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PostPosted: Tue, Jan 02, 2018 8:35am 
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Hey guys,

I currently have the JJ KT77's in my VH4 and I love the sound. However, they sound a little dark and I just wanted to get a pair of EL34's to see if I like the voicing better. I was curious if anyone had experiences with the EL34 BHT in the VH4. I know they have less low end, but is it that much lower?


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PostPosted: Wed, Jan 03, 2018 5:21am 
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The EL34 BHT sound smoother and more hi-fi compared to the JJ KT77. Yes, they give you the feeling of more high-end but sacrifice resolution in the mid-range in my opinion. They are also more compressed.

I would suggest to try the Gold Lion KT77. They offer more high-end/less low-mids. Personally, I still prefere the JJ KT77 but you will probably like the Gold Lions.

Of course it's always a matter of taste ;)

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I've never tried the BHT version of the EL34, but I've never heard another EL34 type tube that was brighter than a JJ KT77, or less compressed in the mids.
I see in your other thread where you are having what sounds like tube issues, and I'm wondering if the KT77's in your amp are toast if they sound dark.
My suggestion would be to get a new and tested quad of the JJKT77's, bias them properly, and then make a decision on whether you think they are the correct tube for your VH4.
Peter Diezel thinks the JJ KT77's bring out the best in his amp, and I would tend to agree. I rolled a bunch of stuff in my VH4, and the stock KT77's were the best sounding to me.

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fusedbrain wrote:
I've never tried the BHT version of the EL34, but I've never heard another EL34 type tube that was brighter than a JJ KT77, or less compressed in the mids.
I see in your other thread where you are having what sounds like tube issues, and I'm wondering if the KT77's in your amp are toast if they sound dark.
My suggestion would be to get a new and tested quad of the JJKT77's, bias them properly, and then make a decision on whether you think they are the correct tube for your VH4.
Peter Diezel thinks the JJ KT77's bring out the best in his amp, and I would tend to agree. I rolled a bunch of stuff in my VH4, and the stock KT77's were the best sounding to me.



Thank you very much. That does indeed sound like the most logical thing to do!


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PostPosted: Fri, Jan 05, 2018 3:16pm 
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Weirldy, I just bought a VH4 and it came with Ruby EL34BHT's. Here is a clip I just recorded across all four channels:
https://soundcloud.com/sloppiestholes/vh4-all-channels

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Amberience wrote:
Weirldy, I just bought a VH4 and it came with Ruby EL34BHT's. Here is a clip I just recorded across all four channels:
https://soundcloud.com/sloppiestholes/vh4-all-channels


Awesome, you came just in time!


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I’ve used the EL34BHT through a few rounds of tube changes in the VH4 and like them. I get them directly from Magic Parts in the US.


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