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> Tube Amps?, Are they really worth it???
Nick Kellie
post Jun 20 2008, 11:45 AM
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experience tells me that when you push a transistor amp it sounds bad and when you push a valve amp it is much more pleasant. If however you are going to use a transistor amp make sure it is much louder than you will need. A 30 watt tube amp is much louder than a 30 watt transistor amp.
Frank gambale for example runs a PA power amp into a marshall cab... the power amp is rated at 1000 watts! Much more than he needs, but this means that you get no nasty transistor breakup.

also, when recording my album I did a test... I was going stereo 1 side into a tech 21 30 watt solid state amp and the other side into a mesa boogie 2x12 lone star all valve amp. We recorded a solo...
The engineer played just 1 side back and I thought it sounded great.. it was the solid state amp...
then came the tube amp... well ! I almost fell over. You need to hear them side by side to really appreciate the difference.
It had a kind of 3 dimensional sound as opposed to the 2D sound of a transistor amp.

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