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solid state or tube

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by fenderbass4me, Dec 27, 2010.

  1. fenderbass4me


    Jan 4, 2010
    I happen to like the midrange type of sound so I think I'm better off with a solid state head like an eden wtb-400 what does everyone think:meh:
  2. GregC

    GregC Johnny and Joe

    Jan 19, 2007
    I think there's no way you can decide between SS and tube based on the desire for a lot of midrange, low end or treble output. Just one example: The SVT has been known to deliver mids from time to time.;)
  3. 6810


    Jan 11, 2008
    Everyone thinks you should try using the search function. :cool:
  4. colcifer

    colcifer Esteemed Nitpicker Supporting Member

    Feb 10, 2010
    A Galaxy Far, Far Away
  5. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    solid state if i'm moving it or paying for its upkeep; tube if you are.
  6. Blacksack


    Dec 10, 2010
    i like the sound of tube amps which is why i bought a 400w laney nexus tube however its heavy as hell and costs a fortune to re valve and re bias plus its a nightmare lugging it to and from gigs not to mention the irritation it causes sound techs with the "warm up/cool down" times

    bottom line in my opinion
    tube sounds better but solid state is just soooo much more practical for a gigging bassist

    why not get a solid state with a valve preamp?
  7. Korladis

    Korladis SUSPENDED

    Lots of tube amps get great midrange. Especially when a little bit overdriven.
  8. dopejohnpaul


    Oct 6, 2009
    Macon, GA
    The preamp system on my SVT-VR contributes plenty of mids to the mix. The whole SS/Tube thing comes down to preference. It's an apples and oranges thing; I don't think one is better than the other.
  9. seamonkey


    Aug 6, 2004
  10. Korladis

    Korladis SUSPENDED

    Just try a bunch of heads and go with whatever you like best.
  11. Passinwind

    Passinwind I Know Nothing Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
  12. Ever hear anyone says they wish that their tube amp sounded like it was an SS amp? Do you think there might be a reason for this? Cheers.
  13. edwinhurwitz

    edwinhurwitz Supporting Member

    May 13, 2003
    Boulder, CO
    Endorsing Artist: DR Strings, SMS, D-TAR
    I used to say this all the time in the 70s when all I could afford was a Dual Showman and I wanted a Mac 2300. Eventually I got a 2105 and was happy.
  14. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    believe it or not, i have heard a few weirdos say that from time to time. i have to assume that's why a lot of tube amp makers will also make solid state amps ;)

    me, i own both. always had at least one of each except for brief periods, and probably always will. there is a hell of a lot to dig about current solid state products, more now than ever. they're getting really good with copping the tones of tube amps. and of course solid state amps are generally much lighter. but when i play through a tube amp, there's a certain dynamic going on with all those tubes and big transformers pushing your bass energy that has yet to be duplicated in solid state or hybrid technology.

    never walked out of a show because the bassist used solid state, but i prefer tubes.
  15. James Judson

    James Judson

    Jul 16, 2009
    Different animals here. Like comparing dump trucks to sports cars. They will both get you to school (unless you like to drive over sports cars).
  16. thumpbass1


    Jul 4, 2004
    Yes I'm a tube fanboy, but I'd rather play a well voiced solid state amp than a tube amp that was made with a crappy tone stack. I can think of a few tube amps marketed to bass players in years past that weren't so good. Fortunately the number of not so good sounding tube amps that were made by a few manufacturers is rather low.
  17. g&lplayer


    Feb 24, 2010
    okay...sorry for being a tiny bit off topic but...what is it with the carrots?
  18. plangentmusic

    plangentmusic Banned

    Jun 30, 2010
    I prefer SS. Tubes sound nice in the music store, practice room and the living room. But once they're pushed, all that glassy goodness turns to distortion. I want the bass to be as clean as possible when it's loud.
  19. maxbass


    May 22, 2002
    Milano Italy

    This is the first time I hear that tube amps are for bedroom practice!
  20. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    longtime tb way of pointing out irrelevancy.

    speaking of carrots, plangent, you are right. thanks to you, i've got my svt/810 set up in my bedroom and will no longer use it on gigs because it doesn't get as loud cleanly as a 2000w solid state power amp. i really need that much clean power.


    j/k...svt has PLENTY of clean power for most. if not for you, then play solid state.