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Hybrid tube amps work!

Started by pelanj, June 05, 2009, 03:30:20 PM

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I have bought a miniature tube buffer after being inspired by this youtube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsRhIFJzFug&feature=channel_page

It is built around a 6Z1P miniature pentode with wire leads. The pentode is connected as a cathode follower. This little thing is quite magical - before the amp for clean or distorted sounds, or in the effect loop of a ss preamp (Marshall 9004). It gives a nice tubey feeling to the tone. So I strongly believe, a great hybrid tube amp can be built. If a mixed mode feedback power amp is used along with a muti-stage distortion preamp, then it needs just a preamp tube in the signal path to get satisfying guitar tones for the hi-gain stuff and maybe for other uses as well.

A Marshall Valvestate has these features, but it fails in the distortion-generating stage - there are loads of distortion pedals that can do distortion much better.