Vintage Modern problems

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  1. rowanjvm

    rowanjvm New Member

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    Hi all, I have a 2266c Vintage Modern and every YouTube clip I watch it sounds nice and crunchy and full sounding but no matter what guitar I use it sounds shrill and the mid boost seems to do the opposite! Any ideas as to the cause?
     
  2. The Dose of Harmony

    The Dose of Harmony Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Tubes Dude!
    I just got mine not even a month

    Maybe two weeks ago i replaced the pre amp tubes it was still sounding bad ass
    Three days ago I replaced the porwer tubes with JJ and it does not sounds as sweet as before!
    Looks like we have to put the original power tubes.
     
  3. rowanjvm

    rowanjvm New Member

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    So it needs new OEM power tubes?
     
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    Hi @rowanjvm , I also have the same amp, I love it. Can you post all the knob and switch settings you are typically using there? For me, the key to getting a great tone was to get the MV up to at least 4, preferably 5 or 6.
     
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    Ufoscorpion Well-Known Member

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    You definitely need the master volume up on a VM as with any Marshall. Another tip , don’t use jj’s they are horrible .
     
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    The Dose of Harmony Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Man i read that the mullars too!
    That sucks
    I tried to buy the original but there havebeen sold out for a few weeks already!
     
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    Ufoscorpion Well-Known Member

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    The original Marshall branded tubes are actually made by Shuguang so maybe see if you can get hold of those . Personally I put Electro Harmonix 6l6’s in mine and they sound great , I much prefer them to kt66’s.
     
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    The Dose of Harmony Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Yeah i tried to get those shuguang and nothing!
    And yeah JJ’s suck on the VM
     
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    Think the bias is very important on a VM,.............it can go from shrill to Pure Kossoff with a nice pair or quad of biased Gold Lions !
     
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    Georgiatec Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    The amp seems to favour the Shuguang KT66. Although the Russian Genalex also sound good. You need to have a short plate ecc83 in V2 to keep the noise down in HDR.
    Old RFT's are plentiful, cheap and work the best, but a JJ will do in a pinch. Bias needs to be around 40mv per tube.
     
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    When I bought my VM 2266 head it had Gold Lions. I replaced them with Shuguangs, I can't decide which I like better. To me the Gold Lions sound more creamy and the Shuguangs have more of an EL34 type crunch. This is at home volumes though. I pretty much dime the amp at gigs and the Shuguangs take on more of a creamy sound at higher volumes.
     
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    My 2266C had Gold Lion PT's when I bought it. They were shot; shrill and rattly, and apparantly not that old.
    I bought a matched pair of Valve Arts KT66's from Amplified Parts, and no problems since. The amp sounds great, and no rattle. The Valve Arts are Shuguangs.
    I just had a quick look on Amplified Parts' website and it looks like they have some available.
     
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    Georgiatec Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    Looking for something I don't remember what.
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    Tubes are a good start, JJs sound fairly dark in the VM. I have Gold Lion KT66s power tubes biased at about 36mv-38mv each per spec.

    Make sure to start your tone foundation with the Body and Detail controls first then fine tune with the Bass, Mid and Treble etc.
     
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    If you have the master volume low, at bedroom levels then this is what it sounds like..
    Turn it up past 4

    VM tone is very sensitive to settings so stick with one guitar to start and Depending on guitar, but start with body setting 2 less than detail and work from there.

    if it sounds decent now, you simply need a bigger bedroom

     
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    If you find the tone, but its too loud for your use in the studio or at home, then you can consider an attenuator. If you'd like a project, the designs on our attenuator thread in the Workbench section, were developed specifically for this amp and will let you find the sweetspot at whatever volume you need.
     
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