Re: Amps - Tube vs. SolidState

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Posted by Glen on August 08, 2000 at 14:09:00:

In Reply to: Re: Amps posted by El Pájaro on August 07, 2000 at 10:10:30:

Tube amps can make a world of difference depending on the instrument. I have a few keyboards that I run thru a Marshall Major 200W head & 4x12 cab. Sounds warm and beautiful. When I put those same keys thru my Crate solid-state amp, they sound, uhhh.... Brittle! My bass OTOH sounds much better thru the Crate than thru the Marshall.

On a tech level, tubes tend to produce/amplify sine-type waves, while solid-state (transistors) tend to produce/amplify square waves. Naturally, square waves are perceived by us as "harsher" than sine waves.

Solid-state has come a looong way though. Anyone who remembers the first generation of solid-state guitar amps (brand names included Stage, Univox) also knows they were virtually useless - no punch, brittle top, and harsh distortion (IF they distorted at all).


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