Sickle wrote:The Old Timer I grabbed the amp from more or less said the same thing but warned me that it eats up tubes, or at least he thought it did. *shrug*
12ax7's can last a long long time.. I change mine every year or so, cause Im a tube junkie. BUt they can easily last 10-15 years or more..
Power tubes on the other hand, have a shorter lifespan. Typically about a year under normal use..
Oh, that's a pet peeve of mine.
I'm not sure at what point this current fetish for and about tubes started, but it's just such BULLSHIT!
...like I mentioned, I'm on the boards at the Marshall forum a lot, and this attitude has permeated everywhere over there, this thought about how tubes burn out like lightbulbs and that unless you have the precise mix of preamp and power amp tubes for your amp, it'll never sound any good...and even if by some miracle you get the right mix of f**cking Winged C Svetlanas and fu*king NOS Mullards or whatever ( I won't even start with transformers and chokes!), it'll still sound like shit if the bias is .000001 off of whatever is the fashioable voltage!
It's all shit!
I will tell you I sound great through my 5150 with 15 year old tubes, and my JCM 800 with 20 year-old power tubes and my TSL with 10 year old power tubes...never mind the 40+ year old tubes in my little Supro/Valco.
(As heard on this winning KVR contest entry:)
http://sleek.phreque.com/7-04_SleeekMon ... Anceps.mp3
...by what you're saying, that amp shouldn;t even exist!
I did give in once and bought a very boutiqueish amp, A Frenzel FM - 5E3 "Deluxe Plus" head, basically the tweed deluxe circuit with every possible high-end component, wiring so clean you could eat off it, with nary a transistor or even an eyelet board, (forget about PCBs!), and fresh EH tubes.
That sits on a shelf, and I play my other amps.
...and look, I was a f*cking guitar tech for my first 7 years out of high school, touring with some of the biggest guitar bands in the world, (Cheap Trick, ACDC, Nugent, etc.), all of whom had wonderful (and loud)guitar sounds, and not one of them gave a toss about either what tubes they had or how old they were. None of them ever changed tubes unless something went wrong (which never happened), either, much less any sort of once-a-year gaiety.
If you like the Racqounteurs, check out Eastwood guitars, too: