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Why do those of us who are NOT tube lovers not love tubes?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by crow01, Jul 8, 2010.

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  1. crow01


    Sep 1, 2008
    Sorry JimmyM...had to do it

    I am sure they all look nice and chunky but...

    - they are heavy
    - they are a pain to move to a gig...a greater pain to move to crappy gigs
    - when a tube breaks, you don't feel technically proficient to do it yourself, so you have to move the chunky beast to repair.
    - warm up...cool down. I just want to plug and play...like right now.
    - Attempt to catch a falling amp and you might injure your shoulder

    For those of you that would never understand a Woody Allen or an Almodovar movie

    The title is a parody to this thread:
  2. M0ses


    Sep 11, 2009
    Los Angeles
    Might want to re-think your title, there, buddy.
  3. I are fine with thread title good.
  4. d180fuzz

    d180fuzz C21H30O2

    Jul 10, 2008
    West Los, CA

    So much has been written in this forum in praise and otherwise about tube amps, so I won't comment directly. Instead, I'm reminded of a quote I heard a long time ago about tattoos:

    "the difference between tattoed people and non-tattooed people is that tattoed people don't care if you have tattoos or not".

  5. These reasons are all.. well not good ones. You can't fix your own solid state / class d head. There are a bunch of heavy, dare I say chunky SS heads. If you can afford the added initial cost, and don't mind the size, the only reason not to go tube is if you like a modern hi fi tone, imo.
  6. Why arent I who is I dont even
  7. scotch

    scotch It's not rocket science! Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2006
    Albany, NY USA
    Please see Profile for Endorsement disclosures
    The broken English of the title alone speaks for itself! ;)
  8. Jim C

    Jim C Spector#496:More curves than Sophia + better sound Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Only reason for me is that my girl can carry my LMII and I don't like carrying my SVT.
    PS - Tube amps look cooler too but not cool enough for my lazy a$$ to carry to some bar for a bunch of drunks

    Funny, we all talk about SS amps that sound like tubes, but rarely hear talk about any amps that sound like SS
  9. naturalkinds


    Jan 22, 2009
    Savannah, GA
    Because we don't need to remember the conversion to tube watts.
  10. CapnSev

    CapnSev Supporting Member

    Aug 19, 2006
    Coeur d'Alene
    My only hangup is the weight.
  11. shadow_FIX


    Feb 23, 2010
    Me playing a solid state head has nothing to do with the fact that I like solid state better. It has to do with convenience, reliability, and value. I pay $700 for a new LMIII that will likely be problem-free and require no maintenance for many years to come. It's small, so it makes my load in/out much easier. Also, I have a "do-it-all" amplifier that I can play small coffee shop gigs, big band concerts, jazz gigs, and full-on rock shows with...I just have to select the right cabinet for the situation between my MB Traveler 2x10, Eden 1x15, or my Aguilar GS410.

    Down the road I will own an all-tube amp again, but as a college music student just breaking even financially, I can't afford to have my gear break down.
  12. juggernaut1


    Jul 5, 2007
    Why not are tubes is state solid love not.
    THats why.
  13. shadow_FIX


    Feb 23, 2010
    Grammar on worked needs be to, graduate did you grade 3 from? ;)
  14. chasegriff


    Nov 19, 2007
    I've had badass solid state amps, and badass tube amps. It's apples and oranges, man.
  15. the issue of weight.

    my crown amp/ashley/furman rack weighs as much as an svt it does.

  16. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Bettendorf, IA USA
    I have a close friend who is a tube junky. He probably has 15-20 tube amps along with enough spare parts to build that many more. He's awesome with them. He tweaks and fixes and mods all sorts of guys' stuff.

    He actually thinks I have a some kind of physical and/or psychological disorder because I don't care for them. I think he feels sorry for me.

  17. Thats great!!!!!!
  18. RHCP250


    Nov 24, 2008
    Hip. Hip-hop. Hiphopononomus?
  19. Seans


    Jul 4, 2008
    Herefordshire, UK
    Weight, well my 410 is impossible to lift on my own, whether or not I have the SVT or a SS with me.
  20. Seans


    Jul 4, 2008
    Herefordshire, UK
    Grammar, that sounds like perfect Jedi to me:D

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