Rectifiers - Solid State vs Tube

Discussion in 'Amps/Cabs Tech Corner: Amplifier, Cab & Speakers' started by ottobahn, Aug 31, 2005.

  1. ottobahn

    ottobahn Guest

    I understand that Twin Reverbs use SS rectifiers and Deluxe Reverbs use tube rectifiers.

    What are the advantages/disadvantages of one over the other?
  2. VaughnC

    VaughnC Supporting Member

    Jan 4, 2002
    In addition, amps with solid state rectifiers seem to react faster to your input than tube type. Also, while solid state rectifiers can generally tighten up the bass response of an amp, they can also make the top end harsh. These are just general observations....different power supply filtering schemes also come into play too. Bottom line is there's no right or wrong....but what sounds/feels best to you.
  3. ottobahn

    ottobahn Guest

    Thanks for your knowledgable responses.

    Now this... Is replacing the ss rectifier on a Twin Reverb a common or desirable mod?
  4. calieng

    calieng Silver Supporting Member

    Nov 21, 2003
    San Diego, CA
    You would have to cut the chassis to fit more tube sockets. I don't think a single rectifier tube would handle that power. I think you would need two.

    Short answer...NO.
  5. Reeek

    Reeek Member

    Feb 1, 2005
    Reno, NV
    Not my Twin Reverb ;)
  6. ottobahn

    ottobahn Guest

    Nor mine. However, I wonder why they used a tube rectifier in the Deluxe Reverb.

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