Work etc man..currently sitting at home jobless...in the middle of possible a career path change. But on the flip side, it could give me some time to do this long pending stuff :D
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BTW, what happened to the RSJ forum? It has been offline for months.
It is difficult to make out with recorded stuff, but the 18W sounds great to me. I have always heard that tube amps need to be played and heard in person to understand their magic. I can't really claim to have enough real life exposure except for a Marshall DSL in a German music shop. What is the speciality of Trainwreck style wiring?(too lazy to look it up myself)
definitely. playing a tube amp for the first time is magic, really. and a cranked amp (ear protection advisable!) is... my god. unreal. the sunday morning i spent recording is still soaked into my skin... on a record, everythings nice, but playing one of those beasts just makes you want to play more and more and more. and better too. i wouldn'T want to play anymore if i was stuck with solid state/modelling, honestly. i can't turn back from tubes.
anecdote - i bought my first tube amp off ebay, it was a WEM control ER15, simplistic as hell with about 15W and one volume and one tone. i had to sell it cause i was short on cash, but between then and buying my next tube amp, also off ebay, i didn't play at all. it just felt.... dead. guitar rig and amplitube couldn't cut it. i spent almost 6 months not playing guitar.
the trainwreck... on the face of it, it resembles a fender circuit. the difference is that it has three gain stages and no cathode follower - the EQ and volume are immediately after the first stage and cause an insertion loss of about 10 dB i think.
BUT - after that, there is little to no attenuation between the stages. with modern high gain amps, there is a lot of high gain in each stage with attenuation in between. also, there's no master volume - so it's like you're whacking the power tubes all the time.
the classic trainwreck express is a 50W amp. my variation is only trainwreck inspired to an extent, it does not work or sound like one. that being said, it has a very unique tone. will probably play with it for a while before trying something different - maybe a pentode preamp this time. perhaps an EF86 or an E280F (for kicks).
Cool. I only have experience with the Marshall 18W circuit, which is similar in its simplicity and ability to push the power tubes. My gut feeling is that one can simulate modern high preamp gain stages with a good pedal. I am planning to build my tone around an 18W and various boosters and ODs. And probably a Dr. Boogie pedal for the OTT heavy stuff.
I guess simpler tube amp designs have fewer components compared to SS/ higher gain tube amps and should provide pure tone at the expense of versatility. I am going to add a Vox channel and a VVR based power scaling too. That should do the job as I mostly like blues/blues rock.
Can you tell me about how you got your WGS Reaper? I was planning to go for local Samra speakers. I had contacted Roy Chvat of Guru amps and he recommended the guy.
"simulate" is the right word - but there is definitely an audible difference... the pedal is usually a lot more compressed. IMO, a good high gain amp would be really distorted but have a certain openness or clarity to it, with a good note separation that i just haven't heard from a pedal so far. and i've played a lot of pedals :D the cool part is the gain responsiveness to your pick attack when playing a high gain amp.
that being said, i'm not a big fan of all high gain amps - mesa comes to mind. not my kind of sound. big fan of diezels and particularly bogner. killer killer playing experience.
i lugged the WGS reaper and veteran 30 across with me from my american holiday. best deadweight i ever carried. never heard of samra, but if it's that chennai dude making v30 clones for 900 and alnicos for 2200, be prepared for a frustratingly long wait.
the marshall circuit is amazingly rewarding. go for it, really.
It is the same guy. At those prices, I'm prepared to wait. Anyway, first I need to make the amp head(Oh wait, first I need to find a job )
I have found multi-stage distortion designs in pedals(especially ROG type FET amp sims) to sound better than generic one stage clippers. They have atleast some openness, clarity and dynamics.
That Big Muff clone sounds pretty insane. I have a Tonefactor Huckleberry which is a pretty tame classic fuzz. Being a FuzzFace type circuit, it has amazing sensitivity to the guitar volume knob. It is also fun to drive it with a Rangemaster or use it to push a Tubescreamer for some unique but usable tones.
yeah, the swine flu took equal amounts of tweaking, improvisation and guesswork... :D i'm still trying to nail the sound i'm looking for. will have a new PCB layout ready soon that would serve as a generic muff experimentation breadboard of sorts.
the problem that my friend had with samra was that he was simply not interested in building 1-2 speakers for him. maybe i'll look this guy up for an alnico - 2200 is ridiculously cheap. i'll be doing a 5F6A sometime, so a set of alnicos is pretty much a must.
Shite!..I'll only be ordering one or two at the max. Worst case, Ansar has some imported Celestions on offer.
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