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    Sovtek amps are amazing. Sovtek tubes are shite. Clear those out for any other set

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJ Rodriguez View Post
    Honestly I spent years spending hundreds of dollars on tubes, and I don't really notice much in the way of any difference across all the tube amps I've owned.
    This.

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    I've noticed differences in construction (long plate vs normal) and in relative "gain" (the high gain set from JJ vs normal) and in tube variations (JJ EL34II's are the same as TungSol EL34B's but very different from a normal EL34) than I have in brand, which seems to only come up in conversations in terms of reliability (ie, Sovteks have reliability issues, JJ's and TungSol's are pretty solid).

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    I went through a lot of tweaking when I got my EVH EL34 head. Some of you claim that there is not much of a tonal difference between tubes. Maybe this varies from amp to amp but I was hearing a pretty substantial difference in using different tubes in different positions in my EVH. Tung Sol was an obvious choice in the v1 position. When I got around to the last preamp tube, I couldnt decide. It made the red channel sound really smooth and better but the blue channel suffered a bit. It got to the point, where I wish I could have a tung sol and a high gain JJ and switch between the 2.

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    For preamp tubes, the only ones I've used that had a distinct, noticable difference were Tung Sol 12AX7s. The lower noise floor is immediately apparent, and they've got slightly more upper mids. I used to put one in V1 of my amps on Noodles' recommendation years ago, and recently have been filling all my preamp tube slots with them. I find a set of tung Sol's really makes a big difference and I love how my amps sound with them.

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    Anyone tried the Mullard CV4004?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cassidy View Post
    Stop worrying about pointless shit.
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