I always debate trading or selling my RXES for a Ray but when I play the RXES I like it a lot. One thing that I cant figure out is the mid range though. I have a hard time dialing it in. The mids sound hollow to me but I think that is the EF86 working in the tonstack recovery V2. I also talked to a former Z tech about changing the tonestack on the RXES because of this reason. I dont really know what I am asking here but has anyone else noticed the weird mids in the rxes?
In my head, the Stang Ray is just like the rxes but more bright and maybe a rounder bottom end with a scooped and cleaner mid range. Its also a bit more aggressive in the upper mids but I think thats due to the drop in the lower mids. Almost the same amp while still being different.
All new tubes and tried many tubes. I have a NOS ef86 but just bought more to try. I need some time to make a new clip (in the process of moving). I got a winged C from Z when I met with him at his factory but it was microphonic.
I tried a TUng Sol in V1 but liked the JJ better. Lately I have liked the Tung SOl in my ac30 so I thought the RXES could benefit but it lost some lows and tamed highs which are the 2 things I liked about the RXES.
I think V2 has the most effect on the sound from the amp. Its the ef86 in this amp and I just ordered 2 NOS ef86's so I will see what happens when I put them in.
I think it's the ef86 sound that I hear. The rxes is my favorite z amp bc it can do so much. I traded mine for a plexi but I want to get another.
I was playing mine, which is fairly new to me, yesterday using a Tele into a Creamback in a closed-back cab. I was doing a lot of British Invasion tunes and really liking the sound. Having read your earlier post, I did listen a little for the effect you mentioned. It seemed to me that there was a slight dip or reticence in the upper mids. It might be described as "hollow" sounding. Fwiw, I had bass and middle at 6 (on the Rx dial) and treble at 3. Volume was quite low and Air Braked.
I'm not sure it's the EF86, though. The M12, while a very different amp, does have an EF86 pushing EL84s. The M12, to me, didn't have that hollow effect. True, it's V1 in the M12, not V2. (The Z-28 definitely does not have a hollow-sounding midrange, but that's EF86 pushing 6V6s.)
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