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Discussion in 'Amp Input - Normal or Bright' started by Stavs, Sep 18, 2017.
A little bit of preamp and some power amp sounds good. All preamp sounds fizzy
Tube amp sounds awesome and I have little to no regard for the comfort of my neighbours lol!
I bought a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe and wasn't pleased with the way it sounded at low volumes compared to my Mustang III. Then I bought a passive volume control.
Now I can crank up the amp and turn down the volume to whatever level I need. It is MUCH more enjoyable. It's cheap but it works. They have a metal (box) one if you need that for a couple bucks more.
That was my experience as well. I could get decent enough tones with my SS amps, but I much prefer the tone, the feel, the dynamics, and "especially" the distortion of my tube amps over any SS amp I have ever owned.
Nothing new to add here, but I find a tube amp to be more dynamic--it sells the difference in picking (between soft vs aggressive) more convincingly than a solid state, and the crunch that comes from aggressive chording is more pronounced.
Best amp I have for home use clean is my 1972 super reverb.
Its better than my 74 champ. Because its boxy at low volume and only becomes worthwhile to play through when its cranked.
I agree, power tube distortion sounds better, but even pre-amp distortion sounds better (to me) than SS distortion does.
Because they sound nice
Totally agree there!
I have found that SS amps can be fatiguing to listen to after a longer period of time. You probably won't get that effect by just listening for a few minutes.
The internet has shown that it is a proven fact that some people like tube and some people like solid state. I'll take tubes all day only - big small, inside / outside, at home / on vacation / gig.This is close minded but I am very happy with my choice.
I have both SS and tube, and I know which one I prefer.
"Why buy a valve amp for home use?"
because life is short.
Thanks for all your comments! Its been a very interesting discussion.
I am still torn between the choice of an SS or a Tube amp, and this is mainly because of the existence of the Roland Blues Cube Artist, which is an 80w SS amp with built in power control that drops down to 0.5w.
Overall - It sounds incredibly tube-like. It sounds awesome on the youtube demos i've been watching, and it takes pedals beautifully.
If ever there was an SS amp to convince me, this could be it...
The debate in my head continues
You can find many tube amps under $1000 with great sound at low volume. Check these two
My home amp is a 73 Twin Reverb. Beats the pants off my 68 custom Deluxe at low volume noodling. So much so that I sold the Deluxe. It was a third of the price too! It doesn’t get moved around very much though. If I only had one amp, that would change things a little.
buy a tube amp for home use for the same reason you buy a tube amp to play anywhere...it sounds better at any volume.
Why buy a tube amp for home use?
Because you can...
About a year ago I got rid of my MS combo after years of not being able to enjoy it. Recently spent a couple months researching and shopping for the best amp for low volume. I came to realize that use of the term "low volume", varies from "won't wake the baby" to "the cops won't be showing up". I was looking for something closer to the former - great sounds at TV volume.
Got a THR10, sits on the table next to my chair......INCREDIBLE!!
With the right patches and settings, it's like listening to a screaming tube amp at TV and cranked boom box volumes, but....
I had a rare Sunday with the house to myself, stood in the middle of my man cave with my guitar, cranked up my THR.....those 3 inch speakers weren't weren't cutting it.
Got lucky with an even trade of an acoustic amp, that I may have used twice in the last 5 years, for a Katana 50, which had been the finalist in my quest (0.5, 25 or 50 watts, and supposedly sounds great at low volume).
Well, here we get back to defining "low volume"; while the Kat sounds great at LV, that LV, IMO, needs to be at least as loud as a loud TV....no cops, but the baby is not going to sleep unless it's a really big house.
So, now on those rare occasions alone I can crank it up to 50 watts and get slapped in the face properly, ....it gets loud!!!
While there is good deal of crossover with the two, it's a bit of a case in which, where the THR starts to give out, the Kat starts to kick in, but I believe the Kat is still giveing better sounds and response at volumes lower than that in which most traditional tube amps start to bloom.
These two amps are the ultimate $500 setup for me, especially since it only cost me $300.
Note: in retrospect, I probably should have got the KAT 100. A lot of extra features for $130.
But I'm happy. I can get great sounds all the way from "the baby is sleeping" to "the cops are here".