New SV20H Day!

dilver

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What you folks said pretty much nails and echos my sentiments exactly! While I've been just barely (and carefully) getting away with no attenuator through my 1965B cabinet, tonite I was just going over a few parts (quietly) with our new drummer (without the bass player) and instead of plugging in the attenuator, I simply turned the guitar volume (on a single coil Strat no less) way down and was amazed at the tones and response! Truly one of the more stellar amps I've ever used, in +55 years of Screechin' & Squawkin' with guitars through tube amps! There be magic in these SV20 amps!
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Gene
Glad you’re getting as much enjoyment out of it as I am. If you’ve come this far, you might want to try some different tubes - don’t get me wrong; the stock tubes are fine. But I usually retube most of my amps and do notice a difference. My preference are old RCA 12AX7s, but there are lots of options, depends on what you like. After, trying a few in different positions, I ended up with an RCA long black plate in V1 and short grey plates in V2 AND V3. I left the stock power tubes as I didn’t have any good EL34 on hand, and people seem to say good things about the JJ EL34s. The difference I heard in the V1 tube was that it sounded what I can only describe as more “lush” - less brittle, smoother breakup, richer.
 

Gene Ballzz

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Glad you’re getting as much enjoyment out of it as I am. If you’ve come this far, you might want to try some different tubes - don’t get me wrong; the stock tubes are fine. But I usually retube most of my amps and do notice a difference. My preference are old RCA 12AX7s, but there are lots of options, depends on what you like. After, trying a few in different positions, I ended up with an RCA long black plate in V1 and short grey plates in V2 AND V3. I left the stock power tubes as I didn’t have any good EL34 on hand, and people seem to say good things about the JJ EL34s. The difference I heard in the V1 tube was that it sounded what I can only describe as more “lush” - less brittle, smoother breakup, richer.
I will ilkely try rolling some tubes when I finally get a
5 - Round Tuits - Get A Round Tuit - Guard it With Your Life Plus one BONUS  Token.
!:p

I do suspect however that smoothing out that "brittleness" may somewhat compromise tha amps ability to "cut through" a mix at such low volume levels? While I do have a fairly wide variety of 12AX7/ECC83 tubes on hand, none are necessarily "highly revered" and I really don't want to go down that rabbit hole of chasing esoteric, high priced, NOS tubes! I do plan to roll through my stash to find a couple/few units that will keep the amp sounding as close as possible to how it already does (or even a possible improvement), in the inevitable eventuality of a tube failure!

It's kinda interesting that like most times and comparisons, the amp may sound a bit harsh and maybe even a tiny bit lacking in the bottom end, when playing by myself. Then in a full band setting, that harshness perfectly cuts through and the low end gets filled in by the bass and kick drum! I really couldn't ask for a much more perfect amp!

Simply Screechin' & Squawkin'
Gene
 

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Congrats on the new amp!

I'm curious as to what you paid for it, only because I currently have an absolutely mint used one on loan from my local L&M. They are selling it for $1299, and I just have to accept that I am buying the thing!
 


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