Going to retube a Blues JR. for a grab and go practice amp. What would you guys recommend? I'm not the EL-84 fan, so whats pretty good, but a decent price? This is just a practice amp.
JJ's, SED's or even Grooves.
But consider whether your jr. will need any biasing too.
Find out what your "current" tubes are doing voltage-wise, and maybe try to match 'em up when you get newbies.
Well that's a good reason to re-tube. I've got two that I bought used. One came with the stock tubes, the other will all JJ tubes. They sound exactly the same and they sound great. I gig with both of them constantly.It has no tubes. The original tubes was blown when I got it from a friend. I got it for $50. It's been in a closet for 2 years, but I'm needing it now.
Not easy. You'd have to get a bias pot installed (highly recommended) or have the bias resistor changed for every new pair of tubes.Has easy are they to bias?
Thanx for the advise.Not easy. You'd have to get a bias pot installed (highly recommended) or have the bias resistor changed for every new pair of tubes.
These amps are notorious for running their EL84s way too hot. If nothing else, at least ask for a "low bias current" pair of tubes when ordering. This will keep you as safe as possible without rebiasing.