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Ah ok thanks @la bam. I was indeed thinking of the Fusion S500, thanks for clearing that up. 

Just to add to the confusion the Fusion S series also has 3 12ax7 tubes in its preamp. But a D class power amp section. The S 800 looks very tasty, but has a price tag to match! 

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46 minutes ago, Al Krow said:

Ah ok thanks @la bam. I was indeed thinking of the Fusion S500, thanks for clearing that up. 

Just to add to the confusion the Fusion S series also has 3 12ax7 tubes in its preamp. But a D class power amp section. The S 800 looks very tasty, but has a price tag to match! 

I have the fusion S 800 too. Amazing amp.

The line up is confusing though - the fusion 500 and 800 are different from the fusion 'S'500 and 'S'800 and both are different from the fusion 550. 

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55 minutes ago, bartelby said:

so a hybrid amp then...

 

Yep, which is why I tried pointing out the fact that despite it having 3 valves it's not classed in common terms as a valve amp.

It's worth looking how the gk uses the valves it has though. It's not as simple as just adding a bit of tone, or a novelty in the pre amp.

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7 minutes ago, la bam said:

Yep, which is why I tried pointing out the fact that despite it having 3 valves it's not classed in common terms as a valve amp.

It's worth looking how the gk uses the valves it has though. It's not as simple as just adding a bit of tone, or a novelty in the pre amp.

To regurgitate a post I made earlier:

Hybrid head ≠ Tube head

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I always quite fancied having a go with a fryette rack power amp and some crazy nice tube mic pre.

 

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1 hour ago, la bam said:

The line up is confusing though - the fusion 500 and 800 are different from the fusion 'S'500 and 'S'800 and both are different from the fusion 550. 

Tell me about it! So hopefully I'm forgiven for my school boy error in mixing this lot up?!

1 hour ago, la bam said:

I have the fusion S 800 too. Amazing amp.

That is the by far the least "helpful" thing you could have said 😁

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Get a hybrid and you will still have the all valve itch. Only way to really scratch that (and find out the answer is No, I don't need a valve amp) is to own such a beast. Speaking from experience here...

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37 minutes ago, Al Krow said:

Tell me about it! So hopefully I'm forgiven for my school boy error in mixing this lot up?!

Haha, it's no problem at all. It's a bit of a confusing naming line up for 3 completely different amps!

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1 minute ago, Mykesbass said:

Get a hybrid and you will still have the all valve itch. Only way to really scratch that (and find out the answer is No, I don't need a valve amp) is to own such a beast. Speaking from experience here...

I agree.

Itd be interesting to see how many people really really wanted a big valve amp, bit the bullet after years of wanting one and got one, and now play something else.

Me, for one.

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On 04/04/2021 at 23:34, uk_lefty said:

Obviously the answer is No. However, boredom, lockdown and being in here daily is making me want a tube amp or some kind of hybrid tube/ solid state. 

 

So build your own. By the time you've paid for all the parts and actually have it working you'll have it out of your system permanently. 😎

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2 hours ago, EBS_freak said:

I always quite fancied having a go with a fryette rack power amp and some crazy nice tube mic pre.

 

That 1U/100W bridged LX-II looks pretty nice!

You might say I have the properly low-budget version languishing under the bed; an all-tube amp on a technicality...

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...and something else that doesn't get used because of how bulky and heavy it is. At least the most expensive component was probably the rack case! 🙂 

Not the worst way to scratch the valve itch, mind.

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12 minutes ago, Ed_S said:

That 1U/100W bridged LX-II looks pretty nice!

You might say I have the properly low-budget version languishing under the bed; an all-tube amp on a technicality...

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...and something else that doesn't get used because of how bulky and heavy it is. At least the most expensive component was probably the rack case! 🙂 

Not the worst way to scratch the valve itch, mind.

