#1
So first off it's a Crate blue voodoo, yes I know it's not the best, but it came with a cab and was cheap for the price so I couldn't pass.

Anyway, it's got one totally dead 6l6 tube (it's white at the top, guess the gasses leaked), all I ordered a replacement for that one because it's all I can afford right now.

So my questions are what are some things I should do now that I have my first tube amp that is also a 100 watt monster half stack my bedroom
Last edited by dinik at Aug 3, 2017,
#2
#1  Match your output tubes.  It's pretty important to have a matched set so they all respond the same.
"Your sound is in your hands as much as anything. It's the way you pick, and the way you hold the guitar, more than it is the amp or the guitar you use." -- Stevie Ray Vaughan

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#4
Yeah, I'm aware of the voltages and such. I have experience with some electrical stuff. Installed pickups on my own, but that's it. The weird thing is when I open it up I can only see power tubes. Not a pre amp in sight. Could they be under the chassis? Oh and I know im supose to match them in pairs, but im super short on change right now. Can I simply pop the new one in and bias it to the best possible?
#5
Honestly I would just wait and save up to buy the set, and maybe even changing out the preamp tubes as well, as I'm sure they're not in great shape. Trust me when I say you just want to do it right the first time. 6l6's aren't that expensive.

With fresh tubes, the Blue Voodoo's a beast of an amp! Very underrated. The preamp tubes are in a row right in front of the power tubes, you can see it easier on the newer models:




Here's a matched pair, $39 for the set: http://www.dougstubes.com/power-tubes/6l6-5881-kt66/ruby-6l6gc-cz.html
Last edited by ExDementia at Aug 3, 2017,
#6
Be a shame to pair highly mis-matched output tubes and burn down your transformer.  It doesn't happen often but it is possible.  
$20 saved, $400 down the drain.  Maybe time to rethink this and select a matched pair.  Several online tube websites will help you choose tubes with high compatibility so you may not need to re-bias the amp.  Eurotubes comes to mind.
"Your sound is in your hands as much as anything. It's the way you pick, and the way you hold the guitar, more than it is the amp or the guitar you use." -- Stevie Ray Vaughan

"Anybody can play. The note is only 20 percent. The attitude of the motherfucker who plays it is 80 percent." -- Miles Davis

Guthrie on tone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmohdG9lLqY
#7
ExDementia Sounds like I'll take your advice. I ordered a jj tube the other day, is it possible I can order three more that aren't matched? Same brand and everything? I can bias the amp if I have to.
#8
pull EITHER the inside pair OR the outer pair.

now you are at half power BUT

HALF POWER = HALF OHMS
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