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    J_maker

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    changing tubes on a TM18 head

    Post by J_maker on Thu Jul 31, 2014 11:46 am

    Hello from Greece!
    My name is George and I am thinking of buying a used TM18 head, and I am glad I found this forum!  Very Happy 
    Now, concerning the TM18, one thing that comes to my mind is that I am probably going to change the tubes. As far as I've seen from the pictures the first thing that you can read on the tubes themselves is "CHINA". Which I don't like at all.
    On my Mesa Boogie Studio 22+ I used only Mesa tubes that seemed to sound better that any other brand I tried there.
    On my Seymour Duncan 8440 tube, I am happy with the Sovtek ones.
    Any advice on which tube brand would fit better with the TM18? Mind That I mostly play Hard Rock and power Blues and I use Humbuckers (PRS McCarty). Let's say, Gary Moore's sound would be my favorite.
    On the other hand... any experience on military tubes? They're everywhere on eBay.
    Thanks in advance,
    George
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    gravydb

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    Re: changing tubes on a TM18 head

    Post by gravydb on Fri Aug 01, 2014 8:43 am

    Hi George! I had a TM18 head for a couple years before upgrading it to a GM36 just recently.

    I immediately changed the TM's tubes to JJ, mostly out of habit (it's what I tend to do with most amps I've owned) and I kept the stock tubes as spares. IMO the stock tubes didn't sound bad, but the JJ's are a known entity to me and I have a high comfort level with them. I did notice a slight improvement with the JJ's, a smoother tone, but of course that is subjective and I will emphasize it was a subtle difference.

    I plan on doing the same with my GM very soon, I'm waiting on a quad of EL84's as we speak Smile

    Good luck!
    -Dave

    J_maker

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    Re: changing tubes on a TM18 head

    Post by J_maker on Sat Aug 02, 2014 12:02 am

    thank you very much Dave for the reply! Good luck to you too on the GM36  Very Happy 

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