I just am a little confused by all the treads on here for seemingly every tube amp made, concerning tube rolling (replacement). Is there any tube amp made that sounds good 'as-is' without having a drawer full of tubes to swap in order to get a good sound. I even see some people getting adapters to use tubes that were, apparently, never meant to be used in that amp at all. I am kind of interested in getting a good tube amp as I have used solid state all my life and would like to see what all the fuss is about. I built my first stereo setup (preamp/poweramp) from Heathkit (anybody remember them?) when I was still in high school so it's not that I couldn't do all this tweaking, just hoping to avoid it if possible.
Tube rolling and tube amps in general
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I can't think of any amps that don't change their sonic character with tube changes. Whether or not its "better" is a matter of subjectivity.
The Mad Ear+ sounds good with stock tubes and Grados. The only one I have heard was with the OEM tubes though... so I am not saying it doesn't benefit from tube rolling.