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That does appear to be its secret. Based on previous experience with other "tube" pedals I was superdubious about the Valveboy, too, until I actually played one. THAT is what we mean when we say a pedal "feels like an amp."Yeah but the valveboy actually uses it's tubes like a real amp does so it's definately the exception to what I was saying
+1I've noticed there is a seemingly endless stream of threads dealing with solid-state overdrive boxes, but a conspicuous lack of discussion of tube boxes like the Tube Driver and Twin Tube.
Why is that?
Jimmy, can you provide any generalizations as to how tube pedals that run at amp-like voltages sound different from tube pedals that run at low voltage?Well I'll try to be brief given my infatuation with the Bad Cat Two-tone! Like the Valveboy it runs two tubes at amp-like voltages. It is pretty much an amp's front end. It is by far the most "amp-like" (to use a cliche) OD I have ever heard. Reasons for not liking it? It's huge, expensive and doesn't sound like a Tubescreamer.
On the pro side, it sounds great with every single amp I have tried it into. It can do the amp just starting to break-up thing better than any SS pedal. I can run it into a big amp and get small-amp type OD but run a delay pedal after it so my delays don't get all muddy. A bit like using an FX loop I guess.
Some pedals come close - Timmy, Menatone WMB, VOS, etc. But none have that tubey bite like the Two-tone.
Differences are felt and heard as more headroom and dynamics running on high voltage.Jimmy, can you provide any generalizations as to how tube pedals that run at amp-like voltages sound different from tube pedals that run at low voltage?
Oh, and to clarify I'm talking about plate voltage.Originally Posted by 1TwoRock
You have a BKB Tube Driver that runs on 12V?
I have one of BK's Tube Drivers with the bias knob and it is 120V. I don't know what happens inside but, the 12AX7 valve glows as bright as it does in an amp. I guess I don't know why a builder would go through the trouble of making a 120V AC pedal, and then reduce the power to the tube. Great sounding pedal by the way!