Topic: TUBE AMPS
GOOD AFTERNOON CHORDIANS!
Tubes: We all love them, but it’s like ice cream, some vanilla taste better than others, also we all have our own taste (as all things in life). This being said, after really getting into some of our topics I ended up with a case of AAS (Amp Acquisition Syndrome). As much as I would like sell the two I have, the fact is the Berhinger 1x12 V-Tone is not worth that much being cosmetically broken (the input jack is shade tree fixed, though a good one and one of the effects knobs is broke at the stem but still works). My other amp is the first generation Bugera Vintage 5 (V5). The newer ones have had the infinium circuit and the upgraded Turbosound speaker.
I can’t run out and buy a Blackstar, Peavey 6505 (God I wish!), or Mesa (kill me now) even a 20W combo are not even in the picture, nor is any new amp, I looked into upgrading my Bugera. First mods and really the only ones affordable. New tubes and speaker. After a lot of reading and then talking to the “Tube Guy” at Tommy’s Guitar shop (local owned and been around forever!). I was aksing about the “Flavors” of different 12AX7’s and EL34’s. I learned that JJ tubes are very good and that JJ also produces the MESA tubes To a high and stringent performance spec. Higher than the basic JJ tubes. So yep, I went with a MESA 12AX7. (25 bucks) Most power tubes come in pairs, and JJ has them in single order option, Since JJ makes the tubes for MESA, I went with their EL34. It also is priced nice at a nice $13.00. I am also switching out the speaker to a Celestion Eight 15. This provides more of a rock tone than the Turbosound or Jensen from all reviews and advice from “The Tube Guy” LOL. So I will be waiting for my presents to myself. And I will not swap till all parts are in my hands. Ill make some sound demos of stock, then the new tubes, and then the new speaker with new tubes.
P.S. IF YOU READ THIS FAR, THANKS AND LET ME KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS.
– George Lynch 2013 (Dokken, Lynchmob, KXM, Tooth & Nail etc....)