the smoothest 6L6

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  1. MrDoty

    MrDoty Supporting Member

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    what do you guys think the smoothest 6L6 is out there. post your pick in both catagories: new tubes and NOS tubes. Im in the market for some new power tubes.
     
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    I've got an Allen Brown Sugar. It came with new JJs. I tried some other sets in it and the JJs were just as good or better. Nice tubes.
     
  3. Blue Strat

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    Groove Tubes 6L6GEs or NOS GE 6L6GCs.
     
  4. Faustine Amps

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    My favorite NOS tubes...

    60's RCA 6L6GC "black plates"
    60's GE 6L6GC (w/ side getters)
    Genelex KT66
    Philips ECG 7581A (for clean headroom)
    Tung-Sol 5881 / 6L6WGB
    JAN-Philips 6L6WGB

    I like them all for different reasons, but my current favorites are the GE tubes. As for what is "warm", I think the KT66 and the 6L6WGBs might qualify, by my own definition of that term.

    My favorite new production tubes...

    Svetlana "Winged C" 6L6GC
    T.A.D. 6L6WGC-STR "short bottles"

    Just my $.02. Good luck on your tube quest.

    Regards,
    Tim Gregoire
     
  5. MrDoty

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    I should probobly say that the amp Im using is a budda superdrive that can get pretty gainy at times.
     
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    that was going to be my response! great taste!! the "winged c's" are great tubes and are gaining alot of popularity and arent too pricey.

    the short bottles are amazing tubes and what i run in my two rock.
     
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    Your top 3 are mine also.

    I think the RCA fits just right across the tone spectrum and has great clean and dirty tones.

    The GE is not as deep but has better touch sensitivity and is very dynamic.

    The GEC is hotter to my ears and like the RCA, it had a deep low end and is perfect for clean and dirtier tones. But I think it has a throatier mid range, think British flavor and the RCA the American cousin. Both are very sweet and thick and have a nice compression. The GE sounds to me like it sits IN the amp and is very open and pure (LOVE IT!). The RCA and GEC do the same but are more compressed and refined to me.

    I like the TAD, it is close in tone to the RCA but is more modern sounding to me. Like it rides on the amp rather than in it. It has a lot of compression and colors the tone.
     
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    For smooth & powerful, 7581A.
    For smooth & rich, EL37.
     

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