What new 6L6's for my old Fender?

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  1. Laroosco!

    Laroosco! Member

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    It turns out that the EH 6L6's in my Tremolux don't have much time left.

    I need to replace them but have almost no experience with 6L6's. I've heard great stuff about the JJ's but I'm curious what else is good out there

    Thanks
     
  2. Pentode

    Pentode Supporting Member

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    The Groove Tubes 6L6GE's are nice, although kind of pricey.

    You may want to consider NOS, if you have the funds.
     
  3. straightblues

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    Buy NOS (new old stock) GE or RCA's. If price is an issue, buy used ones off Ebay. They sound so much better and last so much longer than any new tubes made today it isn't even funny.
     
  4. JPB

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    "Winged-C" Svetlana's are my pick (bf tremolux). Great sounding and durable.
     
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    +1....They're called SED now..
     
  6. Roccaforte Amps

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    I agree, also the new TungSol 5881 is good.
     
  7. Wakarusa

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    Svetlana or SED (I like the S logo better'n the C, but I'm thinking more and more that I'm alone in that camp)
    The new Tung Sol 5881 is very nice, but will have less headroom than the bigger 6L6GC. Also a bit darker sounding

    For NOS try a set of JAN Philips 7581A. Big headroom, great clarity. Really shine in a Fender.
     
  8. riffmeister

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    the SED's are big fat & juicy

    the GT 6L6GE's are nice, too.....a bit leaner

    haven't tried JJ's, but the reviews are mixed

    would like to try the new cheezy looking :D Tung Sol's.....could be a nice choice if you want lower headroom. the real deals are absolutely killer in the right amp.......
     
  9. mkg

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    Yep, short bottle TADs. I've got 'em in my '66 BFVR and in my Allen Hot Fudge w/Nuts (brown Deluxe clone).
    I like the SEDs too, but give a slight edge to the TADs, they seem to have smoother breakup and sound just a bit sweeter in my amps.
     
  10. Hand of Doom

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    TAD's are nice. I have a pair in a BF Bassman.
     
  11. thintele

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    +1 on the SEDs (Winged C)
     
  12. pbradt

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    I'm a JJ believer. Both in the Deluxe and the Bassman.
     
  13. glasman

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    For new production I have had excellent luck with SED's and JJ's.

    JMO,

    Gary
     
  14. fr8_trane

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    I just had a conversation with David Allen the other night about the Bassman mod he did for me. He installed short bottle TAD's in it and they are now standard in all his new production amps. He used to use JJ's or Svets (I can't remember which) but he claims that the they didn't stay matched as well over time as the TAD's. YMMV but these tubes are getting alot of good press.
     
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    Another vote for the TAD's Just put a set in my SF Super and they sound great!! Also, you can't go wrong with JJ's either.



    mR
     
  16. SLG

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    Really? I haven't tried a set of the new ones. Do they compare favorably tonewise with the NOS Tung Sols, or are they just a good sounding tube that has it's own unique sound?

    I've heard good things about the new Tung Sol 12AX7's as well. I think the thing that prejudiced me about these tubes was the use of the Tung Sol name. My experience has been that none of these "reissue" tubes has lived up to the reputation of the NOS namesake. My thoughts are, if the tube sounds good, and is robust it will sell without putting an old brand name on it. Let it stand on its own merits. If it sounds bad, or goes microphonic having the Tung Sol name on it won't make it a better tube.

    Saw it on the tube
    Bought it on the phone
    Now you're home alone
    It's a piece of crap

    I tried to plug in it
    I tried to turn it on
    When I got it home
    It was a piece of crap

    Got it from a friend
    On him you can depend
    I found out in the end
    It was a piece of crap

    I went back to the store
    They gave me four more
    The guy told me at the door
    It's a piece of crap

    Neil Young


    Uh...yeah, right....6L6's......I have used the small bottle TAD's and they are a good sounding tube. If I had the choice I would try to find a good, realiable tube seller with some used, but tested RCA 6L6's. A good set of UOS (used old stock) RCA's would sound great and outlast most new production tubes.
     

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