Best 12ax7 Tubes for 87' Jerry?

Best 12ax7 Tubes for 87' Jerry?

Postby deadagainband76 » Wed Jun 22, 2011 5:41 pm

I was just wondering if there is a goto pre tube that sounds most 87 Jerry? Does anyone know what He was using?
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Re: Best 12ax7 Tubes for 87' Jerry?

Postby tigerstrat » Thu Jun 23, 2011 7:49 am

Popular theory (or perhaps just my own) is that there were never any major changes in the type of tubes used- from the late 60's on they had huge stocks of military grade, mostly Sylvania tubes (possibly RCA too?), from which Healy and whoever else hand-picked the best-performing ones. I'd be most interested to know if that ever varied, like the times when he switched to Mesa or GT amps. I've been using the same RCA 7025's in my DSR preamp for about 6-7 years now, which were already about 30 years old when I popped them in, and I feel like my rig sounds better than it ever has.
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Re: Best 12ax7 Tubes for 87' Jerry?

Postby deadagainband76 » Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:29 am

Thanks I have had some luck with vintage tung sol but still not quite there.
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Re: Best 12ax7 Tubes for 87' Jerry?

Postby mijknahs » Thu Jun 23, 2011 12:55 pm

I don't think it's as much of the tubes as it is the rest of the mods and upgrades.
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Re: Best 12ax7 Tubes for 87' Jerry?

Postby deadagainband76 » Tue Jun 28, 2011 2:08 am

Jerry was always swappin out pickups. I wonder if he did that with tubes as well. They do change tone abit.
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Re: Best 12ax7 Tubes for 87' Jerry?

Postby mijknahs » Tue Jun 28, 2011 7:10 am

deadagainband76 wrote:Jerry was always swappin out pickups. I wonder if he did that with tubes as well. They do change tone abit.


He probably thought they were sounding "dull" so had fresh ones put in from time to time. I don't know. Just a guess.
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