I am such a tool.
I posted a video the other day of a discussion of the Korg NuTube which is an attempt at coming up with a modern, efficient, not-ridiculously-fragile answer to those ancient vacuum tubes that make guitar amps from the ’50s and ’60s sound like musical dreams come true.
Vox is using these things (Korg owns Vox) in a micro amp series called the MV50 series. I promised myself that I was done with solid state amps. I’m tubes or bust from now on. I’m also super paranoid about something going wrong with those delicate tubey beauties. What if I’m at a gig and my Fender Deluxe Reverb just gives up the fight? I should have a back up amp, shouldn’t I? Well, those little Vox MV50 suckers would make a nice backup, right? Maybe with a nice 12 inch speaker? Worse comes to worse I can run the speaker emulation out directly into the PA.
But then again… even if you call the NuTube an actual tube, it’s still only tube in the pre-amp stage. The power amp is solid state.
The NAMM show (National Association of Music Merchants) is either underway right now, or it’s about to start. Turns out Vox has announced a new line of NuTube amps that use NuTubes in the power amp stage as well as the pre-amp. The MVX150. They won’t be little micro amps that I could fit on my pedal board, and they are saying it’s 150 watts which makes it sound like a solid state amp, but still… take my money. Just shut up and take my money!