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do certain brand of tubes have their own typical effect they make on equipment...
Old 25th June 2006
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do certain brand of tubes have their own typical effect they make on equipment...

people are talking about telefunken, mullard tubes etc. now does each brand have a typical effect they make in general on equipment or will it depend on the equipment as well.

eg.
- mullard will generally make all mics smoother?
or
- it only smooths out soundelux mics but it makes neumans more boxy due to each mic having different electronics?
Old 25th June 2006
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Hi
Yes it will make some difference but it also depends on the circuits they are used for. In a guitar amp for example where negative feedback is not often used or only to a small degree then make and type will have significant effect. Where the circuits use a lot of feedback then the effect will be rather less. One of the virtues of negative feedback could be deemed as 'consistency'. A broadcaster or telecomms would want to be able to rely on amplifiers with a fixed gain and response which are pretty much tolerant to valve specifications changing over time and type.
If you have time, money and patience you could buy a shedload of valves and see which YOU like in a certain bit of kit. It is mostly subjective so it is up to you!
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Old 25th June 2006
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Of course it depends on the circuit, but in my experience meaningful generalizations can be made about tube brands (to an extent).
Teles are generally very sweet & open, mullards a little "thicker", bugleboys/holland inbetween those two (frequently "magic" tubes!), 50's RCA's can be amazing, very musical and detailed & lots of carachter.
YMMV of course...
Old 25th June 2006
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Lots of truth in this.

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Originally Posted by peeceebee
Of course it depends on the circuit, but in my experience meaningful generalizations can be made about tube brands (to an extent).
Teles are generally very sweet & open, mullards a little "thicker", bugleboys/holland inbetween those two (frequently "magic" tubes!), 50's RCA's can be amazing, very musical and detailed & lots of carachter.
YMMV of course...
Even if its a generalisation its a good one.
Regards.•:*¨¨*:•. ¸¸.•´¯`•.Mark Fairfax-Harwood, Engineer Springvale Studios
Old 25th June 2006
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good gear manufactures usualy using good tubes .
different tubes from different brands sounds different, and measures differently on scope .
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