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    For many years I had cheap SS amps. When I started earning reasonable income I got tube amps and got rid of the SS amps. Of course my EXPENSIVE tube amps sounded much better than CHEAP SS amps.
    Until recently I've never owned a good SS amp. I did use Henriksen's and Jazz Chorus's for rehearsals. They sounded great. But I never owned one until last week when I got a Traynor mini bass head (SB200).

    I A/B'd the Traynor with my Deluxe Reverb and Champ by plugging the head into the cabinets of the amps. I'm extremely happy with the sounds I'm getting. Warm and clear. Honestly the only difference I hear is a slight EQ variation which can be matched with some pedantic tweaking. I did put a mojo mojo in front at times in order to compare with the Champ better as it starts breaking up a little even at 1!
    Note I'm only comparing the clean and very slightly dirty sounds, not cranked full overdriven sounds (that wouldn't be possible with Traynor anyway without pedals.)
    The point is not that cabinets powered by tube amps vs the Traynor sound identical. The point is that the differences are like differences between any two good tube amps. There is a slightly quicker response by the Traynor perhaps. That's all I can tell. Note though I haven't played the SS setup loud yet.

    So the question. A good SS amp and a tube amp using the same cabinet played clean. Is there really identifiable difference between the tube paradigm vs SS paradigm design? Well aside from the increasing sag and bloom of tube when pushed harder vs the more linear response from SS amps. Note we are allowed to use a good "tube-like" OD pedal to get the slight warm break up when digged in.
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    Tubes and SS do sound different even when there is no break up. In guitar amps. In high end stereo gear. There are some very good emulators. And some very good SS amps. But they are not the same. And for me, tubes sound warmer and better. I realize that sounds like a pronouncement and who am I to say.. but thus far, for me, I've found it to be true.
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    A great compromise amp is the Quilter Aviator, for great Clean tones. No doubt small tube amps that includes Princeton, Deluxe, ssnd a couple of older Gibson GA models are the ideal choice.
    But given their limitations, the Quilter Aviator is the way to go.

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    I have a Katana 100 that I’ve gigged with and use a Marshall Bluesbreaker pedal with it - sounds quite good. (Some of my other drive pedals don’t sound as good with that amp.) I do have a nice tube amp (Fender Custom Vibrolux Reverb) as well, but either amp is fine for me depending on the gig.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Spook410 View Post
    Tubes and SS do sound different even when there is no break up. In guitar amps. In high end stereo gear. There are some very good emulators. And some very good SS amps. But they are not the same. And for me, tubes sound warmer and better. I realize that sounds like a pronouncement and who am I to say.. but thus far, for me, I've found it to be true.
    For clean jazz sounds ....
    although the amp can make a small difference tube vs SS vs class D

    the speaker and cab choice makes a MUCH larger difference ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spook410 View Post
    Tubes and SS do sound different even when there is no break up. In guitar amps. In high end stereo gear. There are some very good emulators. And some very good SS amps. But they are not the same. And for me, tubes sound warmer and better. I realize that sounds like a pronouncement and who am I to say.. but thus far, for me, I've found it to be true.
    If you don't mind me asking, what are the quality SS amps you compared tube amps with for clean sounds? Were the cabinets similar?
    I'm asking because you said tube amps are warmer. There are a lot of quality SS options today that can get warm tones. What are other differences you notice? Again for clean tones only.
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    For clean sound, yes - tubes are warmer and more sorta lively. But the other hand, I've played with a few SS amps and if not caring about the tube strengths too much, they can actually have a surprisingly sweet tone. Don't even remember.. I think it was an old beat-up Fender Stage 100 or something similar, and a complete newbie amp from Behringer that did just that. Not warm, not "tubey", but very very pretty. Most of the SS amps were not so good though. But they were cheapos.. so.

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    High quality solid state amps have gotten very good at emulating the sound of clean tube amps. No doubt about it. I still don’t think they’ve quite arrived when it comes to the sound of a cranked Deluxe Reverb, but they’re closing the gap. When you consider weight, maintenance and reliability you’ve gotta go “hmmmm.”

    So says the man with the Evans and the AX8.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan0996 View Post
    I still don’t think they’ve quite arrived when it comes to the sound of a cranked Deluxe Reverb, but they’re closing the gap.
    To be fair though I wouldn't consider cranked Deluxe Reverb clean sound

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    I don't hear any difference.

    Price and weight, mostly weight does it for me.

    Digital is my choice.

