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Power Tubes..........

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by OldSchool, Jun 25, 2005.

  1. OldSchool

    OldSchool Senior Member

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    In everyones vast experience.........what were the best brand of Power Tubes you have used?

    Exotics like Telefunken.........middle of the road JJ's..........Groove Tubes? Electro Harmonix?


    6L6's in particular............Do you like to top of the line ones made today............or vintage 1950's in great condition? Lots of options.........just looking for some imput. Thanks........
     
  2. riffmeister

    riffmeister Gold Supporting Member

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    I like these 6L6s:

    Svetlana
    Groove Tubes 6L6GE
    NOS Philips/Sylvania 6L6WGB


    I like these 12AX_ types:

    Ei 12AX7
    Sovtek 12AX7 LPS
    NOS Telefunken ECC83
    NOS RFT ECC83
    NOS Brimar ECC83
    NOS GE 5771
     
  3. tonedaddy

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    I like NOS JAN Philips 7581A's.
    High power and high headroom (which is a good thing in most of my 6L6 amps).
    Still fairly priced at less than $100/matched pair, hardly much more than GT 6L6GE's actually.
     
  4. JoyfulNoise

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    The Sovtek 6L6WXT+ deserves a worthy mention here.
     
  5. wixedmords

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    I am a big fan of JJ and SED 6L6's.

    JJ's if I want to add some darkness, SED's if I want a very musical tube.
     
  6. Blue Strat

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    Since the 7581As sounded good to you, I wouldn't go for the JJs. The SEDs may be a little darker, the Ruby 6L6GCMSTRs would probably be the closest sonically.
     
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    Those Rubies need a longer suffix. :)
     
  8. Schizm

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    I have Bogner's Uberschall - super high gain beast. I know the plate voltage is high on this amp! they use ARS EL-34 OEM tubes, don't know much about these tubes?

    What NOS EL-34's (or for that matter - any EL-34) would work well in this amp?? smooth it out a bit?? thanx!
     
  9. OldSchool

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    Funny you mention them.......These are the Tubes that Tony Bruno Uses stock........I got that from his dealer in NYC.
     
  10. bigjoeblue

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    See.......there's nice people over here too, and they're smart:cool:
     
  11. flatfinger

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    Hey blue strat, is there still any benefit from using a 7581a in a self biasing amp! Arent traynor ycv 40 a forty watter because of the cathode biasing???? would a 7581a be 45watts?????
     
  12. Blue Strat

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    The amp limits the output power. You can put 1,000,000 watt tubes in a 40 watt amp and you may get an extra 2 watts out of it.

    That said, several customers have loved the 7581As in their YCVs because of the tonal improvement.
     
  13. flatfinger

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    since my traynor is autobiased do I still need a matched pair??????
     

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