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Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by gwx014, Jan 29, 2006.
I have a Solid-State now, But it's soon going to be upgraded to All-Tube!!!
Solid state forever. Nothing against tubes, but they are just not part of my own sound.
Hybrid. Aguilar DB750. (tube front end if anyone didn't know already)
Cool. I really love the tone of those things.
SS - B2R
I never understood the advantage of tube. I know it gives you more volume, but doesn't it detract the versatility?
Different sound. Mostly just warmer. And it doesn't necessarily give you more volume.
Kinda off topic....
I know that hybrids usually have preamp tubes and a SS power section, but are there any amps with a SS preamp and a tube power section? Is this possible?
GK 2001 RB
I have both.
Hybrid (Eden WT550)
Thunderfunk.... clean, quick, loud, light, hassle-free transistors
Carvin makes a tube power amp. You could combine it with anything. But I think that once you have all of the infrastructure for a tube preamp (filament and plate supply), and given the market value added by tubes, a "reverse hybrid" bass head seems unlikely.
Solid state. Loud enough, sounds GREAT! No reason to change.
1) Peavey Firebass 700II solid state
2) Kustom 200b1 Old solid state
3) Mesa Boogie M-2000 Hybred
4) Mesa Boogie 400+ All Tubes
5) Sunn 300t All Tubes
The big things with tubes is a much warmer sound and soft clipping that sounds Good as oposed to hard clipping from solid state that sounds really bad.
MusicMan had a line of amps in the 80's that was just that... tube power and a solid state pre... didn't make a lot of sense to me, but they sounded good none-the-less. I owned a 130 back then and it was nice.
As Bob Lee points out all the time, a good power amp should accurately and transparantly amplify the signal put into it... so it makes more sense to warm up the tone with a tube at the preamp stage and punch out a ton of quick, clean power with transistors at the power amp stage... which is the logic behind the many hybrid heads made today.