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Old 26th October 2009, 03:37 PM   #1
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Default Tubes to transistors, is it worthwhile

I have only ever built tube amps but now need about 50 to 100 W and would like to try solid state mainly to avoid the very expensive output transformers which I have to import.
I am sure other members have also moved away from tubes. What I would like to know is if there have been any regrets and longing to go back to tube sound. Bearing in mind my power needs, which of the many designs should I focus on.
I will use a tube pre-amp so a straight power amp recommendation will be appreciated. Sound quality to be given priority over all other considerations

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I moved from tubes to solid state and back to tubes, and haven't looked back. I would take the hit on those transformers were it me or look for someone with some to sell..
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I keep lookin' for a SS amplifier that will give me the enjoyment of the better tube amps i have (i have a couple here that aren't all that great)... still questing... the dual mono MOSFET amp is nice on the woofers thou.

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Maybe try an F4 driven by a tube preamp.
The preamp will need a quite a bit of gain though. The F4 is unity.
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