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Ffter selling my Mesa Boogie Mark 4, I bought a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe from Musicians Friend last year and I played it in several jams but was never really satisfied with it, compared to the Mark 4. But I retubed it with JJ tubes from Bob at Eurotubes,

https://ssl.eurotubes.com/cart/book...2&id=23 &sid=e91f093e6e0d13aa188f37725b81f452

and I learned how to bais the thing myself, at this site

http://studentweb.eku.edu/justin_holton/bias.html

and man what a difference in sound quality. I never knew upgrading the tubes could make such a difference. So far this is my favorite all around amp ever, and I have been playing since 1964, I have had all the old Fender models since the black face bassman, Twins, Pro Reverbs, Deluxe Reverbs and a Fender 30, Marshall 100 watt Super Lead, (the original one back in the late sixties or early seventies) Peaveys, and others.

My favorite was the Boogies The Mark IIC Plus, the Mark 4, and the best of the lot, a Strategy 400 with the Quad preamp, but now that the HRD is retubed with the JJ's (and I put in a EVM12L speaker) I am so impressed with the "big sound" it gives off even at relatively low volumes. The lead channel is now completely usable. And putting my Digitech GNX2 into it makes for the sweetest modeling/tube amp sound I ever heard.
 

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Yep

The first thing I did was put in the EVM12L which I have had for years, I keep taking it out of the amps I sell, and moving it to the new amps. That made a big improvement but not at lower volumes. The JJ's really did the trick. However the amp got about ten pounds heavier with the addition of the EVM12L
 
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