1 Sligo Ray 2 years ago ... or is it actually a question of timbre? Reading many threads here recently about the sweetness, or lack of, "tone" of amps, I'm beginning to wonder about the differences being described. I often hear that a (insert brand, or even era here) doesn't have the "tone" of a good vintage Fender. But are people really talking about a difference in basic sound characteristics/signature? Is it a bit ripe to suggest that an EL84 powered amp "lacks" something that an amp with 6L6s has? Would you criticize a saxophone for not sounding as "clean" as a cornet? I wonder whether we should think different amps are simply "voiced" differently, or actually constitute different "voices" as such. No one criticises a tenor for lacking the unique qualities of a soprano, even though men and woman both make sounds with their larynx.