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Author: Tom Harold
The namesake of the tube amplifier is the vacuum tube, a small but important component that controls the flow of electric current through a vacuum. Today American Blue Scene is going to look at power tubes. The tubes of an amplifier are easily recognizable when viewing it from the back. They are the glass tubes jutting down (or up, depending on the amp design) from the amp chassis. The smallest tubes are the preamp tubes, the larger ones the power tubes, and the largest is generally the rectifier tube. The power tubes are part of the power amplifier stage of…
How did this fabulous effect that gives a musician the sound of a giant concert hall become available even when crammed into an enclosure of plywood, wires and knobs no bigger than a lunchbox?
Reverb, caused by sound waves bouncing off of walls and ceilings, has played a pivotal part in the unique sounds of instruments and various venues for years. The history of it’s use is fascinating.
Hohner’s Marine Band harmonica is the most popular harmonica in it’s long existence. What continues to make this harmonica so special? Why was it called “Marine Band”? Discover Hohner’s interesting history.
Welcome to the new gear corner of American Blues Scene, the location for equal measures of both education and entertainment regarding the tools and tackle, implements and equipment, gear and gizmos that make the music we love so much.