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#1
Mine was actually my AC30. My previous amps were the cheap a** sh*t Squier SP10, nice step up to an AC30VR, and then the tube C2.

Wow, it was like heaven had descended upon my ears. It just sounded so rich and lovely.

What was your first tube amp? And how did you react to it's sound (hearing a tube amp for the first time/playing a tube amp for the first time?
#2
Peavey Windsor. Initially I loved it, but I quickly realized it didn't do what I wanted it to. I think I was more excited to have a half stack than I was to have a tube amp. I do remember being obsessed with the smell of the tubes heating up though (I assume it was actually the smell of the tolex getting warm.)
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#3
Mine was a H&K 20th anniversary I believe.

It was gooooood.
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#4
Fender Twin was my first tube amp.

It was also my first amp.

Didn't know what I had, so I'm not sure if it was great or not...got rid of it for little of nothing.
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#6
Fender Champ.. It was a great little amp. And It sounded so much better than my frontman and VS that I bought into the tube hype and bought a JCM. Never looked back

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I do remember being obsessed with the smell of the tubes heating up though (I assume it was actually the smell of the tolex getting warm.)


Ah, the smell of warm tolex. Nothing beats it thats for sure
#7
Peavey Ultra Plus 120 Head. I still love/use it. I thought it was the greatest American amp for the price. And for the money, this thing blows most Tube amps out of the water.
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#8
Bugera 333XL combo. Still the only tube amp I've owned (about 2-3 years now, can't remember).

First impression: godly, amazing, best thing in the world, orgasm...

My amp before that was a 15W SS Epiphone practice amp, in comparison a Marshall MG sounds good
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#9
Fender HRD III. The cleans just blew me away. They still do. So damn good. Of course the drive channels aren't great but I didn't mind that and I've since found a way around it so everything is good.
#10
My first tube amp was a crate BlueVoodoo. Cleans were sparkly good and the drive channel was amazing. Warmth and clarity. Loved it.
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#11
Valveking. Really wasn't a bad amp at all with a few tweaks. Tbh its like a 6505 with less bottom end and a slightly harsher upper-mid range but with WAY better cleans. Not a terrible amp but not a great amp. You could certainly do worse I suppose for a first tube amp.
#12
Vox AC30. It made my MT-2 sound GOOD for a change!
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#13
Marshall JCM2000 DSL, my reaction, "so THIS is what playing the guitar is all about" after years learning on a solid-state 60W Crate 1x12.
#14
Peavey Valveking. After having a line 6 spyder, it was an absolute god send.

Now I've gone through a triple rec, and i'm on my VHT. Tube amps are addictive.

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VHT Deliverance

#15
Mesa/Boogie Dual Rectifier Roadster.

I was disappointed at first because it didn't sound "the way it did in the store." I soon learned that one of the tubes was just about dead (in fact, it would sometimes die in the middle of playing, then come back to life a few seconds later). After replacing the tubes and learning how to EQ a real amp, I fell in love. Great sounding distortion, huge sound in general, dynamics for days. It's great.
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#16
crate blue voodoo.

it was a great amp for rock and metal with a decent clean channel. it started to have problems, reverb tank dying, my tastes changing etc. i did alot of learing about tubes on that amp. what tubes sound better where and what you can do and cant do with them. overall it was a great learning platform about tube amps.
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#17
Mine was a Laney VH100R.

I had a Marshall AVT150 and a Randall G3 half stack. I wasn't really happy with how they sounded. The AVT was horribly harsh and I was getting into heavier music so I bought the G3. It was cool but to get a likable sound, I had to crank the gain up and it would squeal like a pig at that point. I couldn't get a nice clean sound or lower gain tones either so that had to go.

I found the VH for 800 bucks with a cabinet and I picked it up. When I got home and plugged it in, I was in love. Great tones all across the board. Nice and crunchy rock tones and wicked metal tones without any fizz or much noise. I wish I never sold it
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#18
My first tube amp was a Laney VC30. and it still is.

I had a vox valvetronix before. the VC30 was a massive upgrade.

I just wish the sound had more punch in the low end... it's kinda thin and jangly which was the tone i wanted at the time, but now i've moved on to darker, thicker sounds.
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#19
The first one I owned was a fender HRD 2nd gen. Didn't do what I wanted, but it was nice for what it was.

I can't remember the first one I played, but I remember thinking when I played this amp, 'damn, this thing sounds good.' I discovered later that it was a tube amp.
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#20
Laney L5T, miss the amp a lot and to be honest I really didn't know what I had
#21
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I can't remember the first one I played, but I remember thinking when I played this amp, 'damn, this thing sounds good.' I discovered later that it was a tube amp.

I had the same experience... A drummer who lived across the hall from me in the dorms invited me to jam with him in the school's radio station studio. I went up with him one day and just took my guitar, he said 'plug into that.' I'm not positive but in retrospect I think it was an AC30. I just remember thinking 'where in the hell is all this volume coming from?' The thing was thumping my chest like I'd never felt before from a solid state. It took me two years to realize it was a tube amp.

