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Mallory 150 applications

dragonbat13

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I have never used them before. Of course I know that any cap can be used anywhere according to what the owner wants (the way it should be).

But I was just wondering what most consider the application for the 150 is.

Marshalls?

Tweed amps?

All I have ever really messed with are orange drops.
 

xtian

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Great for tone stack and coupling caps. Used them in many builds. Good and not expensive.
 

guiltless

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They are very consistent as well. Jupiters and Sozo's sound great but are pricey and I have experienced some inconsistencies with them.
 

Ken Zuercher

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I prefer them as coupling caps except in the first stage as the gain is high and I can get some microphonic issues from them. there I use a polypropylene cap (orange drop)
 

The Gaz

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I prefer them as coupling caps except in the first stage as the gain is high and I can get some microphonic issues from them. there I use a polypropylene cap (orange drop)
Well, the gain is lowest at the first stage, but potential for noise is higher since any noise will get amplified more in the later stages. Anyway, 150's are good to use everywhere. Thevalues are much more important.
 

dragonbat13

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Well, the gain is lowest at the first stage, but potential for noise is higher since any noise will get amplified more in the later stages. Anyway, 150's are good to use everywhere. Thevalues are much more important.
I agree, and also agree with alot of the stuff in the tone lounge. I am always more concerned with the design of the circuit over the type of components.

I was just wondering if there is any real reason to use them over others in a specific design.

Thanks for all the replies so far. It seems to me that alot of the old nonsense that you HAD to use specific brands or types for specific amps has gone kinda wayside. Its been awhile since I had been in the amp building forums and things have changed over the last couple of years.
 

DT7

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I agree, and also agree with alot of the stuff in the tone lounge. I am always more concerned with the design of the circuit over the type of components.
The best design with the wrong components will sound mediocre at best.

I was just wondering if there is any real reason to use them over others in a specific design.
They tend to give you a sound most similar to the old Astron caps you find in tweed Fenders. A little less clear...and a little more bite and midrange than the Blackface sound.


It seems to me that alot of the old nonsense that you HAD to use specific brands or types for specific amps has gone kinda wayside.
If you want to get the sound an amp is typically known for, there are indeed certain caps that get that sound better than others. Use Mallory 150s in a Blackface amp and expect to get the Blackface sound, for example, is not realistic. Other than that, it's purely subjective.
 






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