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Count the vacuum tubes! A late night game
Old 4th September 2011
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Count the vacuum tubes! A late night game

From bedroom studios to high end facilities, vacuum tubes are more popular than ever as we strive to achieve some imperfection in digital audio land.
I had never thought about how much of my kit is based around tube designs, and sitting up late I thought I'd play a game of count the tubes... I have 14!


How many do you have?
Include every tube installed in any piece of gear you own.
Old 4th September 2011
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55 here, thankfully most are in guitar amps that are never on simultaneously, or my control room would be a sauna. Keen to add some more tubes soon although the NOS prices are making running circuits to their full potential rather expensive.
Old 4th September 2011
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9 ART ProVLAIIa = 18
1 ART ProChannel = 3
1 Manley Massive Passive = 6

total 27

One day I will run a signal through every channel of ProVlaII in series and see what happens to it.
Old 4th September 2011
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well, my Wurlitzer and Lowrey organs alone have around a hundred tubes altogether. it's a beautiful sight to see them powered up with the back off, tubes glowing.
Old 4th September 2011
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7 heh
Old 4th September 2011
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Originally Posted by StarfishMusic View Post
9 ART ProVLAIIa = 18
1 ART ProChannel = 3
1 Manley Massive Passive = 6

total 27

One day I will run a signal through every channel of ProVlaII in series and see what happens to it.
18 channels of compression in series? Might be fun, if you set each one to shave just a dB or so at a time. Maybe play with a pre/post emphasis EQ scenario as well...

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well, my Wurlitzer and Lowrey organs alone have around a hundred tubes altogether. it's a beautiful sight to see them powered up with the back off, tubes glowing.
Showoff.

Old 4th September 2011
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18 channels of compression in series? Might be fun, if you set each one to shave just a dB or so at a time. Maybe play with a pre/post emphasis EQ scenario as well...
I more meant with no compression, just hitting 18 tubes in a row. I mean if 1 Nos Tele is supposed to do something cool, imagine a chain of 18. I did send a multiband 5 way stereo split into them on a master once. Even with no compression the 10 individual tubes on the bands sounded crazy and liquidy.
Old 4th September 2011
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Ooh going to do a count tomorrow!
Old 4th September 2011
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somewhere around 30 tubes here... including the crt tubes of my old rgb projector...
Old 4th September 2011
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Even with no compression the 10 individual tubes on the bands sounded crazy and liquidy.
Mmmm, juicy!
Old 5th September 2011
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ART Pro VLA II = 2
t.bone SCT700 Microphone = 1
MXL V69ME Microphone = 1

I am a guitarist, so here comes to crowd:
Engl 620 preamp = 3
Peavey Classic 50/50 poweramp = 8
Marshall 30th anniversary 6100 = 11
Marshall JCM800 2205 = 7-9 maybe
Mesa Dual Rectifier = 11
Kitty Hawk Jr. = 8
Bugera 6260 = 9
Digitech GSP2101 Artist = 1

Total = 62+
Old 5th September 2011
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Manley Dual Mono - 4
TLAudio 4ch pre - 4
Art Prochannel - 3
Art Pro VLA - 2
SP VTB-1(2) - 2
Mesa DC-10 - 10
Fender Super ChampXD - 3
Epiphone Valve Junior - 2
Ampeg SVT-CL - 12
Marshall TSL-60 - 6
Telefunken AR-51 - 1
SP T3 - 1
Radial Tonebone - 1

Total: 51
Old 5th September 2011
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Ok beat this

1 compressor, 15 tubes........ General Electric ba7a


I think the only thing with more is a fairchild




.... as for the whole studio....??? a lot!!!
Old 5th September 2011
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Hmmmm... let's see:

8 = Guitar pedals, two Effectrode and an Blackfinger
4 = 2x ProVLAII
4 = LA-2A
4 = Vox Night Train
5 = Vibrochamp
2 = Solo/610
2 = Drawmer 1968

So a total of 29 if my bad math is correct. I could just about double it if I picked up a 670 I guess. Of course I have probably 8 to 10 just lying around, do those count?
Old 5th September 2011
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14 in use.
About 50 on the shelf.
Old 5th September 2011
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Tube madness!

Some of you guys could heat the whole neighborhood!
Old 5th September 2011
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Hundreds installed. It would take a long time to figure out the exact count.
Old 5th September 2011
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Counting guitar amps, mics and gear... 20. I think.
Old 10th September 2011
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74 actually in things and working!
9 in my ampex 350 pre alone
and 11 in an Ampeg vt22
no wonder we desperately need air con in the summer
toasty in the winter though
Old 10th September 2011
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I had never thought about how much of my kit is based around tube designs, and sitting up late I thought I'd play a game of count the tubes... I have 14!
I have 11 alone just in one of my Gates SA-39's

55 total in the control room today...
2 gates SA-39
3 LA-2A
culture vulture
LA-1D
Altec 438
TSL-3
Old 10th September 2011
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What is the funny thread... , we have installed, for all stuff which we produce :

Faust tube mic -1
Affinity preamp -4
Solution leveler - 4
4 ch Di-Box - 4

Velvet channel strip - 5
Mirror preamp - 4
Distortion box - 3
Summing mixer - 4
VARIS compressor - 8
8 ch preamp T-Eight -8
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45! tubes
Old 10th September 2011
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What a fun thread, thanks for playing slutz! Now, let's compare HVAC electricity usage! Get out your ammeters! Haha just kidding!

I cool my one room studio with a window mount analog noise maker. I chill it down to 68 degrees, then turn it off during takes. My whole rig draws only 16 amps on one breaker, so that's not a whole lot of current to turn into heat. Luckily most of my tubes are in outboard preamps that I mostly only use in the field.
Old 10th September 2011
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We really are sad aren't we! (Sad in English slang means overly obsessed with something that no else woud care about) !

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Old 10th September 2011
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Amateurs!
How about this early computer. Talk about warm!
Old 10th September 2011
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I don't want to get behind the racks and count tubes but looking from the front here's the tube gear.

La2a
Cl1b
2-Pulse Techniques EQP-1a3
2-Gates Sta Levels
Tube Tech SMC2B
Var-Mu
Tab Funkenwerk V72S

Sold a Gates 39b cause it was giving me a suntan.
Old 10th September 2011
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Look at the cooling ducts above those racks!!!! hubba hubba
Old 10th September 2011
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That's not a computer, that's the legendary Fairchild 6666666660 compressor. There were only a few made. You should see the stereo 67777777770 version.
Old 11th September 2011
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for this purpose I will only count the tubes in the room I'm in

1 2247 SE
9 silvertone 1484 (these first two units have the most regularly heated tubes)
3 vibro champ
2 champion 600
5 pioneer sr-101 spring reverb (still yet to be used in a mix, it's slow days here now)

20 tubes

there's also a dozen in the next room over, Selmer Treble n Bass and Fender Showman
Old 11th September 2011
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Amateurs!
How about this early computer. Talk about warm!
Wow I bet if I used this for my DAW it would sound awesome. Analog warmth on all those ones and zeros.
Of course distributing music on a punch card may be a problem...hmm
Old 11th September 2011
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Wow I bet if I used this for my DAW it would sound awesome. Analog warmth on all those ones and zeros.
Of course distributing music on a punch card may be a problem...hmm
ha ha.
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