-on.

I'm with Double D, you lucked out- a low-watt amp with simple controls is the PERFECT first tube-amp for a "Tube N00b". It's also perfect for many other things, as Joe pointed out above. Close-mic its small speaker, and it will often sound "bigger" than many large, high-powered amps for recording or through a PA and monitors.

What Joe said above about cranking the amp and controlling it with your guitars knobs and your "touch" is what I'm all about. Somewhat paradoxically, I use a 7 watt amp with one volume-control (no pre or master) when I can be loud and brash, and a 33 watt amp with pre-gain and master-volume controls when I need to be quieter and cleaner- though I can get a nice clean-tone out of the 7 watt amp.

I'd like to recommend Doug's Tubes as an EXCELLENT source of tested/rated/selected tubes. Tell Doug EVERYTHING about what you like, dislike, want more or less of, styles you play, guitars, pickups, pedals... he will hook you up with EXACTLY what you need.

I presume this amp uses a 5Y3 rectifier-tube? Consider a Weber Copper Cap WY3GT (or their equivalent of whatever rectifier-tube your amp uses), a pop-in SS replacement rectifier that behaves like the given respective tube-recifier that it's designed to emulate, and which will remain consistent and reliable for virtually forever.

~ Caevan James-Michael Miller-O'Shite ~
_ ___ _ Leprechaun, Esquire _ ___ _

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rsgoldfish

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Post Re: Tube N00b
on: August 26, 2012, 13:05
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Thanks for the tube source recommendation, Caevan. Figuring out how to get tubes, and the right ones at that, had me at least a little bit anxious, since I really should have more than one set of tubes lying around for my main gigging amp.

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