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    Minion of One Andrew Lamprecht's Avatar
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    In searching for the "perfect post metal tone" I had decided that only an orange would do. The thick low mids etc etc. I since sold almost everything in order to get that amp. I have had one guy who keeps sitting on the fence with my peavey rage 258. He is just starting and has one of those first act 3 inch speaker amps. So he says he will buy it and keeps backing out. I still have it in my possession until he decides he wants it again. Anyway... I have recently been inspired by kevlar3000s older solid state videos.... when he is playing big stan into the $75 peavey head. I was always a tube only guy. I plugged into my little peavey (that's 25 watts and a single 8 inch speaker) and was determined to sound really good. No matter what. I was not going to be a tube snob anymore.

    So I plugged into the little guy with only a memory toy in front to add some space (there is no reverb on the amp) and I got some really cool tones. I really messed with the controls and knobs on the guitar... I was getting a good variety of blues and rock sounds out of it. I actually really dug the cleans I was getting. Sounded really lush with the toy and I was very happy. I added a bit of the amps overdrive and wrote a song that sounds awesome!! My dad never pays attention to me playing guitar and today he walked in my room and asked if I just made that up or if it was a song or what. He said it sounded pretty good. WTF? After all that jamming on the HR deville... and with all those expensive pedals and everything... this is the first time. I was really happy.

    Now the bad part was that the 8 inch speaker got really farty when I dug in and the sound was pretty one directional. You know how when you have a stack the sound is just all around you? Well this was just coming from a little area. Just straight ahead. It bummed me out but it wasn't a big deal. What do you expect out of a 8 inch speaker.

    Anyway I just wanted to share this because I think now when I get an amp or pedal or guitar or anything I'll really mess with it to get some good sounds. I won't have a SS be my main amp any time soon but I will no longer be a snob and I may actually buy a SS if the price is right in the future. It's just music after all..... and you can make music out of a solid state amp.
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    I think I just saw kevin ( I think thats his name lol) having a good time and I have just been worried about what tubes I have and what part this has etc etc. Kevins vids inspired me to have more fun.
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    Awesome that your dad came in and said he like you tune. The folks are usually the hardest crowd to win over. This helps with further purchases. Good job.

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    Imagine what pops would say if you were playing that same song through an Orange?

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    So you've decide not to get the Orange now? ....Jk lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveAlysis View Post
    Imagine what pops would say if you were playing that same song through an Orange?
    lol
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    Thanks man! I learned a long time ago that the only thing that mattered regarding tone was what I ears thought... Really fun messing with tones than can be great AND CHEAP...

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    I've never been one to care if an amp is tubes, solid state, modeling, or whatever. If it sounds good then that's all that matters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JOLLY View Post
    I've never been one to care if an amp is tubes, solid state, modeling, or whatever. If it sounds good then that's all that matters.
    Yep

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    S'funny, i always thought that if ever an amp was going to restore the sight of a blind person, it would be a tube amp. Life is indeed strange.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JOLLY View Post
    I've never been one to care if an amp is tubes, solid state, modeling, or whatever. If it sounds good then that's all that matters.
    It wasn't that I was getting amazing sounds out of the peavey. It was that I was getting useful, good sounds out of it... and the fun was there and I was having a good time ya know? I felt like a 15 year old starting guitar again.

    I wouldn't choose a solid state amp over a good tube amp but I feel like now I will be focusing more on having fun rather than just playing. That's the good that came out of this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crusty philtrum View Post
    S'funny, i always thought that if ever an amp was going to restore the sight of a blind person, it would be a tube amp. Life is indeed strange.
    A late 60s Shure Vocal Master shined her light upon me, from there I saw light where there had only been darkness.

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    yes! turn those knobs!

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    There's at least a couple of good tones in almost every piece of gear.
    Last edited by guitfiddle; 12-06-2011 at 12:03 PM.
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    The only amp I have that I will never sell is a solid state Fender (Ultimate Chorus).

    I even started a thread like this one to tell everyone how surprised I was.

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    I used tube amps when I was young because that was what was available. It had nothing to do with good versus bad. At some point I bought a solid state head and after over twenty years of using solid state amps I finally bought another tube amp. I thought I had died and gone to tone/touch response heaven. Although the technology has surely advanced I have no desire to go back to solid state. I'm not snobbish about it. It's almost as if I don't want to risk hearing something that I might prefer over tubes. Let's call it a reluctance to change.
    I am so close to retirement that I could play in a band full time. All I have to do is improve my playing, learn some songs, and find some other musicians more talented than me who will do exactly as they're told. .

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    Upgrade to a Bandit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Lamprecht View Post
    It's just music after all..... and you can make music out of a solid state amp.
    no kiddn....
    Last edited by 80's_Metal; 12-06-2011 at 06:25 PM.

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    I've sold off my tube amps long ago and have been more then happy with my Lab Series L2 head. 100 watts of warm super clean headroom, light weight and no tubes to blow up in the middle of a set. I get all my dirt from a couple of Lovepedals....I couldn't be happier!!!
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    Lab series are amazing for SS. I have a bunch of tube preamps that I use, including Mesa, Hughes & Kettner, ADA, (& if you count the Twin Tube Blue) but I've always kept the Rocktron ProGap Preamp too. It's SS and there's just something about it. I always prefer tube power though.

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