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Re: Solid State Rectifier vs. Tube Rectifier

12/18/2000 4:57 PM
Dave CharneskiRe: Solid State Rectifier vs. Tube Rectifier
In general, tube rectifier amps have a softer  
 
attack and more compression. However, there are  
 
so many other factors that can influence the  
 
dynamic response of an amp (which can overshadow  
 
the effect of the type of rectification) that I  
 
personally no longer pay much attention to  
 
what rectifier type the designer chose to  
 
use....unless it's rare and/or hard to find.  
 
A tube rectifier amp can be made to feel stiff  
 
and a SS rectifier amp can be made to feel squishy.  
 
For example, the Guytron and Bogner Shiva both  
 
use silicon rectification, but are both fairly  
 
squishy. However, the Route 66 uses tube  
 
rectification, but I felt it was quite  
 
stiff...regardless of whether I had a 5AR4 or  
 
5U4GB in there. Neither effect is "good" or "bad",  
 
just different. It all depends on what response  
 
you're most comfy with. Either style can sound  
 
fantastic.  
 
 
 
Others have mentioned Twins and  
 
Plexis being SS rectified, and we all know what  
 
kind of music has been made with those tools(!),  
 
so I really think you need to evaluate each amp  
 
individually and, most importantly, in a band  
 
context, to see if it'll work for you.  
 
 
 
Dave

 
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Shea Until recently, I thought the whole... -- 12/19/2000 5:57 PM