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OR15 - Watford Valves upgrade kits

Post by WDeranged » Mon Oct 26, 2020 7:56 pm

I've been using my OR15 for seven years and I think I've got a good feel for what I'd like to change in it's sound. It's way too gain focused and only really comes alive past 12 noon. The clean/crunch sounds feel a bit uninspiring and could do with more sparkle and chime. I also find myself dialling back the mids.

Watford Valves offer two kits and I'm guessing the 'STR BT' kit is the way I should go as it's apparently geared towards a better clean sound. The other 'Retro' kit is is geared more towards overdrive and is described as a 'Mullard' sound.

I'm fairly clueless about the word of valves and I'd really appreciate some opinions on these two kits.

https://www.watfordvalves.com/product_d ... sp?id=5342

https://www.watfordvalves.com/product_d ... sp?id=5396

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Re: OR15 - Watford Valves upgrade kits

Post by bclaire » Thu Oct 29, 2020 10:08 am

The second link mentions more headroom which sounds like what you're after....

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Re: OR15 - Watford Valves upgrade kits

Post by Les Paul Lover » Thu Nov 12, 2020 4:47 pm

I bet those EL84 in the retro kit are rebranded Russian NOS 6P14P EV valves.

They are really power valves too. I've had a few harma valves in the past, they are pretty good to be honest, they do a good job with screening and testing them.
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