#1
What is the difference between tube and solid state amps? What do all the letters and numbers mean? Is getting a tube amp a bad choice because it is old technology? How can you tell if a amp is a tube or solid state amp? Any answers to these questions would be greatly appreciated thanks
#2
Tube amps sound warmer, solid state is cheaper.

Solid state takes less maintenence and is better for begginners.

Tubes sound way better but can break down easier.

Go to the basics fourms next time.

Just ask someone who works at the store what kind it is.
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Do not ask at the store. Store-people lie to try to get you to buy stuff.

What is the difference between tube and solid state amps? Tube amps run on vacuum tubes/valves (the british term), solid state amps run on transistors.

What do all the letters and numbers mean? what do you mean? you mean in the names of the valves? like 12ax7, or 6L6GC? different valves sound different, basically. Most amps use 12ax7's in the preamp, you can use 12at7's or 12au7's to get lower preamp gain. 6L6's and 6V6's tend to have an american tone, while EL34's and EL84's tend to have a british tone. also, different brands will have different tonal characteristics and quality.

Is getting a tube amp a bad choice because it is old technology? No.

How can you tell if a amp is a tube or solid state amp? if it has a standby switch, it's a tube amp. If it doesn't it could be either a tube amp or a solid state amp- but normally only the smaller tube amps don't have standby switches. also, if you can see tubes inside it (they look like elongated light bulbs), it's a tube amp.

Any answers to these questions would be greatly appreciated thanks. No problem. If you want any more answers, don't hesistate to ask.

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^ cheers, joel.

also, just to add to the "if you see tubes in it, it's tube": it needs to have more than one tube to be all tube- a lot of hybrid tubes have only one tube in the preamp- you need at least one preamp and one power amp valve for the amp to be al-tube.
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