Everything I could have hoped for
By: Jacob Strong,email@example.com
Your general opinion of this product.
Retrovalve Amber 3 pack
To get down to it these things sound awesome. Clean they sound in my opinion better than a 12AX7. Distorted is where things get a little different. They have some subtle, and I mean very subtle, differences between regular 12AX7's. Its hard to even put my finger on what's different. But don't let that stop you! They sound extremely warm, fat, and punchy when distorted. They also seem to quiet off a lot of the noise and hiss in my amps. I plan on putting these in all my amps. I can't wait until they make powertube versions of these. I don't think I can recommend these things enough! Heck, I'm even gonna leave my email address up so if you have any questions about these you can contact me.
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
They feel very well made. They feel surprisingly heavy for the size. The pins are extremely sturdy.
Playability and Feel
How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
In every amp I put them in they sound good. When I put them in my vox ac15 the clean sounded better, warmer, and fatter but still so chimey. When I put them in my Jet city JCA20h they really made this amp more quiet. A lot of the noise and hiss were gone. They sound awesome when I push this amp into distortion. The amp to me seems to get (for lack of a better term) more ballsy.
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
It seems to bring nothing but good to the tone of any amp I put them in.
How did the stain or paint job look?
These things look cool and I enjoy how they light up in my amp to let me know they are working.
How has it stood up over time?
I've had these things for months now and they have stood up fine. I've never had any issues with them and I don't expect to.