Author Topic: Finally re-tubed my E300T and . . .  (Read 433 times)

Offline Oogie Wa Wa

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 147
Finally re-tubed my E300T and . . .
« on: June 04, 2018, 03:50:58 AM »
Hi folks, been a while!  I see some of the regulars are still here, and quite a lot of new folks.  Good to see the brand living on.

Well, after about 11 years and maybe 150 gigs, my E300T started to sound a bit off, and I noticed that my gain and volume knobs had crept up a notch or two.  I'm gigging more often now in a new band that I love playing in (a 3-piece, MUCH more fun!!, lots of grace notes, double stopping, "chords" (root, 5th, root octave)) and so I bit the bullet and re-tubed the whole thing.  The biases had only shifted maybe a mV or two the whole time, but still, something was degrading.  Maybe one of the pre-amp tubes.

And wow, no wonder I still lug this darned heavy rock all over the place!!!  It's still THE tone I like, but even better now, still the same wonderful expressiveness that I haven't found elsewhere.  I twiddle the mids knob here and there, use the controls on my G&L L2000 30th Anniversary with a HipShot double-drop lever on the E (to D and C), and whatever tone I want for the song we are playing is just there, biased by my preferences of course.  When I back off it is so mellow yet deep and strong, and when I dig in I get the volume change I want and it just starts adding that touch of tube flavor I like.

We play everything from Porgy and Bess to the Neville Brothers, Cream, Tom Petty, and Daft Punk to Sublime to Pink Floyd, and it just does it all!  People are floored by how both Van Morrison's Wild Night and Moon Dance sound (talk about same guy but totally different!)  And this my first relatively "drama-free" band where the bottom is valued.  They can't get over the tone and expressiveness.  That's such a great thing in and of itself, but another topic.

I ended up getting the tubes from Doug Preston, went with all Rubys using his recommendations for which specific ones to use and what needed matched and what didn't,  based on my preferences.  A nice shout out to Doug's Tubes.  It was a chunk of change, but well worthwhile.

I have been running it through a D115XLT, and sometimes an E210, but mostly now I'm leaving the 210 at home; I don't really care for it that much, and it's not like the 115 ever really needs a lot of help in most of the places we play.  Plus I think that the 115 is very complementary to this amp.  I just wish I could find a cab with similar properties that didn't weigh nearly 70 pounds.  I'm getting too old for that sh*t, lol.

So anyway, if anyone is interested in this little lost child amp and if anyone still uses one, the old girl still shines on, she's still kicking butt, and I'm still very happy with her.
The Feds Band  -  E300T, WTX-264, D115XLT, E210XST, Fender 250/15; G&L L-2000 30th Anniversary Bass, ESP LTD, defretted Fender  Mexican P-bass Special, Ibanez SRX-300, Peavy Fury 5, Ministar BasStar

Offline Bassmann1968

  • Administrator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 11831
Re: Finally re-tubed my E300T and . . .
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2018, 04:23:31 AM »
Hi Oogie,
awesome, thanks for your report!
I think Ruby is a great choice. Were the ones you replaced also Ruby, since Eden used them before as a standard?
Rock on!
Armin

PLEASE LIKE EDEN ON FACEBOOK!!!
No schematics available!!! Don't ask for it.
;)

WTP-Pre,1350,WTX260,WT300/400,WT1000,WTX1000N,NAV,WTDI
D112XLT,D210XST,D410XLT,D810RP,DNS410,DNS112

Offline Oogie Wa Wa

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 147
Re: Finally re-tubed my E300T and . . .
« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2018, 01:19:37 PM »
Actually only two were labeled Ruby as such, the rest were mostly EHs  and JJs, I think.  Mine was from an early production run.  The power supply board had an infant mortality after a month, so a couple of those may have been replaced by the tech when he did the warranty work; you know how that can be.  Or he didn't have Rubys in stock and wanted to get it back to me right away.  Definitely mo better now.
The Feds Band  -  E300T, WTX-264, D115XLT, E210XST, Fender 250/15; G&L L-2000 30th Anniversary Bass, ESP LTD, defretted Fender  Mexican P-bass Special, Ibanez SRX-300, Peavy Fury 5, Ministar BasStar

Offline Bassmann1968

  • Administrator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 11831
Re: Finally re-tubed my E300T and . . .
« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2018, 02:00:52 PM »
Sounds right. I guess that was the story.
He kept you some room for improvement :D
Rock on!
Armin

PLEASE LIKE EDEN ON FACEBOOK!!!
No schematics available!!! Don't ask for it.
;)

WTP-Pre,1350,WTX260,WT300/400,WT1000,WTX1000N,NAV,WTDI
D112XLT,D210XST,D410XLT,D810RP,DNS410,DNS112

Offline matthewwensor21

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 5
  • I'm Matt, 21 years old and new to the forum!
    • MGR Music
Re: Finally re-tubed my E300T and . . .
« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2018, 09:00:10 AM »
11 years is damn impressive! testament to longevity!
Professional Guitar Teacher based in Northampton, UK. https://mgrmusic.com/teacher-database/

Offline Rip Van Dan

  • Moderator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 2484
Re: Finally re-tubed my E300T and . . .
« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2018, 01:11:32 PM »
Hi matthewwensor21,

Welcome to the Garden!

Dan
Rip Van Dan
Dan Gracia
'82 US-made Fender Jazz Bass with maple neck
5-string Rogue LX405 Pro (Surprisingly good "no-name" bass)
WT500/800 Highwayman (signature model)
D.N.S 410-8
Line6 X2-XDS wireless
=========
spares:
Eden RS400, GK BK250, GK 115 cab, acoustic B410 cab, Sunn Beta 202 (2x12)