just a note - I'm sure you're aware of this but here goes!I had a blast with Jamal and his friends, listening to him play through a bunch of sounds and styles. No matter what he did, everything sounded great and it was great fun hearing my amp cranked up a bit. I went home & played and did not sound at all like him! And, while the English has some stunning and unique sounds (for me, the low notes have such character), I may be leaning away from the EL84s. Thanks, Jamal, for a very fun afternoon!
Every time I start thinking that my English is not sounding as good as I think it should I put in a new set of EL84's -
I find that this amp goes through tubes pretty quick and to keep it sounding it's best you need two really good/quiet RCA 5691's - the older blackplate ones from the 50's
I find that if I play a few hours everyday that I need to change output tubes every 3-4 months when using JJ's
i'm currently using the quad of Sovtek's that it shipped with and surprisingly the amp is so good that it sounds just great - even with the sovtek's.
this is one amp that I'll NEVER EVER Sell.
if you sell your amp I think you're going to miss it down the line and want to get another - and remember - no more black gate caps !