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What type of amp are you using?
Solid State
44%
 44%  [ 69 ]
Tube
25%
 25%  [ 40 ]
Hybrid
14%
 14%  [ 22 ]
Preamp direct to the monitor/house sound system
1%
 1%  [ 2 ]
Depends on the gig
14%
 14%  [ 23 ]
Total Votes : 156

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Carl Mesrobian


From:
Salem, Massachusetts, USA
Post Posted 25 Feb 2017 7:09 pm     Reply with quote

Len, I have an Encore 65 on the way Smile
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Dan Kelly


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Boston, USA
Post Posted 26 Feb 2017 4:46 am     Reply with quote

I use a '76 Session 400, a Quilter Steelaire and a Line 6 Spider Valve 212 Tube Amp. 'Nuff said about the beauty of the Session 400 and Steelaire. They are wonderful amps. The Line 6 is a sleeper.
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Len Amaral


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Rehoboth,MA 02769
Post Posted 26 Feb 2017 7:08 am     Reply with quote

Way to go Carl. The Encore 65 is a hidden gem👍 Very Fender with two 6L6 power tubes and 3 12AX7 preamp tubes. 😎
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Carl Mesrobian


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Salem, Massachusetts, USA
Post Posted 26 Feb 2017 9:21 am     Reply with quote

If it sounds good, I'll leave it on the truck for the upcoming season, and not have to worry about my '65 Princeton reverb disappearing Wink

Rare birds!
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James Phillips


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Michigan, USA
Post Posted 26 Feb 2017 9:34 pm     Reply with quote

Tube
I use a home made single ended 6AV6 / 6L6 for most gigs.
I have the Ampeg Jet reissue for the loud gigs Whoa!



... and I'm with b0b when it comes to volume... the small combo is my way of setting my boundaries in regards to volume. And believe me ;that little amp gets plenty loud!
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Carl Mesrobian


From:
Salem, Massachusetts, USA
Post Posted 26 Feb 2017 10:31 pm     Reply with quote

James - that's cool. Do you have a schematic?
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Greg Cutshaw


From:
Corry, PA, USA
Post Posted 27 Feb 2017 4:57 am     Reply with quote

Telonics combo TCA-500C and a Walker Stereo Steel in the wings.
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James Phillips


From:
Michigan, USA
Post Posted 27 Feb 2017 10:25 pm     Reply with quote

Carl Mesrobian wrote:
James - that's cool. Do you have a schematic?

Here you go....



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Carl Mesrobian


From:
Salem, Massachusetts, USA
Post Posted 28 Feb 2017 6:47 am     Reply with quote

Cool - Stromberg Carlson! I can't read the model number.

3AU-10?

Thanks!
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James Phillips


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Post Posted 1 Mar 2017 4:01 pm     Reply with quote

Carl Mesrobian wrote:
Cool - Stromberg Carlson! I can't read the model number.

3AU-10?

Thanks!

It's a SAU-10...
I pretty much completely rewired it ,using the schematic ; I just used better wiring practice, like twisting the heaters tightly ,etc. I did change the coupling caps from .047uf to .025uf for tighter bass...Oh & a Mercury Magnetics output transformer.. : D This amp is so warm/dynamic sounding ,I much prefer It over the louder Ampeg.
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Carl Mesrobian


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Salem, Massachusetts, USA
Post Posted 1 Mar 2017 5:18 pm     Reply with quote

That is one cool rig Smile
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Jeff Hogsten


From:
Flatwoods Ky USA
Post Posted 13 Mar 2017 7:54 am     Reply with quote

Revelation pre amp with octal tubes. ISP power amp. Travis toy speaker. Very happy
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Ray DeVoe


From:
Spring Hill, FL
Post Posted 13 Mar 2017 3:57 pm     Hybrid Reply with quote

I usually take one of the following setups out when I play. They are both hybrid setups.

Setup # 1

Emmons PP > Octal Tube Revelation with M One effect unit > Furlong 15" powered speaker cabinet with JBL K 130 speaker.

Setup # 2

Emmons PP > SMS Classic Tube Preamp & M One effect unit > two Furlong 12" powered cabinets with Travis Toy speakers

Both setups sound terrific.

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Dustin Rigsby


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Parts Unknown, Ohio
Post Posted 13 Mar 2017 6:18 pm     Reply with quote

Currently using a Musicman 65 non reverb through a Jensen neo 15-300. I've used solid state amps in the past, they all sounded good. I'm just in the mood for tubes at the moment. The musicman is a hybrid....
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Mark Hershey


From:
New York, USA
Post Posted 13 Mar 2017 7:42 pm     Reply with quote

Old solid state ShoBud amp. The reverb tank needs to be replaced. No complaints about the tone at all, great classic sounding amp.
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Josh Yenne


From:
Sonoma California
Post Posted 17 Mar 2017 9:09 pm     Reply with quote

TUBE... for me nothing but... heavy, cranky, unreliable... but the midrange on a tube amp vs solid state.. not even close for my ears...

Luckily i don't consistently play with anything crazy loud so my 20 watt tub amp is normally plenty.... turned up to 7.. warm.. alive.. hairy... thats my jam personally.
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