quick noobie tube amp gain q (ampeg)

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by user4224, Jan 8, 2009.

  1. user4224


    Dec 20, 2008
    Never used a tube amp before, and ended up with a used ampeg svt cl.
    I really like the sound when I turn the gain knob to 11, and the sales guy almost fainted. He told me the tube life gets shortened to like 1year if I do that, no matter what the volume is set at...
    A technician friend say it's rubbish, so I'm asking for more opinions...
  2. rubbish
  3. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Rubbish. Yes, the harder you use a tube the more its life may be shortened, but a good-quality tube may be run hard for literally decades.

    I'm guessing what he said was based on a portion of ignorance, a portion of the truth, and a portion of only having experience with crappy quality tubes.
  4. Hope the amp didn't have a poor repair patch job done on it, the sales person may have been worried it would fail because of this?
    Other than that he must be a drummer :)