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Tubes up or tubes down?

11/12/1999 6:21 PM
fetTubes up or tubes down?
Lately I've been thinking about buying some parts and building a little tube amp head.  
Question: On a head-only unit, which is better: tubes up like a Marshall, or tubes suspended down like a Fender?  
It always seemed to me that the Fender design unnecessarily bakes all the amp innards in the rising heat from the tubes below. I seem to recall reading that Leo F. did the suspended-tube thing for a better combo-amp design. That I can see; but why suspend the tubes on a head-only unit?  
Thanks for your opinion...

peter The Radiotron Designer's Handbook r... -- 11/12/1999 6:31 PM
Steve Jones The tubes are down on a combo so yo... -- 11/12/1999 9:08 PM