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I did. The 8 seems to be a bit fuller sounding, which was surprising. It doesn't have as much of a problem with bass as people would lead you to believe, or so my ass says as I was sitting next to it on my livingroom floor. LOL The 10 was also a bit louder, which definitely eliminated it for my purposes (super quiet with good tube tone). It's OK. I used to be, but a lot of the info has leaked out of my brain.
Cool! Wondered whether the 8 was worthwhile, sounds like an affirmative. Did you do a head-to-head with the 10? I'm not tube savvy, unfortunately, so can't help you there, sorry. HNAD!
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I know a lot of folks are all about the 'all tube' mojo, but I'd look for a pedal to drive the amp rather than a tube that can transform the amp to something it is not.
The STR designation tells us that this was a Special Tube Request by the Tube Amp Doctor. In all honesty it looks and sounds like a pretty radical take on the EL84. The dimensions of this tube deserve your attention. Most tubes made in the U.S., England and Germany were built to a standard size. I often compare the new breed of EL84’s to the 1964 G.E. Essential Tube Characteristics Handbook. The TAD EL84STR is about a quarter inch shorter than any EL84 on the market and falls below the minimum GE spec of 2.344 inches. You may have to modify or adjust spring and clip type retainers for the shorter bottle. These are beefy bottles as well, with a measured maximum width of .874 inches. The GE specification is a maximum value of.875 inches. The TAD EL84STR also has the largest plate structure of any EL84 you can buy. I won’t give any more specs. Just trust me on this one, it’s enormous! There is very little clearance between the plate and the bottle and they get hot! This tube has the deepest bass, the highest highs and strident mids. In short, they sound a lot like a premium 6V6. No smooth creamy distortion here but tons of rock and roll crunch. If your bored with your normal EL84 tone these are definitely tubes to consider. Not recommended for some VOX amps as well as some smaller Mesa Boogie amps due to size issues.
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none of the other budget 5-watters out there sound much at all like the AC4. If you like the AC4, that's pretty much the one to get.
By any chance did you try out the Bugera V5 before you bought the Vox. Just curious as it has similar features but a few more features like gain control and reverb.
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That sounds like what you want. Now, while you won't get a 12ax7 that breaks up earlier itself, you can get one that has higher-than-average gain, which isn't necessarily "gain" like overdrive, but simply that it amplifies signal more, which would push the EL84 harder . . . . more "gain" in the sense of drive. Tubedepot.com offers a high gain test and you can pick which 12ax7 you want (I like Tung Sol for it's sweet top end). But that TAD EL84STR is different than any other EL84.
No smooth creamy distortion here but tons of rock and roll crunch.
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