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About VTypeV4

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  • Birthday 03/01/1983

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  1. 01V 819 by VTypeV4, on Flickr Trying an alternative solution - picked this up today for very few pennies. I'll see how it performs next week. 😀
  2. These really are very cool - nice one..
  3. I had a 715 (one of the last old generation ones - black with the illuminescent panel) which was exceptionally loud given it's conservative 150w rating.
  4. The last one I watched on eBay did £1875..
  5. It's not quite the same but I fitted JJ 6L6GC into my Bassman 135 a couple of years ago - they've been solid..
  6. I've never had a Trace hum although I tried a series 6 (GP12) once with a dodgy transformer that was physically humming - not through the speaker but the transformer itself. Not sure if that's the issue you have here but it might be worth checking - run the head with no speaker to confirm.. And yes, it's an SS power stage so it's fine with no load attached..
  7. There's something just a little bit magic in those glowing bottles.. Glad you're happy with the Laney, it looks fantastic and has many features that I like the idea of too - it walks the walk AND talks the talk seemingly..
  8. DSC01673 by VTypeV4, on Flickr
  9. 135 number ten by VTypeV4, on Flickr Love mine - oldskool cool..😀
  10. I hope so, he's done some great stuff over the years..
  11. I've always had good results and good service from them. I had a Sound City years back which blew up not long after I'd had it so pilfered the valves and sold it on. Two of the six EL34 were JJ so dropped them into my 60w custom head (pictured above) with a notable improvement over the Sovtek '34s that were in it previously. This was my first experience of the JJ brand. Many years later, the V4 had a re-tube by Long Time Fred of this parish when it was his and he had a full line of JJ ECC83 (standard small plate types) put in - I think there's seven in total! I've swapped a few out over the years opting for Sovtek LPS 12AX7 in the driver and inverter stages but just as a 'see how it responds' experiment - the differences are negligible to these ears.. So, ECC81, ECC83S. ECC803S (long plate), EL34, KT77 and 6L6 are well up to the mark in terms of price point, performance and longevity - I may plump for some JJ KT88 when the V4 is due next time..
  12. VTypeV4

    Show us your rig!

    Trying to be a little arty with this one.. 135 number ten by VTypeV4, on Flickr I should have had two gigs this weekend but sadly both were pulled last minute so I took a picture instead. 😀
  13. Super cool - the Fender look (or sound for that matter) never seems to go out of fashion..
  14. I've dropped some new pre-amp valves into the Fender Bassman 135 this week - I chose some JJ ECC803 types. They're a large plate version of the ubiquitous ECC83 / 12AX7 valve found in most amps these days and are apparently better suited to lower gain circuits and hifi applications that require more headroom. I've used them in my 60 watt hand-built amp too and they seemed to work great so thought I'd drop them in hoping for great results again.. 803 Fender 135 b by VTypeV4, on Flickr 803 Fender 135 by VTypeV4, on Flickr I've also put a new '81 in the driver stage as it had an incorrect Chinese ECC83 in that place. I've retained the original (Fender branded US RCA valves - they're still good!) for a rainy day. I'm happy to report that they work great! Big fat, warm, smooth with just a touch of natural compression when pushed - no all out drive - so they're working just as I'd hoped. At least as good as the old US valves but worth a lot less! Beavis nearly by VTypeV4, on Flickr Beavis nearly by VTypeV4, on Flickr Beavis (60 watt hand-built) is bit higher gain than the 135 - think '70s Marshall. I've used the 803 types in both pre and driver stages and they've been rock solid offering an improvement over the Chinese valves they replaced - again, cleaner, louder, fatter etc.. If you're after a bold clean valve sound with smooth, natural, unobtrusive compression then the JJ ECC803S come very highly recommended from me. Second only to my favourite ECC83, the Siemens production ones from the '80's. Buss bass by VTypeV4, on Flickr
  15. I've done some dep gigs this weekend - 30 songs with less than 24 hrs notice! It's not been an easy one as it's an '80s cover band at that.. Risky Roch by VTypeV4, on Flickr The Trace, the Warwick and the SWRs pictured at a club in Rochadale.
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