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    Ha! That's funny.

    Especially since those JJ tubes are the ones that Crimm guy at Peavey gave Eurotubes so much crap about when they were supplying them for 5150s. The Peavey rep's whole reason for complaining was because players were swapping out the cold chinese tubes that came with the 5150s, and not buying identical replacements. His 'reasons' were that the JJ tubes were supposedly 'subpar' to the ones that Peavey supplied -- he even went as far as to say that the JJ's could damage your 5150!!

    Well, looks to me that this is definite proof for anyone who doubted the great folks at Eurotubes; Eddie himself is now using JJ tubes in his amps...

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    Its no secret anyone can get those from here :
    http://www.arselectronics.com/

    This is the holy grail of tube suppliers and very reasonable too I re tubed my bogner with tubes from them for $120.00 shipped to me In Vancouver Canada.

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    Played by eddie or not that is a good price, 4 shows is pracitally new. I dont know shit about tubes, are you guys being sarcastic about these being the holy grail or are they really?


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    Often a conversation piece here at the Links, it's been said JJ and Electro-Harmonix tubes work very well in the 5150s. Groove Tubes do not.

    I do believe JJ tubes are standard in the 5150 IIIs. Is that correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewThomas.net View Post
    Often a conversation piece here at the Links, it's been said JJ and Electro-Harmonix tubes work very well in the 5150s. Groove Tubes do not.

    I do believe JJ tubes are standard in the 5150 IIIs. Is that correct?
    correct. and Eddie has got a lot of his stuff from ARS for many years now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewThomas.net View Post
    it's been said JJ and Electro-Harmonix tubes work very well in the 5150s. Groove Tubes do not.

    I do believe JJ tubes are standard in the 5150 IIIs. Is that correct?
    JJ Tubes are the standard in 5150 III's.

    However, although JJ tubes are great in 5150s, I would have to argue and say that Electro-Harmonics tubes, especially preamp tubes, are not. I had 5 EH 12AX7s in my 5150 combo when I got it and they only enhanced that famous "buzz-saw", or "ice-pick" tone . The JJ 12AX7s I got as a replacement immediately fixed the problem.

    Also, I have Groove Tubes 6L6GCs running as my power tubes, and they are OK, but thats it. Not impressive at all. They have tons of low end thump, terrible mids, and sufficient highs. They are biased right up to 80% too, in an attempt to get rid of the cold and glassy tone, but you can't really notice any difference between 60 to 70 to 80% bias unfortunately. They will soon be swapped for JJ 6L6's from Eurotubes......

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    Guys,
    I also dont know crap about tubes but I hang out at the Les Paul Forum and some guys on there rave about NOS tubes.

    Well I purchased some Brimar NOS 12AX7s for my Marshall Hand Wired 20w head and let me tell you...what an amazing difference from the ElectroHarmonix tubes I had in there.

    I am saving up for NOS Mullard EL84s. They are almost 250 for a pair...

    I think NOS tubes is the way to go for a high end amp. They last a lot longer and sound incredible compared to new tubes....

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    jj's are great. I do run an old NOS sylvania 12ax7 in V1 though. Takes away some of the buzz and replaces it with clearer articulation.

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    Well yes, NOS tubes are amazing -- because most were being made for competing governments during the cold war, by competing companies shooting for stability and quality in military applications, etc. However, JJ tubes seem to be the closest thing to NOS tubes. I have tried an old RCA 12AX7 in V1 and V2 of my 5150 Combo, and have done the same thing with a Telefunken (I think it was a 12AT7 or 12AU7) -- and both added some noticable different 'color' to the amp's tone. I have ended up just sticking with the JJ's for now, since the change is not that drastic, and they are extremely consistent. I would compare the JJ's gain and tone more to an old RCA 12AX7, and while the telefunken was a lower gain tube, it added a lot of high end sparkle....

 

 

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