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Ade: what's your ultimate NOS tube setup for R30 and Terror amps?

Posted: Thu Dec 19, 2019 12:03 am
by InX
Pre's and Power: Mullards? Amperex? Long plates? XF1's? GEC KT77?

What would you throw in an R30 and R15/BH Terror if cost was no object?

Re: Ade: what's your ultimate NOS tube setup for R30 and Terror amps?

Posted: Thu Dec 19, 2019 8:41 am
by Les Paul Lover
I've personally settled on 60s Tungsram ECC83 in V1, 60s RFT ECC83 in V2 and V3, and 60s short base RFT EL34.

Having tried it after each valve swap, it was amazing. V1 makes the clean channel come to life, but smoothed out the dirty channel a little too much for my taste. Luckily the RFT ECC83 in V2 solved that. Just the same old R30, but with more oomph, thicker, richer.

After those pretty impressive improvements, I wasn't quite ready for how much the RFT EL34 would still improve the amp. Piano like low end, so much richer and thicker still ..... and the punch is unreal!!!!!

Re: Ade: what's your ultimate NOS tube setup for R30 and Terror amps?

Posted: Sat Dec 21, 2019 1:22 pm
by northernguitarguy
In my Rocker 15 Terror, I'm using NOS Rogers-branded Philips i65 12AX7's. I really like how they compress with distortion and they sound lush and warm

In the power-amp section, I use NOS Soviet 6P14P-EV tubes. These sound true and clear and can be driven hard. They also last a long time, spec'd for 10 000 hours. I'm using a pair I pulled from my VOX Night Train, which used to be my main amp. Dunno the hours on them, but I've been using them for over five years.

Re: Ade: what's your ultimate NOS tube setup for R30 and Terror amps?

Posted: Sun Dec 22, 2019 4:24 am
by InX
northernguitarguy wrote:
Sat Dec 21, 2019 1:22 pm
In my Rocker 15 Terror, I'm using NOS Rogers-branded Philips i65 12AX7's. I really like how they compress with distortion and they sound lush and warm

In the power-amp section, I use NOS Soviet 6P14P-EV tubes. These sound true and clear and can be driven hard. They also last a long time, spec'd for 10 000 hours. I'm using a pair I pulled from my VOX Night Train, which used to be my main amp. Dunno the hours on them, but I've been using them for over five years.
I've got a Brent Hinds on loan, and I love Mullard f-series long plates across the board, and digging a Sylvania black plate 12AT7 in the FX loop slot.

Stock JJ EL84's are ok, TAD's were a *tad* better, but good lord, the Reflektor 6pi14pi, non-EV/EB, are REALLY something. Like, Kenny Fisher used them in Train Wrecks and Dr. Z ships them STOCK "really something."

Going to try some Sylvania 6BQ5 black plates, as I hear these and the Tunsgrams are kings, as well as the 50's Phillips/Miniwatt Sittard production. I like big dark tones, so we shall see.

The Reflectors are literally NIGHT AND DAY better than the JJ/TAD. It's not even close. Ade did fit the amp as best as could be with current production tubes though, it sounds stellar out of the box and that's to be commended. It gets downright DIVINE with NOS goodies though.

Re: Ade: what's your ultimate NOS tube setup for R30 and Terror amps?

Posted: Sun Dec 22, 2019 12:54 pm
by northernguitarguy
InX wrote:
Sun Dec 22, 2019 4:24 am
northernguitarguy wrote:
Sat Dec 21, 2019 1:22 pm
In my Rocker 15 Terror, I'm using NOS Rogers-branded Philips i65 12AX7's. I really like how they compress with distortion and they sound lush and warm

In the power-amp section, I use NOS Soviet 6P14P-EV tubes. These sound true and clear and can be driven hard. They also last a long time, spec'd for 10 000 hours. I'm using a pair I pulled from my VOX Night Train, which used to be my main amp. Dunno the hours on them, but I've been using them for over five years.
I've got a Brent Hinds on loan, and I love Mullard f-series long plates across the board, and digging a Sylvania black plate 12AT7 in the FX loop slot.

Stock JJ EL84's are ok, TAD's were a *tad* better, but good lord, the Reflektor 6pi14pi, non-EV/EB, are REALLY something. Like, Kenny Fisher used them in Train Wrecks and Dr. Z ships them STOCK "really something."

Going to try some Sylvania 6BQ5 black plates, as I hear these and the Tunsgrams are kings, as well as the 50's Phillips/Miniwatt Sittard production. I like big dark tones, so we shall see.

The Reflectors are literally NIGHT AND DAY better than the JJ/TAD. It's not even close. Ade did fit the amp as best as could be with current production tubes though, it sounds stellar out of the box and that's to be commended. It gets downright DIVINE with NOS goodies though.
It's funny you said 'if cost was no object', because I got my Reflectors off of Eastern European ebay vendors for the price of new JJ's. I've bought three matched pairs and haven't had a bad batch. Given the life they purportedly get, they may last my lifetime! The Tube Store sells them as their 'Preferred Series' EL84s and mark them up a lot. Mine cost me less than a Tube Store single for a pair.

https://www.thetubestore.com/preferred- ... emium-el84

As for JJ's, I think they're great in some amps. I liked them best over EHX or Reflektor when I owned a Tiny Terror.