I want to replace grovetube 6v6s with a real vintage sounding tubes

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  1. rouss

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    Who makes tha best vintage sounding 6v6 tube . I want to upgrade. I heard G.E are good also tung sol , rca, sylvania,. How do I know whats the best.
     
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    RCA blackplates get the highest vote usually. I'm pretty happy with reissue Tung Sols after running the gamut, NOS included.
     
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    Yep, the Tung Sol reissues get the nod for most vintage sounding new tubes. Of the NOS brands, they're all great depending on what you like the best, tonally.
     
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    What does vintage sounding tubes sound like?
     
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    Fivre.

    You know they are the best because I said so.
     
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    What would the origional 6v6 tubes be or soundlike in a 50s tweed deluxe. I guess thats what I mean by vintage
     
  7. big mike

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    original could be RCA, GE or tungsol American Made.

    the new TungSol reissue sound closest to Nos IMO.

    GE's aren't too expensive, and the Sylvania's are nice too.
     
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    Vintage sounding... could be like old, exhausted tubes ??:confused:

    Based on experience, my guess at what is meant by "vintage" is more mid-emphasis, somewhat rounded-off highs, softer lows, probably with obvious compression. That mostly describes older RCA 6V6GT - the gray-glass ones.

    - Thom
     
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    for a fender amp RCA Blackplate or the smoked glass ones. Watch your plate voltage.....I ran across some Pope 6V6's that were very nice.
     
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    I just love them all, one pair at a time and with proper respect but RCA, Raytheon, Ken Rad, TungSol, Pope, National Union. G, GT, GTA or GTY, 5992, 5871 or 7408, doesn't seem to matter they all get it done for me. Just get some pairs within 3-4ma and have fun! Kind of like a big kids Baskin Robbins
     
  11. guitarcapo

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    Warm.

    They sound WARM, damn it!

    What is it about WARM you don't understand?
     
  12. Timbre Wolf

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    I like Fivre (black-plate 6V6GT). Warm? Sure! Also soft and sweet. And those little cigar band labels make them look like money. Great choice for "warm vintage" sound. Visseaux are also a related recommendation (in addition to RCA).

    I prefer my Swedish 5S2D, but that is a matter of taste.

    - T
     
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    Warmness is such a cool sound.
     
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    Smart move.


    RCA Blackplates.
     
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    Do tubes really make that much of a difference?
     
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    To answer your question, please remove all the tubes from your amp, and try to play it.







    :D

    Okay - in my experience, just about everything can make a difference. Amp selection makes a greater difference than guitar selection. Speakers/cabs make a more bold difference than tube selection. In the realm of fine-tuning, tubes can make a huge difference.

    - T
     
  17. big mike

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    Well stated Thom.

    Everything effects everything. But once your'e down to fine tunning, tubes can make all the differnce.

    And once they do, you want ones that will last a long time.
     

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