Some info on KT66's??

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  1. rubbersoul

    rubbersoul Member

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    I'm interested in buying an amp that runs KT66's and it would be my first. Who makes some of the best ones out there?

    Also, some casual reading on past threads gives me the impression that there might be some reliability issues with these tubes. Is this the general consensus, are they finicky tubes to work with?

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Cheers
     
  2. Blue Strat

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    Chinese KT66s. Sold under various labels (Valve Arts for instance), but they're all the same.
     
  3. Blue Strat

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    True. When he said who "makes" ... I took him to mean modern production.
     
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    im with mike. the only current production kt66's that sound right, and are somewhat durable, are the Chinese versions. Make sure you buy them from someone who burns them in, and weeds out the junk though, or the odds are you will get a clunker...... :Spank

    now if money is no object, and you want the best, a good pair of gec's will kill everything, but they aint cheap
     
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    The Top Hat Emplexador will run those tubes well also EL34's

    A pair of Gold Lions can go as high as 1K

    gotta get me some
     
  6. Blue Strat

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    Note that only one factory (MO Valve) made KT66s and sold them with different labels to different markets. Gold Lions are the same as GEC, Genelex or any of the other NOS brands.

    The "status label" Gold Lion fetches higher prices for some unknown reason.
     
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    A Marshall JTM45 running KT66's is a great amp, especially with GEC's. I had two '65 block logo JTM45's and had a JTM45RI gutted then built up with a PTP board and Marstran PT and OT. This RI sounded so similar to my '65's that I sold both of them and use the JTM45RI as my #1 and love it. Luckily I bought a dozen GEC's when they were more affordable and easier to find. That turned out to be one of my better decisions for sure. I had a pair of Gold Lions and they are just normal GEC's with a nice sticker. Some audiophile paid me alot of money for those.:roll
     
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    The Chinese KT66 are great (for a new production tube).

    For a while now, I've had the Russian Gold-Lion KT66 (reissue, nothing to do with the original ones other then the name) and they sound great. They drifted slightly in the first few weeks of using them but a quick bias adjust and they were back on track.

    Sound-wise, they are a bit thicker and crunchier then the Chinese ones ... in my Dr. Z Route 66 at least.
     
  10. rubbersoul

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    Fantastic...thanks for the replies and help guys.

    Cheers
     
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    Alessandro Black 'N Tan takes KT66, 6L6, EL34.
     

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