Just to properly finish the story; the drummer turned out to be a god damn prodigy. We tried to play for like thirty minutes and he finally said it wasn't going to work. He did it politely, but it was a total dick move... 'What do you mean it's not going to work? Play something in 4/4 and maybe it would.'
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#22
Mine was a 70s red Marshall 50 W head and slant cab. I got it for $400. I remember thinking it was loud. Man I wish I still had that, I traded it yrs later for a 50W combo because it was too big, what an idiot I was.
#24
My first tuber was a Bugera V5, but my first READ tuber was an Egnater Tweaker. I played on SS amps for years as a kid before getting something all the cool kids had

But yeah, mindblowingly awesome.
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#25
I had a London City Bulldog as first tube amp. I don't have it anymore, but a friend has it now, so I can play it every once in a while. Great thing, but the combination of a 100 watt head and an insanely heavy cab became too much for me, so I sold it and bought a Vox AC15C1. Sold that one as I wanted and needed something more versatile, which lead me to the Dual Rectifier with 3 channels.

As far as going from SS to tubes, it was pretty insane. I didn't notice that much in the cleans at first (I had a Frontman 212R and liked its cleans), but came to my mind later on when I compared them. =P The drive channel on the Bulldog blew the Frontman away like there were no limits to how bad the Frontman was. Looking back, my Mesa slays all of what I previously had, even though I'm not that happy with it as I had wished.
#26
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Peavey Windsor. Initially I loved it, but I quickly realized it didn't do what I wanted it to. I think I was more excited to have a half stack than I was to have a tube amp. I do remember being obsessed with the smell of the tubes heating up though (I assume it was actually the smell of the tolex getting warm.)


I thought I was the only one with the tube thing, but I swear mine is actually the tubes, due to only smelling it through a vent right above the power tubes....maybe it's the tolex around the edges or something else on the inside...

As for my first Tube amp, it's my Vengeance that I bought about 10 months ago. Before getting it, I owned a Squire Frontman copy, which the input jack pooped out on, a Fender Frontman 15 (what a huge change/upgrade, right? ) and then the grandaddy of them all, a Marshall MG30. All of them were awful.

Then, I got my Vengeance. I had played Tube amps before. Tons of them at stores. Valveking, 6505, Hot Rod, Picovalve, MA100, DSL401, Blackstar HT40, Mesa Dual Rec, Peavey Windsor, Mesa Rectoverb, Tweaker, you name it, I tried it. At the time, I was looking for the 6505 sound, but somewhat different. Probably something along the lines of ENGL. I got the Vengeance, hooked it up, set everything to noon (other than the Master Volume, for obvious reasons) and started playing. I loved the feel, the response, the cleans, and the overall sound, but even after tweaking and trying the recommended settings and tweaking more, I honestly did not like the overdrive channel. It was muddy, dark, and not the sound in my head. The problem here was actually the cabinet I was using (JCA24S) combined with my lack of experience dialing in Tube amps and my ears being used to solid state crap. Now, however, after learning how to dial it in and getting used to the way tubes amps sound and react, I'll never look back. I can't think of another amp that I would like more than this one. I still need to do a speaker swap in my cab, but everything with my amp is in order and I'm about to re-tube, which should improve the sound some more yet, which excites me
#27
Bugera 333XL which I got last year. Played it, and it was ok, but just not what I was looking for. Traded it and some money for a Peavey 6505+, never looked back. As a matter of fact, the only other amps I would want besides a Peavey 6505+ are an Engl Fireball or a Mesa Boogie Mark V and I wouldn't give my Peavey up for either.
#29
Mesa Boogie 3 Channel Dual Rectifier (not the 2010 revision) and I still have it as my main tube amp to power my AxeFx live atm. Loved it since i've had it, never been disappointed with it. It doesn't have the greatest clean channel in the world but I can live with that
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#30
That would be my Vintage Modern. It's absolutely amazing to my ears and perfect for covering all of the tones I want. It's quite a big upgrade from my previous amps (Fender Frontman 212R, Line 6 Spider 3, and a Squier amp that came with my first guitar).
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#31
When I first got my tube amp I was very meh, then when I figured out how to exploit it with my pedals I was like awwwe yeah. I gots no gain channel so.... um yeah, metal players need gain.
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#33
Just got mine yesterday after playing for 7 years. Orange Dark Terror. Love it.
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#34
First tube amp was a Hot Rod DeVille in 2004. Was completely the wrong amp for me but sounded pretty decent.
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#35
1981 music man HD212-150. it is a hybrid amp with a SS preamp.

first all-tube amp was a tiny terror... i went back to playing the music man after the infatuation wore off.
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#36
My first tube amp was an old beater Vox AC15 which had a blown speaker and need new tubes since the originals went microphonic. It wasn't played much since I didn't like it's "clean" tone since cranking the volume past one would make a dirty mess. Which I didn't care for at the time since was looking for the best clean tone that wasn't like the RC-120 sterile cleanliness.

My first good tube amp was my Orange Thunderverb 200. It had the features that I was looking for in an amp at the time. Good controllable dirt and cleans that are warm yet clear. It still the only the only amp that I haven't completely given up on since it's my backup to my RM100.
#38
Peavy Windsor, it worked fine in the store but died as soon as it got home -___-
Got a refund and busted out the credit card for the Egnater Tweaker 40. I absolutely love that amp, its an amazing machine. My favorite part about the amp, which is probably true for all tube amps is when you hold certain notes and stand close enough to the amp, you hear the harmonic starting to rise above the note
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#39
First one for me was my Krank Krankenstein head. Tough head to figure out being new to tube amps but well worth the patience. Fortunately I've been able to play a 6505+ as well and find that one to be a very user friendly amp.
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#40
JCM DSL100, sold it because I needed the money at the time, very sad to let it go, it was amazing and made every instrument I had at the time sound great.
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