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    I could not shut up about this.. derail. I've already posted here somewhere but I think it's still worth...
    I have a RNP (FMR audio really nice preamp) that sat in my closet for 10 years unused. Bought it for classical guitar>mic>computer.
    Never needed it for anything else but for some reason I checked its features online and eh.. there was 2 other inputs for "you can plug your guitar in there if you want". So I did and bam!, got entirely new, fresh good(better for a few reasons) and usable tones from guitar>preamp>amp "high gain input". I think it's something everyone should try - using good quality preamp before anything else. Never heard about this before that so I had to post again

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    I think it depends. Just clean with no breakup I have a hard time telling the difference sometimes between the very high end modelers and the actual amp they are based on. Not all the time - sometimes I hear the difference and can pick the amp certainly, but others I would just be guessing. On the cheaper side I’ve gotten comments that people listening can’t tell that I’m using a modeler when I was using my Mustang GT100. I think from the audience it’s very hard to tell the difference.

    That is all listening. Playing I think the difference is more notable. The nicest ss amps I’ve had in the past were both Henricksen, a Convertible and a Bud. Both sounded good enough that students and colleagues bought them after hearing mine and seeing how small they were. But now, of all things I’m using a Monoprice 15w amp. The Convertible was long gone and the Bud has to go due to finances but even if I still had them I’d be playing the Monoprice. I had used ss only for a long time, last tube I had was a Twin but that was at least 15-20 years ago now. The Monoprice just has a response that I had never gotten from any ss amp. The way the notes respond is something very apparent and I can tell the most difference there, but the breakup, or edge of it is another big difference. I was always looking for that by getting some device to put in front of my amp. Some things came close but never exactly there with that sound we are used to hearing on old records. The first minute of this cheap amp and there it was, before even getting to tube swapping or anything.

    So yes, for me there is a difference. However I don’t think that is very important info for others because it all comes down to each person individually since the listener will likely not be able to tell the difference if someone is trying to emulate tube sound. The technology has gotten very good.


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    I'm convinced now tube amps have no place in hi fi sound reproduction regardless of what audiophiles tell you (for background see audiosciencereview.com for instance).
    In the guitar world there seems to remain a dense fog of superstition and unscientific BS about tube amps. I wish traditional manufacturers were more innovative. Today's Leo Fenders seem to be in the digital realm for the most part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tal_175 View Post
    If you don't mind me asking, what are the quality SS amps you compared tube amps with for clean sounds? Were the cabinets similar?
    I'm asking because you said tube amps are warmer. There are a lot of quality SS options today that can get warm tones. What are other differences you notice? Again for clean tones only.

    I have quite a few SS amps. Acus 350 is a gem for a great many things. Also a pair of Schertler Jam 150 ext's. When you are going after an acoustic sound (several of my archtops are set up as acoustics) they can't be beat. Probably apples/oranges to this conversation since they are higher fidelity. And then there is the old Lab Series L5. 2X12, 100 watts. A little noisy now but a very solid sound with a great deal of headroom. And a Henriksen jazz head with a Redstone 12 nice for that midrange jazz sound I don't care for. Better with a Joyo American in front and the mids scooped out. And finally, a Roland Blues Cube Artist which is actually a very good alternative to the weight of a tube amp. They put a lot of effort into making it a tube alternative, and they did quite well.

    None sound as good, warm, round, rich (language isn't so great for describing sound differences) as my Fender Concert. And the hifi stuff sounds quite a bit better if I front them with a Palmer PD1-CTC tube preamp. Makes everything sound so much more.. organic?

    As for speakers and cabinets, they do matter quite a lot. But once I ran the Lab Series, Henriksen, and Fender Concert all to a 2X12 closed back with Celestions for a side by side comparison. The Concert was so much better than the rest I went out got an EV speaker for it because the OEM Fender speaker was holding it back. If we're talking guitar speakers and cabinets and all things are equal, for me, tubes win. And, if some of that is psychoacoustic.. I'm OK with that. I play better notes when I like the sound I'm getting.

    All that being said, technology marches on. The Roland Blues Cube Artist is a really good amp. And then there is the world of higher fidelity speakers (powered PA speakers, Schertler, Clarus, et al) with an emulator in front of them. They can sound really good and offer flexibility guitar amps can't. I'm thinking the next generation solid state will be as good or surpass tubes in all the things tubes do well.
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    I recently did an A/B test of my new Little Jazz against my beloved 66 Ampeg Reverberocket. ME80 adding reverb in front of them, but also using the amps' reverbs.

