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Valve amp pics!

Discussion in 'Recording' started by gambit, Jul 2, 2005.

  1. gambit

    gambit Active Member

    Hi all

    Just gave my SJB VS some TLC and thought I'd take some piccies for you amp-ophiles out there.

    Check out http://www.baconsarnie.com/sjb/ Enjoy!

    FYI: The amp is a handbuilt, point to point wired model made in Frome, Somerset (England) about 10 years ago. I have had it for the last 8 years and done nothing to it! Not sure if its class A or A/B but its about 50w in the original configuration (closer to 65w with the BIG tubes I have in it). I run it through a 2 x 12" sized cab loaded with Celestion 12" Vintage 30 and 10" Vintage 10. Its a good combination but sounds great through a 4 x 12" too!

    Preamp valves are a mixed bunch Brimar ECC81, RCA Jan ECC81, GT ECC83 and some mystery thing that looks like another ECC81.

    Power comes from 2 beautiful 6550B's (a Billingham Gold and a Svetlana). If you've not heard these valves they are stunning, very full and warm with lots of power. They roar in comparison to the usual 6L6 and EL34...

    I will be replacing the power tubes in August with some Tung-Sol 6550's from Tube Amp Doctor. I am still considering options for the preamp tubes, I don't want to lose my tone. I will post some audio clips when I get a decent sound out of my Palmer ADIG-LB! Failing that, when the neighbours go on holiday and I can drag out the SM57 - then CRANK it!

  2. Tommy P.

    Tommy P. Well-Known Member

    Ahh, tube amp sweetness! Well manicured, especially evident in the bottom portion of this pic: :lol: http://www.baconsarnie.com/sjb/images/DSCN0206.jpg
  3. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    Cool amp...I like the "unmatched-pair-of-6550s" output stage. I remember a Guitar Player mag interview with Jeff Beck MANY years ago. He described his favorite amp- a Sunn 100S (Solarus) with 2 odd 6500s that were "rusted in place" and how he would never replace them. I ran across a 100S about 5 years ago in immaculate shape with the original no-name "Made in USA" tubes. They were too gone, and I have replaced them with Svetlanas. It ROARS! Let us know how the Tung Sols do.
  4. CoyoteTrax

    CoyoteTrax Well-Known Member


    Pure Porn!

  5. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    You think that's smutty, I have a 1977 Orange 80 amp with the funky little graphics on the panel. I don't know how they did it, but the amp will crank 80 watts from a pair of EL34's. I hardly use it because it is so loud. Bought it new as a fan of Wishbone Ash, who toured with those amps. Sometimes, usually after a good belt of Wild Turkey, I'll hook my WEM Copycat tape echo up to it ( it has these little pics of snow-capped mountains to indicate the echo patch loop!) and pretend that I'm in Pink Floyd!!

    Is that Fireworks in the Sky, or has the Peyote kicked In?
  6. gambit

    gambit Active Member

    Quick update - the mystery valve is actually an EF86 - Pentode and is used to drive the reverb tank. I may try and hunt down a NOS (New old stock) Mullard version as these were some of the warmest valves around and will give a real depth to the 'verb.

    Having re-seated all the valves, the kicked out twice as much volume as before - well worth checking people!


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