Post by benttop (Steve) on Dec 7, 2008 10:11:11 GMT -7
It may seem counter-intuitive, but your Maz 38 is burning up the tubes the fastest when the amp is on but you are not playing. The Airbrake does not add any life issue whatsoever. When I got my Stingray, I was gigging pretty much every weekend, using the Aibrake every time. I didn't have to change power tubes till about a year went by. I figure that was roughly 200 to 300 hours of operation, which is about what you can expect from EL84's. Airbrake does not affect tube wear.
and... if having the MV at full is the tone you are after that's great. I found that the mv was a wonderful way to add some fine tuning to the airbrake and volume. I sort of saw the MV as the preamp volume, the V as the power amp volume, and the AB as the speaker volume.
If you have a cathode biased amp (All Maz, Stangray, Ghia, Rx's, and I think the GT), Myles says it really doesn't matter if you have the master up high or low on these amps. Cathode biased amps run the power tubes hot all the time...they will wear out tubes faster than A/B amps.
So to answer your question, with a Maz, the Airbrake won't wear out your tubes faster.
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