    Changing the EQ of either amp made more difference than switching from one amp to the other.

    Once they were both adjusted to "my sound", my wife couldn't tell which was which (that was the blindfold part of the test).

    I thought the Little Jazz was a little cleaner when I hit a chord hard.

    But, really, not that much difference in sound. The Little Jazz weighs about half as much and is much smaller. Usable volume may be roughly similar. The old Reverberockets aren't all that expensive (I see them on CL from time to time anywhere from $600 to maybe $1000 or so), but the LJ is only $359.

    I have played through and HRD which I thought sounded amazing -- better than the Reverberocket. I'm guessing I might prefer the HRD to the LJ, but then it's not simply tubes vs SS, it's this particular amp vs that one.

    And, now on the opposite side of the argument, I have a friend who is sort of a classic guitar gear cork sniffer. Boutique tube amps, various pedals, various guitars with expensive setups and so forth. In a way I wish it wasn't true, but he sounds great every time. Fine player, but it's the gear too.

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    I swear to god, color of guitars and how they feel to touch affects their tone too. If I play a guitar with beautiful creamy, woody, blond finish and soft feel, it will sound creamy to me as well. If a guitar has a metallic blue color with harder finish, it'll have a bit of a brittle, bright edge to it's sound.
    Now everybody will be so quick to jump to the conclusion that it's just phyco-acoustics. Boring. Although it sure doesn't come through recordings

    Of course there are real technology differences between tube and non-tube. But it's really not easy to sort out what's real, what's imagined. Our mind works by combining all sensory information and preconceived beliefs when interpreting new input. You just cannot isolate one source.

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    I have using mostly SS and hybrid amps since my first Burns Stage One in 1966 or so (it was awful.) Playing only clean, I have never found SS sound wanting - in fact, I get praise for my tone all the time. In a band setting, slight nuances get diluted. Besides, your listeners won't know the difference, if any, because yours is the only guitar tone they hear. Sound, weight, price and carefree operation - SS is a working musician's tool.

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    I don't believe that anyone can tell the difference between good solid-state and tube amps in a blindfold test. And I don't believe that anyone can tell the difference between solid gold stranded speaker wire and plain copper. People want to believe there is a difference, and the more they have invested, the more they believe, but it's just religion, not science. And there is a lot of religion involved in tube amps.

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    Guitarists also hate change, maybe to varying degrees in life away from guitars but the “grail” for many people is very old technology. Probably since we hear players we love and think of how they got their sound. But what if they were playing now, what would Wes be playing for example? In terms of amps I mean. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was solid state considering what he was looking for from an amp, and ironically that breakup I like to hear probably wouldn’t be something a modern day Wes would be going for.


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    Wes did play SS amps at some later point in his career I think. And those weren't the modern juicy SS amps. Those were the early "bad" examples.

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    To me tube amps are more organic sounding and responsive to pick attack (especially those with tube rectifiers). I have nothing against the latest batch of high quality solid state amps or modelers for jazz or any other music genre.

    Maybe I'm too old school (or simply too old), but tube amps are simply more fun to play through.
    That's why I play music...to have fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pingu View Post
    For clean jazz sounds ....
    although the amp can make a small difference tube vs SS vs class D

    the speaker and cab choice makes a MUCH larger difference ....
    I have heads and cabinets. 2 SS heads (quilter and dv mark) and two tube amp heads (morgan rca35r and fargen blackbird). The quilter and dv mark sound similar as do the morgan and fargen but the SS and tube amps sound *NOTHING* alike. NOT EVEN CLOSE!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rio View Post
    Guitarists also hate change, maybe to varying degrees in life away from guitars but the “grail” for many people is very old technology. Probably since we hear players we love and think of how they got their sound. But what if they were playing now, what would Wes be playing for example? In terms of amps I mean. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was solid state considering what he was looking for from an amp, and ironically that breakup I like to hear probably wouldn’t be something a modern day Wes would be going for.


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    most jazz guys I know in NYC prefer tube amps but use SS amps for portability. Bollenback and Johnston (for example) both favored vibrolux reverbs but nobody wants to take those on a subway and taking a cab is not economically feasible for a $100 gig.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jzucker View Post
    most jazz guys I know in NYC prefer tube amps but use SS amps for portability. Bollenback and Johnston (for example) both favored vibrolux reverbs but nobody wants to take those on a subway and taking a cab is not economically feasible for a $100 gig.
    From an Emily Remler interview in Guitar Player, September, 1981:

    "I have a Polytone, which is kind of like a Fender Twin Reverb, except the Twin is much too heavy for me. I can’t pick one up, so I use the Polytone. I’d much rather use a tube amp, though."

