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#1 2013-11-27 15:23:28

klondykebill
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Mesa Boogie Tubes in my Ampeg VT 120

I have had really good luck with these power and preamp tubes. I would strongly recommend trying these tubes.

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#2 2013-11-28 01:33:11

hangman
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Re: Mesa Boogie Tubes in my Ampeg VT 120

I assume you are using the EL34s in the Vt120?  as mesa doesn't brand any 6550s.

how do you like the vt-120?

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#3 2013-11-30 05:32:15

klondykebill
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Re: Mesa Boogie Tubes in my Ampeg VT 120

I am running 6L6's in my Ampeg. (6L6 STR_440)
I love my amp. It covers everything I want it to with no problems.
I did disconnect the reverb, though and went to a pedal (Hardwire Digital Reverb) because I didn't like the texture the amp's reverb was producing.
As far as the tubes go.... the guy that services my amp recommended these things because I would be able to switch them out with the same tubes and not have to worry about re-biasing my amp every time I did so.
I absolutely love these tubes in my amp. I have tried others like Winged C, Sovtech, Electro-Harmonix, Tesla, and they were good......just not as good as these Mesa's.
The amp guy told me that my amp had the brownest sound he had ever heard ( or saw on an oscilloscope).
I think a big part on why I like my amp so much is because it came with an EV-12L speaker, stock. It doesn't color the amp's tone.
One thing that I do dislike is that it weighs a freakin ton.

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#4 2013-11-30 09:36:22

hangman
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Re: Mesa Boogie Tubes in my Ampeg VT 120

Cool!  Thanks for the suggestions.   FYI. The Mesa tubes are rebranded ruby tubes which are rebranded Chinese 6l6s.

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#5 2013-12-01 04:24:33

klondykebill
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Re: Mesa Boogie Tubes in my Ampeg VT 120

I knew Mesa doesn't manufacturer their own tubes, and neither does Groove Tubes and a few other popular brands. But since they are specially tested for their amps they are (or should be at least) all matched to perform the same.
I would not have tried them if it hadn't been for my amp guy suggesting them.

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