EHX EL34 - good stuff!
By: dotcomsean from nashville, tn
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
build quality appears good and durable. just an fyi - i bought a duet from AMS to replace a set of 14 year old svetlanas that finally starting giving out in my jcm 2000 dsl 50. i did not receive a matched set. one tube is putting out considerably more power than the other. a good bias point for the tubes in this model amp are between 43-45mv, but one of these tubes at 53mv with the bias pot all the way down! the other is able to traverse 38-80mv over the course of it's bias pot. i'm having to run them both at 53mv due to the one being so much hotter than the other. i am hoping to get at least 2 years of service from these tubes at this setting with moderate use. only time will tell if running these hotter than normal will see premature failure.
just a precaution that if you are planning on purchasing a set from AMS, they do not come matched!
How has it stood up over time?
Your general opinion of this product.
the price to sound quality ratio is amazing with this set of tubes. highly recommended for studio and everyday use.
Playability and Feel
How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
compared to the svetlana tubes they replaced, the EHX are a denser, more forward sound. the bass is tighter, and the overall tone is not as spongy/hairy. i'm detecting a slightly grainy feel, but it's not overbearing. these aren't dark, nor bright - i would describe them as a good even tone.
How did the stain or paint job look?
bought a duet to replace the original svetlana tubes in my 1998 jcm 2000 dsl 50. today EHX tubes are manufactured under new sensor, as are svetlana, but these new EHX el34s are of a different build than the original '98 svetlana tubes they replaced.
the original svetlana tubes i have are heavier, and slightly wider than the new EHX. these are supposed to be the EHX take on the mullard model.