    She also said in another interview that with the Polytone she didn't have to ask strange men to help her get her amp into the venue.

    Thirty-eight years later and the trade-off is still the same.

    Danny W.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jzucker View Post
    I have heads and cabinets. 2 SS heads (quilter and dv mark) and two tube amp heads (morgan rca35r and fargen blackbird). The quilter and dv mark sound similar as do the morgan and fargen but the SS and tube amps sound *NOTHING* alike. NOT EVEN CLOSE!
    What I hear is tube amps have a bit more softer edge in the attack also a little bit springy feel where SS amps are more direct. Sort of like the immediate attack of solid bodies vs the rounded attack of archtops. I am also not too confident that I can consistently pass blind tests though. With a good pedal, the differences can get really subtle. Some tube amps (like my champ) feel more dynamic as well, but that doesn't generalize as much to the modern multi-gain stage amps I don't think (like the mesa I used to have).
    I absolutely do not have a clear preference. I'm enjoying the less beautified and direct tone of the SS amp. Ironically in some ways that's a more "organic" and "honest" sound. Assuming, of course, that it's not all in my head

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    As for 'people can't tell the difference they just think they can..'

    Easy test: Get a decent amp emulator and run to a decent powered speaker. Switch between Vox, Fender, and Marshall sounds. Hear the difference? Yea. It's not hard. Now, imagine if there were a 'SS' setting to compare to. It's the character of the sound.. not the EQ setting.

    And maybe you can't hear it. Good. Will save your back. But don't say the rest of us can't hear the difference between a SS and tube amp. Maybe a few of the current generation which are working to copy a tube amp sound are close. But not the old SS amps which sound sterile and quite different.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rpjazzguitar View Post
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    Once they were both adjusted to "my sound", my wife couldn't tell which was which (that was the blindfold part of the test).
    I'm wanting to try one of the DV Mark Little Jazz amps for those times when light weight is really important. Recordings certainly sound good.

    However.. you should get a Carr Rambler (in the name of broadening the base knowledge of jazz guitar players) and repeat testing. 'Honeeyyyy..come listen..'
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    Why would anyone want to spend the money required to buy a Carr Rambler when you can buy something that sounds as good, and weighs much less, for much less money? Voodoo and religion. But that's redundant.

    I have a Fender Vibrolux Reverb, and a Little Jazz. The Little Jazz sounds much better to my ears, and I can carry it easily. I haven't fired up the VR in a very long time, and don't intend to soon. It's like using a 1960 black and white TV to watch YouTube.

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    I don't own a Carr Rambler. I wish I did. And I really don't think you're going to convince the thousands of very good players that do own them that they are fully and completely replicated by a $400 DV Mark.

    You can think it's in our heads because we hear something you don't. And it's really a moot point. If we think it is... it is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tal_175 View Post
    To be fair though I wouldn't consider cranked Deluxe Reverb clean sound
    Nope; nor would I.

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    I have two tube amps and 4 solid state amps. The SS amps are lighter and generally more reliable and do sound quite good. But TBH, I do hear a difference (and given truth serum I would admit a preference for tubes) and that is why a couple of tube amps remain in my stable. Turning 62 this year, I am pretty sure that the tube amps will only go to gigs where a) I can park my car and b) the walk from my car to the bandstand is not a great distance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spook410 View Post
    I'm wanting to try one of the DV Mark Little Jazz amps for those times when light weight is really important. Recordings certainly sound good.

    However.. you should get a Carr Rambler (in the name of broadening the base knowledge of jazz guitar players) and repeat testing. 'Honeeyyyy..come listen..'
    love the tone of the carr but it doesn't have quite enough headroom for larger gigs. I've played through the impala and it does but it's more harsh sounding ala playing through a fender bassman head.

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    Should suggest checking out Acoustic Image amps. Those are rather good. Able to convert people away from tubes .

