- Jan 1, 2005
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risabet said:Don't understand others complaints about the cost of tube amps. Tube amps are no more expensive then equivalent SS amps initially, you don't have to roll, though it is surely fun, and output tubes will last 2-3000 hrs before replacement, about 2 years on average, so the amortized cost for 8 6550's/KT88"s is about $100.00 per year, certainly more than SS, but not ridiculous.
For the sake of us "complainers" I would be glad to see and read some comparisons for cost, dynamics, sound comparisons, reliable places to find matched sets of power tubes, biasing, etc.
The SS amp that I now run was designed with the intent to drive Apogee Diva's - not a nice load to drive if you know about the Diva's. So knowing that it had the ability to handle my CLSIIz's, I was able to buy this amp used for under $500 shipped. After selling the older smaller SS amps that the new amp replaced, and deducting the sale of those, the final cost of this amp was $200, and I get great sound from it.
No matter how hard I looked, I could not find a nice used Tube Amp of decent age and condition, for under $1500 and usually significantly higher - and I was looking for a tube amp around 100 Watts. Most of the time a 50 watt Tube Amp would do, but there are times I like my music louder for listening sessions. And I whole heartly believe in headroom in an amp. This ment even with the sale of the other amps, I was looking at $1200 for the new tube amp. Not what I can afford at this time in my life and family circumstances.
Like I have stated before, I have heard Tubes and on ML's they do sound very nice, but there are some SS amps that also sound very good, especially mated up with a nice tube preamp. And those SS amps seem to be priced lower than the tube amps - in general