#1
I recently got a Randall RH200 halfstack (solid-state) and wanted to know if theres a dramatical difference in the tone when compared to a tube amp. Are there pros/cons to both? Thanks
#2
Pros (tube)
Sounds "organic"
Sounds better at loud volumes

Cons (tube)
Costs more

Pros (SS)
Cost Less
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Cons (SS)
Can be very unreliable (MG)
Sounds "artificial"
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#3
I've always thought solid-states go much better with effect pedals... but that may be personal opinion.

But i know for sure solid-states will likely never break down like a tube amp could. But i'm sure you'll hear different opinions from different people.
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Pros (tube)
Sounds "organic"
Sounds better at loud volumes

Cons (tube)
Costs more

Pros (SS)
Cost Less
................

Cons (SS)
Can be very unreliable (MG)
Sounds "artificial"


Adding to SS pros: sounds the same at lower volumes as higher.
creates a clipping character good for some musical styles (death metal namely).

Can be more reliable that tubes if done right.
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#5
i hate when people bring up relaibilty in a tube vs ss thread. Why? because every one thinks "oh, new technology, it won't break on me," then when it does your just ****ed up the ass in getting it repaired. Where tube amps tend to have simple fixes.
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#6
Yes, you should most probably notice the difference immediately

Tubes
Pros: better, more satisfying sound, usually go well with pedals
Cons: need more maintenance, expensive

SS
Pros: need little maintenance unless its really crappy, cheap
Cons: Sound bland when compared to tube amps, pedals make little positive difference
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Pros: need little (and i mean little) maintenance

Depends how wrong it goes.
If it's moderately bad then it can be more expensive to fix than a valve amp.
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#8
generally tube amps will break up a lot better and add some warmth but dont forget the circuitry also plays a fair part of what the amp sounds(both tube and ss)

you like the rh200 and it will give you the tone you want dont be afraid to get it just because its solid state
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