Topic: Tube Amp - What happens next?
A few months ago I purchased this little volume control that sits in my effects loop and allows me to drive the bajeezus out of my Deville 410's power tubes. I pull the volume back off in the effects loop and - WHALA! - smoking hot guitar tone without all the neigborhood complaints.
I've played this Deville (a very loud amp IMO) since college. Because of the fact that I've never had a power soak on it, the volume knob has never seen anything past 2.5. With my new upgrade it's singing along at 8-9 ish.
I'm noticing a really profound decrease in tube life. Before the power soak I would get years out of a set of power tubes. I noticed three weeks ago that it's about time to re-tube, which I last did in mid 2012. I suspect this is normal when driving tubes hard.
It's pretty amazing how much the sound of the guitar is changing as the tubes blow out. It went from slightly microphonic and feedback prone to very saturated. Now I'm starting to lose treble.
Wondering if anyone else has ridden tubes all the way out - what can I expect next? System failure? More fun with altered sounds?