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  1. tubetonez

    Why are volume/tone knobs considered such a 'revelation' now?

    Watch guitarists like Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Johnson - they are constantly working the controls on guitar, switching pickups, vol, tone. It becomes an organic extension to making music, IMO. Assuming that you actually had pedals or other effects that could produce the various...
  2. tubetonez

    Thinking about 1 or 2 different speakers for Vibroverb RI/

    I have a custom built tube amp in a Vibrolux style cab, it's basically two BF Deluxe circuits in one, a stereo amp. I'm using the Emininence Deltalite 2510, a neo full range speaker - their response is similar to the vintage high power EV speakers, they're rated 250w RMS and very efficient. Big...
  3. tubetonez

    I may need to succumb to a small combo, needs some recs that won't disappoint

    You're correct, my bad it's been too many years lol. I recall seeing a combo that had the thiele design separately sealed from amp chassis - maybe it was some custom dumblish amp.
  4. tubetonez

    I may need to succumb to a small combo, needs some recs that won't disappoint

    I like the mini-bluesbreaker 1x12 or 2x10, you can get them that hold a standard Marshall Plexi 50 or JTM45 chassis. Lots of options from Ceriatone or other custom builders for this size chassis. For Mesa Boogie, their combos with the Thiele design and EV are classic. A 1x12 has better onstage...
  5. tubetonez

    Amp vs monitor vs FOH. Which sound to trust?

    While a 57 is fairly universal, some amp/speakers can sound much better with a different mic. Years ago I was involved in recording a song for a friend's student project at Belmont in Nashville. I had brought a little Peavey Classic 20, and after trying a 57 they swapped a few mics and ended up...
  6. tubetonez

    Painting Tolex?

    You could probably make or have made a different baffle board with black grill cloth or whatever you prefer, without the tan trim panel. Then you could return it to stock for resale if needed. Same for the amp head, if you want to redo the grey panel.
  7. tubetonez

    Running a Pedalboard into 2 Amps, using the Effects Loop Return Only on 1

    I really like using separate clean and dirty amps, with separate effects on each - similar to EJ's setup. I'm using a custom A/B switch I built, that has a side loop for dirt pedals. This reduces noise when on the clean chain, the 4PDT switch grounds the input to dirty amp as well as...
  8. tubetonez

    Catalinbread DLS, Quality, and Customer Service

    The strange thing is, it didn't quit in the middle of playing, it was working then the next time I powered on pedalboard it didn't work. I tried with different cables, power supply, batteries - intermittently, it worked a time or two during this process after the initial failure. After powering...
  9. tubetonez

    Catalinbread DLS, Quality, and Customer Service

    Shortly after the lawsuit rumors, my DLS quit working - when engaged, almost no output and what sound came through was distorted in an awful way. Bypassed, signal was fine. I emailed them, took a few days to get a reply. After verifying my receipt I got an RMA. Sent the pedal in, got it back in...
  10. tubetonez

    Amp sounds bad mic’d

    What speaker is in that combo? As others mentioned a different mic may work better - the SM57 is great for a lot of amps, but not all IME. The Sennheiser "flat" type mics have a pretty even response, I prefer them for combos. FWIW, a few sound guys swear by putting mic in the back of combo...
  11. tubetonez

    How much rack gear did you own in the 80's??

    I had an ADA MP1, a boss half rack GEQ in the loop - the MP1 needed a bit of EQ to cut the offensive midrange. Roland SDE1000, and an ADA Stereo Tapped Delay. Peavey Classic 60/60 power amp.
  12. tubetonez

    Not loving the Private Jack

    Speaker break-in can make a big difference. I have found that normal playing, even gigging an amp may not fully break it in, at least within a reasonable time frame. I compared this directly, a new driver that I broke in using a tone generator sounded better than the same model driver which had...
  13. tubetonez

    80s sound ala Andy at Reverb

    The Hysteria album was predominately recorded direct with Rockman gear.
  14. tubetonez

    NPD - Digitech Polara Reverb

    I really like my Polara, using it for stereo reverb for my stereo amp, basically two BF Deluxe in one chassis.
  15. tubetonez

    I don't like shimmer reverb

    I liked using the "Crystals" effect when I had an AXE FX, using an expression pedal assigned to input gain to bring in the "angels" on demand. It helps fill out playing live in a trio, for ballads etc., just ease the pedal down at each chord change to emulate a keyboard pad.
  16. tubetonez

    EVM12L - lighter-weight alternative?

    I have used both the 10" and 12" Deltalites for guitar, I can't compare directly but they definitely have great tone - very full even response with sweet high end, not harsh. I am running 2 Deltalite 10's in a custom amp now, it is a stereo amp basically two BF Deluxe circuits in one box. If...
  17. tubetonez

    Captain Coconut NOS

    Just noticed this on FoxRox site, I am really tempted: http://www.foxroxelectronics.com/CC2988.html
  18. tubetonez

    Tweakable Fuzz Face types

    I highly recommend the FoxRox Hot Silicon or CC-Hybrid for authentic FF tones with a bit of extra tweaking thrown in.
  19. tubetonez

    Most transparent blender pedal

    I just ordered a LoopMaster passive mixer, because it's small and I was hesitant about an active blender and I will be blending two buffered sources.
  20. tubetonez

    Why does vintage fuzz sound so much better than modern fuzz?

    Don't forget the guitars & pickups. We have repro vintage guitars, and pickups that are "voiced" as vintage pickups, which have aged 40 years or so. Back in the day they were pretty spanky new. (FWIW, Kinman has a set called "Woodstock" that are voiced as "new" 69 era Fenders. Jimi's were...
  21. tubetonez

    what is a 1979 25th Anniversary Strat worth

    A good friend owned a white one, it had flaked within a year or so. Sent it back to factory, they either re-painted it or stuck on another body. Flaked again. I remember it being particularly heavy for a strat.
  22. tubetonez

    Probably the dumbest question on TGP, but I'll give it a go anyways..

    I agree with this also, with exception of FuzzFace if you use one, they can get noisy when daisy chained with some pedals. I use a CIOKS DC10 with about 16 pedals, a couple of those are A/B switchers with LED so draw next to no power and no active circuits in them.
  23. tubetonez

    EJ's Echoplex hack

    You're correct. I know EJ had the Belle Epoch and the Echorec on some previous boards. While the BE has a preamp, not an exact repro of the Echoplex. It is the Echoplex preamp that has the "mojotone" and EJ so far prefers this. The Echoplex has an "echo volume", not a mix knob as is common with...
  24. tubetonez

    So why do you think hair metal sucked?

    All of that present in 70's
  25. tubetonez

    EJ's Echoplex hack

    From his description, he's had a send/return loop added and it is a parallel loop - the BE at 100% wet so delay can be added without affecting the direct tone. I believe that he has used the BE alone before, also the Echorec, have both been on his board. Worth noting that he's always run his...