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Old 16th October 2013, 09:15 AM   #1
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Here's a schematic for the Fender Tweed deluxe and i'm wondering from what manufacturer i should buy the tubes?

First build when it comes to tubes.

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Old 16th October 2013, 09:30 PM   #2
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There is no magic bullet on tubes these days for several obvious reasons.

Since the tubes used can really impact the end tonal product, you need to consider many factors.

Type & Brand of Guitar
Type & Brand Speaker
Type of Music
Effects pedals used (if any)

BUDGET,
NOS (New Old Stock) can be a great choice especially if you are seeking the true vintage sound. NOS can often be costly.

In my 5E3 I use
V1 EH 12AY7/6072 or TAD 7025WA select
V2 JJ 12AX7/ECC83
V3 & V4 Tung-Sol re-issue 6V6GTA or TAD 6V6GT-STR
V5 JJ 5Y3 Rectifier, the JJ 5Y3 is one of the few modern production 5Y3 rectifier tubes that actually provide the correct voltage drop.

Those combinations are pleasing to my ears, others will have their favorites as well.
It is important to purchase tubes from vendors that properly screen/test their offerings. Anything else can be a gamble.

Good Luck on the build, 5E3's are really fun amps!
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Old 16th October 2013, 10:22 PM   #3
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First of all, awesome country. I've been to Iceland on last years Holiday, and it was absolutely beautiful.

Second, I've done business with tube-town.de and can vouch for their service. They also offer a 'tube map' to group tonal characters of different manufacturers on the same model. I can't say how accurate it is, but it should point you in the right direction.
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Svetlana for output and rectifier valves. Available as NOS on flea bay.
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SVETLANA 6V6 = 6AY5 = 587 = 6P6S 1950's years manufacturing NOS 4 pcs
Flea bay number 261292537580
Nice valves and well balanced.
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Default 5e3 valves

while my 5e3 is in pieces @ the moment and is quite moded for harmonica.
the valves I originally used are RCA red base 6v6, RCA 5y3, JJ ECC803for the Pi, and after much swapin around a low mu BRIMAR (cant read numbers on it anymore) in V1. v1 makes the biggest difference to tone allthough the rca 6v6's were difinatlly a step up from the Chinese ones that came in the kit.

(tone is a subjective and personal thing gota play round till you find what you like.)

but then i put in a bigger output tranny and went to JJ 6l6,s pumped out about 50 watts, now hav stolen that tranny for the newer ("big red") amp based on the circit of the old one.
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Old 17th October 2013, 08:09 AM   #7
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First of all, awesome country. I've been to Iceland on last years Holiday, and it was absolutely beautiful.
Did you get snow when you where here? There was snow last week and then it went after 15 hours, bit anoying when it just comes and goes so quick.



I'm gonna look at that Tube-Town link and i'll sift through some more stuff.


ONE EXTRA QUESTION

Have any of you added a spring reverb to this amp? If so; how easy(or hard) is it?


>BUDGET,
NOS (New Old Stock) can be a great choice especially if you are seeking the true vintage sound. NOS can often be costly.

I think i have a good budget so i'll take a look at that. The things i'm mostly worried about tho are the transformers and housing.
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Old 17th October 2013, 08:30 AM   #8
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But why the hell are turret boards only used for guitar amp building?

I dont get it. Why not just use a PCB?(With thick copper lines)
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But why the hell are turret boards only used for guitar amp building?
They aren't, there are numerous techniques - including PCB's.

The reason they aren't often used in DIY valve amps is due to the extra expense/difficulty of making them, their far more limited capacity for modifications, and that commercial valve amps used turret boards, or tag boards, or tag strips, or even just open chassis wiring, long before they ever used PCB's.

Incidentally, the long defunct UK TV/Radio manufacturer KB even made hand wired colour TV's without PCB's.
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But why the hell are turret boards only used for guitar amp building?
I hav a jansen bassman 60 thats made with breadboard (not sure if it was a prototype tho, all the others i've seen were pcb. usally with the valve sockets broken away from the pcb.

plus i like turrets they're big an easy to see. (my eyes arn't that good anymore)
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