Poll: Which of these 3 options?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by Nolatone Ampworks, Sep 22, 2008.

Which of these three options are most valuable to you?

  1. Switchable output tubes (eg. 6V6s <-> EL84s)

  2. Switchable rectifier (eg. Tube<->solid state)

  3. Power Scaling

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  1. Nolatone Ampworks

    Nolatone Ampworks Silver Supporting Member

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    Hi all,

    Here's a poll for which of the following three options would be of most value to you:

    1. Switchable output tubes (i.e. switch between 6V6's and EL84s)
    2. Switchable rectifier (tube/solid state)
    3. Power Scaling

    Given these three, which one (and only one) would be the largest contributor to selecting an amp for purchase?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. voojo

    voojo Gold Supporting Member

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    I vote for power scaling, having had several amps that have had it and several that haven't, it would be one of my main purchase criteria for any new amp. Plus according to Kevin O'Connor at London Power you can build something into the scaling circuit that will replicate the "sag" of a tube rectifier.

    I know some guys like attenuators and that's cool too,but I like the idea of having it integrated within the amp (not another thing to carry.) Plus one of the other benefits that people never seem to remember is increased tube life at less than full power.
     
  3. electronpirate

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    PS, no question. I want an amp at any volume really.
     
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    Count me in on power scaling also. Very handy to have when done well.
     
  5. Timbre Wolf

    Timbre Wolf GoldMember Supporter Gold Supporting Member

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    My answer would depend on the output of the amp in question. With AB pairs of 6L6GC or EL34, for instance, I would reply power scaling. With the example given, of 6V6GT to EL84 switching, I chose to vote output tube switching.

    - Thom
     
  6. Nolatone Ampworks

    Nolatone Ampworks Silver Supporting Member

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    The reason I did this was I was extensively evaluating an amp with switchable power tubes, and while cool and nice, and a different charactar of crunch was delivered, it's not that HUGE a difference and with an effective tone stack, those differences can be trimmed down a bit further.

    Tube vs SS rectifier isn't that huge a difference either, depending on how you play and how in touch you are with the *feel* of the amp.

    Power scaling is something that's pretty obvious though!
     
  7. HEAVENandHELL

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    I'd vote power scaling. Never had it but have heard it once and liked it.
     

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