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Stratin2traynor said:
I have a Traynor YCV20WR and I have just swapped the Sovtek tubes for JJ's and threw in an Eminence Patriot series speaker. Improved the sound and clarity but the gain is still crappy. It runs on 3 x 12AX7s and 2 x EL84s. My question is: is there a problem with swapping and mixing one or two of the 12AX7s with tubes that are a bit more "high gain" or from a different manufacturer (not sure if they are 12AT7 or 12AY7???). Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks
When advertising guys talk about 12AX7s having different gain they are hyping you more than anything else. The Chinese ones have a smidgen more gain than most of the others but that doesn't translate into a useful difference in sound. In a preamp circuit if one stage of 12AX7 isn't enough switching brands won't help. You need another 12AX7 stage in the line!

It's like having a friend working at McDonalds. He might tend to fill the small fries package with a couple more than another worker but it's still not gonna fill you up like the Big Fry carton!

Or trying to soup up a 4 cylinder car by running it on "Premium" gas. Not gonna scare any big block V8s.

It sounds like you're looking for a high gain sound. The amp can't do it, period. If it was an old Traynor you could add an extra tube. Since it's a new one with modern printed circuit boards inside it would be an expensive nightmare to try.

Try some pedals! Modern crunch sound is all preamp distortion anyway so boost pedals are made to measure for this application.

Just MHO.:food-smiley-004:
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