Carr Telstar

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  1. johnny5

    johnny5 Supporting Member

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    I got a Telstar and it's pretty killer. I received it and went to rehearsal. Here's a jam with the Telstar!
     
  2. dukeh62

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    Love everything about this! Nice "Crazy Horse" vibe. Well done. That amp fits the band's sound perfectly.
     
  3. SRT2011

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    I really enjoyed that and congrats on a great amp!!:aok
     
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    Very nice playing and tone.
     
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  5. Csapo

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    Yes, terrific playing and tone. Pedals?
     
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  6. johnny5

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    Thank you! I have a EPH-3 delay and an Lovepedal OD11 on throughout. The solos I am stacking in a Fulldrive 1 and a Lovepedal Vibronaut.
     
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  7. SRT2011

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    Clearly the Telstar can sound great with pedals while playing with a band! I have experienced the same, but don't have a video to prove it. Well done! :aok
     
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    @johnny5 Is that leslie swirl coming from the EPH-3?? Sounds incredible

    Edit: NVM ... Vibronaut :bonk
     
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  9. johnny5

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    Hey thanks for the positive comments. That video turned out pretty cool and just happened to showcase the Telstar! I am totally digging this amp. In fact, today I went to the studio to swap a bunch of power tubes. It was a little maddening but very informative on how much change is possible with different power tubes. I had with me 3 different EL84s Stock TAD, JJ, Mullard RI), 3 different 6V6s (JJ, RCA, And smoked glass no name), a KT66, A EL34, and 2 different 6L6s.

    First, I put the JJ EL84 in there and I liked it better immediately. I have always liked that tube and still do. I felt it added a quickness and spank to the notes. EL84 side done....

    Then the 6V6s. They were all pretty similar so I won't detail the difference between them (unless someone really want to hear it). But in comparison to the stock TAD 6L6, the 6V6s seemed to move the kids a little lower and accented the top end more. They are also slightly less volume as well as had a different feel (compression). They got a little more compressed earlier as you might expect but I really liked how the amp worked with them. Sound - Slightly more scooped, more responsive touch.

    EL34 - Seemed to be the loudest of the bunch and most aggressive. It retained both low and high mids and was probably the best tube if I wanted to play loud riff rock. Was very satisfying playing that tube but the reality is that neither of my bands plays loud riff rock so it wasn't the best choice for me. Still pretty awesome though.

    6L6 - I felt the 6L6 was kind of middle of the road. It sounds pretty good but is my least favorite of all of them. To me the 6L6 has kind of a mushy compression and in the amp seems to lack top end sparkle (something I love). They can get the great tweed midrange drive thing going on but I am always trying to get a little more top end with them. The TAD was much better than an old coke bottle 6L6 I had lying around.

    KT66 - I have always loved KT66's and still do. It was killer in this amp. Kind of a cross between the 6L6 and the 6V6. The KT66 had this really great low end and super beautiful top end that did delay swirly stuff so great. Also drives awesome. It is loud though so take note.

    My fav was either the 6V6 or the KT66. The KT cause it sounds gorgeous and the 6V6 because it gets this chewy overdrive that is so perfect for my style of playing.

    Keep in mind all the above is opinion but one thing that is fact is that the tube swaps DO change the tonality and feel of the Telstar. Happy tweaking!
     
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  10. Csapo

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    Thanks. I've watched your vid a few times and very tasty tones and playing from both you guitarists. Plus your drummer is KICK ASS!!!
     
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    @johnny5
    Great that you are enjoying your Telstar and thanks for your tube comparison results. I fully agree that swapping out various octal tubes makes a big difference in sound and feel! I have not bothered to try a different EL84, but will now!;)
    I agree that the EL34 is hard to beat for rock riffing! I also liked the KT66 and thought it might have offered a bit more clean headroom. I agree that 6v6 broke up earlier and felt more compressed as one might expect. The 6L6 does offer the widest range of tones that I like, and I think it sounds great.
    This is a cool amp with surprising versatility in such a simple layout!
     
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    Steve Ulrich from Big Lazy demonstrating some nice Telstar tones. This amp is gonna be all over Big Lazy's new album, Dear Trouble when it comes out in the Fall, look forward to hearing it!

    The Telstar is a really nice fit for Steve's style of playing.
     
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  13. BluesyCat

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    OMG. Tomorrow is 3 months since placing my order for my Telstar head. Going nuts over here..... :(
     
  14. Silkrodamus

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    Its officially over 5 months for me. Going on 6 months now. Ordered in January. Prepare for more pain.

    Wish I could tell you something more optimistic lol. Now excuse me while I go back to wearing Kleenex boxes as shoes and shambling around my piss-jug filled loft like Howard Hughes. Hard to type with these super long untrimmed fingernails.

    :bonk:crazy:nuts:worried
     
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  15. aussie_gear_maestro

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    Hahaha.
     
  16. aussie_gear_maestro

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    Carr Telstar sounds cool though, love Carr amps.
     
  17. aussie_gear_maestro

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    Is it too much to ask for a simple boost , some flexibility with tone shaping options other than T,M,B thats been flogged to death fir 60 years and maybe a class a /a/b switch and tube/solid state rectifier switch. Something different , creative, awesome.
     
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    What brand of KT66 did you use?
     
  19. johnny5

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    Golden Lion
     
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    Which one is it?
     

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