That’s funny. I used to do that then realized that I’ll end up spending the $$$ eventually anyway so now I do the opposite then try to find a affordable way to cop the same tones.
In most cases, it’s not really worth it (hype pedals- the only notable exception is my BJFe Honey Bee - which is...
I’m a Rat FREAK. I have a tone knob version, white face, black face and Kelley modded big box. I, like the OP, set my Rat to where the gain “just” engages.
I’ve been looking for over a decade for what you describe, OP.
Pedals that come close-
I had to open a Paypal dispute for the Leeds to come. I got it today. I’m stoked and can’t wait to run it through it’s paces. (I also just got a RAH- definitely takes some tweaking. Still not in love with it. I hope the Leeds suits me better).
Here’s what my tech said-
Tubes have impedance just like speakers, and the OT with an 8 ohm speaker is optimized for 6V6s. 6l6s have 1/2 the impedance of a 6V6, so you want to half the impedance of the speaker to match it up ideally.
6l6s with play fine with an 8 ohm speaker though, they’ll...
Done! Had my buddy re-bias, swap out the rectifier for a SS and put a 4 Ohm speaker in - went with a Weber Ceramic Silver (because I had one) - May go for a higher wattage alnico later.
Initial report is the bass has tightened up considerably. It’s much more like my Pro in a small package...
Thanks all. I’ve been comparing the DCR with the Pro for the past two days. I can get them in the ballpark (mostly by using the Custom channel even though it’s got a softer bass response). Sounds pretty great with single coils (with the GA-SC59 speaker).
I think maybe the next thought would be...
Yeah. My Pro is the older model. Sounds killer. Had a few mods though- trem can be pulled out of the circuit and I don’t use the normal channel (so I’ve pulled V1).
Also, I had a vintage JBL (forget the model - one of the old Alnicos though), it was super harsh.
I know YET ANOTHER DRRI speaker thread. I’ve read most of the others. I’ve yet to see one about putting a Fane in there. I’m looking to tighten up the lows. I have a early 70s Pro Reverb (non-MV) tight sounds great and super tight in the lows (2x12 ceramic speakers). I really want THAT at a...
I have a ‘59 RI Bassman w a 212 baffle. I wanted a bluesbreaker vide but I put A weber Blue and Silver (both ceramic) in and it sounds pretty great - full, open, chimey.
If I had to do it again, I’d try Greenbacks first.