Then a tubeamp will help you play better :wink:I find that my tube amp amplifies every mistake that I make. Don't know if it's true for all solid state amps, but the few that I have been a lot more forgiving to my sloppy technique. They allowed me to play with more confidence.
Best reply EVAH! :rockon2:doesnt matter who made it or what its guts are - if it sounds good, it sounds good!
A quality, well made, gig-worthy solid state amp you buy only once. A quality, well made, gig-worthy tube amp you buy over and over again as you replace tubes, have a tech set the bias, etc. Tube amps have "consumable" parts. For the most part, solid state amps don't.
Wow, a question I rarely see off HiFi sites!
Then a tubeamp will help you play better :wink:
The geeky answer is the SS amps you used has lousy dynamic range, hence covered up errors.
Best reply EVAH! :rockon2:
+1, Paul! And I'm also more a fan of jazz played through a vintage tube amp like a Tweed Deluxe. After all, that's what they used in the Golden Years of jazz!You can only impart so much useless wisdom in two or three snide sentences....I know I grossly over-simplify. As I understand it, a lot of current mass manufactued amps are less than tech friendly too. Boogies, Peavey Delta Blues and Classic 30/50's come to mind as awkward to work on.
And as I check the stable, my tube amps out rank the solid state 5 to 1, so I don't even follow my own non-advice!
The jazzers I know split about 50/50 on tube vs. SS. Some really like the polytone/acoustic image/jazz kat/Roland JC-XXX amps, and the other half use a tweed deluxe. I'm in the second group. :smile:
I've learned the hard way that 35 year old SS amps are somtimes un-repairable simply because the components are no longer available. This is less likely it seems with classic tube amp designs. There are some tube amps out there that use fairly oddball tubes, but I would venture a guess that 90% of the tube guitar amps ever made used tubes that are still fairly easy to get today.
Can you confirm my SWAG, Bill?