palomono V32 with RCA 6BQ5's!

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  1. rockon1

    rockon1 Member

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    Just replaced the unknown old stock Baldwin 6BQ5's in my Palomino with RCA 6BQ5's and while the Baldwins were nice the RCA's are awesome! They are tighter,meatier,punchier while imparting a thick crunch! Im able to fully crank the master and run up the gain a bit and they hold together without getting mushy. Very impressive-fatter thicker distortion at louder volumes.Yum! Best Ive tried so far! FWIW- Ive got a Mullard in the V1,Tele smooth plate V2 and Tele smooth plate in the PI. I think the tubes might be worth as much as the amp! lol! Bob
     
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    Hacksaw Time Warped Gold Supporting Member

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    Double the value of the amp! :D Hey.. I was thinking about trying a palomino, can they get that compressed OD tones as well ?
     
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    Mine gets that compressed sound without sounding too mushy with the RCA's. I bought mine in 06. Dragged it into the "loud" room at GC and loved it. It only got better with a speaker change and tubes.The latest V series use a '"switching power supply". not sure if thats a good thing. This 1x12 V32 like mine seems to be still available. Mines a US model Im not sure about this one.


    http://www.guitarcenter.com/Palomin...-Combo-Amp-487828-i1146112.gc?source=4WWRWXGB


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    Hacksaw Time Warped Gold Supporting Member

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    Thanks Bob! I think I will give one a try.
     
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    American made 6BQ5's RAWK!!! I love those old RCA's, great tubes. A set of Baldwins that I have, I think they're Sylvania's, also sound really good, but not quite as good as the RCA's. Great tubes!!!
     
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    very interesting...my V16 gets 'mushy' when I turn it up loud...could this be the stock tubes? I actually like the sound better at low volumes and the heralded power tube crunch don't happen with my stock tube setup...I do have NOS tubes in the preamp section...
     
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    I have GE 6bq5s in my Goodsell, really like 'em.
    I wonder if GE made the RCAs, too?
     
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    I dont believe so. These RCA's have RCA ethcing on them. Great tubes! Bob
     
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    I have to wonder if it's the BRAND of the tubes or the CONDITION of the tubes that made the biggest difference. Any idea who made the Baldwins?
     
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    did you have to bias the amp with the new power tubes?


     
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    Mike I posted a thread about the Baldwins. No one could ID them.Im imagining they are Japanese perhaps. They have plenty of life in them though.Heres a link.
    http://www.thegearpage.net/board/showthread.php?t=316933

    Bob
     
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    The V32 is cathode biased. No real need to bias but its good to check. The cathode resistor runs it a bit too hot but Im not about to replace it at the moment. Its idling at 13 atts dissapation. 11-12 would be better. Bob
     
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    Hey Rockon,
    Could you tell us how to check that resistor and what to look for? I have a multimeter, know how to discharge caps, and very cautious when dealing with this stuff.

    thanks,
    Scott
     

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