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Anyone using Bendix 5992's ? ( 6V6 type tube )

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by nitehawk55, Feb 13, 2009.

  1. nitehawk55

    nitehawk55 Member

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    Just put a quad of these 5992's ( 6V6) in my Carr Slant 6V....awesome :love:

    Anyone else tried these ?
     
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  2. K-man

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    Yeah I have a quad for my Slant 6 too. Nice sounding tubes and they will last forever.
     
  3. nitehawk55

    nitehawk55 Member

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    Not to mention that hypnotic blue glow . I've never heard or seen anything made so rugged or sound so good . They are not cheap though but if they last they are worth it .
     
  4. realityczech

    realityczech Senior Member

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    Great tube but as with all tubes some sound better than others in a given batch.
    The 5992 is definately a strident tube but not always musical in some applications.
     
  5. nitehawk55

    nitehawk55 Member

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    I read quite a few reviews on these and most agreed they were as good as or better than the RCA's . It's possable in some applications they won't sound the best but they do like the Carr amp .
     
  6. realityczech

    realityczech Senior Member

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    Dont get me wrong they are great tubes built for military apps therefore beyond reliable but there is a misconception about tubes being consistent and tonally the same across the board for all uses.
     
  7. Timbre Wolf

    Timbre Wolf GoldMember Supporter Gold Supporting Member

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    While others are hashing out what "better" means, in terms of tone, I'll just say that in my experience, 5992 are very smooth and clear. I have not heard them to be strident - much the opposite. In comparison to others (Ken-Rad 6V6GT/G, Ken-Rad 6V6G, Fivre 6V6G, Brimar 6V6GT, Visseaux 6V6G, RCA 6V6GTY, RCA 6V6GT grey glass, GE black-plate, etc.), they have been the most smooth - let's say suave :)

    But I don't like them as much as others that have a more raw character. The Bendix are much too polite, for me. For what it is worth, I'm not very taken with the coveted black-plate RCA (gray glass, or any other) - it is too soft and mushy. Lest you think I am just a curmudgeon, I do have my favorites: Visseaux for the smoother side of things, and Ken-Rad 6V6G for overall best clarity and raw, primal crunch.

    - Thom
     
  8. realityczech

    realityczech Senior Member

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    Dont go Webster on me but
    Strident=strong
    Plus you didnt address the variable factor
     
  9. Timbre Wolf

    Timbre Wolf GoldMember Supporter Gold Supporting Member

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    I guess that strident means something else to you than to me. I thought it meant harsh, or at least unpleasant. Uh - am I waxing Websterian?
    Ah - yes. If you'll send me several quads, I'll czech them out, and get back to you :roll

    Hey, we're not going to all have the same experiences. But I'm glad to hear anyone's attempt at a more detailed description of what best, awesome, and killer mean to them.

    - Thom
     
  10. realityczech

    realityczech Senior Member

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    Timbre Wolves in Berkeley?

    Moo!
    You know what I'm talkin about unless your a tube seller.
     
  11. nitehawk55

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    To be honest just about any 6V6 tube sounds pretty acceptable in the Slant 6 , that amp does it all in the sound dept and does it well .
    I have compared some current production and some NOS 6V6's with the Tung-sol being my choice in current production tubes and a close match with the RCA black plate and the Bendix 5992 in the NOS tubes . I guess the fact these Bendix tubes are built for extreme use is somewhat reasuring reliability and longevity wise .

    I have not had the opportunity to try the Visseaux 6V6G tube , they seem to be somewhat rare and the coke bottle ( I assume they are with the "G" prefex ) is not usually as durable for the riggors of a combo . I'm sure they are an exellent sounding tube as you suggest TW ,....at least for your taste which to everyone is subjective like a lot of other factors to guitarists .

    These tubes being manufactured to such high torerences are pretty consistant both match and sound wise.....not much variation was allowed with these apparently or they were rejected .
     
  12. Timbre Wolf

    Timbre Wolf GoldMember Supporter Gold Supporting Member

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    Indeed - I agree on both points.

    Some people misinterpret my descriptions of tube character. I'm not saying that my experience is what they should also be experiencing. I'm just clear about what I hear, and own my experience accordingly.

    I encourage everyone to describe, in detail, just why they like one tube (or amp/guitar/speaker, etc.) over another, not just exclaim that it is the best. I find discussions of the unique qualities to be much, much more interesting and useful.

    - T
     
  13. nitehawk55

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    Well , to describe how I like mine....smooth and creamy with a touch of growl ( almost sounds like peanut butter with an attitude ) :D

    I do understand what you are getting at TW , I guess describing sound for me has not always been a strong point.....hell I have enough trouble typing and spelling on these damn computers .
     
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    That works just fine. Except that, lately, the "peanut butter with an attitude" has been found to contain deadly Salmonella. So be careful :rotflmao

    - T
     
  15. sharpshooter

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    Timbre Wolf, don't you have, like, a car load of those Bendix tubes?
    I use mostly the Sylvania 6V6's, like the tone, would call it somewhat "soft", anyway, with my collection, I have to choose between the Sylvania, or some RCA's, have a couple of the little metal can version's, but they don't seem to be as "clear", as the bigger bottle glass ones.
     
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    That'd be cool if I did. I could finance a tour with them - spend as cash, from city to city. :D

    - T
     
  17. nitehawk55

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    I've got 10 of em and they are staying here :p
     
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    Hi ... yes, I've tried them ... thick, meaty, syrupy, ... darker than JJs. Good-sounding tube; not quite worth what I paid for them but would rather over-pay for higher hanging fruit than just go cheap and get oridinary work-a-day 6V6 tone. Opinions vary ... CJ
     
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    I'm surprised you found them dark....I think they are pretty much spot on but I guess it could depend on the amp , type of guitar and your taste . Of any current 6V6 tubes I don't care to much for the JJ , to me the Tung-sol and EH sound more like a 6V6 .
     
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    Bumping an old thread for some further info. The story...I picked up these two Sylvania "military" types from a ham radio guy for a very reasonable price. After doing some comparing and contrasting, I'm wondering if they are actually made by Bendix? Here is an image:
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    They absolutely have a "warm up period" and certainly glow blue. Anyway, I have been running one in my Victoria 5112 and it is a clean, clear sounding tube compared to most others. I'd love to hear if others are using these, and also wondered if their output is basically the same as a regular 6V6? Thanks for the further discussion.
    Barnzy
     

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