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Recommend me some new or nos tubes for a Tweed Pro!

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by dewman, May 24, 2011.

  1. dewman

    dewman Gold Supporting Member

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    Got a Vicky tweed pro and the power tubes are in need of replacement. Can you make some recommendations for either new or nos tubes in each position?
     
  2. Dumb Bell

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    Get real Tungsol 5881's, or the GE brown base tubes. I think they are the same thing. For preamps, try RCA 12AY7 in first position, and RCA 12AX7's there after. Expensive nos i know. But........you will love it.
     
  3. Timbre Wolf

    Timbre Wolf GoldMember Supporter Gold Supporting Member

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    The original tweed Pro could use 6L6G, 6L6GA, and 6L6GB as well as 5881 and 6L6GC. Can yours? If so, you've got a lot of possibilities.

    What kind of sonic character are you looking for?

    - Thom
     
  4. big mike

    big mike House Plexi Staff Member

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    I'm actually using winged C in my 58. Sounds great.

    I'd be tempted to go 5881 REAL tungsols though.
     
  5. dewman

    dewman Gold Supporting Member

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    I'm going for a bigger tweed deluxe sound. Something for blues and alt country. My main guitars are gibsons, but I do use p90s and a tele often. Speaker is either a weber 15a150 alnico or eminence legend 15 inch.
     
  6. dukeh62

    dukeh62 Supporting Member

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    I love NOS Phillips 6L6GCs in my Pro.
     
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    I recently picked up a Victoria 35310. It has an RCA 5751 in V1 and a CBS Hytron 12AX7 in V2 and a Sovtek 12AX7 WB in V3. The power tubes are Svetlana (not S.E.D) 6L6s and a JJ GZ34. The amp sounds awsome.

    I have some Tung Sol 5881s and a RCA 5U4 rectifier that I am going to try out next time I retube.

    My understanding is that the Victoria amps are pretty flexible with most power/rectifier tube substitutions as long as you rebias.
     
  8. Timbre Wolf

    Timbre Wolf GoldMember Supporter Gold Supporting Member

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    To answer my own question, I looked at the Victoria site. The amp is a 5E5-A design (fixed bias, not cathode-bias, like the 5E5), and the specs tout 28W output with two 6L6GC. Given that higher output spec, I'd stay away from lower-dissipation 6L6G, 6L6GA, 6L6GB I mentioned earlier - too bad!

    5881 are probably okay, though a little beyond published spec. The nice thing is that you can adjust the bias appropriately. Personally, I'd start with 5881 for a more classic tweed sound. Actually, I'd start by simply contacting Mark Baier with some well-considered, but succinct questions. He's always been very helpful, in my experience.

    - Thom
     
  9. ES330

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    NOS Tung Sol 5881

    For new tubes, I like the Sovtek LPS 12ax7
     
  10. mad dog

    mad dog Silver Supporting Member

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    +1 for those NOS Phillips 6L6GC. For a more 5881 sound, NOS Phillips 6L6WGB. Both sound wonderful in the 35115. A bit more volume from the former.
    MD
     
  11. Blue Strat

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    But 28 watts isn't a lot for a pair of 6L6GCs, indicating that the power supply is under rated for GCs and, likely, perfect for the lower rated tubes. Mark will know for sure.
     
  12. Timbre Wolf

    Timbre Wolf GoldMember Supporter Gold Supporting Member

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    I agree on both points.

    - T
     
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    For price, quality and tone hands down JAN Philips 6l6WGB.
     
  15. dewman

    dewman Gold Supporting Member

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    Bought a bunch of tubes from Mike at KCANOS tubes. Can't wait to experiment!
     

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