Need a 6v6 Suggestion

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  1. rks89

    rks89 Member

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    I've got a princeton clone that sounds killer. It shipped with some EH 6v6's that I enjoyed for their raw breakup. When it was time to swap I tried some Tung Sol's after researching on TGP for different reviews. I recently just got back my amp and tossed some EH's back in and have realized I wan't a hybrid of sorts.

    I enjoyed the Tung Sol's for their definition and clarity but didn't like how smooth the breakup was.
    The EH's are great for breakup and light compression but man they sound like they have blankets over them after playing Tung Sol's for a while.

    What do you guys think for something clear, warm and lightly compressed but with a nice raw breakup? I'm fine with NOS or New Production but am not looking to spend 200 bucks on tubes either.
     
  2. whaiyun

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    The other option would be JJs...

    Or you can go with the popular NOS options like GE, RCA, etc.
     
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    Or you could take a considerable risk and try the Gold Lion 6V6GTs set at about 19ma. They are quite good at what you describe.
     
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    JJs. I use them in my PRRI and they sound great. A bit more punch compared to the stock EHs. Also the speaker makes a huge difference. I'm now using an Eminence 1058 in mine.
     
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    Just nervous the headroom in JJs would be too high and I'd be in 6l6 land more so than 6v6.

    Have definitely considered RCA's but haven't heard as much about the type of breakup than the revered clean sound. Then again, I haven't really explored tubes much...
     
  7. Cosmik de Bris

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    I can't say for sure but I have JJ 6V6S (the high voltage ones) in my HR Deluxe and they lowered the clean headroom considerably. I think they will sound good in your amp.
     
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    I'd vote for JJ's as well. Can't beat them for the price.
     
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    I use NOS 50s GE 6v6GTA tubes, love em, very smooth, but nice clear highs. You can usually find them around for reasonable $.
     
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    :agree

    I've had good luck with JJ's. :BluesBros
     
  11. Chianti

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    I would suggest 6V6G, I love how they sound, also at low volumes. Of course is gonna depending also on the amp that you'll use, but I found them to deliver an amazing clear tone: defined but warm, rich and articulate and they break up nicely...
     
  12. Scumback Speakers

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    For NOS I like RCA and Raytheon tubes. For new production, the JJ's have been good.
     
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    Mattbedrock Silver Supporting Member

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    For new production, I'll second (or third) the JJ recommendation. They're tough and strong sounding but maybe more 6l6 like than you want.

    For nos, I've had great results with sylvanias from KCA. I have them in both my 5E3 and Brownface Deluxes. Also can vouch for the black RCA's in my Princeton.
     
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    RCA. For production I'd go with Tungsol. JJ would be my last choice; JJ doesn't really make a true 6V6.
     
  17. Mojo Shinn

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    I have a Swart Atom Jr. that came with the JJ 6V6. The JJ was a good tube, but I much prefer the sound that I get with the TAD tube. The same nice tight bass as the JJ, but I hear a little more defined midrange with the TADs, and the high end has a gorgeous sparkle to it. The breakup on the TADs is also very nice! They are an affordable tube as well, which always helps.

    http://thetubestore.com/tad6v6.html

    Good luck.
     
  18. go7

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    Brimar 6V6 GT in my Deluxe reverb. RCA in my 5E3.
    Heaven
     
  19. balde

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    if you want a true 6v6 maybe jj aren´t for you. But i feel they are a great tube. they don´t sound like 6l6, they exhibit some 6l6 characteristics. They are punchier and have a greater bass response than other 6v6s. But comparing them with 6l6 (i´ve done it twice with different amps) they are more midrangey and a bit darker, mainly due to their mid, and low mid content.
     
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    I went with Mike's suggestion of the NOS RCA 6V6GTA's in my Divided by 13 FTR37 when replacing the stock JJ's, and I'm extremely happy with the results.

    The amp sounded fantastic with the JJ's but I wanted NOS power and rectifier tubes due to their durability and dependability for live use. These RCA's make the amp sound a little older and give it a little more bloom and harmonic content. The amp just sounds a little more dynamic, punchy and alive.
     

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