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    Default Silicone tube dampers



    Who uses them ?

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    Default Silicone tube dampers

    Someone has a Friedman Modded Marshall.
    Jealous...
    But Iíve never used the dampers. Iím assuming they would help with tube rattle?
    I would think they might be more important in a combo amp where tune noise might be more prevalent.
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    I use them on the preamp tubes. I’d always heard that power tubes ran too hot for them, and I used to hear stories of them melting when used on power tubes. (Maybe they weren’t made from high-temperature silicone.)

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    Default Re: Silicone tube dampers

    I've used them several times on both preamp and power tubes. Always in combos....never had tube rattle with heads. They worked well for me. Never had a problem with melting.

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    Default Re: Silicone tube dampers

    Waste of time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chickenwings View Post
    Waste of time.
    If you use them, you can actually time travel.

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    Default Re: Silicone tube dampers

    When I had the vox night train they helped me tame some microphonics from el84s
    But really haven't had a microphonics problem in years that replacing a tube didn't fix.

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    Default Re: Silicone tube dampers

    I have really expensive RCA 7591A in one amp. They are rattling. The only way to use them are theses dampers. They are money savers (i never use this amp live, so i don't know whether they would work in high volume situations too.)
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    Default Re: Silicone tube dampers

    And get rid of the beautiful tube spring tension sound when I move my Marshall? No way!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NegativeEase View Post
    And get rid of the beautiful tube spring tension sound when I move my Marshall? No way!!!!!!
    You move your Marshall while it's being played?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Demanic View Post
    You move your Marshall while it's being played?

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    No, but those dampers get rid of that spring clang sound when you move them -while off of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NegativeEase View Post
    No, but those dampers get rid of that spring clang sound when you move them -while off of course.
    Oh, I thought that you were talking about a sound like what you would get if you smacked the reverb box on a cheap ss amp while it was on.
    Now I understand differently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Demanic View Post
    Oh, I thought that you were talking about a sound like what you would get if you smacked the reverb box on a cheap ss amp while it was on.
    Now I understand differently.

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    haha. I'm very sentimental about the sound of the springs banging into the tubes -it's pleasant and reminds me of when I got my first tube amp as a kid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chickenwings View Post
    Waste of time.
    Well, at least they wouldn't melt on the power tubes, because the heat rises to the tube base, being upside down and all...

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    Default Re: Silicone tube dampers

    They enhance the 2nd and 3rd-order harmonics.

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