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Bell Carrillon tube amp 6V6

amaturetuber said:
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?:confused:

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.

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
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.