mixing tubes & solid state

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Killed_by_Death, Dec 16, 2015.

  1. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    I found out today that if I run the preamp (send) of my solid state amp to my tube amp's return, it sounds pretty good. I can EQ it like I want, and then get that tube overdrive, which sounds good.

    I also discovered that if I do the opposite & run my tube amp's send to the return of the solid state amp, that also sounds pretty good.

    I only did this for short bursts, and not very loud, because I was concerned about the difference in wattage & keeping the tube amp in standby too long.
    The send from the tube amp can operate with the amp in standby, but I have read it's bad to leave a tube amp in standby for long periods.

    I was also careful to turn on the power soaker in the tube amp. It's got settings for 18 watts, 5 watts, and off, so you can run it w/o plugging in a speaker cable.

    If I crank it up from the SS preamp over to the much less wattage tube amp for power, can I foul it up by pumping too much power into it?
  2. B-string

    B-string Supporting Member

    It's not really "power", it is voltage with very little current. Effects send or preamp out is at a pretty standard voltage level so don't be worried about it.
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  3. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    I thought that, but figured I would turn everyone on to what I am trying to accomplish & see if there are any shortcomings.
  4. tomhanzo


    Apr 20, 2008
    West Virginia
    A friend of mine left a Peavey Windsor at my house for a couple months.

    Nothing has ever sounded as good as my Ampeg SVT III send plugged into the Peavey's return. I ran that into a 2x15. Amazing tone, but well beyond unpractical.
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  5. 10cc

    10cc Inactive

    Oct 28, 2013
    My Broughton P-15 pre amp sounded good through the return on my 800rb. Also plugged into my 69 Acoustic 361.
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