TA-15 V2 higher gain?

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Iceman63
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TA-15 V2 higher gain?

Post by Iceman63 » Thu Apr 05, 2012 10:20 am

Hello all,
What are some suggestions for a higher gain 12ax7 that I could put in V2 in my TA-15? Right now I'm running all stock Mesa tubes. Thanks for any info.
Garth

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Re: TA-15 V2 higher gain?

Post by talltxguy » Thu Apr 05, 2012 6:03 pm

If you really want that Mesa scorching gain with feedback and all, you're gonna have to cook those tubes with a pedal in front of the amp. Just putting a high gain 12AX7 in V2 will not do it. I've found though that having a pedal in front of the amp with a high gain gives me more of that Mesa tone I love than just a pedal in front of the amp.

I've had a lot of success ordering from The Tube Depot, The Tube Store, and Doug's tubes. All three places give you the option of ordering a high gain 12AX7 for most of the 12AX7's they sell.

I've got a high gain Genalex Gold Lion in V2, and it sounds great. But it should at $45 a pop!

The only other high gain brand I've tried has been a JJ 12AX7, and I didn't care for it.
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Re: TA-15 V2 higher gain?

Post by Iceman63 » Thu Apr 05, 2012 8:38 pm

yeah, that's what I've been doing all along since I bought the amp a few years ago; hitting the front with an od on channel 2/H1 if I need higher gain. I was asking about the tube because I was reading somewhere on this forum; I think, where it was suggested putting a higher gain tube in V2 on the TA. I pm'd the guy because I was curious, but never got a response. I've never heard of a 12ax7 that can make that drastic of a difference gain wise. What did the Gold Lion do for yours talltxguy? More of a change tonally?
Garth

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