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Guitar Amp Tubes
Old 7th August 2005
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Guitar Amp Tubes

I am going to replace the tubes in my Top Hat King Royale (12AX7 and EL34). This amp is an AC30 style amp, and love the tone when driven hard. A good bit of crunch that I would like to retain. What are you using these days? Anyone try telefunken tubes in their amps?
Old 7th August 2005
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You're going to need EL84's for that amp (not EL34), which is a class A torture chamber for tubes. I use Electro Harmonix, or JAN/Phillips in my AC30's, they have good tone, are affordable, and take the abuse better than most. Don't waste your money on NOS, the tubes in a well-played AC30 only last 6-12 months.

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What about JJ's? They're really good for the money. I switched the stock tubes in a friends rectifier to JJ's and they were so much better it was ridiculous.

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Old 7th August 2005
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JJ's formally Tesla... They are decent... I would try to get a telefunken 12AX7 in the preamp position... it will also help the tone (in an relatively inexpensive way).
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The JJs are good. The 12AX7s sound very nice and the EL84s are good as well.

I've been using JJ KT88s in my Matchless Clubman
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