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    Tube Amplifiers

    Who likes and uses tube amplifiers?

    Guitar amps

    Hi-Fi amps

    Radio transmitter amps

    anyone?
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    Re: Tube Amplifiers

    One day I will build a stereo amp for music, one day...

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    Re: Tube Amplifiers

    Quote Originally Posted by mips View Post
    One day I will build a stereo amp for music, one day...
    I build guitar tube amplifiers at this time - but on my design table I have plans for a surround sound amp that will accept speaker level out in from a regular receiver - like my favorite Sony surround amp - simply use the Sony for all of the switching and signal processing - and letting the tube amp do it's wonderfulness to the sound.

    No master volume on the amp - but little trim pots on the rear to "tune" the amp to the room.

    Of course - I would keep the powered sub self powered.
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    Re: Tube Amplifiers

    I have 1967 Fender Princeton and a later Fender Super 60 watt and both are tube powered. Nothing sounds as warm as tubes regardless of amplifier brand.
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    Re: Tube Amplifiers

    When it comes to sound, I believe you should use a component where it is needed and only where needed and nowhere else. With Tubes, I prefer them on bass amplifiers, sub-woofer systems, but transistors for high-treble and tweeters. Also when dealing with waveforms, sharp, crisp waves do best on transistors and dull, mellow waves on tubes.

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    Re: Tube Amplifiers

    I have a 1964 (pre-CBS) Fender Bassman, a 1971 Ampeg B-15 and several tube mics and mic amps. Love 'em!
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    Re: Tube Amplifiers

    I have a guitar tube amp (Blackstar) but it's not getting too much use these days thanks to GuitarRig 5 I don't think GR is on the same quality but it's pretty close. My next amp will probably be the Kemper profiling amp, it's just mind boggling, watch this to see what it does.

    My office mate is a die hard audio tube amp aficionado, he owns several self-built headphone amps, he even has one at work.
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    Re: Tube Amplifiers

    Quote Originally Posted by uc50_ic4more View Post
    I have a 1964 (pre-CBS) Fender Bassman, a 1971 Ampeg B-15 and several tube mics and mic amps. Love 'em!
    Those are some really cool amps - what kind of mics are in your collection?
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    Re: Tube Amplifiers

    Some nice gear mentioned in this thread.

    I haven't used a tube-based appliance for many years. Unless, of course, you count our TV, one of the last (if not the last) CRT-based TVs I recall seeing in our local shops.
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    Re: Tube Amplifiers

    I had a Fender Pro Re Reverb. I REALLY loved it.

    I had to sell it when I moved to Texas

    Both state solid and digital amps have come such a long way, that sometimes I forget and think there's no significant difference... until you hear a good tube amp again

    Best Regards.

    PS: these days I'm playing on a small practice amp: 40 watts Vox Valvetronix.

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