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gouzou
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advice on tubes shop

Post by gouzou » Mon Feb 02, 2015 9:07 am

I'm about to get new tubes for my 20:20 and spares for my triaxis ( probably JJ or Shuguang ), and I'd like to order in Europe in order to keep low shipping times and costs.
I guess I'll be shopping for expensive quality tubes around the wolrd when my cash flow gets better, now I just need spares to gig without fear of tube failures...

I found rototubes to be the cheapest yet, does anyone have experience with them?

Alternatively, can anyone suggest me a nice and reliable online shop to order tube kits?

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Re: advice on tubes shop

Post by crane » Tue Feb 03, 2015 2:06 am

PRS McCarty Soapbar with BKP Pigs90, PRS custom 22 with BKP Rebel Yell
Mark V Head, 1x12" Mesa 1/2 closed (EVM-12L)
Triaxis 2.0 noFat - Quad preamp
Deep modded 20:20 - Bias modded 50/50 - SimulClass 295
Home made amps/speakers/pedals

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Re: advice on tubes shop

Post by gouzou » Wed Feb 04, 2015 6:46 am

hey crane thx !
Looks like a real nice all-around, amp-oriented electronic shop - and i'm enjoying browsing their store :-)
( actually it gave me a few ideas and sparkled some GAS for later :-D )

Still I didn't find amp dedicated kits or matched pairs to go nicely with our fixed-bias mesa power amps :
as it's the first time for me to swap tubes all by myself I'll really more confident if I get some shop-preapred reassuring kit.

Did I miss some page or am I mis-reasonning about something ?

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Re: advice on tubes shop

Post by crane » Wed Feb 04, 2015 8:55 am

They have Mesa-selected tubes :
http://www.tube-town.net/ttstore/Tubes/ ... 1_248.html

Also they have a few kits, a tone charts :
https://www.tube-town.net/cms/?Info/Tube-Map_Online
https://www.tube-town.net/info/doc/tt-tubemap.pdf

Don't hesitate to contact them, Dirk knows his job and can select tube for any amp on demand.
PRS McCarty Soapbar with BKP Pigs90, PRS custom 22 with BKP Rebel Yell
Mark V Head, 1x12" Mesa 1/2 closed (EVM-12L)
Triaxis 2.0 noFat - Quad preamp
Deep modded 20:20 - Bias modded 50/50 - SimulClass 295
Home made amps/speakers/pedals

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Re: advice on tubes shop

Post by Triaxstasy » Wed Feb 04, 2015 12:02 pm

Just shoot them an email with what exactly you're looking for.
I inquired for an integrated (6L6 and El34) TungSol set for my 2:90 and I got a set perfectly matched to/within MB specs.
I can also highly recommend their TubeTown branded E83CC....that's one full and rich sounding tube!!

Definitely +1, highly recommendable Tube shop!!

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Re: advice on tubes shop

Post by gouzou » Wed Feb 04, 2015 6:34 pm

hey thx alot, I was missing a few pages in the site, I'll be investigating further :-)

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Re: advice on tubes shop

Post by crane » Thu Feb 05, 2015 2:24 am

Triaxstasy wrote: I can also highly recommend their TubeTown branded E83CC....that's one full and rich sounding tube!!
I need to test that tube !
PRS McCarty Soapbar with BKP Pigs90, PRS custom 22 with BKP Rebel Yell
Mark V Head, 1x12" Mesa 1/2 closed (EVM-12L)
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Home made amps/speakers/pedals

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Re: advice on tubes shop

Post by gouzou » Sat Feb 28, 2015 8:26 am

Ok I have ordered and recieved new tubes sets for my triaxis and my 20/20,
unfortunately I did not follow your advice because I was in a hurry and I had found some cheaper dealer in germany,
with really easy "click and buy" tube set for many amps.

I say "unfortunately" because the guys took so long in testing and matching the tubes that they were delivered on monday after the saturday gig I wanted to have spare tubes for. Anyway gig went really well and I suffered no tube or tone problems .
( ... exceptionally I even had the mixer guy telling me "great tone, I just had to put the mic and add a little volume - really nothing more to do on your sound to make it good on the P.A.", and that felt rewarding after a few years of triaxis tweaking ! :mrgreen: ) .

The other sad thing is that my 20/20 is still not working even with new tubes : low volume and heavy clipping even at maxing out the volume pots. ( ... but I opened a topic for that in the "rack gear" section ;-) )

Thanks all for your help!

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