I bet many people would have lusted (and still would) lust over that. Peavey stuff tends to be forgotten - but it's Classic series is certainly full of tone, and made very well. I'd be intrigued to hear what this setup sounds like!

Yeah, I 'm thinking that the LXII with a real high end studio pre would beat a lot of these high priced bass centric offerings hands down.

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I can only speak from the point of view of my Mesa Boogie M-Pulse 600. One of the most valvey Hybrids as it has a tube in front of the power amp section (as opposed to just the pre-amp)

It's got a very noticeable, lazy, muscular tone to it. So much more width and presence than any Class D I've owned (not looking to open that can of worms). 

The quality of tone from this thing is so far ahead of anything else I've owned or used, it's scarcely believable. So unless Mesa Boogie made it from some magic juju, I'm putting it down to the valves. 

In short, there are good hybrids out there that will get 'that' tone!

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I always wanted to try a Reeves and a Divided by 13 also. But I couldn't be doing with reliability/annoying nuances issues.

I used to run a lot of guitar valve amps - and whilst awesome, they all had something about them which was annoying. Random pops, tubes going microphonic, random rattles - usually all tube related in some ways. I remember changing or ditching tube protective cases... buying all sort or rubber dampeners and bits and bobs.

It's all good fun... but also slightly annoying. Others call it authentic, I guess.

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20 minutes ago, 40hz said:

I can only speak from the point of view of my Mesa Boogie M-Pulse 600. One of the most valvey Hybrids as it has a tube in front of the power amp section (as opposed to just the pre-amp)

It's got a very noticeable, lazy, muscular tone to it. So much more width and presence than any Class D I've owned (not looking to open that can of worms). 

The quality of tone from this thing is so far ahead of anything else I've owned or used, it's scarcely believable. So unless Mesa Boogie made it from some magic juju, I'm putting it down to the valves. 

In short, there are good hybrids out there that will get 'that' tone!

I've owned the M-Pulse 600 and the Walkabout - both great heads. IME/O, they don't get 'that' tone.

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If you want to scratch the valve itch go all valve , the hybrids don't do it for me although I like the m_pulse , I've got an svt cl and a peavey classic120/tb raxx , they sound great but I never take em out anymore, too heavy , I always use class D !

Btw I've never really got the warm thing , to me a good valve amp sounds glassy, open and clear and sometimes gritty, 

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13 hours ago, EBS_freak said:

I always wanted to try a Reeves and a Divided by 13 also. But I couldn't be doing with reliability/annoying nuances issues.

I used to run a lot of guitar valve amps - and whilst awesome, they all had something about them which was annoying. Random pops, tubes going microphonic, random rattles - usually all tube related in some ways. I remember changing or ditching tube protective cases... buying all sort or rubber dampeners and bits and bobs.

It's all good fun... but also slightly annoying. Others call it authentic, I guess.

I fondly remember microphonic valves.... NOT.

On a serious note and getting back to the topic. |I don't need my Fender Aerodyne, my £50 Peavey P bass in more than adequate  and has been gigged many times. However there is a wonderful feeling when I pick up the Aerodyne. I think some people get the same feeling from some valve amps. You don't need a valve head. However you may want one and if the itch is persistant why not scratch it.

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I’m itching to give my lockdown Peavey VB-2 I damn good thrashing. I’ll be honest though, if i was humping stuff in and out of pubs, there’s no way I’d consider a valve amp - small and light is the way to go. Thank God for Roadies!!

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12 minutes ago, King Tut said:

I’m itching to give my lockdown Peavey VB-2 I damn good thrashing. I’ll be honest though, if i was humping stuff in and out of pubs, there’s no way I’d consider a valve amp - small and light is the way to go. Thank God for Roadies!!

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I have a solid state amp , a hybrid amp and a valve amp. My valve Ampeg V4b is the best sounding amp I've owned..it just does that thing that non valve amps don't do. I've had a few valve amps and once you get that itch for one it has to be scratched!

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