need rec's for new EL84 please

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by johnspeck, Feb 14, 2008.


  1. johnspeck

    johnspeck Member

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    I posted this in the fx, etc. area, but thought it also might be useful to post here:

    I've seen some of the older threads, but I'd like to get some current info from folks with real-world experience... I usually get my tubes from Mike at KCA, so maybe he'll chime in, but I posted here to get some other viewpoints as well.

    Looking for the best overall current-production EL-84. I'm playing a cathode biased AC30 variant, run at full volume. No harsh treble/white noise when overdriven HARD, tight bottom end, good reliability...Possible?

    If not, what are the best bang-for-buck NOS choices that'll get me the performance I'm looking for? I can't afford $400+ for 1 quad currently, and ideally I need at least two sets for the next few months of touring.


    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. sickboy79

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    New production - JJs are very nice - and do exactly what you want. I've heard good things about TAD's but, I have no personal experience with them.

    NOS - reasonable priced that sound fantastic, are reliable, and long like - NOS Tesla (not JJ), GE, JAN Philips. I've also heard RFTs are nice but, I haven't used them.
     
  3. beej

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    Worth checking with your builder to see if he had a particular brand in mind. FWIW, I'm partial to JJs, they're a good bang for the buck and seem to last a decent while. And I have an amp that eats them.
     
  4. slegros

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    +1 on the JJ's Ive also had good results with EH
     
  5. Tramp

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    I've tried some different NOS tubes in Maz Jr. and a Kingsley D32 and both times decided the JJ's were just as good. YMMV
     

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