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgosnell View Post
    Why would anyone want to spend the money required to buy a Carr Rambler when you can buy something that sounds as good, and weighs much less, for much less money? Voodoo and religion. But that's redundant.
    The carr has a very unique sound. It's class A and responds to touch and dynamics COMPLETELY DIFFERENTLY from almost anything else out there except maybe the morgan rca35r (which I own). Unfortunately, the class A amps don't have the headroom of a vibrolux reverb but the sound is very different. Carr makes a boutique version of that amp which is class a/b (more like the vibrolux reverb but with a bassman sized transformer) and it's got great headroom but it's also very spikey due to the increased headroom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emanresu View Post
    Should suggest checking out Acoustic Image amps. Those are rather good. Able to convert people away from tubes .
    I love acoustic image and had an endorsement with them for years. The one thing that always bothered me about them was that the treble control was in the wrong place. It's center freq is 10k which is above the range of a guitar speaker. I wish they'd move it down an octave. If you try to get that bright bensony tone for example, you just can't get it because of that whereas SS amps with a 4k-5k treble control can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spook410 View Post
    As for 'people can't tell the difference they just think they can..'

    Easy test: Get a decent amp emulator and run to a decent powered speaker. Switch between Vox, Fender, and Marshall sounds. Hear the difference? Yea. It's not hard. Now, imagine if there were a 'SS' setting to compare to. It's the character of the sound.. not the EQ setting.

    And maybe you can't hear it. Good. Will save your back. But don't say the rest of us can't hear the difference between a SS and tube amp. Maybe a few of the current generation which are working to copy a tube amp sound are close. But not the old SS amps which sound sterile and quite different.
    I am curious about what you would say to people who claim to hear the difference between 6L6s and EL34 tubes or paper oil capacitors vs ceramic capacitors. That they hear something you can't hear ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by medblues View Post
    I am curious about what you would say to people who claim to hear the difference between 6L6s and EL34 tubes or paper oil capacitors vs ceramic capacitors. That they hear something you can't hear ?
    i hear a diff between 6L6 and EL34 tubes. Doesn't mean I could tell them apart in a blindfold test but within my playing, they react and feel different. Sometimes feel is an important component of tone. I draw the line at hearing the difference between batteries as eric johnson says he does...

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    For me it is not so much the sound of an amp but the "feel". while I'm able to dial in a good clean sound with my DV Mark Micro 50 into the 2x10 Legends 1058 of my Vibrolux Reverb, when I plug the VR it simply ''feels'' better. All still in the clean mode (swing/bebop, at home or small/medium venues, no PA). Tube/Speaker swapping and finding the right ones that work for you is also important IMO

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpb View Post
    For me it is not so much the sound of an amp but the "feel". while I'm able to dial in a good clean sound with my DV Mark Micro 50 into the 2x10 Legends 1058 of my Vibrolux Reverb, when I plug the VR it simply ''feels'' better. All still in the clean mode (swing/bebop, at home or small/medium venues, no PA). Tube/Speaker swapping and finding the right ones that work for you is also important IMO
    yes, it's about inspiration. For loud gigs, I actually run a SS amp into one of my 1x12 cabs in stereo with my fargen blackbird going into another 1x12. I use a reverb pedal to give a stereo spread. I realize that by the time the audience hears it, it's no longer stereo but it sounds and feels great on stage and is inspirational. The key is being inspired by your sound. If you are inspired, it doesn't matter whether it's tube, SS or whatever.

    When folks put down Mike Stern because of his chorus sound, I always think about that. Mike *PLAYS* great and sounds inspired every time he plays. Part of the reason is that he loves his sound and it inspires him and allows him to play free without thinking about it. To *HIM* it gives the feel of a saxophone filling the room with sound and that's the most important thing I think. So, it doesn't matter whether the player can pick out the differences in a blindfold test. It only matters what inspires them to greatness...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jzucker View Post
    The key is being inspired by your sound. If you are inspired, it doesn't matter whether it's tube, SS or whatever.

    ..
    This.

    It matters not what guitar, amp, cord, effects, cables, strings, picks or straps you use if your rig does not inspire you to play your best.

    The journey to finding the rig that inspires your best playing can be fun, frustrating, expensive and time consuming. The value of a forum like this is that we can all share what works for us in the hope that others can find out about possibilities that can be useful to them. Those who beat their chests online, proclaiming that their subjective opinions regarding gear are gospel truth have not only missed the point, but they have exposed themselves as insecure fools in a very public way.
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    All that is required is a great EQ pedal:

    Tube vs good non-tube amp for cleans (and light overdrive with pedals)-qstrip-large-jpg

    This thing opened up my eyes and unclogged the ears. Owe it to yourself to try one.

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    I posted that I thought that the LJ sounded like my old Reverberocket.

    But, when I replaced the 6L6s with EL84s (I think) in my Boogie Mark III (per factory instructions), the EL84s sounded overly bassy and I couldn't EQ it out. I doubt they stayed in the amp more than 10 minutes. So, I could hear that.

