Tubes for SLO
« Thread started on: Mar 17th, 2004, 9:59pm »
I have an SLO100 and love it to death. There is a certain something missing though. I just want some overall recommendations for retubing this beast. Any experiences or suggestions would be most helpful.
Re: Tubes for SLO
« Reply #1 on: Mar 18th, 2004, 8:18pm »
Quoiyaien, I'm getting a SLO tommorow and I'm about to pee in my pants. Your question about tubes is a good one. I would like to hear some suggestions also. This forum is freakin slow, so it takes a while to get a response. Now that I think about it, I think there is a thread on here talking about certain tubes in the slo.
Re: Tubes for SLO
« Reply #2 on: Mar 19th, 2004, 04:58am »
Super quick rev for tubes in the SLO (I've tried out several types of tubes): Stock 5881's (I've not tried out the latest 5881's shipped with the newest SLO's): Tends to be a bit hard and has a grainy top-end. Good punch and is tight on the low end. 6L6's (ex old Mesa-branded Sylvania): Sweeter than the 5581's, more "fendery", nice open cleantone, a good tube. KT66's(russia): Big, boomy tone. More power on tap. For my taste "too clean", I like the powertubes to break up some more at a "reasonable" volume (master at 12 o'clock). A cross between the 6L6 and EL-34. EL-34 (Svets): My fave, for a Marshally SLO. Great crunchtone on the cr.ch, a more "woody" tone for the lead ch. Growly with a crisp tone. Not as tight compared to the 5881's. EL-34L's (JJ-Tesla): Warmer and rounder compared to the Svets. A bit more bottom end, still a tight bottom.
I posted some place else here.. I'm going to try out some JJ-6L6's soon for a JJ-EL34L loaded SLO. This tube is supposed to be a great match for the SLO.
If You for some reason would not "like" the tone 100% with a SLO, just change to some other tubes. Tubes do def. make a diff.!! Good luck!!