I was just wondering at what are the signs your amp needs a re valve?
I bought my cornford roadhouse 50 2x12 combo second hand about 6-7 years ago. It was just used in the house initially but over the last 4 years has been gigged once a month with a weekly rehearsal. I think it sounds nice but in a band situation it seems to lack some punch and disappears into the mix a bit. I set it up pretty bright, gain 11 o'clock, bass 10 o'clock, mids full and treble 3 o'clock. EL34s, vintage 30 speakers. I also have a treble booster on all the time as I like the way it enables me to go from sparkly clean to classic rock overdrive between 8 and 10 on the guitar volume. I also have a really nice buffer on my board - the fuzzdog clone of the Cornish buffer.
On it's own it sounds lovely, with a nice sparkle. But just disappears in the mix as bit and lacks some punch. It's naturally a very dark amp, particularly as the cabinet is bigger than most other 2x12s I have come across.
I think it might just be the natural sound of the amp but would a re valve help? Any other ideas? I love the punch of old Marshall Plexi style amps, maybe trying to get that out of the Cornford is foolish and I should sell up and just get a Plexi style amp!
The other guiatrist has a suhr bager 35, through a 1x12 V30 combo, sets all eq to noon and sounds full, present and punches out of the mix beautifully!
I never really get the master up above 2-3 in the band. Could it be I'm just not cranking it enough to get that punch?