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recommends tubes for my ashdown little bastard30

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by biosfer, Jan 2, 2014.

  1. biosfer


    Nov 8, 2010
    Hi everyone,

    I have a ashdown little bastard30,and i want to change tubes,sound is too dirty and drivefull for me,which tubes u suggest me?
  2. biosfer


    Nov 8, 2010
    this is my setup
  3. Not a Little Bastard user, but the standard suggestions would be maybe swap out V1 for a 5751, and definitely add more cone area so you're getting more sound without pushing the amp as hard. Typically the appeal of small tube heads is that they *do* break up more easily and at lower perceived volumes, so maybe they're also just not your thing?

    Nice picture, by the way, two tasty flavours of British in one bite-size package!
  4. C130AVN

    C130AVN Stringed Tubist

    Apr 19, 2012
    Winnipeg, MB
    I would look at JJ EL84S power tubes as a replacement for the stock power tubes, they have a clearer, more focused midrange sound, which make them sound louder. Also a more efficient cabinet would require less power to drive and hence be cleaner at higher listening levels.
  5. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Ya, a 30w amp is a 30w amp, and any gains you might make are going to be very slight at best, and changing to a different tube may give you more room to play with on the dial but will really just move the break-up point to a different spot on the dial without giving you any significant loudness gains. Plus there are other reasons besides tubes that an amp breaks up, most notably the transformers.

    However, it may be possible that you have a bad tube that shows itself by breaking up way early. Had that happen in my B-15 before. If you can get your tubes tested, might not be a bad idea. But with a 30w amp, more cab is the way to go for more headroom.