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Your preamp tube suggestions for an ART Tubepac

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Stinsok, Aug 4, 2007.

  1. Stinsok

    Stinsok Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2002
    Central Alabama
    I used to have one with Phillips 12AU7's and I liked the sound. I have a new unit coming and want to try something new. I don't really need grind or grit. Just a nice warm tone. Maybe different a different type in each section?
  2. 4Mal

    4Mal Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2002
    Columbia River Gorge
    The Tube Pac isn't a unit that really works a tube hard. So you could say that it doesn't show the fdifferences in tubes much - or that it sounds equally as good with the stock tube.

    Those guys use a 12AT or maybe an AX IIRC. I would not be inclined to put an AU in as a replacement. That circuit is already clean as a whistle so going lower gain might run the risk of getting sterile.

    Having said all that - I have a Chinese grey plate from Lord Valve that has become my goto 12 AX7 - I'm not sure if it's lack of hi's or maybe an excess of mid's ... whatever - it's just smoother and fatter than most.

    I never had a chance to try that one in the last ART Tube Channel/PAC I had though.
  3. Stinsok

    Stinsok Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2002
    Central Alabama
    I did have the chance to try EH 12AX7's in it, but they didn't stay in there a day. The difference was very noticeable. In this application they got really "grindy" when you pumped up the gain.

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