Originally Posted by 110s lover
Also i hear that you can barely get past volume 3 even with the half stack at band practices? And as much as i'd love too get 2 of the cabs, i use it at home quite alot
How do those tubes differ from the other ones? In terms of tone and price?? And surely you must have liked the stock ones too have splashed out all the money for it?
I also hear it's like an SVT but better?
With my band - LOUD drummer, guitarist running a 100W Marshall full stack, in a fairly small room, I have the gain on 3 and the master volume on 2, and it's almost too loud, hehehe... I don't use the VBC cab in my main rig. I have mid 80s Marshall JCM800 Bass Series cabs (4x12 top, 2x15 bottom), but the VBC412 cab is very efficient, so it's loud. You can dial the volume right down to almost nothing, and it still sounds great. I keep the gain up a bit because I like grit in my tone, but you can dial in a glassy clean tone, too.
I bought both amps used, and the stock tubes (SED (real Svetlana) 6550A) in them were pretty tired. I did a fair bit of research, and read lots of great reviews of the Tung-Sols. They were significantly less expensive than the SEDs, so I decided to give them a try. My ears really like them in these amps, and have had the current ones in my main amp in there for a couple of years with no noticeable sound degradation. That amp gets played a minimum of 2 times per week at gig volume for 1 - 2 hours each time, plus local shows. As for the preamp tubes, the stock ones are pretty crappy, and replacing them with the NOS Mullards really brought these amps to life!
When I'm on the road, I am usually supplied with an SVT rig. I do like them, but I prefer the tone of the VBA400.