Explaining Tubes

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by fendervox, Feb 18, 2008.

  1. fendervox

    fendervox Member

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    Okay, I have a question regarding tubes, more specifically tubes in the power amp. How much of an affect on the tone do power amp tubes play? In other words if I had a Mesa Studio Preamp (or any tube preamp), would there be a difference in sound between a tube power amp or a solid state poweramp driving the preamp?

    On the same note, amps such as the Fender Champ 25 SE, I believe use 2 6L6's and 1 12ax7. How much of an affect does 1 preamp tube affect an amp as well?

    Anyways, more questions to come later I'm sure, but any help is appreciated. Thanks!
     
  2. Blue Strat

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    And different brands of the same type of power tube (6L6, EL34, etc) can affect tone as well.
     
  3. fendervox

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    Hmmm, okay I see... so what would be the difference in an amp with 1 power tube and 1 preamp tube (say an Epiphone Valve Jr) and a Triple Rectifier that has 1,532,624 tubes. Or, 'why' would it be different, know what I mean?
     

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