I play through an Ashdwon Fallen Angel 60 watt head.
It does sound good tone wise but with the distortion there just isn't enough from it, it has to be maxed out to get near a sound you want and even then it doesn't feel enough.
Anyway, the preamp has four 12AX7 tubes and the output tubes are two EL34's Fixed Bias.
I'm thinking that I'm going to have to change the tubes to get more out of this head, any advice on tubes?
Also I play metal with low tuning strings and need tubes that can get some more performance from this amp.
Bairds do the groove tube range.nice valves. 02890 351358.
Bairds do the groove tube range.nice valves. 02890 351358. 8)
It sounds like you need to change your preamp tubes to me (the 12AX7's).
Groove Tubes do matched sets, and they're all rated depending on how much gain they have - you can buy a really hot pair of 12AX7's to give you more gain if you want it.
i agree. it's all to do with the preamp tubes. you will likely find that it's just the v1 valve you will need to change though ;-)
Personally if I was going for a harder distortion sound, I'd go down the pedal route. Driving your valves at full every time you play the amp to get the heaviest sound possible is gonna result in a lot of blown valves!
If you do want to change the valves though, I recommend going for the Mullard ECC83. Rare as hen's teeth and twice as expensive but worth every penny for the tone. If you want to go for something a little less expensive, I recommend the Harma valves range.
I think you need to think of a pedal - even just an overdrive to hit the front end a bit harder.
I'd go for JJs for the preamp and Harmas for the poweramp. Derek at Watford Valves is the man you need to speak to - email him for great advice.
[quote:3fb97dcfa4="Music Galleria"]Derek at Watford Valves is the man you need to speak to - email him for great advice.[/quote:3fb97dcfa4]
Agreed. I think he treats people like us with the same respect he treats Brian May and all his other famous customers which is great.