From: Rob Studdert

John Sessoms jsessoms002 at
Sat Oct 24 14:10:10 EDT 2009

> On 24/10/2009, Tom Cakalic <cakaltm at> wrote:
>> > My 18-yr old son told me several weeks ago that he was interested in
>> > vinyl.  When he was much younger I'd bought him a used phonograph and
>> > we found some cool records.  He's got CD's and iPods...
>> >
>> > He just bought himself a tube fender amp and I have to admit his
>> > guitars sound much better through it than with the solid state 2004
>> > amp I'd got him.
>> >
>> > I've found a mint late '70's Technics turntable I'm about ready to
>> > make a deal on, and then outfit it with a 'state of the art' Ortofon
>> > cartridge.  He'll get my old early 80's Kenwood integrated amp, tuner,
>> > and equalizer (still solid state)... but this is going to be fun!
> We are just about to pension off the vinyl collection at one of the
> radio stations I service, it hasn't been used for years. Most
> recordings are in pretty poor condition but I might put my hand up for
> the transcription turntable  :-) 
> The transition from vinyl to present day tech in radio basically
> followed this path; vinyl, open reel tape, broadcast cart (like a
> continuous 8 track cart but only three tracks, L, R & cue), Mini-disc,
> CD and now virtually all program but the live voice is delivered via
> computer.
> Solid state guitar amps don't have the right distortion or enough of it!

Many current generation guitar amps are hybrid designs with tubes in the 
pre-amp stage to generate that warm brown distortion and solid state 
power amplification to generate eardrum bursting loudness.

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