FAQ: AmpsImpedance, Wattage, Tube Amp Care etc
Posted 02 September 2005 - 10:47 PM
Here's your quick explanation:
6L6: Clean tone at higher volumes, and known to have a nasty clip at high volumes. It's an American tube widely used by Fender and Mesa/Boogie. About 25-30 watts each.
EL34: Crunchy tone at higher volumes, with a smooth clip as gain increases. Not real clean at low volumes. It's an English tube widely used by Marshall. About 25 watts each and found in pairs.
EL84: Smooth mid-range tone with a light clip. It's an English tube widely used by Vox. About 12 watts each and found in pairs.
6V6: Clean tone that's similar to the 6L6. It's an American tube that is used with low-wattage amps. About 15 watts each.
6550: Clean tone, especially at high volumes. It's an American tube that is widely used by Hiwatt and Ampeg. About 35-45 watts depending on type.
Other tubes you'll see:
5881 - Type of 6L6
KT66 - Type of 6L6
7027 - Type of 6L6
6CA7 - Type of EL34
KT77 - Type of EL34
6BQ5 - Type of EL84
KT88 - Type of 6550
KT90 - Type of 6550
Posted 26 April 2006 - 12:25 PM
This is a technical article that analyzes the age-old question of whether or not there is an audible difference between tube and transistor amplifiers.
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