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needing to buy some new valves for my amp and I'm fucking clueless

anyone have any recommendations that i could look at, or some websites that sell them i could peruse

been looking already but I'm not very clued up on valves

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What kind of amp do you have? This will alter the recommendations quite drastically. If it's a standard Marshall type then it more than likely uses EL34s. JJ EL34s are considered pretty decent for a good rock sound.

I think Fenders usually use 6L6 valves... but I'm a Marshall guy so I could be wrong.

I usually buy my valves from Hot Rox UK - Computer Matched Valves Guitar effects pedals Electro harmonix Guitar Strings as they're generally considered better than Watford Valves :: Watford valves is a U.K company that has become one of Europe's leading supliers of tested, graded and guaranteed valves to the professional music industry. - but I've never had any problems with Watford Valves.

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Hot Rox good. Watford bad. I've had numerous valves turn up DOA from Watford.

I've got a pair of JJ EL34's and a quad of Electro Harmonix 12AX7's. That came quite highly recommended for high gain stuff, though I've heard great things about Tungsol Gold Pin 12AX7's. I might get them next time.

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Depends on how old they are, and if your amp is starting to sound a little soft and muddy. I'd usually just change them all in one go. I love the sound of all new valves. Razor sharp clarity. You won't get that sparkling clarity if you only change one set.

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Hot Rox = Good, Watford = overpriced!

What amp do you have?

I just got a set of Svetlana Winged C's for my Marshall and they're badass. A lot of recommendations for these for hard rock/metal.

As for preamp tubes, I'd replace the power tubes and see if you're happy. If you still think it's not as good, get the preamp tubes replaced. Preamp tubes should last a lot longer than the power tubes. I'd say twice as long. If you're looking for a slight tonal change in your amp, replacing the tubes closest to the input jack will usually help in most amps.

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JJs are probably one of the more economical choices as they don't cost too much and do last much longer than a lot of other brands. Personally I have never had any problems with JJ's (revalved a mesa with 16x 6L6s), good solid sound. The winged C's are fucking hot though, used an amp with them (albeit through a nice cab) and it blew my mind

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I swear by Harma Diamond Cryos. Ive had them in Marshalls, Ashdowns and recently revalved my Engl Powerball.

I got them from Watford and it was really pricey 189 for 4 6L6s and 4 12AX7s and one of the 12AX7s was D.O.A. They replaced it and gave me a spare free though.

Will try HotRox next time me thinks

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haha

know bugeras are ment to be bad for breaking down etc

but its the most reliable amp I've owned based on other amps I've had that have broke down in less time

thats with lots of gigs and being turned on for short periods at home

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JJs are probably one of the more economical choices as they don't cost too much and do last much longer than a lot of other brands. Personally I have never had any problems with JJ's (revalved a mesa with 16x 6L6s), good solid sound. The winged C's are fucking hot though, used an amp with them (albeit through a nice cab) and it blew my mind

I've heard the same thing about JJs.

I had Svet Winged Cs in my Mesa when I got it. They are a sexy sounding valve, but I've not heard anything else through it to compare it with. I've got a mix of Mesa and Svet now. The only thing is, they do seem a little fragile and don't seem to last very long. I'll be going with the JJs next time, because it's all I can afford. :(

If I were you I'd go with the slightly more orbust JJs, good chance it'll reduce the risk of any of those Bugera horror stories we've all heard actually happeneing.

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