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7 years ago
Get the tube. Even running clean, the physics of the tube trump solid state amplification. The only thing that a solid state has over the tube is the compact/light weight aspects. Try getting the same gain in a solid state amplifier with equal wattage
You left out price.
This is true....
I just remember how well my old guitarist's Mesa 100W all tube amp sounded :) Granted, with tube pres, and other technology like the transtube and other processing, things can sound pretty good. Still yet, when comparing apples to apples, a modern tube amp will outperform a solid state.
While there is no substitute for the mechanical spin up and spin down of the leslie....
Anything can potentially be simulated to a degree where nobody can truly tell the difference. Funny, and related story: A coworker of mine is a great programmer. He can absolutely NAIL the sound of the Leslie with clever programming. He recently did a gig in which he put a Leslie cabinet on the stage with him. Didn't hook it up. It was just a prop. He said he got noticeably more compliments on his organ sounds, and the Leslie in particular.When you really strip everything else away and have people judge with ONLY their ears it's amazing what can be done. That said, as a player, I do like playing through a tube amp live. I just like how it feels. Once it gets recorded though, some of that magic gets lost, and that leaves room for emulations to come in and do just as good of a job.
I respect your opinion DAS but.... I believe if you use a good mic and pre you don't "lose" anything. I do agree however that using only our ears most of us could probably not hear a difference.:)
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