Which is the best authentic non-NOS KT66 tube available today?

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  1. Tylenol Jones

    Tylenol Jones Member

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    Thinking of retubing. Currently have some Tung Sol so-called KT66, except they're far from the real thing. Just 6L6s in a KT66 glass.

    What's the most faithful authentic KT66 tube in production today? Looking for that Beano tone.
     
  2. Pedro58

    Pedro58 Supporting Member

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    It's been a while since I played through them, but I liked the Chinese-made Shuguang KT66's in two amps I had. The first was a THD Univalve and I had to leave the cover off, the tube was too tall. The tone was fantastic through a 2X12 loaded with Scumbacks. The other amp was a Tweed Pro clone that I ran the KT66's in. Fantastic tone, there, too. I had another KT66, a NOS something-or-another, that I tried in the Univalve. The cheaper Shuguang was better to my ears. Both rigs certainly delivered Beano-style tones.
     
  3. Blue Strat

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    The Chinese ones are the most authentic sounding.
     
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    riffmeister Gold Supporting Member

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    What is the "KT66 Sound" compared to, let's say, the "6L6 Sound"?
     
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    localmotion411 Supporting Member

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    Also curious about this. Have a Divided by 13 RKL 57 currently as well as a Metropoulos 45/100 on order and will need new tubes at some point.
     
  7. Tylenol Jones

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    pageburst Silver Supporting Member

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    I had the GoldLion KT66 in my Carr Mercury and it was outstanding
     
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    Gold Lion isn't Chinese, is Saratov.

    Golden Dragon is relabelled regular Shuguang...as is Valve Arts, GT KT66C and a few others. Those are the ones the guys are talking about.
     

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