The Amp Show was AWESOME. Walk into any room, plug in and you get sho-nuff T-O-N-E of the Woody variety. And there most definitely was variety, all of it woody. I didn’t hear a bad amp or even anything approaching a bad amp, and didn’t expect to – though there was one that was a [...]
Part 2 Here’s the second part of the EL84-focused interview with Don Mackrill of Mack Amps, which is based in Ontario, Canada. WoodyTone: What tonal properties can you get from EL84s that you can’t get from other power tubes? Don: In my opinion, EL84s and EL34s are very similar. 6L6s and 6V6s are too, but [...]
Part 1 I’m not an amp builder, but to me EL84 power tubes seem like the little brother to EL34s. As Vox is to Marshall, if you will. Similar tone, but lower-powered. And while I love EL34 amps – their sheer mind-bending power – I keep running across awesome-sounding EL84 amps.