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    It’s very cool. I wouldn’t mind getting my hands on the Sheriff too, but I had to sell off a bunch of stuff just to pick up the Kraken.

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    Default Re: Preamp pedals with tubes in them

    I have the Blackstar HT Drive. It sounds absolutely terrible to me. But I've played quite a few Blackstar amps and didn't like them either. I can get way better sounds out of my Boss OD3.

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    This one gets me sweet sludgy tones all day long :

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    I have owned BK Butler Real Tube pedals and I own a modified Blue Tube pedal (uses an octal 6SL7) owned a Guyatone FLIP Metal Monster, AMT Freak TC Electronics Pilot and an Electro Harmonix English Muff'n. I still own a Behringer Vintage Tube Monster, Radial Engineering Tonebone Classic, 2 Rocktron Silver Dragons and a Fuchs Plush Valve Job. I ALWAYS change out the tube for NOS and sometimes a variant to suit my taste. I do like tubes in my pedals.

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    Default Re: Preamp pedals with tubes in them

    To get a real difference out of tubes you need to run them at high voltage, which the pedals do not. Same problem with tubes in some cheaper 19" gear and keyboards like the Korg Triton extreme.

    They can still sound great, just saying it's not the same as a full voltage preamp.

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    The Victory, AMT, and some of the other true preamp pedals that are basically the front end of a tube amp, do run at high voltages (250V+). A lot of the pedals people are bringing up here are just distortion pedals that run the tube in starved mode, which is totally different. I "think" the OP was asking about preamp pedals.

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    Didn't Korg or someone include a tube in their pedal but put a little LED light behind it so the tube could glow?
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    Default Re: Preamp pedals with tubes in them

    The one I like best doesn't use a tube. But it's designed to create the sound Eric Johnson gets when he runs his Tube Driver into his Fuzzface. It's the white pedal at the lower left of my pedal board. Click image for larger version. 

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    The Dover Drive is supposed to be a great distortion pedal, not a preamp though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mincer View Post
    Didn't Korg or someone include a tube in their pedal but put a little LED light behind it so the tube could glow?
    I think that is what the Korg Triton Extreme keyboard is doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mincer View Post
    Didn't Korg or someone include a tube in their pedal but put a little LED light behind it so the tube could glow?
    I’ve owned a couple of products that did just that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TMD View Post
    I’ve owned a couple of products that did just that.
    How were they? Why don't you still own them?
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    I have AMT SS-20, super versatile and it can do metal (most demos are actually), can play live into a guitar power amp and do home recording (best results with cab IR). Sounds good enough for me at least, not planning on replacing it. There are other AMT Preamps that sound great too. If you are only into high gain metal then you should also try ISP Theta Preamp, I tried it once and it was amazing for that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mincer View Post
    How were they? Why don't you still own them?
    I still own the mic preamp, though I don't use it. I used the desktop modeler a lot, but something came up and I needed money. It was great, actually. The preamp is an ART, so...

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    I know I hated the V Twin when it came out. It was compressed to hell, and essentially had one buzzy, super-distorted sound. Blech.
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    Give this one a go . . .

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    Default Re: Preamp pedals with tubes in them

    That's not a preamp, but neither is the Tube Driver, the Hot Tubes, the English Muff'n, or at least 1/2 the pedals brought up in this thread.
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    I have a rocktron silver dragon that I love and still use. It is seriously high gain. It has a 12ax7 and is a little noisy but sounds massive.
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    https://www.hilbishdesign.com/produc...ictus-preorder

    I just ordered one of these and now I'm sitting here thinking of ordering a second one. It's the Sunn Beta preamp in a pedal, aka the best solid state amp ever.
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    Default Re: Preamp pedals with tubes in them

    In an attempt to get Eric Johnson's violin tone I bought a Butler Real Tube. It did not get me that sound.

    Turns out Eric uses a Butler TUBE DRIVER...not a Real Tube. And he combines it with an old Fuzz Face.

    The Hermida Dover Drive, however, does get that sound. I love that pedal. So does Eric. But it doesn't use a tube.

    Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qX-b07pSO2A
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