Does a Twin Reverb get louder past 4?

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  1. WildcatTele

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    Had my '65 reissue for seven years and only one time did I ever have it past 2, even for outdoor gigs. Just wanted to see if the claims of "smooth creamy distortion when turned up" were true. The only thing that got distorted was my sense of time and space.
     
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    And they stay really heavy too after 4.
    Especially with two EVM speakers in it.:)
     
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    Sure ! The weight of two anvils... :eek:

    A+!
     
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    I have a 2013 TRRI, although for the present I can't play it at serious volume. My usual 'house' setting was 3, which was loud enough but not offensive. Absolutely no risk of hearing damage at that level. Just right for a back porch player in the suburbs. Putting it on 6 was too loud, and 8 was way too loud. I'm not sure if I've ever had it on ten. And yet . . . I've never got the sense that it was as loud as people make out. I do sometimes wonder if the thing is defective. To answer your question, though, there's a distinct taper in mine. My gut feel is that it gets to about 2/3 total volume at 5 or 6.
     
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  5. strat a various

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    Does a Twin Reverb get louder past 4?
    Usually. They are typically loudest between 9 and 1. That's when the loud gigs happen. Sometimes they get very loud around 4 if they are at an outdoor festival or county fair.

    Enough of that ... if a Twin Reverb doesn't get a lot louder between 4 and 8 or 9 on the Volume knob, it needs to see a tech.
     
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    Past four on a Twin your only concern should be whether you want to break your own windows or you neighbors windows as well.
     
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    However, depending on how they are biased the amp may max out on headroom at ANY arbitrary volume control setting. In that case the amp may get dirtier - or louder - or both - as you turn up the control. EVERY time you replace power tubes you ned to check the plate voltage & bias, and tweak the bias setting a bit by ear until you find the sweet spot for YOUR style of playing.
     
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  8. jwp2

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    I hate to admit it but I didn’t bias the amp after the power tube replacement. I do love the sound I get from it though and I may not be exactly on the sweet spot but it’s really close.
    I need to get it into the shop soon though for a check up.
     
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    I have trouble hearing myself in the mix, or at least hearing my tone. I now use tiltback legs on all my larger amps and it solved my problem, including my SF Twin. Now i have to be careful not to blast myself out as well as my audience. The 8 to 10 foot rule might help.


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    The late 70s “ultralinear” models really get louder after 4.
    Some guys disrespect em’, but for headroom, punch and clarity, they’re hard to beat.
    They’re also hard to lift.
    I toured in a bar band with one.
    It never let me down!
     
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    Check it in a dark room. If it's not red-plating at full volume, you are probably OK. If it sounds good, it's not biased too cold. Back in the day, that's what we did, put in the tubes, cross our fingers. Better tubes maybe back then.
     
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    I’ll check it out in a dark room forneed plating at full volume.
    Thanks for the tip Strat a various. (Very cool name)!
    It sounds really good so I don’t think it biased too cold. I sort did what guys used to do back in the day.
    I replaced the tubes and crossed my fingers!
     
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