Can you mix power tubes?

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  1. Wayne8

    Wayne8 Member

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    I like the Tung Sol 6V6 in my 5E3 for cleans, great tone, but the bass is pretty muddy when cranked.

    To keep the bass tighter when overdriven, I've been using the EH 6V6, which keeps the low end tight but lacking the clean tones of the Tung Sol.

    So, I was wondering, what would happen if I ran one of each and would it be harmful to the amp? It's a Richter, by the way.

    Thanks
     
  2. Blue Strat

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    Mixing brands is ok. Ideally, they should be somewhat electrically matched.
     
  3. Wayne8

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    They are both 6V6GT. The number '29' is handwritten on the EH box and the number '30' is printed on the Tung-Sol box. Would that mean they're pretty close?
     
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    depending on how the manufacturer label the tubes. a quick email to dougstubes.com or eurotubes.com would get you a definite answer.
     
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    Only if they were purchased from the same dealer.
     
  6. adamzappa

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    You wont hurt the amp but I dont think it would sound that good. I guess you must try it and see. Even if they are really badly matched you wont hurt the amp so go ahead.
     
  7. Wayne8

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    Thanks guys.
     
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    You can most likely get better results by trying different speakers also.
    A good combination of the right tubes and speaker can be pure heaven with a 5E3.
     
  9. Wayne8

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    Running a Weber 12A125A in it right now. Have tried a Jenson P12R and what came in it was a Celestion 12K-85, I think. Awful lot of folks use the 12A125A but I've been wondering if there'd be any improvement in the bass with a 100 watt Neo.
     

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