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Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by olps, Apr 17, 2002.

  1. olps


    Nov 12, 2001
    What is the difference between tube amps and other (don't know any other types) of amps? Thanks.
  2. Bassstud1

    Bassstud1 Supporting Member

    Sep 23, 2001
    LaPorte Indiana USA
    In their BASIC forms you have three types:

    Tube amps typically have tube pre amps and tube power sections.

    Solid State amplifiers have Intergrated Circuits chips. (The little black chips that kinda look like an electronic centipede). IC chips for both pre amp and power sections.

    Solid State amplifiers with tube preamps.

    I'm not even going to say anything about the charateristic sounds of the different types I'll let someone else cover that.
  3. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    Tube amps are generally warmer than solid state.
    Depending on the tube and solid state amps/heads/combos you compare, you may find a solid state amp that's warmer than a tube. So don't think that this is strictly the case.

    I prefer solid state, personally.
    Try 'em both out. :)
  4. Also, combo amps have the amplifier section and the speaker combined in a one piece cabinet, a "Rig," is made up of a separate amplifier "Head" which usually sits on top of a separate speaker(s) cabinet(s).

    Mike J.
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