Sportsman FAQs

We refer to the tubes and their positions in the amp as V1, V2, etc. for preamp tubes and P1, P2, etc. for power tubes. The number indicates the position of the tube as counted from right to left when looking at the back of the amplifier. The right to left progression follows the circuit from input to output.

Sportsman Tubes
  P2 P1 V4 V3 V2 V1
Type 6V6GT 6V6GT 12AT7EH 5751 12AT7EH 12AX7EH
Manufacturer Tung-Sol Tung-Sol Electro-Harmonix TAD Electro-Harmonix Electro-Harmonix
Function 1/2 Push-pull power stage 1/2 Push-pull power stage Phase inverter Reverb return and mix Reverb send Initial gain stage, post tone-stack recovery

The Sportsman utilizes a mix of cathode bias (self bias) and fixed bias and as such does not require a bias adjustment when changing power tubes. Please use well-matched pairs of power tubes for maximum performance. The Sportsman can only use matched pairs of 6V6 power tubes.

Carr Amplifiers selects and tests the finest current production tubes specifically for each amplifier model. Caution should be used when buying replacement tubes from any dealer who does not have a return policy as all tubes can have problems (NOS tubes are susceptible to microphonics and failure too).

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