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What tube amps are you using?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Oldie but noobe, Oct 5, 2005.

  1. :D Let see if we can get some GAS going for Christmas :p

    Please include the Watts if it is not obvious. Also why you chose it.
  2. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile


    8x KT88 power tubes for over 400 watts of tube power!


    I started on a tube amp (Ampeg fliptop) and hated it from day one. I was always a champion for the quickness of Solid State gear. I spent a long time using an AMP (head the Thunderfunk is based on). Well I took some time off from playing and gigging to get my head straight... and I learned how to be a music fan again. I studied tones and phrases and realized even though I dig extended range instruments.... NOTHING sounds better than a P bass through a big tube rig to my ears.

    I had a few big guns I was aiming to score...

    1.) the elusive Trace V8 (or V6 both rated above 400 watts)
    2.) Peavey Classic 400 (over 400 watts)
    3.) Marshall VBA400 (over 400 watts)
    4.) Aguilar DB659 + 728 (over 400 watts)

    and for the right price I would have settled for

    4.) Sunn/Fender 300T (~300 watts)
    5.) Orange AD200B / Matamp / Trace V4 (~200 watts)
    6.) Aguilar DB359 (~200 watts)

    Choice #2 came up just after I'd said "OK, I'm doing it" and I think it was a better choice than the rest for me and my needs (input pad, limiter, true foot switchable dual channels, foot switchable FX loop, etc).

    Right now I'm looking for a 100 to 200 watt tube head for acoustic and low volume things...

    I'm looking to try out:
    Aguilar DB359 (~200 watts)
    Orange AD200B (~200 watts)
    Hiwatt Custom 200 (~300 watts)
    True Voice Studio head (~100 watts)
    and a handful of 100 guitar heads with the Dr Z Delta 88 out front.

    Sooo much gear.... so little time and money :meh:
  3. James Consider the Peavey alphabass.

    I love this little 6 6l6'ed minie boogie-like tube head. I tried a traynor yba-200 and traded my m-pulse in on it I liked it so much, and then found this little rackmountable deal that can go from scooped boogie to bright traynor and a few other places in between. So I traded my traynor back for my m-pulse, thank goodness for 30-day return policies, and am now going to sell it to a church for a few extra dollars to get married with! So I guess that Money will probably go back to the church anyway :confused: :)

    It's a little under 200W but it'll still push air, and go to 2ohms. Play with the tubes and you can bring out some really nice tones.
  4. BassGreaser


    Aug 22, 2002
    Austin, TX
    I've been using my Fender Bassman 135 (100watt) head for the past 2 years, and I LOVE the tone I get from it :hyper:
  5. BassGreaser


    Aug 22, 2002
    Austin, TX
    where can I find info on that Peavey head?
  6. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
  7. Plain Old Me

    Plain Old Me

    Dec 14, 2004
    Mesa Boogie Bass 400+, great amp, simply put. I just love its sound and tone!
  8. Fealach

    Fealach Guest

    Apr 23, 2003
    Gone to a better place
    Oh boy.

    Marshall Super Lead 100 reissue, older no effects loop version.
    Wanted one for guitar, but I plugged a bass into it and was
    very impressed. Not a ton of low end, but great for classic
    rock "lead bass" tones, even if I can't exactly play that way.
    Mesa Boogie 400+. Price was good, I knew the history of this
    particular amp and knew how great, and loud, it sounded.
    300 or so watts.
    Sunn 300T. 300 watts. Very good price, like new condition,
    I'd just tried out the Fender and liked it and happened on
    this one. Overdrive's a bit harsh, but blends nicely and has
    a bit of that guitar overdrive quality that I like. Loud. Super
    clean if you like, very crisp and deep for a tube amp, flexible
    Mesa Boogie D-180. 150-200 watts?Just bought it today, in
    GC of all places, snuck out from work real quick like and there
    it was. Funny
    thing, it was the cheapest bass head they had there. 1982,
    has the graphic, but I can't find a serial. Really nice shape for
    its age, looks like it's been racked in its flight case since new.
    Wanted one for years. Funky controls, look simple but even
    more deceptive than the 400+. Haven't been able to turn it
    up yet, just got it back together after cleaning and tracking
    down a howl inducing tube. Rare. I like rare. Speaking of...
    Fender 400PS. Rated at 435 watts. Wanted one since I
    first heard of them. Why? Read the 2nd sentence again.
    That's too damn many tube amps, I know. Rationally, I
    need to sell something off, but it's a tough call which one.
  9. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    I play the other white meat...The Mesa/Boogie Bass 400+.

