I picked up a couple of Siemens EF86 preamp tubes expecting them to be better than the Winged C that was in my Rx ES. They arent. Are the Winged C NOS tubes? I was suprised.
I did put a NOS GE 12ax7 in place of the JJ that was in there. (V1 or V2?) I did like that improvment. Took away a bit of "chime" but smoothed things out and gave it, IMHO, a better all around tone. OD pedals sound a bit thicker now.
It's amazing how much a tube swap (even one tube) affects the tone. I've had some amps where I honestly can't tell the difference in a cheap Sovtek preamp tube and a high dollar NOS...... Dr. Z's are really affected.
I've experienced this with the Stangray and the EF86. The stock tube usually sounds the best, not sure what I'll do when it's time to replace the EF86? Pray I luck into a good one, I guess?
GuitarZ: Ugh! Dropped small nut while installing new outside lamp. Thought I saw where it landed. Couldn't find it. Moved the car & such. Engineering mind said, drop another (after ~hour). Bang! Within 5 seconds. Nut found! Yea! Wife Impressed!
Apr 5, 2020 16:44:09 GMT -7
GuitarZ: Bells & Whistles-New Cars. A year with our Subaru Outback, finally realized doors have to be unlocked for inside rear hatch button to work. Dang! I need that feature for social distancing. Looked like an idiot pulling up & jumping out to manually open.
Apr 11, 2020 8:13:15 GMT -7
roscoenyc: Truss rod, 1/4 turn at a time.
Apr 22, 2020 8:49:12 GMT -7
GuitarZ: Here's a laugh. Got a Vodka delivery for the Mrs. Had to show ID. Taped my license on the end of my 20'telescoping pole. Driver got a laugh along with me and the Mrs.
Apr 22, 2020 14:05:01 GMT -7
bugman: Hello! I’m new here and looking forward to learning a lot
Apr 26, 2020 17:57:53 GMT -7
groovergeorge: I'm back after quite a long hiatus. Jut a shout out to all my old friends from years back and hi to all the new members.
Apr 27, 2020 6:22:16 GMT -7
GuitarZ: Best Pandemic Comment - Delivery guy shows up. As we're social distancing, I look at myself in brown loafers, black socks, gym shorts, t-shirt and say "I realize this is not my best look". His response "You can wear whatever you want to the apocalypse."
May 1, 2020 14:39:30 GMT -7