Tokai Forum - a subsidiary of TokaiRegistry.com Forum Index
 FAQFAQ   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups   RegisterRegister 
 ProfileProfile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 

Tube/Valve head question.

 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Tokai Forum - a subsidiary of TokaiRegistry.com Forum Index -> Amps
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
QuattroSte
Guitar God


Joined: 14 Mar 2005
Posts: 211
Location: Wicklow, Ireland!

PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2005 6:44 am    Post subject: Tube/Valve head question. Reply with quote

I am looking to get that warm valve/tube sound but I don't have a valve/tube amp. So far I have a few options like buy a tube screamer or a Boss OD3. Another option I was seriously thinking about was the Vox Valvetronix 50 watt. Not quite a true valve system but I reckon it would fool me. My final option which is where I need help is to get a second hand valve head. If I get this would I be able to run it through my existing amps(Fender M80 chorus and Roland Cube30)? Would I be able to power the head up full and have the Fender or Roland amp volume low on the clear channel? Would this give me that warm crunchy overdriven sound?

So many questions!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
ned
Guitar God


Joined: 29 Aug 2001
Posts: 1154
Location: Austin, TX

PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2005 6:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You might want to wait for the Peavey Valve King series to come out in August. These new hamps have a really good price point (made in China).

You can run a head through your combo speakers but you will need to unplug the speakers from the combo.

To start I would try a Tubescreamer into the M80. You can always use a Tubescreamer (either the Ibanez or the Maxon OD808).

Ned
_________________
Tokai Guitar Info
Grail Tone
EVH Guitar Info
Porsche 911 Racing
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website AIM Address
hans-j?rgen
Guitar God


Joined: 21 Feb 2005
Posts: 1740
Location: Hamburg, Germany

PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2005 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Like Ned said, you can use the speakers of your combo with a new head, but you should not try to connect the power amp output (the one for external speakers) of the head amp to the input of your combo. If you're planning to use both the combo and head amp for clean and distorted sounds, you need a Y-cable adapter or footswitch for splitting your guitar signal into two.
_________________
ZZee ya, Hans-Jürgen
BLUEZZ BASTARDZZ "That lil' ol' ZZ Top cover band from Hamburg"
INDIGO ROCKS "Down home rockin' blues. Tasty as strudel"
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
Hutton Steel
Guitar God


Joined: 20 May 2005
Posts: 116
Location: Aberdeen, Scotland

PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2005 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How about checking out the website for Blue Tone Amps. These are Solid State amps but use what they call Virtual Valve Technology to reproduce valve sounds. They are well respected and used by pros and dedicated amateurs alike. There is also a long list of reviews which are all very positive on Harmony Central. Their website is: www.bluetoneamps.com

Hutton
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
QuattroSte
Guitar God


Joined: 14 Mar 2005
Posts: 211
Location: Wicklow, Ireland!

PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2005 7:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I've gone for a cheaper option altogether and bought the Big Ben Overdrive pedal from Vox. Its got a tube in it!! Should have it mid next week so I'll let you know how it sounds.

http://www.voxamps.co.uk/products/pedals/cooltron.htm
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
QuattroSte
Guitar God


Joined: 14 Mar 2005
Posts: 211
Location: Wicklow, Ireland!

PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2005 8:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just a quick update on the Big Ben.

Its a nice piece of kit. It gives a really warm overdrive tone but keeps the clarity of the notes. I am amazed(have never played a valve amp so I can't compare) at the difference in sound you can get from just striking the notes harder or softer. It opens up so many possibilities that I never had before.

I'm not there yet but I'm getting there!!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
hans-j?rgen
Guitar God


Joined: 21 Feb 2005
Posts: 1740
Location: Hamburg, Germany

PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2005 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"For whom the bell tolls..."
_________________
ZZee ya, Hans-Jürgen
BLUEZZ BASTARDZZ "That lil' ol' ZZ Top cover band from Hamburg"
INDIGO ROCKS "Down home rockin' blues. Tasty as strudel"
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Tokai Forum - a subsidiary of TokaiRegistry.com Forum Index -> Amps All times are GMT - 6 Hours
Page 1 of 1

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum


Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2005 phpBB Group