    @ Right around 300w, its plenty powerful and tends to run cleaner than amps like the SVT. Runs on 12 6L6's and 4 12AX7's. This is the tube amp for those who want tube tone with the clarity that many tube amps lack (Not solid state HiFi, but not too far off).

    It's also a great amp if you're on limited funding...they're plentiful on the second hand market and are hardy so they're usually pretty clean even after a few owners.
  10. Kelly Lee

    Kelly Lee Yeah, I'm a guy! Supporting Member

    Feb 17, 2004
    Marana, AZ, USA
    Trace Elliot QuatraValve. Four 6550's for 220 watts of tube goodness. :smug:

    I chose this amp because I love Trace Elliot amps and wanted to get into something tube. Also, finding TE tube amps are not the easiest (or cheapest) things to find. The Quatra came available and I jumped on it! I absolutely love this amp. Now if I could only find the Hexa version of it.... :D
  11. chaosMK


    May 26, 2005
    Albuquerque, NM
    Hi-fi into an old tube amp
    Bass 400. Mint condition (purchased used), almost unused since 1982 when it was made. This one has 6 6L6 tubes in it, but is upgradeable to 6550's for more power. With 6550's it can push about 300 watts. I use it with 2 4x10 cabs currently, and the volume/punch/tone is never lacking.

    I owned an old Ampeg SVT-4 when I was a kid (sold on the high wattage of it) and wanted to try something else. I figured with this head, I would be GASed out for good. It worked! For heads at least...
  12. The 0x

    The 0x

    Aug 24, 2003
    Timonium, MD
    Sunn Sceptre. Listen to the clips in my sig. End of story.

    Sunn 200s-needed something to beef up the sound of the sceptre alone. Hopefully this should work. Also should make a nice practice PA head for now.

    Bassman 135-I liked this amp alot, even though when I had it, it needed some work. Ben Clarke owns it now.
  13. cheezewiz

    cheezewiz Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2002
    Another Mesa Boogie 400+ here.
  14. Plain Old Me

    Plain Old Me

    Dec 14, 2004
    Possibly very soon an Aggie DB 728 :hyper:
  15. urje


    Sep 13, 2005
    trace v-type over here. it's the same as the V4, only older. 4 KT88's rated at 220W. i bought it basicly because it was compatible with my budget, and i had a chance to buy one. paid around 490 euro's, that's a lot of amp for the money. it doesn't sound like the trace solid state sisters, it's way warmer. i like the 0-10-0 tone controls, and it's got lots of power.
  16. natrab


    Dec 9, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
    I've got a Trace V-Type 220 as well (same one as above) as well as a V-Type V6. Trace tube amps are my favorite for a clean tube tone.

    I also have a tweed Peavey Classic 400 like what James posted earlier. Awesome for that huge, grindy SVT sound.

    I've had Mesa D-180s and a 400+, but after I discovered Trace, the boogie sound didn't do it for me anymore.

    Oh yeah, also have a Traynor Custom Special. 100 watts of EL34 tubeness. Cool sound, but I'm selling it because I have too many tubes already.
  17. macahan


    Mar 22, 2005
    Karlstad, Sweden
    Orange AD200 customshop.. (mk1)

  18. Luckydog

    Luckydog Supporting Member

    Dec 25, 1999
    Normally a 71 identical to this one.
  19. 1977 Ampeg SVT (oops, it's a 77 afterall)

    smaller gigs:

    1960's Silvertone 1483