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Post  Jamie on Thu Apr 21, 2011 12:30 pm

I need to re-tube my Ampeg SVT2pro head. The power amp takes 6 x 6550 power tubes.

In the past I've used Electro Harmonix tubes (not in this amp; this is its first tube job). I thought I would post this and see if I can get some suggestions.

I don't have anything against EH but does anyone use any different?

I'm looking at these JJ's and they are just a bit more than the EHs of the same type.

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Post  CHRIS on Thu Apr 21, 2011 1:08 pm

For guitar heads JJ's are the shit..have know idea about in bass heads. I have heard JJ's make a shitty Create-Blue Voodoo head sound like a beast.
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Post  wakmaster on Thu Apr 21, 2011 3:26 pm

i thought this post was favorite tribute bands...tell me them. wierd how you read shit wrong like that.

Crete blue doodoo sound like a beast? i dunno much about that.

I'm pretty sure I have JJ's in my SVT. it's got 6 6550's. the guy retubed power and pre right before i got it and they've been doing great for me.

I'm pretty sure i have EH's in the 5150 and i've never retubed it. I've had it for over 3 years now, so those little dudes are giving me my money's worth.

I've heard the russian ones are the best because they didn't switch to transistors as early as the US did, so they continued to improve tube technology. That might be bs though.

I've never retubed any of my amps, though. I've also heard you'll know when they need to be changed, is that true?

I know none of this helps, but i like the conversation anyway.

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Post  Jamie on Thu Apr 21, 2011 3:49 pm

Wak - I've heard the same thing about the Russian tubes. I don't know if it is true or not. Maybe we should email Mythbusters. haha.

This is my first all tube amp. I've done pre-amp/driver tubes in my other stuff but never power tubes. From what I hear the power tubes go faster than the pre-amp tubes. I've been warned by multiple people to stay away from Groove Tube. That is all Guitar Center sells so go figure. haha.

The EH tubes that I've used in the past have always been great but I'm reading into the JJs because they get good reviews and like Chris pointed out, he has heard them make a difference. Whether the Blue Voodoo was a beast or not, that is debatable. Razz


As far as "knowing" when it is time, my amp is telling me it is time. The SVT2Pro has a led bias indicator on the back and also does a led flicker on the front when there is a bad power tube. I'm seeing it in both places. Plus I'm hearing a little fuzz when there shouldn't be.
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Post  CHRIS on Thu Apr 21, 2011 4:47 pm

I have a witness on the blue doo doo..Mike Sims played the show. It was at a strip club in alabama. The band was "American Outlaws" and they opened for us and "Random Conflict". I'll never forget it because when you went back stage (which was the dressing rooms) there was a big sign that read "nipple tape five bucks a strip" lol! we were fucking rolling when we saw that.
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Post  Mike_Sims on Sat Apr 23, 2011 8:10 am

That amp did sound great. And I think Vince from American Outlaws stole that nipple tape sign.
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Post  CREEPING CRUDS on Tue May 17, 2011 3:44 pm

Best tubes I ever had were some oddball Sylvania TV tubes that I "inherited". They were so microphonic that you could here em in your footsteps walking by.
I'm just as much of a gearhead as the next guy but I have yet to discern any legitimate brand vs brand angle that trumps just getting lucky with a good set of tubes (regardless of brand).
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Post  old and bitter on Wed Jun 01, 2011 8:59 pm

Hopefully I'm not too late to the party on this.

For you SVT II.
Powertubes- Svetlana- "winged C" 6550s - a very hard clean tube with less sag. good for cleaner tone at higher volumes.

Tung-Sol- More sag, less headroom. more of a classic 'SVT' sound without as much volume.

I just got an 82 SVT, and I'm lovin it, but I'm geting ready to retube it as well. ouch.

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