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Pulse amplifiers from MCM Electronics - cheap tube amps and cabs

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by Ringo, Jun 30, 2016.

  1. Silverface

    Silverface Poster Extraordinaire Platinum Supporter

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    Mar 2, 2003
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    You can't "mod" one of these and "change" it to a normal tube amp - you'll need to punch it for two actual preamp tube sockets AND install the sockets, replace the power transformer with one that can handle the additional filament current load (and whatever else), modify the power supply filtering to handle the additional tubes, replace the entire PCB with a circuit board usable for a full tube guitar amp, work out all the required lead dress and ground schemes...by the time all that is done you might as well buy a REAL tube amp for less than your total investment in one of these things.

    These are not normal tube amps that you can "mod" or adapt to other circuits. They are digital amps with a tube power section *only*. That is not something you can "mod in the ways being discussed. And based on the failure rates, do you *really* want to use ANY of the existing parts?

    Why stick up for printed circuit boards you can't use for anything else?

    What a waste of money IMO.
     

  2. Silverface

    Silverface Poster Extraordinaire Platinum Supporter

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    That has nothing to do with it. Fixed bias amps (which does NOT mean "non-adjustable") with adjustable bias normally have one bias pot. Some have to be adjusted by replacing the bias resistor.

    Sounds like you don't know the difference between "fixed" and "cathode" tube biasing. You will not be able to add a tube preamp without changing the power transformer and revamping power supply filtering.

    Please see my post above.
     

  3. radiocaster

    radiocaster Friend of Leo's

    Aug 18, 2015
    europe
    The transformer might be able to handle it, but all that work means it might be easier to build an amp from scratch.

    This looks pretty cool though:
    http://www.gear4music.com/Guitar-and-Bass/SubZero-Tube-H50R-50W-Valve-Guitar-Amp-Head/MHI#full-des
    made by Belcat from what I've heard, 50s Bassman copy with master volume and spring reverb. There is no voltage switch for US either, so the transformer would need to be rewired or replaced, if you want to use it with 120V AC.
     

  4. Silverface

    Silverface Poster Extraordinaire Platinum Supporter

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    In a cheap Chinese amp with a history of *not* working in stock form? Do you really think they over-engineered the power transformer to handle the additional current requirement of *more* tubes than stock? IMO "might" is probably stretching it - and good luck getting the precise transformer specs.
     

  5. gmdattilo

    gmdattilo TDPRI Member

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    those were your words...

    fixed biased, yes. poorly designed yes, but still adjustable.
     

  6. Silverface

    Silverface Poster Extraordinaire Platinum Supporter

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    Mar 2, 2003
    Lawndale CA
    I haved no idea what you comment means. You didn't reference it to anything specific.

    If it had to do with your comment that "the bias is not fixed" - that is an incorrect statement statement. It is in fact "fixed" - but it is adjustable.

    There is a very specific technical difference between the terms. It's important to understand that and use the terms consistently so other readers are not confused. It sounded like you did not understand the difference and there is no previous tech info posted by you to assume otherwise.
     

  7. Tele-Belly64

    Tele-Belly64 TDPRI Member

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    Dec 29, 2017
    Aberdeen, Mississippi
    So...I am guessing for a still fresh and new guitarist looking to begin on gigging I should hold off on the Pulse and wait the time out to pick up a different amp at around the 50 watt or so mark? Not really needing my money to go to junk, hold out for something like a Mig 50 or Blues Deluxe or maybe a Tubemeister? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated and taken to Heart, Thanks in advance, i know it seems like a silly thing when knowing all well that the Pulse prolly doesn't hold a candle to the other amps i mentioned< i just would have the change to throw at the Prulse first and i am impatient< so forgive me, i kinda liked the idea of finding a diamond in the rough too
     
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  8. VintageSG

    VintageSG Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Mar 31, 2016
    Yorkshire
    Why valve?. There are some stonking good solid state amps out there. But, if it must glow ( and I fully understand ), then...
    Hold out and buy something decent. There are some very very good far eastern brands ( KLD, Joyo, E-Wave for example), there are some ruddy awful products too.
    Why not just buy Marshall/Fender/Laney/Sovtek/H&K/Orange in the first place?.

    Don't waste your money on shonky shytola.
     

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