an tube vs. solid question (what to do?)

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by steve-o, May 12, 2002.

  1. steve-o

    steve-o Guest

    Apr 17, 2002
    i have a hartke 2000 head.
    right now i am playing it at 120 watts (8ohms)
    would it be a wise to buy a Guild tube head?
    it says 50 watts.
    would it be as loud as my hartke?
    would it sound better?
    does anyone know how they rate the 500 watts?
    would it change if i were to put two 8 ohm cabs in it?
    what do you think i should do? te guild is $200
    it was made in the 70's

    thanks steve
  2. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    No, no, no, what?, yes, something else.
  3. steve-o

    steve-o Guest

    Apr 17, 2002
    i meant 50 watts
    why isn't a good idea if i may ask?
  4. ndjx


    Oct 26, 2001
    I wouldn't think so... 50 watts of tube can't be loud enough to make a difference to your Hartke. I would ditch your 4x10 and get two 8ohm 2x10s to get 200 watts out of your head.
  5. steve-o

    steve-o Guest

    Apr 17, 2002
    i am not looking for something louder
    just a tube sound.
    are there tubes that i can change to make more power. as a project?
  6. Chuck M

    Chuck M Supporting Member

    May 2, 2000
    San Antonio, Texas
    Your Hartke head has one tube in it. Changing the tube to a NOS USA made tube will improve the tone a lot. Email me if you have questions about preamp tubes.

  7. 120 Watts will be louder than 50, all other things being equal. But it's not (approx) twice as loud because its a logrithmic thing: you'd need 10 times as much power for the sound to be twice as loud.

    There's much speculation about the sound of tubes vs solid state. IMHO, for all practical purposes, they both sound the same until you drive them to clipping. The tranny amp then sounds dreadful, the tubes sound a nutshell.

  8. steve-o

    steve-o Guest

    Apr 17, 2002
    i don't play my hartke past 5 or 6 on the dial.
    so if i were to get a 50 watt tube and were to turn it up to 10 on the dial would it be anylouder?
    i am going to try it out today but i just wanted to ask.

  9. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    As long as you don't mind a totally fuzzed out sound, yeah you will probably be a LITTLE louder with that 50 watt tube head but I don't think you really understand what the "tube" sound is.

    A lot of players say they want a tube amp when what they really want is a smoother tone and some compression.
  10. steve-o

    steve-o Guest

    Apr 17, 2002
    nope i am looking for that grind sound