Hi everyone in cyberspace,
Here is a run down on the tubes I use in my Fuchs Wild Card 100 watt amp. The stock tubes are good, however I run a lot pedals, and rack gear effects through the amp head. What happens is when running a lot of pedals, rack gear effects and long cable runs even when using a buffer/splitter to regain the signal output and loss of highs/treble, the stock tube got muddy. If you use, guitar and cable with no effects and guitar cable the stock tube are fine. After going through huge selection of power tube and preamp tube, which include Nos. I settled on these. I’m not a big Nos tube guy. While good, not road worthy for me and cost a huge amount of money and in the long run not worth it for me. I go for production tubes that are available everywhere. The Chinese power tubes are good, however lacked in highs, the Svetlana Winged "C" Nos are excellent no longer made, The Tung-sol are not reliable enough. The best tubes for me in my Fuchs Wild Card 100 for my tones which are, Larry Carlton, Robben Ford, Alan Holdsworth, 50's, 60's, 70's 80's, 90’s rock, blues and Jazz are the EH 6L6GC and the Sovtek 5881 which are the same as the 6L6GC except in Military Grade, which means the components are more rugged and the tube will last longer.
For preamp tubes I went with these. I like the Tung-Sol gold pin 12AX7/803 in V1/All closest to the input jack. I find that the gold pin is a higher quality tube then the standard and have had good luck with these. V2/OD which is in the middle, I use a Ruby tube JJ83s 12AX7. I have tried stock jj83s; there is a microphonic timber that is not happening to my ears. Ruby tube just screens the JJ83s for microphonic among other things. In V3/PI which is the last tube near the power switch I use either a JJ803 gold pin which is a higher quality tube or Sino 12AX7B rather then the 12AX7A, I find the 12AX7A has to much gain and loss of highs with my rig. The sino 12AX7B is a less gain tube with more highs and clarity. This combo I found for my tones and when doing recording sessions it all around best.
The cable I use is Mogami 2524 with Switchcraft ends and Neutrik ends, I also found for the Fuchs Wild Card 100 effects loop which needs an insert cable, that Mogami 2526 cable is best with Neutrik 1/4 inch stereo male end and two Neutrik locking 1/4 inch female ends. This gives the truest tone of the Fuchs Will Card 100 amp. For Cabs I use, NR custom 1x12 semi-open back with a Jensen Raptor speaker at 8 ohms for Larry Carlton, Robben Ford, Santana and Jazz tones, Mesa Boogie WideBody closed back with a custom Weber Blue Dog ceramic speaker at 16 ohms for 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's, R&B tones, NR 2X12 Ported cab with a custom Weber Legacy ceramic 100w speaker and a Mesa Boogie C90 speaker for most every kind of tone when not using my Marshall 4X12. Marshall 4X12 cab with custom Weber Fane and Chicago speakers at 16 ohms and 4 ohms. Speaker Cable is Pro-Co 14 gauge with 1/4 inch Neutrik ends.
As always thanks for the support and keep Rockin'
Chris Nashvillerocker DiMella