Tweed Up Your Amp!
Vintage tone for original vintage Fender tweed amps. The original tube for all those Fender® tweed amps from the 50s. Brings back the original sound to your tweed amp.Q: When does a preamp tube become a Premium Selected tube?A: All preamp tubes labeled Premium Selected have passed the following tests:
- Low Noise Test
- Microphonic Test
- Gain Test
- Sonic Tests
- Shock Tests
- Listening Tests
- Balanced Output Test
Tube Amp Doctor 12AY7 / 6072A Premium Selected vacuum tube. Bring back that Vintage tone. The 12AY7 was used in all of the 50's Fender Tweed Amps. A low gain, low noise tube.
TAD does all TAD Tube quality control processing in-house under strict control of their technical staff. Their techs which are also musicians and guitar players, developed and constructed their custom tube testing systems and aging rigs to run tubes in real amplifier circuits and operation conditions.
For TAD, real tube quality control is way more than just a simple test. Before a TAD Tube gets accepted at all the techs perform extensive sample evaluation testing for consistency, power test, shock resistance test, soak test (long term operation at full power) and of course a musical test in known amplifiers to learn about its sound character in different styles. The main tests are made after a proper pre-aging to stabilize the cathode emission. While most tube test equipment does work at 250V as a maximum TAD built their test rig to operate at voltages of 360 to 600V depending on the tubes being tested. Every TAD Tube is tested by their qualified staff. Each pentode is inspected and tapped while operating and listened for noise floor, hum and odd noise.
Finally measured for a set of parameters and matched by Ia (PC) and Gm (TC). TAD tests batches of 400 to 500 pieces per run to allow tightest tolerances of typically 0.5mA for PC. All TAD Tubes and boxes get labeled with the PC and TC test results and a unique serial number to identify every tube they’ve ever tested. TAD techs permanently verify and monitor selected and matched TAD Tubes by using them every day in their own amp service department and in the TAD Amp Kits they assemble. This is the most complete quality control system they can imagine.
All done in-house at TAD in Germany