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Old 10th May 2005, 07:31 AM   #1
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Default Bell Carrillon tube amp 6V6

Hi, I just bought a Bell Carrillon tube PA head off of ebay and I was just wondering if it was a class A amp? I have converted it into a guitar amp and A/B'ed it with a Marshall 900 and it just blew the marshall away!!!! Anyway.....help?
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Amplifiers that are designed for PA use are almost always class AB.
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Hi, I just bought a Bell Carrillon tube PA head off of ebay and I was just wondering if it was a class A amp? I have converted it into a guitar amp and A/B'ed it with a Marshall 900 and it just blew the marshall away!!!! Anyway.....help?

Many musicians know that most old tube amps were just PA's in the first place, Designed for the days before good stage sound systems and stage monitors.

They only had 2 requirements, Loud enough to compete with the drummer, And (do they work?) Functional.

Personally,
Vintage Fender= whatever parts leo could find that day.

Marshall= way over rated but at least rates as an average amp.

Ampeg=Lets see how complicated we can make this & lets see if we can add even more parts.

Vintage Gibson= Hey,, you can use a phonogragh as an amp!

Seymour Duncan( I own 1 ) 3 words, "Snap, Crackle, Pop"

Hiwatt= 2 words " The MASTER "

Of course, opinions vary like a womens dress size lol
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Old 25th February 2013, 10:48 PM   #4
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It's almost definitely A/B. I just bought a Carillon myself with 2 6L6's in class A/B and the step down uses 2 6V6's. As a general rule of thumb, if it uses two or four power tubes it's in class A/B. That's not ALWAYS true but it's the most common way to use two power tubes since it's more efficient than class A.
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