Originally Posted by pzhuravel
Also do you think that a certain kind of tubes will give me that in your face presence or should I be looking at a whole different unit for that?
I`ve been using the factory tubes for 12 years now and two 737s. I don`t think you need any other tubes... The most powerful aspect of the 737 is the EQ, try throwing it on the signal after the compression. Lots of users don`t know the power of the 737, often citing it as "dull". They give up on it too easily.
Drive the input, back off the output for a warmer tone and some "character".
Lay off the input, push the output for a cleaner tone.
EQ after compression to get more of that "in your face" sound.