Anyone else wish there was an MT15 with EL34s and a little less gain?

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  1. kselbee

    kselbee New Member

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    The MT15 seems like an incredible amp for the money. But I'm more of an EL34 guy and not really into metal. Would LOVE to see something like the MT15 with EL34s and a bit less gain.
     
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  2. BrianC

    BrianC more toys than talent

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    I put EL's in mine as well as a few other tricks. Its just a different amp than that. It is great at what it was designed for. I too wish for something a little different than what is offered.
     
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  3. shimmilou

    shimmilou Established in 1963

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    Easy enough to change tubes to EL34 if that is what you like. When changing output tubes, be sure to check/set the idle bias. You can easily substitute a 5751, or 12AY7, in any/all of the preamp positions, for less gain. A 12AT7 in the PI spot would also be great for reducing gain.
     
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  4. elvis

    elvis Hamfisted String Banger

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    Or turn down the gain knob?
     
  5. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    If you pick up something like a used HXDA, you’ll have exactly what you’re looking for.

    It won’t be a little lunchbox, but it’ll sound great and be a real-deal thing.
     
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  6. Black Plaid

    Black Plaid just another Alan

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    I don't think things always work that way. Things are voiced to sound best with a certain range of clipping.
     
  7. Rider1260

    Rider1260 New Member

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    Brian C and I played with the EL34s and Bias etc , To me there was no taming the modern gain sound of the amp, it was also very tight almost a lack of sustain kind of thing to my ears great for heavy tones and chugging rhythm
     
  8. DreamTheaterRules

    DreamTheaterRules New and improved member

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    The amp tone is pretty pre-amp driven. I didn't figure changing power tubes would make a huge difference. And, it sounds like it's locked down pretty tight, maybe with NFB. Makes for better chugging but less sustain. That's just a guess though on the latter.
     
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