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|7/4/2004 10:57 AM|
||Copper Rectifier Tube -- Anybody tried 'em?|
Looks like I'm in the market for a rectifier tube for my Mission Amps 5E3. Anybody found a really great sound out of the Weber copper top replacements? Original rec. tube was 5Y3.
I was thinking about these. Bruce? Anybody? You've probably experimented. What's a great sound if you don't recommend these? I like mods that make the amp be under less strain in general so I don't want anything that's going to make the OT or power tubes really groan, in general. Want my 5E3 to still be going a couple hundred years from now.
Thanks for info on trial and error, research and develpment. I'm too poor to buy and try.
|7/4/2004 11:23 AM|
I've got one of all of them, they work and sound great. With my set, and they may have been an early run, the 5y3, and 5v4 behave the same as a NOS 5Y3GT (at idle), the 5U4 ups the B+ slightly.
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|7/4/2004 12:34 PM|
Do you have a Mission Amps 5E3 clone? Bruce said he's got a heartier output tranny in his kit and not to use a GZ34 or 5AR4 in his circuit. So, I'm going to steer clear, but the copper cap Weber 5Y3 solid-state substitute tube sounds like a strong candidate. I think it's the way to go.
Thanks again for all your help, though.
|7/4/2004 12:50 PM|
No, I have 1957 and 1958 originals, and a modified Hoffman from ~ 1998 so I don't have Bruce's exact trannies. If I were building a kit today, I would get a Mission Tweedy though.
|7/4/2004 1:21 PM|
I certainly love mine...don't know what to compare it with, next to a real one or somebody else's clone, but I think it pretty well is superb, based on the feedback most people give.
|7/5/2004 7:15 PM|
I have a WV4 Copper Cap in my Mission 5E3 clone, which is equivalent to a 5V4 rectifier tube. I run 6L6s and have the zener diode switched out, so I went with a slightly stiffer 'rectifier'. I also have recently built a Marshall 18 watt clone, and I have a Copper Cap in that, too (it's a WCA4).
I like the idea of a rectifier that acts like a tube, but is relaible as all hell and lightens the load on the PT slightly. Easy "mod" to undo, too.
|7/6/2004 3:54 AM|
I like mods that let the amp run easier, so thanks for the input. How do you like your Marshall clone? Is it a Bluesbreaker clone? I've personally never owned a Marshall but they can sure put out some rompin' sound in a live show scene, and can best you in a hurry if you don't have your amp tight.
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