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tube or solid state

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Sharp, Aug 9, 2002.


  1. Sharp

    Sharp

    Jan 27, 2002
    Oakland
    Artists Relations, KMI
    Whats the big difference between solid state and tube preamps?

    -Tom
     
  2. CS

    CS

    Dec 11, 1999
    UK
    Well apart from the circuitry, a valve preamp will give you 'valve overdrive' so your hybrid amp will sound just like an SVT (dripping with sacasm).

    Hype aside some amps allow you to blend the clean and dirty preamps for some edge.
     
  3. Matthias

    Matthias

    May 30, 2000
    Vienna, Austria
    And some solid state amps sound better than tube preamps when you overdrive them. (G-K vs. Hartke in my experience)

    Also you don't have to worry if the tube is still ok if there is no tube in your amp...

    Matthias