    I completely and enthusiastically agree with the idea that you have to be inspired by your sound and I used to bring 2 amps and play in stereo for exactly that reason. I remember reading a GP interview in which a player said a certain guitar sounded "the way a guitar should sound". I think that's wisdom. At any moment I want to know exactly the sound I'm looking for.

    I confess that I do not understand playing really loud on stage. If I have to turn up my amp that high, I'll be blasting myself out and probably have trouble hearing the rest of the band. My feeling is that if I have to play that loud, there ought to be a PA. Of course, sometimes there isn't, but I still play at a level where I can hear everything over my own amp.

    One last point in this post. Yesterday I played a big band gig with the LJ, which has worked fine for it in the past. Yesterday, though, I had to comp through a forte passage with the piano tacet. It was the only time I wished I had a little more volume. It wasn't dimed (more like 2 o'clock). It was clean enough.

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    Three questions:

    1. what is an LJ?
    2. How can you put EL84s in a Mk III?
    3. Do you mean EL34s?


    Quote Originally Posted by rpjazzguitar View Post
    I posted that I thought that the LJ sounded like my old Reverberocket.

    But, when I replaced the 6L6s with EL84s (I think) in my Boogie Mark III (per factory instructions), the EL84s sounded overly bassy and I couldn't EQ it out. I doubt they stayed in the amp more than 10 minutes. So, I could hear that.

    I completely and enthusiastically agree with the idea that you have to be inspired by your sound and I used to bring 2 amps and play in stereo for exactly that reason. I remember reading a GP interview in which a player said a certain guitar sounded "the way a guitar should sound". I think that's wisdom. At any moment I want to know exactly the sound I'm looking for.

    I confess that I do not understand playing really loud on stage. If I have to turn up my amp that high, I'll be blasting myself out and probably have trouble hearing the rest of the band. My feeling is that if I have to play that loud, there ought to be a PA. Of course, sometimes there isn't, but I still play at a level where I can hear everything over my own amp.

    One last point in this post. Yesterday I played a big band gig with the LJ, which has worked fine for it in the past. Yesterday, though, I had to comp through a forte passage with the piano tacet. It was the only time I wished I had a little more volume. It wasn't dimed (more like 2 o'clock). It was clean enough.

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    I own a Peavey Bandit MIC Red Stripe & a Polytone Mini Brute 1.
    None have the original speakers in them:
    Peavey - Jensen Jet Tornado Classic 12", 100 watts, 8 ohms



    Polytone - Celestion G12-100, 100 watts, 8 ohms (very big magnet).

    I own nothing but solid state and has never tried a tube amp.

    In my small collection, nothing gives as warm a sound as the Polytone.
    The sound isn’t as clear & defined as on the Peavey, but the bass is really good.

    I’m an ‘at home’ player only & I don't like to play very loud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jzucker View Post
    Three questions:

    1. what is an LJ?
    2. How can you put EL84s in a Mk III?
    3. Do you mean EL34s?
    I am sure that Rick meant EL-34's. You would need to do some mods to a Mark III to use EL-84's, but it probably could be done with Yellow Jacket sockets

    Yellow Jackets Tube Converters | Yellow Jackets

    LJ obviously refers to the DV Mark Little Jazz
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    I think LJ is DV Little Jazz.

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    Talking about/comparing “tube” vs SS, is just silly.


    There are more than a few design characteristics in tube amps that can make the difference subtle, or worlds apart.



    The day anything SS sound like my 64 super reverb, I’ll literally buy two. Until then, I can use both, but can’t live with modelers.

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    A Roland JC circuit with the grease rolled off sounds pretty clean. But I have touch of tinnitus so...

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    Quote Originally Posted by medblues View Post
    I am curious about what you would say to people who claim to hear the difference between 6L6s and EL34 tubes or paper oil capacitors vs ceramic capacitors. That they hear something you can't hear ?
    I would consider what I can hear rather than worrying about what they can hear. And I would not claim they cannot hear something because I can't hear it.
    Hell is full of musical amateurs - George Bernard Shaw

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagelove View Post

    There are more than a few design characteristics in tube amps that can make the difference subtle, or worlds apart.

    The day anything SS sound like my 64 super reverb, I’ll literally buy two. Until then, I can use both, but can’t live with modelers.
    Yeah my Deluxe Reverb died way before my mini brute ever did. But now my mini is down too and I just can I find anybody that can do a reliable fix ... but there are tube kits out there that might be worth a look.