Need help with 6550's

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  1. jcm800

    jcm800 Member

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    Hello all,

    Im new to this forum, it was recommended to me by another member.

    I have done some reading and really dig this website. There are alot of knowledgable people on here, well on to my query.

    I have a jcm 800 100 watt head and i wish to replace my 6550's with newer ones. I have been reding on line that the 6550's bias should be set at 90ma.... My question is..Do they mean 90ma per tube or per set? I was under the impression that the tube should be set to to 70% of max dissapation.......Am i off on this one?

    Thank you for the help.
    jcm800
     
  2. Wakarusa

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    The 70% value is a subject of some friendly debate, but the thing most agree on is that it is a maximum value, not a target.

    So the right bias point is wherever the tubes sound best at or below 70% (if you're on the 70% side of the debate ;))

    Also, you can't determine static dissipation without taking plate voltage into consideration. If we believe the rating of 35W per tube, then 90mA per tube would be 70% if plate voltage is 272V.

    90mA per pair (45mA per tube) would be 70% at a plate voltage of 544V. The right answer is probably somewhere between the two.
     
  3. jcm800

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    Hi wakarusa

    The plate voltage is 385v, so if i understood you correctly i would use this formula.

    35w/385x.7 =63ma

    Is this correct? Also are Tungsol 6550's rated at 35 watts?

    Thanks
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  4. Wakarusa

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    Yes on the 35 watts, yes on 63mA. I usually bias initially to 60%-65% and then tweak for tone not to exceed the 70% value.
     
  5. jcm800

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    Thank you very much, you have been a great help. The amp in question is a jcm800 and when i checked the bias with the old tubes they were 22ma...... I have them at 45ma right now but will bring it up to 60-65% of max dissapation.

    Thanks alot i really appreciate the info.

    jcm800
     
  6. Reeek

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    That's exactly what I do too . . . I use 65% most of the time so I have more upward adjustability then I plug in and go from there with tone tweaking. I try to use full chords and adjust for articulation and string definition, then I try to find the single notes with rogue harmonics and try to smooth them out with the bias trim pot if possible. Obviously, I'm looking for a compromise between single note sustain/harmonics and full chord string definition.
     
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    JCM 800, See I told ya there would be some knowledgeable cats here who would point you in the right direction. Good to see you on the gear page, soon you'll be addicted to this place like the rest of us!
     
  8. jcm800

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    Hey revolutionman,

    You are correct this is a great site. There are alot of knowledgable cats on here. Thanks for the heads up.

    jcm800
     
  9. bruce egnater

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    385VDC is extrememly low for that amp. You should recheck. Normal range would be more like 430 to 500. Check your AC line voltage when making these measurments.
     

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