RCA Black Plate 6BQ5/EL84 What can you tell me?

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  1. Tread

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    About these?... just recently aquired a quad from an Late 50's RCA Victor Stereo/Turn table etc.
    I'd like to test them before putting them in an amp.
     
  2. Blue Strat

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    Great tubes. Test them, then try them in your amp.
     
  3. Timbre Wolf

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    RCA black-plate EL84 are fantastic tubes: very lively, with excellent clarity from tight bass through airy highs. They tend to hold together longer (later breakup) than other black-plate 6BQ5. Personally, I like them better than the lauded Mullards, and wonder why they're not discussed much. Now, if I could just get some more of them, at a reasonable price...

    - T
     
  4. Blue Strat

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    You probably don't hear as much about them because they don't pop up very often.
     
  5. Reeek

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    One of the best EL84 types I have ever used are the BP RCA's with the semi-opaque brown flashing.

    I have a pair in one of my Sano 160R's now and paired with a Mullard ECC83, we're smokin' as they say ;)
     
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    Yep - unfortunately ...sigh!!
     

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