Why are tube amp people so adamant. Solid state has much to offer.

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  1. bblumentritt

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    Actually, my point was that used tube amps are more valuable that used SS amps; people are willing to pay more for a tube amp than for a solid state amp.
     
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    I did a quick scan of Facebook Marketplace for used amps. Most of the Fender and Marshall used tube amps were over $750. Most of the used solid state amps were <$200. Supply and demand. More demand = higher prices.
     
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    You won't find a Kemper used for under $1500. Higher-end units sell for more used than the cheap stuff, tube and SS/digital alike.
     
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    That's only part of the story. If an amplifier is less expensive new, it's going to be less expensive used, most likely. The comment above this one is a perfect illustration of this.
     
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    Tubey, or not tubey...that is the question?:twisted:
     
  6. a.francis.1968

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    I was always under the impression that solid state for clean playing and valve if you want to get a little dirty? Those late 70s Roland JC’s and cubes raised the bar I think.


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    Weren’t they a favourite of BB King and he had a super clean sexy sound. Women took their undergarments off and chucked them at him, I’ve got a valve amp and none of them are doing that for me.


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    It isn't the SOUND; as some SS amps can sound really good...it's the touch sensitivity, dynamics & gain compression that tubes have, and you will never be able to emulate that with SS.
     
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    As the old saying goes, "Maybe you can't buy love but you can buy something so close you won't know the difference". Besides for some reason this.....

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    always seems to sound like crap through this.Why would a Twin owner ever play one of these? One word - versatility. Why is a Twin often not quite enough? Some more words - one trick pony.

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    Putting a pickup in an acoustic makes it sound like crap in the first place, don't blame the amp.
     
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    One trick, but it is a damn good one.
     
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    I've got a Valve Jr that I'd be happy to trade for a Kemper!

    In pro gear choice news there are top pros who traded their boutique tube amps for a memory card that fits in a shirt pocket.
    They fly and taxi to the stadium, pull out their guitar, plug the card into the rental computer rig, and all their sound are right in front of them.
    The card as amp is under $50.
    Maybe there is a wall of fake Marshalls already set up?
    Maybe just a monitor showing their awesome chops 100x life size?

    I'm not with those modern players, but there they are, blundering off to huge crowds around the world not even bringing any amp at all!
     
  13. Beachbum

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    Absolutely. Wouldn't want to be without it.
     
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    I worked in a mobile home factory one summer in college. The plumbing went in before the walls went up and in one case the toilet did go into the living room. They spent a lot of effort and angst (because it slowed down the whole production line) fixing it. I thought they should have just sold it as the "World Series/Super Bowl" model.
     
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    Unless it’s the P90 in the Gibson 160 from the 50s or 60s.


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    It does?

     
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    After a hard couple of months with GAS...I have botho_O.
     
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    fender magic 6?
     
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    Yeah supposedly if you set the EQs at 6 for T M B you get the perfect Fender sound.


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    You play what does it for you. You don't care what someone else plays because that does it for them. Why would it matter to do it any other way ? People who have to be right rarely are.
     
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