Finally Got A Chandler Tube Driver

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  1. golem

    golem Well-Known Member

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    I genuinely had no idea what this sounded like and bought it because of the name (everyone calls me Chandler). I don't care how the sound is produced. It's the best most amp like distortion pedal I've ever tried. I guarantee you I will collect these.
     
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    @andrewsrea Did I tell you I was obsessed with getting one of these?
     
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    i almost bought the rack version. clips??
     

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    I don't have a recording setup. I'm in the process of trying to trade some gear for a recording interface and a good microphone though so perhaps soon. Mine seems to run way hotter than examples I'm finding in demos though.
     
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    Why do you do this to me? Beginning research... now.
     
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    Is it similar to something like this?

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    Some say to get an early Chandler or a BK Butler version as BK designed it. I knew I had to have one with this logo for personal reasons even if it isn't the most sought after.
     
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    This definitely isn't the stock tube. I might play around with this a bit as it's way higher gain than most sound samples I can fine.
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    12AT7, 12AY7, 12AU7 instead of a 12AX7 might tone it down. What is the tube it is supposed to use according to the schematic?

    These are great as far as they go, but they don't provide dirt from the output section of a tube amp - the OT and speakers. But for a preamp - kickass stuff.
     
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    I've heard AU7 is pretty popular and that BK Butler would give clients a Yugo AU7 from his secret stash. I think it's designed for AX7 but mine is getting a lot of gain quickly. It definitely doesn't sound like a stock Tube Driver (at least in terms of the amount of gain) based on sound samples I'm hearing.
     
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    You never did tell me, but I can see the attraction and connection!

    These were designed for 12AX7 and even though they only have 22v to the plate, they sound really cool. I haven't played one since the 90's but I liked them and the prices never came down on them. You can use any of the 12A series or their industrial substitute (7025, etc.).

    I've got one of these, modified to be less gainy that I am using a 12AY7 (V1) into a GE White Star 5751:

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    It is currently pushing the front-end of my 1964 Vibroverb. I find it is really good for solid-state amps, and limited to its use for driving tube amps. It really compresses.

    The big difference between this and yours is 270volts on the plate.
     
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    That real tube rack mount gadget i posted earlier is for sale btw....
     
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    Oh heavens, I'm going to regret this but... how much?
     
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    @manco53 I might be interested in that RackMount version.
     
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    If it is a starved plate design, the 12au7 works good, but will be much cleaner. As Andrewsrea said, a 12ay7 or 5751 will bump it down. A regular 12ax7 instead of that HG might be fine.
     
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