6L6 tube question

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by mctallica1, May 5, 2008.

  1. mctallica1

    mctallica1 Member

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    Hey guys,

    What is the difference between the Svetlana 6L6's and the SED 6L6's?


    I use SED 6L6's in a lot of different amps with great success, but noticed the Svetlana's look the same but are quite a bit less expensive.

    Anyone have experience with both?

    Thanks!
    Tony
     
  2. wyatt

    wyatt Member

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    I don't know if I ever heard the story on how, but New Sensor secured the rights to the name Svetlana for North American use *after* the real Svetlana had already built their reputation. So, current tubes labeled Svetlana are actually made in the Reflector factory (Sovtek/EH, etc.) and the ones made in the Svetlana factory are labeled or sold as SED for the States. The Svetlana-made tubes will always have that winged-C logo, be it for NOS Svetlana tubes or SED.

    I have no experience with the Reflector-made Svetlana tubes, but word of mouth has been extremely consistent that they are inferior to the winged C tubes.
     
  3. Mooncusser

    Mooncusser Member

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    I have extensively A/B'd both models and I agree with wyatt....

    The NP Svets are different from the Original Winged~C~SED's.
    I thought there was a very noticeable difference..... IMOHO of course.
    I am sure more members will chime in, but the "Watford Report" pretty much summed it all up. The SED's won out hands down over the NP Svets.
    Hope that helps,:BEER
    Mass
     
  4. slider313

    slider313 Silver Supporting Member

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    I have used both and both are good sounding tubes. The SED's are a bit warmer and have thicker mids, to my ear. I guess it all depends on the amp your using them in.
     
  5. mctallica1

    mctallica1 Member

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    Thanks guys...you just settled it for me.

    SED's it is:AOK

    I just didn't want to pay the extra if it is a name only thing. I love SED's and if I have to pay a bit more to get them, then so be it.
     

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