What's the best alternative for the discontinued Winged C 6L6?

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  1. PlexiBreath

    PlexiBreath Member

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    I've searched the forum for this first and couldn't find much.

    A couple years ago I did a big shootout of every make of new production 6L6 I could get my hands on. This was in a Blonde Bandmaster. I couldn't find anything I liked as much as the Winged C, nothing was even close in my opinion.

    Of course my favorite 6L6 gets discontinued, what's a player to do? So, Winged C fans, anything close that has the big bold punch on the bottom end and the complex overtones on the top?

    Thanks,
    Kelley
     
  2. crazyneddie

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    I've gone to TAD's with decent results. I also found out by accident that JJ 6l6GC's sound pretty good in my 68 Super Reverb.
     
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    TAD 6L6WGCs.
     
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    Stinks doesn't it, they really were cream of the crop. I know I wish I had stocked up on them back in the day.

    Being as your bandmaster originally came with 5881/6L6WGB I'd bite bullet and get as many of these as you can afford to stock up on.

    https://www.kcanostubes.com/content/nos-jan-philips-6l6wgb

    Tone wise you'll be completely happy with them compared to =C= even though electrically speaking they have a tad bit less headroom. But in that circuit doubt you'll even notice, absolutely stunning tubes.
     
  5. PlexiBreath

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    Thanks guys. I'll check out the TAD. I won't be going with anything 5881, even NOS, every time I try them I find I much prefer a stout 6L6GC. This Bandmaster was a basketcase I resurrected, I went with larger output transformer and choke, and especially in this configuration it wants something like the Winged C.
     
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    Mattbedrock Silver Supporting Member

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    I hear your pain. I have a nice '64 Bandmaster that was a good sounding amp. I put a set of =C='s in it and biased them hot. Turned it into a fire breathing monster. When they die, I don't know what I'll do.

    Actually, I'll probably take Mike's (Bluestrat) advice. He's right, like, all the time.
     
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    TAD 6L6WGCs and JJ 6L6GCs, both have been great for me.
     
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    RussB low rent hobbyist Silver Supporting Member

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    Another shout out for the TAD 6L6WGC. The TAD 6L6GC "big bottle" ain't no slouch either. Great sounding and robust tubes
     
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    Just a guess as I don't own a 6L6 amp. The JJ 6L6 GC and the Groove Tubes 6L6 GE.
     
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    Not that big a fan of JJ's now TAD tubes those have been consistantly excellent both 6L6GC and EL-34"s
     
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    I agree with others: the TAD 6L6WGBs are very nice.
     
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    I've been impressed with TAD 6L6GC-STR so far.
     
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    In recent years, I've used Svetlana, Sovtek and JJ's. For 6L6's, I would rate Svetlana first by a mile, and JJ's last.
     
  15. PlexiBreath

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    I think I'll probably end up just doing another shootout again just to be sure, but I will try both TAD varieties as well as the Svetlana. Last time I did the shootout I didn't like the the small Tung Sols or the JJs so I can leave those out, but I'll try everything else.
     
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    Bruce - What are you doing up at 3:37 AM???
    P.S. I've got 5 matched pairs of the SED =C='s in the "Endangered Species" vault. :)
     

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