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SS vs Tube

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by bloodshot sun, Dec 26, 2013.

What's your cup'o'tea?

  1. Tube

    40 vote(s)
  2. SS

    18 vote(s)
  3. Hybrid

    21 vote(s)
  1. bloodshot sun

    bloodshot sun

    Nov 21, 2011
    I know there's a mile-long thread about this already but it was ages ago, i wonder if the mass opinion has changed since then with all these great lightweight ss amps that got out recently like Aguilar tone hammer 500, ampeg pf 800 and warwick LWA 1000...are tube amps still worth the money and back pain?
  2. I just went with the hybrid Hartke LH500

    Tube pre and Fender/Alembic tone circuit does it for me.
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  4. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps
    Actually the last mile long thread about this was about a week ago, and so was the previous one, and the one before that, and the one before that, and...

    Didn't stop me from voting, though. T00bz.
  5. B-string

    B-string Gold Supporting Member

    To many they are. Personally not so much.
  6. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Non Serviam Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2012
    Scotia NY
    I actually prefer the tone of SS. GK is my brand of choice. I recently made a demo at a studio that had several classic Ampeg tube amps. Not only did I prefer the tone of my GK, but so did the recording engineer (in terms of what worked best for my bass and style of playing, not necessarily in absolute terms).
  7. bucephylus

    bucephylus Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2002
    I have become enlightened and saved from eternal damnation here on TB.

    The wood doesn't matter and tube watts are bigger than SS watts.

    Everyone knows that.:ninja:
  8. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Both. I absolutely love my GK stuff but I also love all of my tube stuff. I've been gigging the all tube stuff exclusively for the last 6 months or so, and to me it's worth the weight.
  9. JBNeedsBeer

    JBNeedsBeer Supporting Member

    May 13, 2011
    New Brunswick, NJ
    I run toooooobz with my Mesa 400+, but fully intend to at least experience the JGR 6SL7 pre and the Monique to see how they sound for a hybrid setup
  10. lofreq64


    Sep 12, 2004
    Sussex County NJ
  11. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    I prefer tube. I tried SS for several years and good luck with GK but went back to Ampeg tube heads a few years ago.
  12. Clouz

    Clouz The Ayatollah of Jack and Cola

    Jan 26, 2013
    tubes or you need a hearing aid one or the other...lol:bassist:
  13. Marko5657


    Mar 9, 2009
    N.E. Ohio
    SS does the job for me.
  14. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    AFM 72-147 union card-carrying liberal academic musician
    Not to me. Didn't/don't need the overdrive thing, don't need the 85 lbs to feel manly, don't need the fragility, don't need the cost, and want clean clear sweet oceans of powerful musical amplification of a great sounding instrument. :cool:
  15. Jim C

    Jim C

    Nov 29, 2008
    I voted tube as the best amp I've ever had (and kept forever) is an SVT.
    More often than not, I'll grab the 7-Pro as I race out of the house late knowing I will park 6 blocks away for some lame bar gig that isn't worth the wear and tear on The King.
  16. My tube amp weighs less than 50, hasn't given me any reason to think it's fragile, and cost me less than the Genz Benz I used to use. :p

    But I do love the overdrive, which really is the main reason I love it. I know that's not for everyone.

    Tubes for me. :bassist:
  17. Tube for me. But it depends on the specific amp, really. In general I like tube heads better than solid state heads, but there are some solid state heads I like a lot.
  18. Staccato

    Staccato Low End Advocate

    Aug 14, 2009
    Spring Hills
    Bass = SS
    Strat/Tele = Tubes
  19. Fender 100T. Under 50 pounds, switchable from 100-25 watts, 2 channels and tube bias. Works for me. :)

  20. Bassnoise


    Jul 24, 2013
    I use an swr working mans all ss combo I used to use a swr with a tube in the preamp but I don't really miss it .. I love my amp

    But I still want a tube amp

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