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Hey guys, so I've been reading up on amps. Do I want 5881/6L6s or EL34s for the VC50. I'm not terribly sure what affect it will have on the sound...

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Zae wrote:
Hey guys, so I've been reading up on amps. Do I want 5881/6L6s or EL34s for the VC50. I'm not terribly sure what affect it will have on the sound...


If you want a more british or marshall like tone go el34's. If you want a more american tones go 6l6.

EL34's are what are used in most Marshall's. Compared to 6l6's they typically have more mids and more compression in the mids. They also have less low end.

6l6's are what you would traditionally find in fenders and mesa's (many newer Mesa's can also use el34's). More low end less compression in the mids. More sparkly cleans.

These are just generalizations depending on the amps design you may get different results. My mesa Single recto doesn't have super sparkly cleans even with 6l6's because of rest of the amps design. Even with EL34's it probably won't be super marshall like either, but I can't test that since my aseries 1 recto only accepts 6l6's.

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Is it took risky to buy a tube amp and have it shipped overseas?

There's a VC50 on Ebay, and I could really use one now...

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With good shipping it should be okay...

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Zae wrote:
Hey guys, so I've been reading up on amps. Do I want 5881/6L6s or EL34s for the VC50. I'm not terribly sure what affect it will have on the sound...


If you want a more british or marshall like tone go el34's. If you want a more american tones go 6l6.

EL34's are what are used in most Marshall's. Compared to 6l6's they typically have more mids and more compression in the mids. They also have less low end.

6l6's are what you would traditionally find in fenders and mesa's (many newer Mesa's can also use el34's). More low end less compression in the mids. More sparkly cleans.

These are just generalizations depending on the amps design you may get different results. My mesa Single recto doesn't have super sparkly cleans even with 6l6's because of rest of the amps design. Even with EL34's it probably won't be super marshall like either, but I can't test that since my aseries 1 recto only accepts 6l6's.



I feel so bad I didn't notice your post before :(

I'd love a Marshally sound, actually, but not sure about deviating from what the amp was at stock. I like PG's Laney tone, but I also like his modern Marshall tone just as much.

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