Post by jhen86 (jordan) on Jan 16, 2019 16:19:36 GMT -7
I just tried one in my M12 a few weeks back. Sounds so good. Highly recommended. I pulled it from a buddy's amp to try it out, so I could not keep it.
I've been using the 5AR4 lately, doing the Steve Miller mod sort of thing. Did a little comparison of all three rec tubes and the 5V4 is the winner in my book. A little more drive like the 5AR4 but a tad more forgiving in the feel and a little more open/full in the bass (not too tight). Really does sit right between the 5y3 and the 5ar4, and to me gives the best of both to me. Really digging it.
Just bought a lot of 6 of them online. Don't need them all. Would be happy to send one out to fellow M12 guys. Created a listing in the BST in you are interested.
UPDATE: Clarification...These are NOS 5v4GA. Same tube as 5v4 or 5v4g, just a more ruggedized version.
All of this fired me up to try my 5U4 but it is too large to fit in the cabinet. Not sure its worth buying a different one just to try it out. I should probably put the 5U4 in my Route and be done with it.
Post by jhen86 (jordan) on Feb 1, 2019 11:46:29 GMT -7
I think sag will be about the same as the 5y3. It may have more crucnh/dirt though due to the higher voltage it provides to begin with. If sag is what you are after, I’d say stick with the 5y3. Maybe even throw and compressor in front of the amp as an always on.
What a great video on rectifiers. I'm a new owner of a Z Plus. I have a NOS RCA 5v4. I'm taking from the video that it's perfectly safe to drop that in my Z Plus as a replacement for the stock 5AR4, correct?
I'm in no hurry, as I get to know the amp and really enjoy breaking it in. But down the road, I think I'd like to try the 5v4 in my Z Plus.
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