New Production 6L6gc with largest pins?

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  1. conundrum

    conundrum Member

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    What new production 6L6GC or 5881 has the largest pins. I'm working on an old Silvertone with some very low pin tension, and it's not really cost effective to replace all the sockets.
    So what factory produces the tubes that you break sockets trying to force them in? Thats what I need.:stir
     
  2. RussB

    RussB low rent hobbyist Silver Supporting Member

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    You need to clean and re-tension the octal sockets
     
  3. Blue Strat

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    Unusual request. I can't say I've ever taken a micrometer to tube pins.
     
  4. conundrum

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    I've done that.
    Still loose enough so that bass notes cause arcing.
     
  5. slider313

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    What tubes have you tried?
     
  6. conundrum

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    2 GE short bottles and 2 National labled "6L6gc" from the USSR, which are who knows what in reality.

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    I read that as "What are in there now?"
    In addition to those tubes, I've popped some Chinese KT66's in there and they seem to do the trick. They are too tall for use in the combo though.
     
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    I don't have first-hand experience, but I've heard that JJ tubes have large pins.
     
  8. slider313

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    Actually the JJ's have a thinner pin. The new Tung Sol's have a slightly thicker pin, both the 5881 and 6L6GC.
     
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    I must've remembered backwards. :D
     
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    Yes......backwards remembered must've I. :)
     
  11. Blue Strat

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    Maybe not if time matters;)
     
  12. conundrum

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    Well the current tubes are almost spent anyway.
    And if you've ever seen the inside of a silvertone, you know why I don't wanna replace those sockets.:worried
    It's not my amp and I have no interest in doing an amount of work that exceeds it's intrinsic value.
     

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