Lets make this easier-Tube Amps-Which Suck?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by SnoMan, Dec 20, 2005.

  1. SnoMan

    SnoMan Words Words Words

    Jan 27, 2001
    Charleston, WV
    Everyone wants to know what the best tube amp is.

    Seems to me like most tube amps are made pretty well from what I read here. So, I want to know which tube amps just aren't worth considering?

    Plenty of people debate which is best....now lets see which are the worst.

  2. IvanMike

    IvanMike TTRPG enthusiast, Happy, Joyous, & Free. Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2002
    Middletown CT, USA
    play nice kids..............don't make me close this. :eyebrow:
  3. SnoMan

    SnoMan Words Words Words

    Jan 27, 2001
    Charleston, WV
    I think this can be an honest thread.

    I would see it(and have) being far easier to persons to conflict with one another over which they think is the best.

    I think we're safe since Behringer hasn't released a tube head :smug:
  4. IvanMike

    IvanMike TTRPG enthusiast, Happy, Joyous, & Free. Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2002
    Middletown CT, USA
  5. el_Kabong


    Jul 11, 2005
    I don't mean to imply they suck, it's just that they're very cheap. Anyone played one of these?
  6. Virus


    Apr 16, 2004
    Yeah I think this must be totally valid.. I can't give any real input though as I've only played a few tube amps. The only one I've really played is an old Traynor YBA with half dead tubes :bag: Still sounds pretty good to me though.
  7. Sound quality aside (too subjective), Sovtek made a line of tube amps in the '90's. A friend of mine had the 100 wat guitar version (they hade 2 bass versions, as well). The power and standby switches were a really weak plastic. The jacks were too...if I recall correctly. At any rate, the switches broke off within a week when they were knocked by a headstock. Until it was fixed, the plug was the on/off switch.

  8. A9X

    A9X Inactive

    Dec 27, 2003
    No, but they're $A1232 at MW which is almost cheap enough to buy and try. Never seen on in a store.
  9. I don't like the newer Ampeg stuff.
  10. seamonkey


    Aug 6, 2004
    Anything with a "vacuum" sucks. :)
  11. godraphonic


    Jun 6, 2005
    I have a SOVTEK Mig 100H (high gain 100 watt lead amp) and it sounds great with bass. Use the lowgain input.

    Loud enough using a 200 watt 8 ohm 18" cab to play with a drummer and 50 watt half stack. It sounds great both clean and when pushed to overdrive. Jack Bruce/Noel Redding tone.

    I replaced the jacks, it has metal switches, and seems well built (hand assembled). For the price these things go for, I wouldnt consider them junk, the're a good buy under $300 and the issues of cheap jacks and switches are easy fixes.
  12. Eric Cioe

    Eric Cioe Supporting Member

    Jun 4, 2001
    Holland, MI
    My step brother bought the last one of these that Musician's Friend had in 99 or 00 (I think). He plays a frankenstrat (Gibson humbuckers in the bridge and neck) through an original Tubescreamer ... what a wonderful, wonderful tone.
  13. Arthur U. Poon

    Arthur U. Poon

    Jan 30, 2004
    SLC, Utah -USA-
    Endorsing Artist: Mike Lull Custom Basses
  14. Good thing anything with tubes in it is awesome. Except those mentioned in this thread.
  15. Keeaumoku


    Dec 29, 2004
    Now that really sucked!

    So... if space is a vacuum, does that mean our planet sucks? :D

    ...still an interesting thread. I'll be watching this one! :bassist:
  16. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Indianapolis, IN
  17. seamonkey


    Aug 6, 2004
    My Mistake. Tubes are not void with a vacuum - they're filled with Magic. They never wear out ... they just run low on magic. Then you have to get new ones filled full of magic.

    Alas, today's magic just isn't the same as the magic of 30-40 years ago.

    Earn your million dollars today - http://www.randi.org/
  18. My guitarist sounded great with his, as well. It was just disappointing to watch him buy the head brand new and then watch parts of it break within a few days. I had heard they replaced the switches after a few years.

  19. metron

    metron Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2003
    why do you post so frequently about how you dont like tubes?
  20. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2005
    Syracuse NY
    Endorsing artist: Dingwall Guitars
    Its the usual troll...

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