#1
Hey all, i am going to buy a jet city jca2112rc to replace my peavey bandit 112. i was looking at the el84 power tubes and came across something that i didnt know, and i cant find online.

there are soft medium and hard tubes... whats that mean?

i also noticed duet and quartet... quartet is over twice as much! do they sounds beter or what? HELP!

thanks
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#2
Duet and Quartet refer to the number of tubes you're getting. Powertubes come in pairs for lower wattage amps and as quads for higher powered ones.

I'm pretty certain that the softness scale (S, M, H) refers to how you bias the amp, with softer tubes being able to accept a wider range of voltages than harder ones. I just don't remember what the difference in sound is.

PS: Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.
#3
Soft break up the soonest, hard break up the latest. A duet is two tubes and a quartet is four.
#4
Quartet is 4 tubes, Duet is 2, they cost twice as much because your getting twice as many tubes. Also I doubt you would need to replace the tubes already in the Jet City.

Edit: ****ing double ninja'd.
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#5
okay thanks. i'm not replacing the tubes yet, i just wanted to know for future reference. the duet quartet thing makes sense haha! i'll stick with mediums just to be safe. thanks everyone! i knew it was a newbie question lol
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Fender Standard Stratocaster Plus Top - Aged Cherry Burst with Maple Fingerboard
Epiphone Les Paul Standard Florentine PRO Hollowbody - Faded Cherry Sunburst w/ Seymour Duncan SH-55's

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Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2 Plus Universal Power Supply

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#6
damn, i have never even heard of soft, medium and hard to describe tubes.

no one seemed to mention the tubes sold as 'duets and quartets' are generally 'matched' (have very close functional properties) so they can be used in push/pull power sections.
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